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Human Rights-Based Housing Strategies

The report provides States and other actors with concrete guidance on implementing effective-rights based housing strategies, reflecting that strategies are not “one size fits all” but all need to include 10 key principles.

A National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in Canada: A Human Rights Approach

The Principles outlined in this Protocol are based in international human rights law, and the recognition that encampment residents are rights holders and experts in their own lives. The Protocol is intended to assist governments in realizing the right to adequate housing for this group.

Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing

This report contains Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Adequate Housing, focusing on the key requirements of effective rights-based responses to emerging challenges to the right to housing.

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Report on the Financialization of Housing

Report on the Financialization of Housing

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, on the financialization of housing.

Letter of Concern to City of Halifax Regarding Clearing of Encampments

Letter of Concern to City of Halifax Regarding Clearing of Encampments

“In the early morning of the 18th August 2021, police and bylaw officers were called to the site of the Spring Garden Road library and Horseshoe Island Park and informed residents that they were required to leave their homes immediately or they would have their possessions confiscated and would be arrested.”

Statement on Encampments in Hamilton (ON) & Risk of Evictions

Statement on Encampments in Hamilton (ON) & Risk of Evictions

Note of concern to the City of Hamilton, after the City announced its intent to revoke its Bylaw Enforcement Protocol relating to homeless encampments, leaving hundreds of people at immediate risk of eviction.

Letter of Concern to Pemberstone Ltd regarding the proposed evictions and redevelopment at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive Estate, Oulton, UK

Letter of Concern to Pemberstone Ltd regarding the proposed evictions and redevelopment at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive Estate, Oulton, UK

Letter of Concern from The Shift regarding the proposed eviction of residents, and demolition and redevelopment of homes, at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive, Oulton, Yorkshire, UK, by Pemberstone Ltd.

Pemberstone Ltd were provided with advanced sight of this letter to afford them with the opportunity to comment on these concerns prior to publication. No reply had been received at the time of publication but should one subsequently be it will be published on The Shift’s resources webpage.

The Right to Housing for residents of informal settlements

The Right to Housing for residents of informal settlements

Urgent Note – Criminal proceedings in Spain against three human rights defenders must be reconsidered

Urgent Note - Criminal proceedings in Spain against three human rights defenders must be reconsidered

The Shift is concerned that on 28 June 2021, a trial in La Ciudad de la Justicia de Barcelona will try Jaime Palomera, a tenants union leader in Sindicat de Llogateres Barcelona and two tenants for peacefully protesting violations of the tenants’ right to housing. We urge the Government of Spain to reconsider these charges and remind them that everyone has the right to promote and strive for the protection of fundamental human rights, including the right to housing, without retaliation or fear thereof. This is essential to building and maintaining strong, open, and democratic societies.

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