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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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Official Response – Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Richard Wynne MP)

Official Response - Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Richard Wynne MP)

Letter from Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Housing with the Department for Heath and Human Services, Victoria, Australia, dated 18th October 2020, in response to The Shift’s Letter of Concern regarding the hard lockdown imposed on nine public tower blocks in the city of Melbourne.

OTH 33/2020

OTH 33/2020

United Kingdom official responses to letters sent by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing regarding the business practices of Akelius.

COVID-19 Letter to Government of Canada

Letter issued to the Government of Canada regarding COVID-19, by Global Director Leilani Farha, then UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

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.

The Right to Life and the Right to Housing

The right to life and the right to housing are indivisible and interdependent. The right to life cannot be separated from the right to a secure place to live, and the right to a secure place to live only has meaning in the context of a right to live in dignity and security, free of violence.

The Right to Adequate Housing of Persons with Disabilities

The fundamental principles of a human rights-based approach to disability must be engaged to address the widespread human rights violations of persons with disabilities in their housing, and to realize their right to housing.

Responsibilities of Local and Other Sub-National Governments

In the context of the a trend towards decentralization of responsibilities, local and subnational governments should be cognizant of and accountable to the human rights obligations that go along with their growing responsibilities.

The Right to Housing and the New Urban Agenda

The right to housing must guide the development and implementation of a New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in October 2016, engaging the transformative qualities of the right to housing in cities.

Homelessness as a Global Human Rights Crisis

Homelessness is a global human rights crisis directly linked to increased inequality of wealth and property, and of the failure of States to adhere to their international human rights obligations, requiring urgent attention grounded in the right to housing.

Official Response – Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Gabrielle Williams MP)

Official Response - Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Gabrielle Williams MP)

Response to a Letter of Concern issued in August 2020, from the Office of MP Gabrielle Williams.

Official Response – Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Office of Jenny Mikakos MP)

Official Response - Letter of Concern: Melbourne (Office of Jenny Mikakos MP)

Response to a Letter of Concern issued in August 2020, from the Offices of the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ambulance Services.

Letter of Concern: Melbourne

Letter of Concern: Melbourne

Regarding hard lockdown orders in the North Melbourne and Flemington estates in Melbourne, Victoria, and that 9 residential tower blocks, housing approximately 3,000 social housing residents who are predominantly from migrant and refugee communities, were subject to an immediate lockdown without due notice, enforced by approximately 500 police officers.

The Right to Housing of Indigenous Peoples

The Right to Housing of Indigenous Peoples

This report contains guidance for States, indigenous authorities and other actors on how to ensure that their obligations under international human rights law regarding the right to housing are met in conformity with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Human Rights-Based Housing Strategies

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.

KENYA UA 7/2017

KENYA UA 7/2017

Information  received  concerning alleged attack  against Mr.  Elias Kimaiyo,  human  rights  defender, as  well  as  escalated  threats  and  violence  against the  Sengwer  people  perpetrated  by  the  Kenya  Forest  Service  (KFS)  guards  in  an attempt to forcibly remove the people from their homes in the Embobut forest.

Germany AL 1/2020

Germany AL 1/2020

Information received concerning the impact of Akelius Germany’s business model on the right to housing of tenants in Akelius’ apartment blocks in Berlin and Hamburg, which illustrates the negative impact of financialization of housing in Germany.

United Kingdom AL 2/2020

United Kingdom AL 2/2020

Information  received  concerning  the situation  faced  by  leasehold owners  in  buildings  clad  with  flammable  materials,  living  in unsafe  housing  and unable  to  sell  their  flats  and  move  elsewhere,  and  those  who  are  required  to  pay large amounts to have the dangerous cladding removed.

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

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.

Chile AL 5/2019

Chile AL 5/2019

Información recibida sobre la situación de las personas sin hogar en Chile. Alleged victims: 15,000.

Nigeria AL 02/2020

Nigeria AL 02/2020

Information received concerning the persons living in homelessness in Nigeria.
Alleged victims: 108,000,000.

Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing

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.

United States of America AL/USA 26/2019

United States of America AL/USA 26/2019

Information received concerning persons living in homelessness in the United States. Alleged victims: 1,500,000.

Croatia AL 3/2019

Croatia AL 3/2019

Information received concerning persons living in homelessness in Croatia. Alleged victims: 2,000.

Argentina AL 13/2019

Argentina AL 13/2019

Información recibida en relación con la situación de las personas sin hogar, la ausencia de una estrategia nacional para su atención, y la práctica de los desalojos forzosos en Argentina. Alleged victims: 15,253.

Bulgaria AL 2/2019

Bulgaria AL 2/2019

Information received concerning homelessness, discrimination with respect to housing, and the practice of forced evictions in Bulgaria. Alleged victims: 500,000.

Wincasa AL 58/2019

Wincasa AL 58/2019

Information received concerning the intended demolition of the Brunaupark housing complex in Zürich, owned by the Credit Suisse Pension Fund, which has reportedly been planned without transparency or consultation with affected residents, and which is to lead to their eviction from their homes, without any offer for adequate compensation or proximate relocation. Alleged victims: 240.

Switzerland AL 4/2019

Switzerland AL 4/2019

Information received concerning the intended demolition of the Brunaupark housing complex in Zürich, owned by the Credit Suisse Pension Fund, which has reportedly been planned without transparency or consultation with affected residents, and which is to lead to their eviction from their homes, without any offer for adequate compensation or proximate relocation. Alleged victims: 240.

Pension Fund of Credit Suisse Group AL 57/2019

Pension Fund of Credit Suisse Group AL 57/2019

Information received concerning the intended demolition of the Brunaupark housing complex in Zürich, owned by the Credit Suisse Pension Fund, which has reportedly been planned without transparency or consultation with affected residents, and which is to lead to their eviction from their homes, without any offer for adequate compensation or proximate relocation. Alleged victims: 240.

Credit Suisse AL 53/2019

Credit Suisse AL 53/2019

Information received concerning the intended demolition of the Brunaupark housing complex in Zürich, owned by the Credit Suisse Pension Fund, which has reportedly been planned without transparency or consultation with affected residents, and which is to lead to their eviction from their homes, without any offer for adequate compensation or proximate relocation. Alleged victims: 240.

Netherlands AL/04/2019

Netherlands AL/04/2019

Information received concerning the persons living in homelessness in the Netherlands. Alleged Victims: 39,300.

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