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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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Blackstone: Concerns over structural changes

Blackstone: Concerns over structural changes

Blackstone: Concerns over structural changes that have happened in recent years whereby unprecedented amounts of global capital have been invested in housing as security for financial instruments that are traded on global markets.

Time’s Up: World Must Hold Israel Accountable + Restore Rights of Palestinians

Time's Up: World Must Hold Israel Accountable + Restore Rights of Palestinians

A comment on the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah by the former UN Special Rapporteur in the Right to Adequate Housing.

Letter to South African Minister of Human Settlements, Water, & Sanitation

Letter to South African Minister of Human Settlements, Water, & Sanitation

Letter of concern from The Shift to the South African Minister of Human Settlements, regarding a failure to provide rent relief to tenants affected by the pandemic 8 months after announcing a rent relief scheme. Consequently, tenants who have fallen into arrears have been subject to threats and/or intimidation.

 

Image courtesy of BBC.

Urgent Advisory – Greek Government Strips Thousands of Refugees of their Housing

Urgent Advisory - Greek Government Strips Thousands of Refugees of their Housing

The Shift is deeply concerned by information received regarding the termination of the Filoxenia temporary housing programme in Greece that has left over 2,000 refugees without access to adequate housing. Consequently, hundreds of families are now sleeping outside, and more are likely to be driven out in the coming days.

Image Courtesy of France 24.

Nota Urgente: Se tiene que declarar una moratoria a desalojos en CDMX

Nota Urgente: Se tiene que declarar una moratoria a desalojos en CDMX

La Directora Global de The Shift, Leilani Farha, urge a la Jefa de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Mexico  que implemente una moratoria que incluya todos los desalojos durante la pandemia y durante un tiempo razonable después de la misma.

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

Model Emergency Housing Legislation: Protecting the right to housing during Covid-19

Model Emergency Housing Legislation: Protecting the right to housing during Covid-19

Through this project, The Shift, in partnership with Open Society Justice Initiative and other human rights defenders, are urging governments around the world to use the basic legal provisions outlined in the model legislation to prompt and guide the development of domestic laws to ensure access to housing for all.

Visita al Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Declaración de Fin de la Visita

Visita al Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Declaración de Fin de la Visita

Visita al Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Declaración de Fin de la Visita

Visit to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires: End of Mission Statement

Visit to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires: End of Mission Statement

End of Mission Statement of The Shift following the conclusion of the virtual visit to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires

Letter of Concern: Moria refugee camp and Kara Tepe emergency camp, Lesbos, Greece

Letter of Concern: Moria refugee camp and Kara Tepe emergency camp, Lesbos, Greece

Letter of Concern from The Shift regarding conditions in the Moria Reception and Identification Centre, Lesbos, Greece, the fire at the Centre on 8th September 2020, and the conditions at the emergency refugee camp at Kara Tepe, Lesbos.

Urgent Statement: Forced Eviction of the Guernica Encampment

Urgent Statement: Forced Eviction of the Guernica Encampment

 The forced eviction of the Guernica encampment in Presidente Perón, Province of Buenos Aires, violently carried out on 29 October 2020 constitutes a gross violation of Argentina’s obligations under international human rights law, in particular the right to housing. 

Declaración Urgente: Desalojo de la toma de Guernica

Declaración Urgente: Desalojo de la toma de Guernica

 El desalojo forzoso de la toma de Guernica en el municipio Presidente Perón, Provincia de Buenos Aires, llevado a cabo con violencia el 29 de octubre del 2020, constituye una grave violación de las obligaciones de Argentina en virtud del derecho internacional de los derechos humanos, en particular del derecho a la vivienda. 

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.

Spain: Information received regarding housing conditions of migrant workers in the strawberry industry

Spain: Information received regarding housing conditions of migrant workers in the strawberry industry

30 April 2020

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