Here you’ll find letters sent directly to governments and private actors by The Shift, detailing situations that may constitute an alleged violation of the human right to housing. In cases where a reply was received, they will be titled ‘Official Response.’
A comment on the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah by the former UN Special Rapporteur in the Right to Adequate Housing.
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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Response to a Letter of Concern issued in August 2020, from the Office of MP Gabrielle Williams.
Response to a Letter of Concern issued in August 2020, from the Offices of the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ambulance Services.
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.
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