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USA: New Rule to Make Residents Homeless
By :Carey L. Biron, City
13 August 2019
`We will become homeless`: U.S. residents fear housing rule change could force them out of homes. The rule change could make an entire household ineligible for social housing if a single member is undocumented, say experts.     WASHINGTON - Fears are mounting across the United States over a proposal by President Donald
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USA: 36,000 Homeless in Los Angeles
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
04 June 2019
Los Angeles homeless population hits 36,000 in dramatic rise More than 59,000 people are homeless across county as housing crisis plagues California     Los Angeles has experienced a 16% increase in the homeless population over the last year, the latest sign of severe income inequality and a worsening housing crisis plaguing California.   There
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HRBA at UN Habitat Assembly
By :HIC-HLRN
29 May 2019
“Human Rights-based Approaches to Meeting Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda Targets for Women, Youth and Children” UN Habitat Assembly, 29 May 2019, 13:15–14:45, United Nations at Nairobi, Classroom 6   Featuring presentations by panelists from University of East London, UN Habitat, Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network, Huairou Commission,
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USA: HUD Discriminates against Transgender Homeless
By :Katy O`Donnell, Politico
22 May 2019
HUD moves to allow discrimination against homeless transgender people.  The proposal, included in the department’s spring rule list out Wednesday, contradicts a pledge that HUD Secretary Ben Carson made to lawmakers just yesterday.     The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to roll back protections for homeless transgender people by
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India’s Unrelenting Forced-eviction Crisis
By :HLRN-India
09 April 2019
New report highlights the unrelenting crisis of forced evictions, finds over 200,000 persons evicted in India in 2018. Over 114 houses demolished every day, 23 people evicted every hour.     On the eve of India’s General Elections, Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) held a press conference in New Delhi today
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India: Over11 million Face Eviction, Displacement
By :Rina Chandran, Reuters Foundation
09 April 2019
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 11 million people in India risk being uprooted from their homes and land as authorities build highways and airports and cordon off forests, activists said on Tuesday, undermining a government push to provide housing for all citizens by 2022. The estimate includes about 1.9
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Human Right to Adequate Housing v. Blackstone L.P.
By :HLRN
26 March 2019
Today, UN Special Rapporteur on to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha held a press conference in Copenhagen to speak about letters that she and Surya Deva, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises jointly released to governments and corporations
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Mozambique & Zimbabwe: Idai "Massive disaster"
By :BBC News
20 March 2019
Cyclone Idai has triggered a "massive disaster" in southern Africa affecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the UN has said.     The region has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.   Mozambique`s President Filipe Nyusi called it "a humanitarian disaster of great proportion."   He said more
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USA: Providing Homes Cheaper than Homelessness
By :Matthew Iglesias, Vox
20 February 2019
The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes. Addressing housing directly is cheaper than relying on cops and emergency rooms.   Even as the national economy continues its slow-but-steady pace of improvement, data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in December revealed a small
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Zim: CSOs Pose Resolving Govt Displacements
By :Tatenda Chitagu, newsday
13 February 2019
The Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM), a member of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), has slammed government over planned displacements of thousands of villagers across the country and urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to walk his talk over the irreversibility of the land reform programme.   HIC is an independent international coalition
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Brazil: Another Mining Dam Disaster
By :Associated Press
28 January 2019
Search for Brazil dam survivors renews as death toll hits 58     BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was
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Vietnam: Church & Gov`t. Clash over Demolitions
By :Rina Chandran, TiVi Tuần-san
17 January 2019
Land conflicts have risen in Vietnam since the Communist Party launched economic reforms in the 1980s     BANGKOK—The demolition of about 100 homes near Ho Chi Minh City, including one owned by the Catholic Church, has pitted the church against authorities in the latest such dispute over land in the Communist Party-ruled
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USA: Homelessness Rising, Even in Utah
By :Gregory Scruggs, Place
10 January 2019
Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row, the increase has been particularly noticeable in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY—Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping
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USA: Gov`t. Shutdown Could Evict Millions
By :Jeff Andrews, Curbed
07 January 2019
Funding for HUD’s rental assistance programs would lapse if shutdown drags on     Entering its third week, and with no end in sight, the partial federal government shutdown is putting millions of low-income tenants who depend on funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at risk.   On January 4, HUD
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We`re Celebrating 70th Human Rights Day
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Declaration on Human Rights Day and the Right to the City   We, social movements, civil society and local governments’ organizations are committed to social justice through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of all human rights related to habitat, including the Human Right to Adequate Housing, Land and the Right to the
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40-yr Struggle: Rights to Housing, Land and City
By :Álvaro Puertas Robina, Thomas Reuters Foundation
12 November 2018
Are our global property rights still guaranteed? 40 years of global struggle for rights to housing, land and the city     Gentrification, forced evictions, lack of access to housing -  these are all concepts familiar to us. They pose serious and real threats in all corners of the world and can violate
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Lebanon: Evicting Syrian Refugees
By :Nora Stel and Anke van der Meijden, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
24 October 2018
This article is based on a forthcoming policy paper examining the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the eviction of Syrian migrants and refugees from Riyak, Lebanon in 2017, in light of recent developments encouraging Syrian refugees to return to their home country.     Lebanon’s Eviction of Syrian Refugees and the Threat of
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USA: Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Over-ruled
By :Mihir Zaveri, The New York Times
05 September 2018
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on the streets when there is no shelter available is a form of cruel and unusual punishment that violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court said this week.   The case stems from two ordinances in Boise, Idaho, that make it a crime to sleep or camp
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USA: In Search of Eviction Data
By :Daniela Aiello, Lisa Bates, Terra Graziani, Christopher Herring, Manissa Maharawal, Erin McElroy, Pamela Phan, and Gretchen Purser, Shelterforce.
22 August 2018
Eviction Lab Misses the Mark: By not working with existing housing justice organizations, the high profile organization undercounts evictions and misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses.     There is perhaps no more influential and popular book on poverty and housing at the moment than Matthew Desmond’s
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Kenya: Kibera Demolitions Begin
By :Julius Otieno, Star; Josphat Thiong`o, Standard Digital
24 July 2018
Anguish as houses demolished to pave way for Kibera link road   23 July 2018   Julius Otieno, Star   Human rights activists have accused Kenya Urban Roads Authority of violating the agreement that would have seen victim of Kibera evicted in a humane way.   The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has in this regard called
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Palestine: Israel’s Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar
By :Akram Al-Wa`ra, Mondoweiss
05 July 2018
Despite international condemnations, Israel prepares to demolish Khan al-Ahmar   KHAN AL-AHMAR, occupied West Bank, Palestine—Scenes of destruction and despair spread over the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, as armed Israeli forces arrived at the village’s entrance with bulldozers.   The nightmare that the village’s 200 residents had feared for over
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UN Expert: USA Poor More Destitute under Trump
By :Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
02 June 2018
America`s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert     GENEVA—Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.   Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur
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S. Korea: UNSR on Housing Calls for `Shift`
By :OHCHR
23 May 2018
SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) –  United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noted that South Korea now has the
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USA: 30K Older, Infirm Louisianans Face Eviction
By :Tina Burnside and Darran Simon, CNN
10 May 2018
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could face eviction from nursing and group homes     More than 30,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many in nursing or group homes, could lose their benefits due to proposed state cuts -- a situation that could force thousands to move. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary
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HICtionary Newly Updated
By :HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By :Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
By :The Editors of Moving Forward
01 May 2018
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
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USA: Forgotten Hurricane Harvey Devastation
By :Daniel J. McGraw, Next City
30 April 2018
Houston got the press (and most of the funds), but the Category 4 storm made first, devastating landfall in coastal Port Aransas and Rockport. How rebuilding has forced these beach towns to confront a housing crisis.     The smallish, three-bedroom, blue-green house in the middle of Port Aransas is rather ordinary. Built
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By :The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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China Mining Co. Destroys Mozambique Village
By :Ghana News
01 April 2018
Mozambique’s coastal village on the brink of extinction from irresponsible Chinese mining company. Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood that left 290 people homeless, while Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety, denying village residents reparation for their losses.     An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique
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Homeless and Hungry in Paris
By :Sevenbilliontoday
17 February 2018
Of Emmanuel Macron`s many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.   The president gave himself until the close of 2017 to end rough-sleeping once and for all - but a midnight stroll through Paris shows
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Not Just a Condition, but Cause of Poverty
By :A U.S. Catholic interview
13 February 2018
Being evicted isn’t just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause, says Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" (Crown Books). While much research and conversation has been devoted to other poverty-related topics such as nutrition, education, and violence, the Princeton sociologist
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Philippines: Demolition Looms for 200 Households
By :Antoinette O. Marquito, Philstar
09 January 2018
CEBU, Philippines — About 200 families in Sitio Tangke, Barangay Mambaling will lose their homes after the court ordered the demolition of their houses because the owner will utilize the lot. The demolition started yesterday and there was no resistance or commotion. But Janny Anter, president of Panaghugpong-Kadamay, a homeowners’ association in
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USA: Charges against Homeless Feeder Dropped
By :Gloria Tatum, with Mathew Chares Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (APN)
23 December 2017
ATLANTA—On Thursday, 14 December 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people in Atlanta for at
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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By :Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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Nigeria: 30K Evicted, Defying Court
By :Amnesty International
14 November 2017
Deadly mass forced evictions make life misery for waterfront communities   Over 30,000 forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos state in defiance of court orders 11 people unlawfully killed and at least 17 missing after violent evictions by security forces and unidentified armed men 300,000 others are under threat of further forced evictions Evicted residents
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Germany: Merkel`s Housing Crisis
By :Rebecca Pinnington, Express (London)
14 November 2017
Germany is facing a shocking housing crisis with 1.2 million people expected to be living in homeless shelters by 2018.     The Federal Homeless Association estimates the current number of homeless people in the country totals around 860,000.   That figure is expected to rise another 40 per cent to 1.2 million by the
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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By :Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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City of Johannesburg Defies Court, Evicts 257
By :Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
19 July 2017
City of Johannesburg leaves 257 men, women and children out in the cold, despite court orders   The High Court has ordered the City of Johannesburg to accommodate 257 men, women and children who were yesterday evicted from Fattis Mansions at 66 Harrison Street, Johannesburg.   The residents of the property initially
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NUA Reporting in 2018 Crucial
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
11 May 2017
2018 reporting period will prove critical for New Urban Agenda, advocates say         Labels NAIROBI—Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments.   That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set
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USA: Carson Calls Slaves “Immigrants”
By :USA Today
07 March 2017
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking Monday to HUD employees.   "That`s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for
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Philippines: 15K Homeless after Manila Slum Fire
By :RT
09 February 2017
A massive blaze at an overcrowded slum in the Philippines capital of Manila, has left at least 15,000 people homeless.   The fire swept through the shanty town after breaking out in the Parola Compound near the city’s port late Tuesday night. It raged for 10 hours into Wednesday morning, according
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By :Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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Homelessness: Not Just a Christmas Crisis
By :The Guardian
21 December 2016
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis. The following is an editorial     For a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities such as Crisis and the volunteers they recruit tries to offer something like festive cheer for thousands of people who might otherwise have been sleeping
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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European Tenants vs. Wall Street Landlords
By :Liz Alderman, The New York Times
18 December 2016
Wall Street is Europe’s landlord, and tenants are fighting back.     DUBLIN—The Tobun family never missed a rental payment on their modest brick rowhouse in eight years. But in February, the couple, who have two young children, received a letter warning that they would have to leave their home when the lease
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USA: Albuquerque Helps Homeless & Saves Money
By :Colin Woodard, Politico
18 December 2016
How Albuquerque figured out how to really help its homeless population. And save money in the process.   ALBUQUERQUE—Under a cloudless desert sky, David Kelhoyoma, a Marine veteran who help liberate Kuwait City during the first Gulf War, roamed the top of a city landfill, stuffing stray bits of plastic into a
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Portugal: Statement by the SRs on Water& Housing
By :UN news
13 December 2016
As the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing and the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we address you today at the conclusion of our joint official visit to Portugal, which we undertook at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 13 December
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Brazil: Social Rights under Siege
By :CESR, CONECTAS and INESC
10 December 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next
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India: Over 1500 Evicted Forcibly
By :HIC-HLRN
09 December 2016
Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, strongly condemns the forced eviction and demolition of 250–300 homes in Kishangarh, Delhi during the winter. A 10-year old settlement that houses between 250 and 300 families, Ward Number 2 in Kishangarh is located between Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj, near Jawaharlal Nehru University in
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Most New Yorkers on Edge of Homelessness
By :Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo
25 November 2016
Most New Yorkers are roughly 1 paycheck away from homelessness, according to a new study.     More than half of all New Yorkers are teetering on the brink of homelessness — without enough cash in the bank to cover them in the event of a disaster or lost job, a troubling new
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Resisting Reed: Atlanta’s Peoplestown v. Mayor
By :Atlanta Progressive News
24 November 2016
This Thanksgiving Day, Mayor Kasim Reed is thankful for eminent domain. Meanwhile, Peoplestown residents fight back.   ATLANTA—On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop
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Vancouver Mayor’s “Intense” Housing Crisis
By :Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian
21 November 2016
Vancouver mayor on housing crisis: “I never dreamed it would get this intense.”     Gregor Robertson’s platform in 2008 vowed affordable housing and an end to homelessness. Eight years and three terms later, the city’s housing market is in a perilous place – and has forced the mayor to get creative     His first
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USA: Oakland`s “Mega-evictor”
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
11 November 2016
The landlord who filed over 3,000 eviction notices. Pro-tenant group says a landlord who has a seat on Oakland’s housing cabinet is also the top evictor in the city, where a housing crunch has reached crisis levels     Leketha Williams was out of options. When the Oakland, California, mother was evicted and
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USA: Homeless Camps Offering Democracy Lesson
By :Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera
04 November 2016
Overlooked in the elections, Portland’s homeless are organising their own camps on their own terms, but fear evictions.   PORTLAND, Oregon—When Marge Pettitt`s seven-year-old daughter broke down in tears in a homeless shelter in 2009, she made one of the hardest decisions of her life: Sending the child to live with her
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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
By :Julia Zorthian, Time
06 October 2016
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By :Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By :NAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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USA`s Hidden Homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel
By :Carolyn Bick, Al Jazeera
30 July 2016
Residents of a motel in Massachusetts share their stories to reveal the extent of the U.S. hidden homelessness problem.   Massachusetts, USA—It is the fourth time that Tiffany Drew has lived in the Starlight Motel, and the third time she has been pregnant here.   Today, like every time she is pregnant, she has
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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
By :HIC-HLRN
27 July 2016
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
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How Eviction Feeds Poverty
By :Nailah Morgan
11 July 2016
Sociologist and Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond spent a year living in Milwaukee’s inner-city neighborhoods studying the implications of poverty. Staying in rooming houses and trailer parks, he spent his days with tenants being evicted and the landlords leading the evictions. He conducted surveys and analyzed thousands of eviction records. The conclusion? Eviction
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MEQ Issues New Report, Maintains Old Inertia
By :HIC-HLRN
01 July 2016
In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet (MEQ) has issued its 2016 report today. The report issued by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
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UN Experts Insist on HR-based Habitat III
By :OHCHR
29 June 2016
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
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HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
By :HIC-HLRN
28 June 2016
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
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India: 2 Cops, 5 Protesters Killed in Land Eviction
By :See and say.in
25 June 2016
Mathura: Five protesters and two policemen, including an SP, were killed and over 40 people injured in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district, a top official said. The clashes broke out when the police were trying to evict illegal occupants of a land
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By :Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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Namibia: Evicted Family Squats on Roadside
By :Luqman Cloete, Namibian News
09 May 2016
A FAMILY has become destitute after government bought a farm in the Maltahöhe district on which they had lived and worked for more than 24 years. They have been living in a corrugated iron zinc shack on the roadside about 15 kilometres from Maltahöhe with their 148 small livestock, four horses,
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Kenya: Bldgs. Demolished, 100s Homeless
By :AP
06 May 2016
Nairobi—As emergency workers retrieved four bodies from a building that collapsed a week ago, bringing the death toll to 41, hundreds of Nairobi residents were evicted on Friday from nearby buildings that are being torn down to prevent other deadly disasters.   The demolitions began even as the rescuers continued digging the
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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By :OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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"Right to the City" Movement Goes Global
By :Francesca Perry, The Guardian
19 April 2016
Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?   From the Taksim Square and Nuit Debout protests to bank takeovers in Barcelona and women’s workshops in Delhi, the pressure for more inclusive cities is mounting. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?   On
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Israeli Plunder of Palestinian Homes “Concerns” U.S.
By :David Alexander, Reuters
02 April 2016
Crackdown on what Israel claims is illegal construction has already pitied Jerusalem against the EU, who funds some of the structures.   JERUSALEM—The United States is "concerned" about Israel`s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions
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USA: The Eviction Economy
By :Matthew Desmond, The New York Times
05 March 2016
I first met Larraine when we both lived in a trailer park on the far South Side of Milwaukee. Fifty-four, with silvering brown hair, Larraine loved mystery novels, “So You Think You Can Dance” and doting on her grandson. Even though she lived in a mobile home park with so
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UN Report: Homelessness and Impunity Spreading
By :OHCHR
03 March 2016
GENEVA (3 March 2016) – Homelessness is a fact of life in all countries of the world, regardless of the level of development of their economic or governance systems, and it has been spreading with impunity, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, warned today
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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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UN Expert: Homeless Are Not Cockroaches or Vermin
By :Leilani Farha, Guardian Housing News Network
21 December 2015
How is it that homelessness – one of the most egregious violations of human rights globally – can be so invisible? The answer lies in the fact that we have done pretty much everything we can to erase homeless people from our sight and from our minds. How governments, the media, and
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HIC Takes on COP21
By :HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Philippines: 2 Yrs. after Haiyan, Still Waiting
By :Astrid Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation
08 November 2015
  Nearly 2 Years After Typhoon Haiyan, Many Still Waiting for Rehousing in Safer Areas. Experts are calling for a closer monitoring system of how aid funds are being spent.     TACLOBAN, Philippines—Arsenjo Francisco has lived near the sea all his life, but the retired Filipino fisherman lost his love of the ocean
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Human Rights and the New Habitat Agenda
By :Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur Newsletter
22 October 2015
In her second report to the UN General Assembly, Leilani called on States to include a human rights framework in the development of the New [Habitati] Agenda, to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (also known as Habitat III), October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
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UNSR Reminds Govts. about Rights in Habitat III
By :OHCHR
22 October 2015
NEW YORK / GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, today has challenged governments to go further and commit to bold action to end homelessness and improve housing conditions on a global scale. “I am convinced we can end the scourge of homelessness
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Pope Francis: “Rights to housing, land and city”
25 September 2015
In his public appearance in New York City this week, Pope Francis delivered a spiritual message, but also addressed a bundle of corresponding human rights. Not least of these were the “three Ls”: lodging, land and labor. He also contextualized these essential elements of human dignity and human rights with
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Out in the Cold: UK Social Housing Emergency
By :Simon Hooper, Al Jazeera
24 September 2015
  Forcible evictions fuel a housing crunch amid sharp welfare cuts and surging rent costs in London.     London, England—Housing activists mounted a last-ditch fight on Thursday to stop a disabled man from being forcibly evicted from his home and left with "nowhere to go" to make way for private properties to be
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Human Rights & Local Government Report
By :HIC-HLRN
18 September 2015
On 22 September 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva) will consider the final report of its Advisory Committee on the Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights. The report is the outcome of a two-year study on the subject by the Human Rights Council
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UK: 141 Families Evicted to Make Way for Luxury Flats
By :Frances Ryan, the Guardian
15 September 2015
The story of Mostafa Aliverdipour, a 50-year-old wheelchair user raising his family on an estate in north London, could tell politicians plenty about what has become of the principle of social housing in our capital. Looking out on rows of boarded-up walls and metal grilles, Aliverdipour and his four children –
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The Hungary Games: Abusing Refugees
By :Kim Lane Scheppele, Politico
30 August 2015
How Hungary evades its obligations on migrants and refugees   The Hungarian government is building a fence on the border with Serbia to keep out the ever-increasing flow of refugees to Europe. But just look at a map. Serbia represents a tiny slice of Hungary’s meandering southern border. If desperate asylum-seekers have
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Fractured Continuity: Habitat II to Habitat III
By :Joseph Schechla, CitiScope
10 August 2015
Wading through the knowledge products of the current Habitat process highlights a failure to account for previous commitments. HIC-HLRN’s Joseph Schechla critiques the process and content of Habitat III against the criteria forged at Habitat II.     *  *  *   The substantive debate toward next year’s Habitat III conference is now warming up.
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Greece through Homeless Eyes
By :Nikolia Apostolou and Matina Pashali, Al Jazeera
17 July 2015
As Matina Pashali closed the door to her home behind her, she tried not to cry. She was in her early 50s – and homeless.   Carrying a suitcase that held all of her belongings, she began to walk.   She had no family to support her, and she did not know where to
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The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By :Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of
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Documents (94)

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Publication Date

WLH Kampala Workshop Report

14 May 2019

Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

17 January 2019

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

Integrating the engagement of local governments and stakeholders in UN HABITAT

22 October 2018

الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى: تقييم السياق في ضوء أزمة اللاجئين والنازحين

23 April 2018

العدالة الانتقالية وحقوق الأرض والسكن في اليمن: محافظة تعز نموذجا

28 February 2018

Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine

23 August 2017

Peace Block letter on Sur, Diyarbakır

19 August 2017

SUR The Walled City of Diyarbakir: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

The Walled City of Diyarbakır: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

Gains and Losses of Habitat III

09 July 2017

Permanent Mission of Turkey response to UN Special Rapporteurs

20 January 2017

Fact Sheet on Israeli Housing and Land Rights Violations during 2016

31 December 2016

حصيلة الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية على حقوق الأراض والسكن في المناطق الفلسطينية المحتلة

31 December 2016

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

“We are at breaking point,” Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh

19 December 2016

Habitat III Statement

20 October 2016

Draft outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), A/CONF.226/4

29 September 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Herramienta para la evaluation de impacto de desalojos

28 August 2016

Matrice de Pertes/Outil pour l`évaluation des impacts de l`expulsion

28 August 2016

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

A Tool for Evaluative Habitat III Reporting: Responding to the Need for Implementation Reports

24 July 2016

Compilation of Habitat II Commitments

22 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Housing

21 July 2016

Restoring Human Rights and Habitat to the Habitat III Process and New Habitat Agenda

19 July 2016

Statement by the Quartet Principals on the Release of the Quartet Report

01 July 2016

HIC response to Habitat III revised zero draft

28 June 2016

Commentarios de la HIC sobre el borrador cero revisado del Habitat III

28 June 2016

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Making social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III

02 February 2016

Comentarios de HIC a los Documentos Marco sobre Políticas de Hábitat III (resumen)

31 January 2016

The Global Crisis of Displacement and Evictions: A Housing and Land Rights Response

14 January 2016

"Building Climate-resilient Societies," HIC statement to COP21

04 December 2015

"Key Issues and Recommendations," Housing in the City We Need UTC

18 November 2015

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

Le_Messager_14_08_2015

14 August 2015

“The role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights,” A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

دور الحكومة المحلية في تعزيز وحماية حقوق الإنسان - التقرير النهائي للجنة الاستشارية لمجلس حقوق الإنسان، A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

تقرير المقرر الخاص بالسكن اللائق كعنصر من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي مناسب وبالحق في عدم التمييز في هذا السياق، A/70/270

04 August 2015

Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le logement convenable en tant qu’élément du droit à un niveau

04 August 2015

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, A/70/270

04 August 2015

HIC Comments to the HRC-AC Local government and human rights draft report

15 June 2015

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Muthurwa Estates

11 May 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Habitat II Evaluation Criteria

03 March 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

Vienna, “Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle (English version)

19 December 2014

HIC response to HRC-AC Local government and human rights questionnaire

15 November 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Kingdom of Spain

15 June 2014

Promotion of Human Rights of the Urban Poor: Strategies and Best Practices, A/HRC/AC/9/3

29 May 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (Korean Language)

21 May 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (English version)

21 May 2012

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 2012

Violence in Lathor Village, Balangir District

24 January 2012

Sanctuary in the city_ Urban displacement and vulnerability in Damascus A desk study

15 December 2011

The Cruel Side of Delhi`s Beautification: Illegal Demolition in Baljeet Nagar

30 June 2011

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

العراق: قانون هيئة دعاوي الملكية

09 March 2010

Law on compensating people affected by War Operations, Military accidental errors, and Terrorist Actions, Number 20 (2009)

28 December 2009

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

Urban policies and the right to the city: Rights Responsibilities and Citizenship

16 March 2009

“De Vancouver 1976 a Vancouver 2006: Una revisión critica desde la perspectiva no gubernamental”

01 October 2008

Planned Dispossession: Forced Evictions and the 2010 Commonwealth Games

31 December 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (Arabic version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (English version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (French version)

20 June 2005

تقرير المقرر الخاص المعني بالسكن اللائق بوصفع عنصراً من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي لائق، السيد ميلون كوتهاري، في زيارته إلى الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، زيارة الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، E / CN.4 / 2003/5 / ADD.1

17 June 2002

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Mr. Miloon Kothari, on his visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, E/CN.4/2003/5/Add.1

17 June 2002

El Estatuto da la Ciudad (Lei nº 10.257/01) las directrices generales de la política urb

10 July 2001

Assessing the gains and losses of Istanbul+5

24 June 2001

"Back to the Future," statement before the General Assembly Special Session Habitat II+5 Review

07 April 2001

European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City

18 May 2000

Cities and Homes for All: The Habitat Agenda

30 June 1996

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda, A/CONF.165/14

14 June 1996

Declaración de Estambul sobre los Asentamientos Humanos y Programa de Hábitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

La Déclaration d`Istanbul sur les etablissements humains et le Programme pour l`habitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

إعلان القدس: مشروع ميثاق حركة حقوق السكن الفلسطينية

29 May 1995

The Jerusalem Declaration (darf Charter of the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement)

29 May 1995

NGO Treaty on Urbanisation. Towards Just Democratic and Sustainable Cities, Towns and Villages

16 June 1992

Population Transfer and International Law

12 January 1992

Comité des droits économiques, sociales et culturelles, "Le droit à un logement suffisant," Observation générale no 4

13 December 1991

Realization of the right to adequate housing, E/CN.4/RES/1988/24

07 March 1988

Declaración de Vancouver

11 June 1976

Henri Lefebvre, “Le droit à la ville,” L`Homme et la société, Vol. 6, No. 1 (1967)

01 June 1967

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