Communications issued by the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing from 2014 - Present

In the table below, you will find all the communications issued by the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing organised alphabetically by country. These communications have been published in the joint communications report of special procedures mandate holders, and the reports are also mentioned for easier reference. Allegation letters are identified with (AL), urgent appeal with (UA), and other communications with (OTH). Several communications are addressed jointly with other Special procedure mandates, and are therefore joint communications, identified with as JAL or JUA.

To access all communications reports of special procedures, including those of previous years, please visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/CommunicationsreportsSP.aspx

Country

Date

Type of comm and ref.

Summary of the allegations transmitted
(original language)

Reply from State

Published in report

Albania

15/10/2015

JUA
ALB 1/2015

Alleged imminent eviction of approximately 48 Roma families residing in an informal settlement close to the Artificial Lake in Tirana.

29/12/2015

A/HRC/31/79

Australia

13/02/2017

OL
AUS 1/2017

Information received concerning the proposed amendment to the Melbourne City Council’s existing legislation which will allegedly target and negatively affect people experiencing homelessness.18/04/2017A/HRC/35/44

Brazil

14/07/2015

JUA
BRA 2/2015

Alleged imminent eviction of approximately 20,000 persons residing in three urban informal settlements in the State of Minas Gerais.

-

A/HRC/31/79

Canada

16/5/2017

JAL
CAN 1/2017

Information received regarding systemic homelessness in Canada and regarding homeless camps facing eviction in several locations in British Columbia.  A/HRC/36/25

Canada

4/11/2016

JAL
CAN 2/2016

Information received concerning the adverse and discriminatory conditions of access to safe drinking water and adequate housing for First Nations aboriginal communities across Canada. 1/2/2017A/HRC/34/75

Cambodia

30/04/2015

JAL
KHM 1/2015

Alleged forced eviction and land appropriation of Bunong indigenous community in Cambodia.

-

A/HRC/30/27

Cambodia

22/08/2014

JUA
KHM 5/2014

Allegations concerning the expropriation of land of community members of villages in Ta Ches commune, as well as denial of access to justice and resolution of their claims.

-

A/HRC/28/85

China (People's Republic of)

7/11/2016

JAL
CHN 10/2016

Allegations of restrictions of religious freedom in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture including expulsion of practitioners, demolitions of monastic homes, cultural and environmental impacts of mining activities, and excessive use of force against, arbitrary arrest and detention of peaceful protestors. 5/12/2016A/HRC/34/75

China (People's Republic of)

05/05/2014

JAL
CHN 6/2014

Allegations of arrest and ill-treatment in detention of a human rights defender.

-

A/HRC/27/72

Colombia

30/05/2014

JAL
COL 5/2014

Alegaciones sobre los posibles efectos del proceso de revisión del Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial (POT) de la Oficina de Planeación Municipal de Medellín.
                            

26/08/2014

A/HRC/28/85
A/HRC/27/72

Dominican Republic

15/07/2016

JUA
DOM 2/2016

Alegatos de desalojos forzosos de ochenta familias en total, aproximadamente 300 personas, residentes en la ciudad de Santa Cruz de El Seybo, los días 15 y 26 de enero de 2016 por parte de agentes armados de la empresa Compañía Central Romana.  A/HRC/34/75

Ecuador

29/05/2015

UA
ECU 2/2015

Alegato de desalojo forzoso de aproximadamente doscientas personas residentes en la cooperativa Mélida Toral, ubicada en la Isla Trinitaria, Guayaquil, el día 27 de Marzo de 2015.

11/11/2015

 

A/HRC/30/27

Egypt

12/02/2015

AL
EGY 3/2015

Alleged forced eviction of a large number of persons residing in the Rafah area of the Sinai peninsula for security reasons.

30/03/2015
30/03/2015

A/HRC/29/50

France

10/1/2017

JAL
FRA 3/2016

Informations reçues concernant l’expulsion d’environ 10,000 migrants du camp de Calais, en absence d’évaluation individuelle, de consultation préalables, de proposition de relogement convenable, et d’une garantie du droit à l’information.

14/03/2017
23/03/2017

A/HRC/35/44

France

05/12/2014

JAL
FRA 3/2014

Allégation d’expulsion forcée de plus de 300 Roms en Octobre 2014 résidant dans un campement informel près de Bobigny dans la banlieue nord-est de Paris.

03/02/2015

A/HRC/29/50

Georgia

09/09/2014

JAL
GEO 1/2014

Alleged involuntary resettlement of an estimated 1,700 to 2,500 inhabitants of the upper Svaneti region.

16/12/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Greece

27/01/2017

JUA
GRC 1/2017

Information received concerning the lack of adequate emergency assistance to migrants, particularly vulnerable to the severe winter conditions registered in the country in December 2016 and January 2017, and the lack of provision for alternative adequate housing.

27/02/2017

A/HRC/35/44

India

22/09/2016

JUA
IND 8/2016

Alleged forced evictions and demolition of approximately 100 houses in Rangpuri Pahadi, Delhi, without prior notice, resettlement plan or a court order, as well as police violence and detention of three women who resisted the demolitions of their homes. A/HRC/34/75

India

26/03/2015

JAL
IND 4/2015

Allegations of adverse impacts on the right to an adequate standard of living, including food and housing, and the rights of indigenous peoples due to the ongoing construction of the Mapithel dam in the State of Manipur.

-

A/HRC/30/27

Ireland

25/09/2015

JAL
IRL 2/2015

Alleged increase of homelessness and lack of access of those who are homeless to emergency shelter and to safe drinking water and sanitation in the city of Cork.

01/06/2016

A/HRC/31/79

Israel

9/03/2017

JUA
ISR 4/2017

 

Information received concerning the situation of the residents of Khan al Ahmar in Area C, who are facing possible imminent transfer which, may constitute forced displacement.

18/01/2016

A/HRC/31/79

Israel

20/11/2015

JUA
ISR 8/2015

Alleged imminent forced eviction of a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, Occupied Palestinian Territory. Follow-up to an earlier communication sent on 30 April 2015.

 

A/HRC/36/25

Israel

30/04/2015

JUA
ISR 1/2015

Alleged imminent forced eviction of a Palestinian family of eight, including two children, from their home in the Old City, East Jerusalem.

-

A/HRC/30/27

Israel

14/10/2014

JUA
ISR 10/2014

Alleged imminent risk of forced eviction and transfer of Palestinian Bedouin communities, acts prohibited under international human rights and humanitarian law.

-

A/HRC/28/85

Italy

29/06/2015

JAL
ITA 3/2015

Letter concerning the decision taken by the Civil Section of the Tribunal of Rome concerning a Roma camp located on the outskirts of Rome
-

A/HRC/31/79

Kenya

26/04/2017

JUA
KEN 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.

-

 

Kenya

03/02/2014

JAL
KEN 2/2014

Allegations of discrimination against women caused by provisions contained in the 2013 Matrimonial Property Bill, which denies women the right to marital property upon divorce or death of their spouse, unless they can prove they made a financial contribution during their marriage.

-

A/HRC/26/21

Kyrgyzstan

24/06/2016

JUA
KGZ 2/2016

Information received concerning the alleged forced evictions and demolition of 36 houses (approximately 152 individuals) belonging to the Uzbek ethnic minority, residing on Lenin Street in the city of Jalal-Abad without any alternative housing solution. - A/HRC/34/75

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

16/02/2016

JAL
LAO 1/2016

Alleged human rights violations associated with the Don Sahong dam development project of the lower Mekong River in the territory of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2 kilometres from the Laos-Cambodia border.

10/05/2016 A/HRC/32/53

Malaysia

29/02/2016

JAL
MYS 1/2016

Alleged human rights violations associated with the Don Sahong dam development project of the lower Mekong River in the territory of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2 kilometres from the Laos-Cambodia border.

  A/HRC/32/53

Mexico

20/05/2014

JUA
MEX 7/2014

Presuntos actos de violencia, detención, desprestigio, hostigamiento y tortura en contra de una abogada, así como la judicialización y la criminalización de sus actividades en defensa de los derechos humanos.

24/10/2014

A/HRC/28/85
A/HRC/27/72

Moldova

31/03/2015

JUA
MDA 2/2015

Alleged forced eviction and continued residency in an institutional setting for 14 persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in the city of Balti who have, until now, benefited from a supported housing programme administered by the city.

09/06/2015

A/HRC/30/27

Myanmar

9/01/2017

JUA
MMR 6/2016

Information received concerning the deteriorating humanitarian situation in northern Rakhine State.

 

A/HRC/35/44

Myanmar

16/12/2016

JAL
MMR 5/2016

Information received concerning measures that may amount to systematic discrimination against religious minorities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims.

 

A/HRC/35/44

Netherlands

12/12/2014

JUA
NLD 1/2014

Allegations concerning the failure of the Government of the Netherlands to provide emergency assistance to homeless irregular migrants

04/02/2015

A/HRC/29/50

Netherlands

 

25/02/2016

JAL
NLD 1/2016

Letter in follow-up to the response received from the Government of the Netherlands on 9 July 2015 to a communication regarding the failure to provide emergency assistance to homeless migrants in an irregular situation.    A/HRC/32/53

Nigeria

14/11/2016

UA
NGA 4/2016

Alleged demolitions and fires destroying most homes and structures in Otodo Gbame Community, in the waterfront of Lagos, leaving over 30,000 people homeless despite a recent injuction from the Lagos State High Court restraining any demolition in the waterfronts across the state.  A/HRC/34/75

Nigeria

08/10/2015

UA
NGA 1/2015

Alleged demolitions and forced evictions of hundreds of homes in Badia, Lagos, and imminent threat of further demolitions and evictions in the same area.

30/11/2015

A/HRC/31/79

Pakistan

13/01/2016

PAK 1/2016

Alleged destruction of many historic buildings and neighbourhoods for the purpose of the Orange metro line in Lahore, in violation of the right to housing and cultural rights.  A/HRC/32/53

Russian Federation

22/12/2014

JUA
RUS 10/2014

Allegations of an arson attack on the premises of a human rights organization, and intimidation and harassment of human rights lawyers.

13/02/2015

A/HRC/29/50

Republic of Korea

27/05/2014

JAL
KOR 2/2014

Follow-up letter concerning alleged forced eviction of residents living in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India and surrounding areas.

07/08/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Saudi Arabia

27/03/2017

JUA
SAU 3/2017

 

Information received concerning the alleged demolition of the historic neighbourhood of Al-Masora in the town of Awamia, Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 24/05/2017A/HRC/36/25

Serbia

8/02/2017

JUA
SRB 1/2017

 

Information received concerning the lack of adequate emergency assistance to approximately 1,200 migrants living in Serbia, and the lack of the provision of alternative adequate housing, aggravated by concerns over collective expulsion of approximately 600 migrants. A/HRC/35/44

Serbia

23/11/2016

JUA
SRB 3/2016

Alleged discriminatory billing against the Roma residents of Crvena Zvezda in Nis by an electricity company “Elektroprivreda Srbije”, and the continued withdrawal of electricity supply to the community since 22 August 2016. 23/11/2016 A/HRC/34/75

Serbia

21/07/2015

JUA
SRB 2/2015

Alleged imminent eviction of approximately 40 Roma households residing in the informal settlement of Grmec in Zemun, Belgrade.

25/08/2015

A/HRC/31/79

South Africa

28/11/2016

JUA
ZAF 2/2016

Information received concerning the death, since March 2016, of at least 37 persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities after relocation to non-governmental organizations in Gauteng and the situation of some 1900 people who have been transferred to unknown locations without adequate support.  A/HRC/34/75

Spain

09/05/2016

JAL
ESP 3/2016

Presuntas violaciones de los derechos humanos de una comunidad romaní, en el asentamiento informal “El Gallinero”, en Madrid, a la vivienda, al agua y al saneamiento, y otros relacionados. 19/07/2016 A/HRC/33/32

Sri Lanka

20/08/2014

AL
LKA 11/2014

Alleged forced eviction of a large number of persons and communities residing in various neighbourhoods in the city of Colombo.

21/08/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Syrian Arab Republic

31/01/2014

JUA
SYR 3/2014

Alleged denial of access to food, safe drinking water, adequate shelter and medical supplies, facilities and services as a method of war in violation of international human rights law.

-

A/HRC/26/21

Turkey

21/09/2016

JAL
TUR 5/2016

Alleged destruction of historic buildings and residential neighbourhoods in the Sur district and Diyarbakir city, mainly Kurdish populated areas, on-going since December 2015, and the plan to expropriate the inhabitants of the city of their homes and lands for urban renewal and regeneration. 20/01/2017 A/HRC/34/75

Turkey

27/02/2014

AL
TUR 2/2014

 

Alleged threat to the right to adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living of around 110 families as a result of the 2011 earthquake in Van.

07/04/2014

A/HRC/26/21

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

10/01/2017

JAL
GBR 3/2016

Informations reçues concernant l’expulsion d’environ 10,000 migrants du camp de Calais, en absence d’évaluation individuelle, de consultation préalables, de proposition de relogement convenable, et d’une garantie du droit à l’information.23/02/2017A/HRC/35/44

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

08/04/2016

JAL
GBR 1/2016

Alleged negative impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Act on the human rights of persons living in poverty, particularly children, large families, single parents and persons with disabilities. 14/07/2016

A/HRC/33/32

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

20/05/2014

JAL
GBR 1/2014

Alleged violation of the human rights of persons living in poverty in the context of austerity measures.

10/07/2014

A/HRC/27/72

United Republic of Tanzania

08/08/2014

JAL
TZA 2/2014

Allegations of ongoing attacks against persons with albinism resulting in death or severe maiming, and of lack of adequate protection.

-

A/HRC/28/85

United States of America

28/09/2016

JAL
USA
8/2016

Information received concerning Puerto Rico’s public debt level, which reportedly endangers the ability of many of its 3.5 million inhabitants to enjoy economic and social rights. 19/10/2016 A/HRC/34/75

United States of America

05/04/2016

JAL
USA 2/2016

Alleged violations of the human rights of residents of Flint, Michigan, in the context of lead contamination of its water.

-

A/HRC/33/32

United States of America

15/05/2015

JAL
USA 11/2015

Alleged large-scale disconnection of water services disproportionally affecting poor African-American or Black households in the city of Baltimore. Follow-up to allegations USA 21/2014 and USA 9/2014.

-

A/HRC/30/27

United States of America

06/01/2015

JAL
USA 21/2014

Allegations of continued disconnections of water services and of large numbers of related foreclosures and evictions in Detroit in violation of human rights standards.

31/03/2015

 

A/HRC/29/50

United States of America

24/06/2014

JUA
USA 9/2014

Allegations of unjustified disconnections of water services in Detroit.

17/10/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Viet Nam

21/03/2014

JUA
VNM 3/2014

 

Alleged forced eviction of the residents of the Con Dau village, near Da Nang city, in Central Viet Nam.

23/05/2014

 

A/HRC/27/72

Other

15/07/2016

JOL
OTH
20/2016

Alegatos de desalojos forzosos de ochenta familias en total, aproximadamente 300 personas, residentes en la ciudad de Santa Cruz de El Seybo, los días 15 y 26 de enero de 2016 por parte de agentes armados de la empresa Compañía Central Romana.   A/HRC/34/75

Other

29/02/2016

JA
OTH 13/2016

Alleged human rights violations associated with the Don Sahong dam development project of the lower Mekong River in the territory of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2 kilometres from the Laos-Cambodia border.

09/05/2016 A/HRC/32/53

Other

23/10/2015

JAL
OTH 7/2015

Letter sent in follow-up to the allegation letter transmitted to the United Nations Secretary General on 25 September 2014 concerning the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010.
-
A/HRC/31/79

Other

12/02/2015

JAL
OTH 2/2015

Letter addressed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the failure of the Netherlands to provide adequate access to emergency assistance to irregular migrants.

-

A/HRC/29/50

Other

30/05/2014

JAL
OTH 5/2014

Follow-up letter concerning alleged forced eviction of residents living in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India and surrounding areas.

25/07/2014

A/HRC/27/72

Other

25/09/2014

JAL
HTI 3/2014

Allegation that the United Nations failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent the introduction of cholera in Haiti by the United Nations peacekeeping mission troops.

10/10/2014
25/11/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Other

05/05/2014

JAL
OTH 4/2014

Letter related to the review of the Environmental and Social Policy and Public Information Policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

22/05/2014

A/HRC/27/72