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Everyone needs a place to call home

Everyone needs a place to call home

The UN human rights expert on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, presents new Guiding Principles on tenure security for the urban poor in her last report to the Human Rights Council.
Between tradition and exclusion: struggling for the right to pitch a trailer

Between tradition and exclusion: struggling for the right to pitch a trailer

Candy Sheridan advocates for the rights of the Irish Travellers who were evicted from Dale Farm in Basildon, United Kingdom, over a year ago.
The politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome

The politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome

Roma migrants and their defenders describe the living conditions in camps, and forced evictions by the local authorities in Rome, Italy.
Secure housing for millions remains a global challenge

Secure housing for millions remains a global challenge

“Millions of people around the world still face the threat of eviction or displacement,” says the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, in her latest report, which was presented during the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Urbanization without human rights, a recipe for failure

Urbanization without human rights, a recipe for failure

The future of cities is compromised as long as human rights are not at the center of urban development, says UN Senior Official, on the occasion of UN World Habitat Day.
Land, fisheries and forests – the first global agreement on tenure guidelines

Land, fisheries and forests – the first global agreement on tenure guidelines

A major advance in global efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty – global agreement reached on voluntary guidelines for the tenure of land, fisheries and forests.
Natural disasters: an occasion to redress inequalities

Natural disasters: an occasion to redress inequalities

In the wake of a natural disaster, “vulnerable people do not always benefit from disaster assistance as others,” says Raquel Rolnik, UN expert on adequate housing.
Women and girls and their right to sanitation

Women and girls and their right to sanitation

About 2.6 billion people live without proper sanitation. Over 1.1 billion people have no sanitation facilities at all. This adversely affects women and girls.
Right to adequate housing in post-disaster construction

Right to adequate housing in post-disaster construction

UN Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik stresses the importance of the right to adequate housing in the post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction efforts in Japan.