The right to housing of persons with disabilities

For her next report to the General Assembly, 72nd session, the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing will focus on the right to adequate housing of persons with disabilities.

The Special Rapporteur intends to further investigate the housing conditions of many people with disabilities that she has seen around the world, in institutions, in informal settlements, on the streets of cities and in rural settings. She hopes to enhance understandings of how housing circumstances are uniquely tied to t dignity, equality and social inclusion for people with disabilities.

The report aims to clarify the nature of state obligations to address systemic violations of the right to housing of persons with disabilities, and to understand the interdependence with the right to non-discrimination (including reasonable accommodation), and several other human rights. The report will also apply a disability lens to particular dimensions of the right to housing, including security of tenure; the obligation to provide adequate alternative housing in the community where displacement is unavoidable; meaningful engagement, and access to services including water, sanitation and support for community living.

The Special Rapporteur hopes to provide a clear and coherent framework to assist in guiding governments in the implementation of rights under articles 2 and 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and articles 19 and 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other obligations under international human rights law.

See final report A/72/128 - 12 July 2017 - in all UN languages

Questionnaire for Governments, civil society and all relevant stakeholders:

English (Word - PDF)
Spanish (Word - PDF)
French (Word - PDF)

The Special Rapporteur invites Governments, National Human Rights Institutions, independent monitoring mechanisms, civil society organizations and networks, including organizations of persons with disabilities, and other relevant stakeholders, with relevant information to share contributions and inputs for her report. She welcomes information on innovative approaches and successful programmatic and legislative initiatives as well.

Due to limited capacity for translation, we kindly request that you submit your answers, if possible, in English, Spanish or French and, no later than 5 June 2017. Please keep your responses to a maximum of 5 pages (or 3,000 words).

Please send your responses preferably in electronic version via email to:, or to:
UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing 
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Special Procedures Branch, Palais Wilson 
CH – 1211, Geneva 

Responses from States

Non-Member State

National Human Rights Institutions

Responses from Civil Society Organisations

Responses from Individuals