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“The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions." (Article 11.1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)


The Right to Adequate Housing Toolkit
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[Woman and her baby in their flooded shack in an informal settlement of Papua New Guinea. © 
Bahram Ghazi
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[Woman and her baby in their flooded shack in an informal settlement of Papua New Guinea.
© Christina Saunders]

Women

"All human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated and … women’s equal ownership, access to and control over land and the equal right to own property and to adequate housing contribute to the full realization of human rights" (Commission on Human Rights, 2005/25)

Documents

  • Women and the Right to Adequate Housing (2012)
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  • Special Rapporteur on adequate housing web page on women and housing, including reports, regional consultations and resolutions

  • Re/conceiving the human right to housing (2002)
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  • Guidance

  • Policy Makers Guide to Women’s Land, Property and Housing Rights Across the World
  • [Aboriginal family outside their derelict house near Darwin, Australia. © Bahram Ghazi]
    [Aboriginal family outside their derelict house near Darwin, Australia. © Bahram Ghazi]

    Indigenous Peoples

    “Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired”. (article 26.2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

    Documents

    • The impact of large-scale development projects, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, E/CN.4/2003/90
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    Publications and guidance

    [Shacks build by migrant workers, El Ejido, Spain. © 
Bahram Ghazi]
    [Shacks build by migrant workers, El Ejido, Spain. © Bahram Ghazi]

    Migrants

    Irregular or undocumented migrants, including rejected asylum-seekers, are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses, including violation of their right to adequate housing. Irregular migrants are often homeless, as an inability to pay rent usually results in immediate eviction. Their lack of legal status, and the criminalization of irregular migration in many countries, means that most will be unable or unwilling to challenge discriminatory or otherwise abusive rental practices and seek legal remedies.

    Documents

    The Right to Adequate Housing Toolkit

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    Issues

    • Forced evictions
    • Displacements
    • Homelessness
    • Poverty, ...

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    • Women
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • Migrants, ...

     

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