The Special Rapporteur will focus his next thematic report to be submitted to the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council on homelessness as a cause and consequence of contemporary forms of slavery. For the purpose of the report, he will examine the experiences of homeless persons themselves and seek information from multiple additional stakeholders and sources.
Key questions and types of input sought
- What are the main causes/drivers of homelessness in your country?
- Is there evidence of persons experiencing homelessness, being exploited in contemporary forms of slavery such as forced of bonded labour, worst forms of child labour, sexual exploitation which may amount to slavery and other forms of exploitation in your country? If so, please provide details in relation to:
- Profiles of victims (e.g. age, sex, gender identity/sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, migration status, socio-economic status, race and any other features).
- Profiles of exploiters (e.g. criminal organizations; human traffickers; private businesses/employers, others);
- Methods of recruitment of persons experiencing homelessness, including children in street situations;
- Manifestation of exploitation (e.g. sexual exploitation and/or labour exploitation in various sectors such as agriculture, domestic work and construction, as well as criminal exploitation (e.g. forced begging, drug production/trafficking, theft, etc.)), including their gender dimensions.
- Is there evidence of homelessness being a consequence of contemporary forms of slavery in your country (i.e. domestic/foreign victims being made homeless after sexual and/or labour exploitation )? If so, please explain further.
- Are there examples of positive measures taken by your Government to prevent persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, including children in street situations or discharged from child or foster care, from being subjected to contemporary forms of slavery? If so, please provide details, which may include, but are not limited to, development/implementation of legislative, policy and institutional frameworks, material/financial support, and promotion of access to housing, education/training, decent work, health/public services, as well as justice and remedies.
- Are there examples of positive measures implemented by civil society organisations or other non-governmental stakeholders in protecting and promoting the rights of persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and in preventing them from being victimised in contemporary forms of slavery? If so, please provide details.
- What are remaining challenges – in law and practice - in preventing persons experiencing homelessness from being subjected to contemporary forms of slavery and to prevent and eliminate homelessness in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 11.1 and international human rights law?
- What practical recommendations would you propose to overcome these ongoing challenges?
How inputs will be used
Submissions will be published on the website of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery (OHCHR | Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences), unless confidentiality is requested for particular submissions.
 Please consider both persons in street situation, but as well other forms of homelessness, such as persons living in various forms of shelters or temporary accommodation, disaster and conflict related displacement and homelessness, and persons experiencing hidden homelessness, such as persons who are involuntary staying with friends or family members due to lack of own housing.