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Handbook on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons: Implementing the "Pinheiro Principles"


01 July 2007

This Handbook presents practical guidance for officials working on housing and property restitution questions on how to most effectively promote the right of refugees and internally displaced persons to return to and re-inhabit the homes and properties from which they were originally displaced, and also how to find non-return-based durable solutions that include fully enforceable housing and property restitution rights, including compensation rights. The Handbook offers an interpretation of the 23 Pinheiro Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons adopted by the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in August 2005. For each principle, it provides general comment in the legal context, followed by typical scenarios with examples of applying the respective principle in actual situations. These examples are clarified by common questions addressing challenges and concerns that restitution practitioners may have in such situations. At the end of each principle, there is a section providing further information on the background of the nature and origin of the principle as well as practices addressed by the principle.


Published jointly by OHCHR with OCHA/IDD, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, FAO, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Print format:

A5 soft cover