In the report, the Special Rapporteur examines the right to housing of persons with disabilities. She provides an overview of their diverse housing circumstances — from institutionalization, homelessness and grossly inadequate housing to experiences of stigmatization and exclusion — linked to a broad range of impairments, including psychosocial, physical, sensorial and intellectual, as well as perceived impairments. She questions why those widespread human rights violations have not been addressed as a priority by States or the international community.
The Special Rapporteur considers how the “disability human rights paradigm” affirmed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has the potential to breathe new life into the right to adequate housing. She highlights the fundamental principles of a human rights-based approach to disability, such as dignity, substantive equality, accessibility and participation, as well as the overriding obligation to realize the right to housing to the maximum of available resources, and correlates them to the key features of the right to adequate housing. She reflects on how the right to housing can be more effectively claimed by persons with disabilities and adjudicated by courts and tribunals and reviews some effective policy and legislative initiatives that are necessary to implement that right.
She concludes her report with key recommendations highlighting the transformative potential of the disability human rights paradigm and how it must be better harnessed in order to realize the right to housing of persons with disabilities in accordance with the commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Right to housing