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The UN Special Rapporteur examines the right to housing of persons with disabilities in new report

 
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.
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The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopts concluding observations on UK report

 

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted Concluding Observations and Recommendations on report of the United Kingdom on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Call for Right to Housing to be enshrined in the Irish Constitution

Op Ed by Niamh Randall, Head of Policy and Communications with the Simon Communities of Ireland and Senator Colette Kelleher. 

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The DALO law: a step towards making the right to housing a reality

 
Julie CLAUZIER, Jurislogement
 
Jurislogement is a national network of lawyers, experts in the right to housing

 

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M.B.D. et al. v. Spain (Communication No. 5/2015) [5.07.2017]

 
Date of the decision: 5 July 2017
 
Jurisdiction: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
 
Country: Spain
 
Subject: Evictions without suitable alternative accommodation (tenants)
 
Legal basis: Violation of the Right to adequate housing, Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:
 
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The DALO Law is 10 years old

On 5 March 2007, the French parliament unanimously adopted a law making the right to housing enforceable. Known as the DALO law, this text obliges the French State to move away from an obligation of diligence towards a performance obligation in ensuring access to housing for all.

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Evicted rights in Spain: no room of one’s own

Koldo Casla 
Researcher on the right to housing, Amnesty International Spain.
 

This article was first published in OpenGlobalRights (Open Democracy)

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Reclaiming the Right to Housing

 
Juan Carlos Benito Sánchez
 
PhD Fellow at University of Louvain (Belgium), Visiting Researcher at UCL (UK)
 
 
Twitter: @jcbensan

 

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing - Mission to Portugal

 
In December 2016 two United Nations human rights experts visited Portugal and expressed concern about the impact of the economic crisis and the austerity measures on the enjoyment of the rights to housing, water and sanitation in this country.
 
At the end of a joint official visit to the country, UN Special Rapporteurs, Léo Heller and Leilani Farha, warned about the situation of people in vulnerable situations, including the “new poor”- those who have been pushed into poverty as a result of the austerity measures.
 
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