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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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Report on "Financialization of housing and the right to adequate housing" by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing

Housing and real estate markets worldwide have been transformed by global capital markets and financial excess. Known as the financialization of housing, the phenomenon occurs when housing is treated as a commodity – a vehicle for wealth and investment rather than a social good.
 
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The Right to Rent Scheme: Landlords as Immigration Officers

Adrian Berry

Barrister at Garden Court Chambers

A shorter version of this article was first published for Legal Action magazine in the UK; thereafter expanded for his blog, Cosmopolis: Migration, Citizenship, and Free Movement

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Simon Communities call to include right to a home in Constitution

The Simon Communities charity wants the Government to include the right to a home in the Constitution, saying homelessness violates a number of international treaties to which Ireland has signed up.

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Hunde v Netherlands (Application 17931/16)

Date of the decision:  July 5, 2016

JurisdictionCouncil of Europe – European Court of Human Rights

Country: Netherlands

Subject: Non-admissibility – Article 3 – undocumented migrants – human dignity and core obligations under the ICESCR.

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New report on homelessness by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

In March 2016, for the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, will present her new report on homelessness and adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. 

 

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Human Rights

Abusive lending can compromise fundamental rights protected under European Union legislation, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Directive on Unfair Contract Terms, as well as under other human rights instruments.

Some of the rights enumerated under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights that abusive lending practices could violate include:

  • the right to human dignity (Article 1);

  • the right to respect for private and family life (Article 7);

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