Check the speakers that have confirmed presence at the side event on post-disaster reconstruction
On October 21, following the presentation of her report on reconstruction after natural disasters and the right to adequate housing to the UN General Assembly, in New York, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik will present a side event on the matter, at the same place.
The Rapporteur will speak at the opening of the event. Next, representatives of the permanent missions of Germany and Finland will open the debate. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, the representative of Finland, will also coordinate discussions.
Who bears the brunt of climate change? The poor, as usual
For World Habitat Day, Monday 3 October 2011
Who bears the brunt of climate change? The poor, as usual – UN experts on housing and internal displacement
GENEVA (3 October 2011) – “Not much to celebrate on World Habitat Day, when close to a third of the global population continues to live in slums and unplanned settlements, often located in areas exposed to serious environmental risks and hazards,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on Housing, Raquel Rolnik, and on Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani.
Together let’s shout enough to violations! Together we will win the right to housing and to land!
Resistances and Alternatives are the key words chosen by the Liaison Committee, established during the World Assembly of Inhabitants (WAI) in order to unify the Global Campaign for the right to housing and to land from the 16th September until the 31st October this year.
The central focus is the struggle against expulsions, evictions, the land grabbing and the persecution of activists. This year, these matters involve not only the organisations that have long been committed to the World Zero Evictions Days and other campaigns, but the entire world.
Communications reports are available for consultation
Read below the summaries of the communications sent by the Rapporteur to various countries from December 2010 to last May. To read the complete version of each communication, click on the summary title.
To read the complete report, including communications from all the other rapporteurs, click here. The communication was presented this month at the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
Special Rapporteur promotes debate during the UN General Assembly
In October, the Special Rapporteur will coordinate a side event during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. “More than Housing Reconstruction: The Right to Adequate Housing in Disaster Relief and Recovery” aims to bring together governments, humanitarian and human rights specialists experienced in addressing disasters to discuss the integration of the right to adequate housing in disaster response.
Russians evicted from homes for Olympics
By: Maria Antonova, SOCHI, Russia (AFP)
(Sochi, RUS) - Sochi native Vladimir Tkachenko needed a decade to build a house on his modest salary. He then had 11 hours to move all belongings out of the way for the bulldozers clearing the way for a new road.
Tkachenko's violent eviction, which has recently alarmed the Sochi community, is only the latest incident in what critics say is the darker side of Sochi's Olympic preparations ahead of the 2014 Winter Games.
Proposals of Non Governmental Organizations and innovator habitat politics in Argentina
Author: Red Habitat Argentina
There are 100.000 empty properties in the Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires – it is to say that no inhabitants are living in there. Since 2005 different organizations – local and international ones – have been presenting this problem wherever it corresponds, it is to say not only to the "Senado de la Nación" (National Senate Parliament) but also to the local and national authorities as well.
Battle for New Orleans, 6 Years After Katrina
As this weekend's storm has reminded us, hurricanes can be a threat to U.S. cities on the East Coast as well as the Gulf. But the vast changes that have taken place in New Orleans since Katrina have had little to do with weather, and everything to do with political struggles.
Six years after the federal levees failed and 80 percent of the city was flooded, New Orleans has lost 80,000 jobs and 110,000 residents. It is a whiter and wealthier city, with tourist areas well-maintained while communities like the Lower 9th Ward remain devastated. Beyond the statistics, it is still a much-contested city.
Cambodia: Resolution of Boeung Kak Lake dispute in sight
by Rhodri C. Williams
TN reader Bronwyn was kind enough to update my earlier post on the standoff between the Cambodian government and the World Bank over resettlement assistance to residents of the Boeung Kak Lake area of Phnom Penh. It seems that the Bank’s announcement that it had frozen funding for projects in Cambodia pending resolution of the dispute caught somebody’s attention.
As reported in the Khmer service of the Voice of America, the Cambodian government has now met BKL residents’ demands for land plots within their old neighborhood rather than assistance resettling elsewhere:
Essex University releases a Guide to Legal Observing of Forced Evictions
The Essex Human Rights Clinic of the Essex University has recently released a Guide to Legal Observing of Forced Evictions.Bellow you can read the Introduction section and you can also download the document.
Women and housing rights: what issues are under discussion in the web platform?
The Special Rapporteur has recently launched a web platform to discuss, among other themes, women’s housing and land rights. With the help of a global coordinator and focal points hired to coordinate the outreach in the seven different regions (North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa), the e-consultation aims to identify and make visible the different issues which women are currently facing throughout the world in relation to housing and land, to give us a fresh picture on the current state of these rights globally.
The e-consultation has been dynamic and has helped to identify some of the most pressing issues for women’s housing and land rights today. From women’s housing rights within the context of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, to lack of access to justice and lack of rights awareness, the consultations have surfaced a range of critical issues.
Rapporteur’s newsletter celebrates first anniversary
Through the newsletter and other communications tools developed in her term, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik has been sharing her work agenda and seeking dialogue with organisations, communities and governments of countries visited as well as with people and organisations that may be interested in the topics being worked.
Evicting rioters' families from their homes? There's a horrible logic to it
This kind of collective punishment fits into a wider housing agenda of pushing the poor out of profitable inner cities
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 August 2011 14.05 BST
Ponder, for a moment, the second-most unequal country in Europe. Its prime minister, who failed to win an outright majority, heads a government whose cabinet contains several millionaires, and embarks upon an ideologically driven economic policy against almost all international and professional advice. It has just faced its largest strikes for decades. Its lawmakers were recently found fiddling their mortgages en masse. Its press was caught phone tapping hundreds of private citizens and politicians, with little hindrance from the police.
Communications Report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September
In September, the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva. At the event, the communications sent by Rapporteurs to country governments from December 2010 to May 2011 will be presented, as will the answers of the respective governments from February to July this year.
Dale Farm traveller evictions 'may breach human rights'
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Plans to evict people living illegally at England's largest travellers' site may breach human rights law, a United Nations expert has warned.
Basildon Council has given the 200 people living on 51 unauthorised pitches at Dale Farm, Essex, until the end of August to leave.
The UN's Raquel Rolnik has now called on the UK government to find a peaceful solution to the matter.