Press Release on the Adopted Human Rights Council Resolution on the Right to Adequate Housing
4 April 2018
The International Alliance for Housing Rights welcomes the Human Rights Council’s adoption of a resolution on the right to adequate housing and expresses its appreciation for the Human Rights Council’s reference to structural issues that must be addressed urgently to fulfill the right to housing. In particular, we value the mention about the need to tackle homelessness, housing speculation and financialization of housing and to ensure effective remedy and access to justice. Also, we value the inclusion of a specific paragraph about the particular vulnerabilities of women in relation to the right to housing.
Therefore, we would like to express our deeply-held conviction that the absolute prohibition of forced evictions needs to be further referred to as a fundamental component o
f the right to adequate housing, in line with the Council resolution 1993/77 and resolution HRC/RES/6/27, noting also General Comment n°7 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on forced evictions, and the ‘Basic principles and guidelines on development-b
ased evictions and displacement’ presented to the Council by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing in 2007 (A/HRC/4/18).
Finally, we encourage the Human Rights Council to rethink the importance of underlining the prohibition against forced evictions as a critical element of the rightto adequate housing. We call on States to respect, protect and fulfill this right across the world.
Rujak believes in the importance of embedding housing strategies in a human rights-based framework. Therefore, on the second year anniversary of a violent eviction that took place in North Jakarta on 11 April 2016, the first meeting of a series is held with the aim of stimulating the dialogue ‘Towards Rights-based Housing Strategy’.
The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Serbia)
Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (Nigeria)
Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales/CELS (Argentina)
Rujak Center for Urban Studies (Indonesia)
Urban Poor Consortium (Indonesia)
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (USA)
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Global)
April 11, 2018
GoetheHaus Auditorium, Jakarta