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6th Session 2017

International Tribunal on Evictions - Session on tourism - 28-30 September 2017

28-30 september 2017 Italy, Venice Sala San Leonardo, Cannaregio 1584

What is the International Tribunal of Evictions?

The International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) is a peoples’ and opinion tribunal established in 2011 by the International Alliance of Inhabitants and civil society organisations for the World Zero Evictions Days to practically and interactively put forced evictions from around the world in the dock. The Tribunal relies on the expertise of an international Jury of well-respected and competent individuals, as well as on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other instruments of international law, in order to pass judgement on real cases of forced evictions that constitute human rights violations.

Why the ITE Session on Tourism? Growing human rights violations caused by over-tourism

Despite the problems caused by the global crisis, wars and terrorism, tourism has risen to 1,235 billion people in 20162, increasing its pressure on communities, notably in South America, Africa and Asia, without diminishing its hold in Europe and North America. However the tourism industry, in its many forms, is a growing cause of forced evictions because, under the pretext of popularizing exchanges and enjoyment of the world, tourism is turning cities and territories into goods and their inhabitants into extras.

Two good reasons for choosing Venice

There are at least two good reasons for choosing Venice as the site of ITE Session on tourism. First. Venice is one of the saddest examples of the pressure caused by tourism: this unique city, subjected to policies prioritising the tourism industry, has experienced massive dislocations - effectively evictions through economic methods - that has seen its population reduced to less than 54,000 in 2017 compared to 175,000 in 1953. Meanwhile, Venice is undergoing growing tourism pressure with 9 million overnight tourists and 24 million commuter visitors in 2016.

This September in Venice! Global capital of resistance to tourism evictions

It’s time to speak up: people around the world denounce your tourism-related eviction! This call for solidarity was announced at the press conference to launch the sixth Session of the International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE), which will take place in Venice at the opening of the World Zero Evictions Days in the framework of the International Year of Tourism.

International Tribunal on Tourism-Related Evictions

Soha Ben Slama at the East Asia Regional Tribunal Interview with Soha Ben Slama, International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) By Christina Kamp Tourism may play a major role when people face dislocation from their homes. With an international tribunal to be held in Venice at the end of September, the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) will draw attention to processes of displacement and evictions caused by or closely linked to tourism development.

International Call for Cases of Evictions due to the Tourism: New Deadline 31/07/2017!

Do Not Keep Silent: Communicate Your Case of Eviction! New deadline: 31/07/2017! International Tribunal on EvictionsSession on Tourism (Venice, 28-30 September 2017)To submit a case, complete the form