Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (India), the Four Slum Regional Network (Thailand), the Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN), Ekta Parishad (India), Union National dos Moradias Popular (Brazil), the European Anti Poverty Network, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, and Dignity International are preparing to launch a campaign on “Dignity for All” in October 2009. The Campaign will focus on pushing governments to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of people in urban and rural areas whose realities are currently being ignored by the state. These are people, families and communities that are either not taken into account by public policy or deliberately under attack by state or non state actors with the support of the state. This contest is for a campaign name and/or logo. The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate. Deadline for entries: 12/06/2009
The present report is the first one presented to the Human Rights Council by the new mandate holder, Raquel Rolnik, who took up her position on 1 May 2008. In view of the current crisis in the housing and financial sector, the Special Rapporteur decided to devote this thematic report to the consequences of certain economic, financial and housing policies and approaches that have seriously impacted the right to adequate housing in the past decades and have contributed to the present crisis.
By Tom Foremski - October 16, 2008 The Invisible One Quadrillion Dollar Equation -- Asymmetric Leverage and Systemic Risk
MELBOURNE, Dec 4 (IPS) - While the action has been fast and furious among the 56 teams competing in the 2008 Homeless World Cup -- a football tournament in which homeless and marginalised people from around the world represent their respective nations -- the problems associated with homelessness are never too far away.By Stephen de Tarczynski
IOC, Israel and Italy censured; Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly and housing rights activists commended The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today announced the winners of its annual Housing Rights Awards for 2008. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Governments of Israel and Italy received Housing Rights Violator Awards for their demonstrated failure to protect and implement housing rights. The Constitutional Assembly of Ecuador was presented with 2008’s Housing Rights Protector Award for its role in making Ecuador the first country in the world to explicitly recognise in its Constitution a range of key housing and habitat-related rights. Ms Pia Ndayiragije of Burundi, Mr Ken Fernandes of Australia and the Chicago, USA-based Coalition to Protect Public Housing each received a 2008 Housing Rights Defender Award in recognition of their outstanding commitments to the defence of housing rights.
Today as we commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the twenty years since the deaths along the Gilbralter began, 35 years of the military strike against the democratic president, Salvador Allende, while this same legitimacy is gravely threatened in Bolivia and requests our consciousness and solidarity, and as we celebrate the 60th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we, men and women, who form a part of more than two thousand social movements and organizations from 90 countries around the planet, united in Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain), from September 11th to the 14th, are joined by the slogan OUR VOICES, OUR RIGHTS, FOR A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS
Press Release, 18 June 2008 The United Nations Human Rights Council today approved by consensus an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The momentous decision today by the Human Rights Council brings one step closer the possibility of an international remedy mechanism for violations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Session on Neoliberal Policies and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean Lima, 13-16th May 2008 The Tribunal recognises the importance, difficulties and the inherent risks associated with the struggle of social movements, peasants, workers and indigenous people as well as other grassroots organisations. It also committed to continue using its competence and work to strengthen the definition of legal responsibility of MNCs and to denounce human rights violations of the local people by multinational corporations, States and international institutions and to find new alternatives.
On 4th April 2008, the United Nations Working Group finally approved the optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which will be sent to the Human Rights Council for the notification of the UN Secretary-General and General Assembly.
And that makes two! After the surprise victory at Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2004, the Italian team Multietnica 2001 has won for the second time the World Homeless Cup held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 20th to 24th 2005. With a formation made up of new Italians (Brazilians, Moroccans, Rom, and Polish), the team held out against all difficulties, including the loss of three players due to visa problems, at the end of a hard-fought tournament in which 26 national teams took part.