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Solidarity and actions against the violent evictions in Milan

The dramatic news from Milan are just the latest in a long series relating to evictions, often violent, violating the right to housing and human rights of the inhabitants of this city. 

S. Petersburg, "Stop Lying!"

Press Conference, 27/11/14 The newly appointed Government of Saint Petersburg is faced  by ever growing social problems in the city - a group of citizens, the group known as the Ilyushina 15/2 house tenants, is trying to bring this idea home at a press conference held for the local mass media.Stop Lying!

The Bergamo Declaration: the EU and its Member States should implement policies in the fight against homelessness

The 2014 FEANTSA Policy Conference "Confronting homelessness in the EU: Seeking out the next generation of best practices"  brought together 400 practitioners from across Europe and beyond to exchange information on policy and practice to prevent and reduce homelessness.

France, le Parlement vote oui à la justiciabilité des Droits Économiques, Sociaux et Culturels

Le 30 octobre 2014 le Sénat a entériné le vote de l’Assemblée nationale du 26 juin en votant à son tour oui à la ratification par la France du Protocole facultatif au Pacte international relatif aux Droits Économiques, Sociaux et Culturels.

Italia, Aiuto on the road

Lo scorso inverno 50.000 anime senzatetto e vaganti  affrontavano da soli il proprio destino, un destino ignoto che non fa nemmeno sperare nel minuto seguente. Ad un anno dal lancio della campagna UN SACCO DI VITA , il panorama della disperazione non è cambiato, o meglio, è notevolmente peggiorato. Il freddo è già qui: perciò vi invitiamo a contribuire alla Campagna, adesso!

Budapest, Vacant Buildings March and Occupation

On September 27, 2014 The City is for All (AVM) organized a series of events to raise awareness about the tens of thousands of empty apartments in Budapest. The group held the 4th Vacant Buildings March with the participation of some 200 people, early in the afternoon, where homeless people and their allies demanded the social utilization of empty apartments. In the evening, around a hundred people squatted a building in Benczúr street, which had been abandoned for nearly 20 years. After the demonstrative squatting around 50 people marched to the City Hall, where they left a message in a giant envelope addressed to Mr. István Tarlós, the Mayor of Budapest and the other mayoral candidates: „Wrong solution: selling out, good solution: letting out”.

Hungary, Shackdwellers in Budapest win case against local municipality

On October 16, 2014 the appellate court of Budapest made a legally binding decision regarding the demolition of self-built shacks by the municipality of the 14th district of Budapest. The court ruled that the municipality acted illegally when it destroyed the shacks and other possessions of six homeless people on October 18, 2011. Prior to the demolition, the authorities had not initiated any official procedures against the shack-dwellers. Many inhabitants were not at home when the bulldozers arrived and were thus not able to save any of their belongings. Those who were present were forced to witness the destruction of their homes and were offered no appropriate alternative accommodation.

St. Petersburg, three tenants protesting evictions arrested

(Photo: Moy Rayon - newspaper Мой район) Three tenants, Zinaida Porohkovaya, her son Michael, and Olga Baranova, tenants of the famous house 15/2 in Ilyushina street were arrested as a result of attempt to pitch tents in the front of the Smolny palace . Now they await trial in the Smolninsky district court. The IAI full express the solidarity with the tenants in the framework of the World Zero Evictions Days.

Submitted to the Italian Presidency of the European Union The Recommendations of the International Tribunal on Evictions

A delegation of the International Alliance of Inhabitants and of the Unione Inquilini (Tenant’s Union) has delivered to the Prefecture of Milan the Recommendations drawn up by the Jury of the 4th Session of the International Tribunal of Evictions (TIE),  so that they can be passed on to the Italian government and to the EU Ministers of Social Cohesion meeting in the Lombard capital. They emphasize the request for a moratorium of evictions at the European level with a view to a European Union directive prohibiting evictions without adequate rehousing and a previous agreement. The Recommendations relating to evictions in Latin America, Africa and Asia will be sent to the governments concerned and, together with those relating to the European Union, to the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations and UN-Habitat with a views of the alternative to the 2016 United Nations Habitat III Summit. The Prefecture has committed to passing on to the government, in particular, the request for a suspension of the use of police force on national territory during the winter, and to respond, by Wednesday, October 15, to the request to enact its own competences to immediately carry out such a suspension in order to protect public health and public order.

London, Homes for People, not for Profit

From October 15 to 20: six days of debate and mobilization of inhabitants organizations and networks to strengthen the strategy of struggle against evictions and for housing rights, against the austerity policies in Europe.