International Tribunal on Evictions - 5th Session Oct 17th 2016 - Quito,Ecuador
The 5th Session of the ITE to be held on October 17th, 2016, within the People’s Social Forum Resistance Habitat III (Universidad Central de Ecuador, Facultad de Jurisprudencia y Sciencias Politicas, Quito, 17-20 October 2016), and at the very earth of the World Zero Evictions Days 2016.
Organized for the first time on the earth of the World Zero Evictions Days on 2011, the International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) is an opinion Tribunal based on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other international legal instruments related to the enforcement of the right to housing and land. The 5th session of ITE aims to present cases of housing rights violations taking place around the world to a panel of reference persons meeting in Quito which will issue a judgment and make recommendations to the economic and institutional actors responsible for the evictions, and to civic organizations helping them enforce their demands by the authorities.
VENUE : Paraninfo Che Guevara at Universidad Central de Ecuador, Facultad de Jurisprudencia y Sciencias Politicas
DAY : Monday 17th October 2016
WHEN : 9h-17h
The aim is to strengthen the recognition, the proposals and the struggles against violations of housing rights at local, national and global level including deportations of people from their homes and their land. It also aims to highlight the threats and violence of any kind perpetrated against human rights defenders.
Each one of the 88 cases submitted around the world are all respected struggles in the fight for achieving adequate housing rights, peace, and human dignity.
Therefore the ITE Steering Committee had the difficult task of selecting the 7 most significant.
The fact that other case has not been selected does not mean that they should be undervalued or abandoned. On the contrary, all the people are invited to continue to stay in contact with the ITE, as well as with the organisations and networks that support it, to keep us up to date and to see how we can support their initiatives against the housing rights violations-
Next step, all the cases published will be sent for follow-up to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing.
The Cases Selected are:
Case 30 Bilangalonzo Congo
Confederation Paysanne du Congo – Principal Regroupement
Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo – Bilangalonzo – Evictions because Land grabbing – COPACO-PRP .
Case 31 RomEurope France
Case 35 Izidora Brazil
Coletivo Margarida Alves de Assessoria Popular, Brazil
Case 47 Jeju Island - South Korea
Jeju Pan-Island Committee for Stop of Military Base and for Realization of Peace Island
Asia: South Korea – Militarisation of Jeju Island, Gangjeong Village - Committee against Jeju Naval Base .
Case 68 Israel/Occupied Palestine Beer Shiva Negev
Regional Council for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages (RCUV)
Case 86 Isla De Muisne, Ecuador
Fundación de Defensa Ecológica, Ecuador
The Jury will assess these situations and prepare recommendations to be presented to relevant countries and authorities, as well as to the UN bodies. A follow up with the relevant authorities will then be undertaken. Beyond these recommendations, the testimonies reported by invited civil society actors will aim to feed the debate on housing rights and to build links of solidarity in order to address the situation and have an impact on policies.
The Jury of 5 th Session International Tribunal on Evictions
The Jury consists of activists and professionals from all over the world who will scrutinise your cases and write the concluding observations and recommendations.
Agustin Territoriale: Lawyer; He teaches subjects, Government and Society and Human Rights, Housing and founder with Sebastian Tedeschi and Javier Fernández Castro of the Observatory for Popular Habitat.
Cesare Ottolini: Degree in Political Science, currently, world coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants, and active member of the International Council of the World Social Forum, founder of the Zero Evictions Campaign at global level. He was Coordinator of Habitat International Coalition and the National Secretary of Unione Inquilini (Tenants Union). Was member of the Advisory Group of Forced Evictions of UN-Habitat .
Miguel Robles: Urbanist, Assistant Professor of Urbanism at Parsons, Senior fellow at “Civic City”. Co-founder of the Stichting Cohabitation Stratégies (CohStra) (Rotterdam and NYC), Co-directed (2012-15) with the Marxist Geographer David Harvey, the National Strategy Center for the Right to the Territory (CENEDET) in the Republic of Ecuador.
Blessing Nyamaropa: Regional Manager at Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights and Councilor at the Law Society of Zimbabwe. Lawyer, involved specifically in public interest litigation to protect the right to housing, education, health, human rights training and advocacy on the promotion and protection of human rights. Community human rights awareness
PROGRAMME OF THE 5TH SESSION OF INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL ON EVICTIONS
Quito, Universidad Central de Ecuador
Facultad de Jurisprudencia y Ciencias Politicas, Paraninfo Che Guevara,
October 17th 2016 - 9.00-17.00
Part 1. Preliminary investigation
8.30 Batucada (Drum Group) call for opening the Session
8.40 Zero Evictions Memorial: the witnesses of the 7 cases selected have a combined installation with the tracks of evictions and resistance.
9.00 Presentation of ITE
9.15 Presentation of cases:
- Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo – Bilangalonzo – Evictions because Land grabbing – COPACO-PRP.
- Europe: France - familles roumaines - Le bidonville de la Petite Ceinture de Paris, CNDH – Romeurope.
- South America – Brazil – Izidora, Belo Horizonte - Threatening evictions for repossesion - Coletivo Margarida Alves de Assessoria Popular.
- Asia: South Korea – Militarisation of Jeju Island, Gangjeong Village - Committee against Jeju Naval Base.
- Israel/The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Negev - Unrecognized Bedouin villages in Beer Chiva – RCUV.
- South-America: Ecuador, Comunidad de la Isla de Muisne- Threatening evictions for post earthquake policies.
- North America : USA, Detroit. The massive eviction of the impoverished by the crisis who fail to pay the water bill due to the privatization of the sector, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.
Each case will be introduced by a question of the Jury:
- witness (direct + video / photo)
- analysis of the causes
- proposals for solutions respectful of human rights
- defense arguments of those evicts
- final questions / answers
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Part 2. Deepen the analysis
Round table: How people face evictions, building tools and solidarity for resistance and alternatives
The ITE debate together with David Harvey (marxist geographer, USA) and Patricia Urquieta (Red Habitat, Bolivia) on:
- The main trends of evictions and resistance examined by the 5th ITE Session
- The Zero Evictions Campaign and the International Tribunal on Evictions
- The ITE Recommendations, instrument to be implemented to solve cases and to have an impact on policies
Part 3. Building the final Recommendations
15.30 Debate among the members of the Jury
16.00 Interaction with the public
16.45 Wrap up
17.00 Batucada (Drum Group) for closing the Session