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IAI welcomed the decision to extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

The UN Human Rights Council, during its 15th session in late September, decided to extend for a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Concerning the permanency of Raquel Rolnik as Special Rapporteur, initially stablished to end up on April 2011, it will be appreciated by the Council in March 2011, who will decide if her mandate should be extended for an additional period of three years. The IAI welcomed the decision, saying that it demonstrated a commitment of the international community to acknowledge the challenges the world still faces, and confirmed his willing to collaborate with Raquel Rolnik to defend the right to adequate housing, without borders.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing - newsletter #1

We are pleased to present the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing website! There you will find reports and other documents prepared by the Rapporteur, as well as news on the topic. With this tool, we hope to facilitate access to information concerning the Rapporteur’s work, create a space of reference on the subject and a channel for direct communication with the public. For that purpose, we expect to receive contributions and news from all over the world. Welcome!

China silences women housing rights activists ahead of Expo 2010

Shen Peilan (left), Mao Hengfeng (middle) and Jin Yuehua (right) "Better city - better life" is the theme of Expo 2010, which begins in the Chinese city of Shanghai on Saturday. Yet it is a hollow slogan for more than 18,000 families who were evicted from their homes to pave the way for China's global technology and innovation showpiece.

The Access of Selp-Help Networks to the International Arena

International Meeting of Rambouillet (France) - March 23—25, 2009 In March 2009, the Ford Foundation and the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG) invited members from eleven different self-help networks and community-based/grassroots organizations, to participate in a joint seminar.

Zimbabwe's 700,000 victims of forced eviction still ignored five years on

A woman stands outside her home at Gunhill informal settlement on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 March 2010 The government of Zimbabwe must take action to protect hundreds of thousands of people left to survive in substandard settlements five years after a program of mass forced evictions, Amnesty International and the Coalition Against Forced Evictions are calling on the government to provide adequate alternative accommodation or compensation to those left homeless and jobless.

Stopping corruption to save lives: A practical guide for humanitarian emergencies

A timely, comprehensive practical guide for combating corruption in relief and reconstruction has been published today by Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption organisation, in collaboration with seven major humanitarian agencies.

The loss of Han van Putten

Han van Putten Pioneer of the right to the habitat with no frontiers Han van Putten born May 28, 1922, died October 25, 2009 at his home in The Hague (Netherlands). Han was married to the late Anneke van Putten-Torensma, Father of Sietske, Frank, Marc, Willem (dec.) and Rebecca and dear Friend of Lidie Luursema.

Africa: Talking about forced displacement

The displaced in Bulo Hawo, near the Kenyan border KAMPALA, 22 October 2009 (IRIN) - Civil society and government officials are gathered in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to discuss the Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa and a declaration on refugees, returnees and IDPs.

Afrique: Coup de projecteur sur les déplacés

Les personnes déplacées trouvent souvent refuge dans des camps de fortune tels que celui-ci NAIROBI, 19 octobre 2009 (IRIN) - Quarante ans après la signature d’une convention historique sur les droits des réfugiés africains, les dirigeants du continent sont appelés à marquer une nouvelle étape juridique décisive, en adoptant un instrument de protection des personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur propre pays.

Amnesty International public statement

13 October 2009 Nigeria: Security forces use violence against demonstrators Amnesty International condemns the excessive use of force by some members of the security forces in Bundu waterfront community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 12 October. At least three people were killed and eleven seriously injured when combined troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and police used firearms to disperse a crowd.