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Evicted for unpaid debts: the Mexican Government is violating international obligations

Harsh pronouncement: IAI vows to take Mexico’s case to the United Nations Advisory Group on Forced Evictions In the run up to World Zero Evictions Day, the Consejo Nacional de Defensa de la Vivienda (National Housing Defence Council - CDV) met with Cesare Ottolini, Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI), to analyse the housing situation and evictions promoted by the Mexican Federal Government. Using legal evidence, CDV demonstrated that in Mexico, the Federal Government is undertaking a series of irregular operations. These include selling unpaid debts to American debt collection agencies, and the eviction of thousands of persons who are unable to pay their home purchase loans because they have no jobs. The Federal Government has thus failed to adhere to legally-binding international agreements guaranteeing the Mexican people the right to decent housing.

Respect Human Rights: Stop the Demolitions!

The New Orleans Solidarity Organizing Committee - Minnesota Branch unites with the New Orleans Public Housing and Right to Return Movement and the United Front for Affordable Housing to demand a halt to HUD’s plans to demolish approximately 5,000 units of badly needed and structurally sound public housing. HUD‘s planned demolition of this valuable housing resource would exacerbate the suffering of low income New Orleans tenants and effectively block their return to New Orleans, in violation of human rights standards, commitments, and common decency as shared by all peoples of the world. HUD should turn its energies to housing people in need and facilitating the return of New Orleans low income residents rather than demolishing their homes and blocking their return.

México está violando la legalidad internacional

Duro pronunciamiento AIH que llevara el caso México al Comité sobre desalojos de las Naciones Unidas

Solidaridad con el pueblo de Republica Dominicana

El paso de la tormenta Noel afecta al pueblo. Les informamos que, aun a sabiendas del uso político que suelen hacer las fuerzas dominantes de tragedias como estas, organizaciones del movimiento social, Foro Social Alternativo, Red Urbano Popular, Campaña Cero Desalojos, entre otras, estamos inmersos en las labores humanistas de socorro a los sectores afectados, muchos de los cuales son nuestra propia gente.

CONAM’s successful national campaign ends with a demonstration and public hearings in Brasilia

With caravans bringing in approximately one thousand five hundred community leaders from around the country, CONAM’s day in Brasília was characterized by a protest march through the Esplanade of Ministries, public hearings at the ministries and a ‘blitz’ on Congress.

Mexico: national action against INFONAVIT, the federal government and CAPMARK

Complicit governments have reduced the constitutional right to housing to nothing Article 123 of the Mexican political constitution, a product of the 1910 revolution, requires employers to provide housing for their employees. However, Mexican big business and its ally the federal government refused to grant this right for many long decades, and it was not until 1970 that worker action and pressure forced them to uphold it. Employers and the federal government shrewdly set up housing institutions financed by 5% of workers’ salaries, 5% of employers’ salaries and 5% of the State budget.

Solidarity with the peruvian people

Cancel the debt for participative reconstruction The International Alliance of Inhabitants, a network that brings together inhabitants’ organisations from diverse parts of the world, hereby expresses its solidarity with t the Peruvian populations struck by the destructive earthquake last October 15th,. This devastating event has left in it’s wake hundreds of victims affecting the lives of thousands of people. There is now a huge job to undertake: the reconstruction of villages that have vanished and homes that have been damaged.

The Housing Defence Council of the Legitimate Presidency in Mexico holds Forum

The Housing Defence Council (Consejo de Defensa de la Vivienda, CDV) held a Forum on the 7th August in Southern Mexico, dealing with ‘the analysis of legislative proposals’ concerning housing. It took place in the town of Coatepec, in the state of Veracruz, specifically at the historic, ancient Zimpizahua hacienda. This was built in the XVIII century and is a place of extraordinary beauty, situated in the middle of a mesophile forest and coffee plantations, which produce a humid, temperate climate and striking mist. It should be noted that 157 local inhabitants attended and fully participated in the Forum.

March in Caracas against real estate tycoons

At 10 am on 18th of September, in Plaza Bolivar, Caracas, the Comités de Tierra Urbana (Urban Land Committee), Red de Inquilinos (Tenants’ Network), Red Metropolitana de Inquilinos (Metropolitan Tenants’ Network), Campamentos de Pioneros (Pioneer Settlements) and the Conderjes Unidos por Venezuela (Caretakers United For Venezuela) gathered together for a march to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice to demand that magistrates put an end to tenant evictions. At 11 am, the group, comprising over a thousand sandal-clad citizens wearing t-shirts bearing the International Alliance of Inhabitants logo and that of its “Zero Evictions“ campaign set off.