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Sotchi : residents fighting against forced expulsions, arrested

In Sotchi, the capital of the 2014 Olympic Games, the situation is becoming increasingly tense. On the one hand, the Federal Russian power, is worried about using the international event at best, to restore Russia's image, but also to carry out a radical facelift of the seaside town and its environs. On the other hand, the residents of the area are stepping up their demonstrations and protest actions against the property constructions that are devastating the historical and ecological environment.

Rome, Vivere Cooperative 2000: nineteen years of fighting for the right to housing, and it’s paying off!

On Monday, July 14th 2008, the members of the Vivere Cooperative 2000 celebrated their 19th anniversary in their common property ex-convent. The celebration took place at the “Il Cantiere” Social Centre, which is located in the autonomously restructured building on Sonnino Place.The get-together was an opportunity to recall the 14th of July 1997, when a handful of homeless people, under the guidance of the Union of Property Owners of Rome, marched on the building and immediately took on the task of restructuring it, on the same day as the fall of the Bastille.

"We need a social urban alliance to build a new kind of town."

The co-ordination committee of the International Alliance of Inhabitants held a meeting in Madrid in the first week in June - Diagonal took the opportunity to interview one of its founding members. Cesare Ottolini, leader of the Italian Tenants Union, has been travelling the world for several years telling people about the International Alliance of Inhabitants, a network of 350 organisations from 40 different countries.

The campaign for eviction-free municipalities

Following the success of the ‘Zero Evictions’ campaign in countries like the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Croatia, Italy and Kenya (where, in return for cancellation of the country’s external debt with Italy, most of the government’s planned 300,000 evictions from sub-standard housing in Nairobi have been blocked), the work of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) is now reaching the Spanish state.

Housing Rights: Breakthrough ruling by the Council of Europe

European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless

Inhabitants forcibly removed from a hostel in Moscow with tear gas

On Wednesday June 25, troops from the Federal Prison Warden Service conducted a raid to forcibly remove families residing at the hostel located at number 19, Iasni Proezd Street, in the north of Moscow. For many years the Federal Service has been trying to gain possession of the premises to house prison employees. Judicial procedures have been progressing too slowly for the troops liking and those in charge of Moscow’s Prison Warden Service decided to speed up the process. IAI message to Ministry of Justice Russian Federation against evictions foyer (english, 2008).pdf [66.05 kB]

Spain: Days for the Right to Housing without Borders

A tour of international initiatives for the right to housing and the right to the city is kicking off on Saturday 31 May in Madrid with the seminar ¿ Cómo conseguir una vivienda digna ? (How to obtain decent housing). These initiatives are probably the first ever of their kind to be held in Spain, and will run until Saturday 7 June. They go under the name of the Days for the Right to Housing without Borders, organized by the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) in partnership with the Federacion de Vecinos de Madrid , Plataforma por una Vivienda Digna and other inhabitants collectives, and in collaboration with FAMSI-FAL and various local authorities (the Basque country government, Diputacion from Malaga and Grenada, the communes of Jaen, Seville and Rivas).

Italia, solidarietà per fermare l'orrore prossimo venturo

In Italia, ogni giorno avvengono sgomberi di accampamenti, baracche, fabbriche abbandonate, ponti. Provate a cercare la parola - chiave "sgomberi" su www.unioneinquilini.it: il concetto e la pratica sono simili assomigliano troppo all'operazione Murabatswina (butta via l'immondizia) dello Zimbabwe di Mugabe. Vincenzo Simoni 18 maggio 2008

A sad anniversary for tenants in France

One year on from the new presidency, heralded as pro-reform, what has been achieved? Adoption of the enforceable right to housing is far from being accomplished. Voted in a hurry during the electoral campaign, the law was designed to house categories of people requesting housing considered to be priority cases, including the homeless. Target figures have not been met and procedural obstacles for candidates to be recognised as priority cases have multiplied.