UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate HousingOrganization
Tune in at 4:15 to see Leilani discussion on taking the #Right2Housing into our future, leaving housing as a commodity, and the inequality it is tied to, in the past!
STATEMENT: Human Rights Day 2017
Human rights start at Home, and they start with Home
Today, on International Human Rights Day, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, is declaring that 2018 be the Year of the Right to Housing....
As Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the drafting committee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights said: "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
Home is where we, as people, develop and become capable of claiming and exercising all of our other rights. It makes or breaks us; being without home is being without security, equality, freedom. It is the difference between life and death.
In recognition that human rights start at home, and they start with home, Leilani is calling for 2018 to be the year that we universally recognize the right to housing. 2018 is the year we must embrace the right to housing as a standard against which we measure all political, business, economic and individual decisions.
Nations and their respective governments across the globe committed to realizing the right to housing by 2030 under Sustainable Development Goal 11.1. We have 12 years to reach that goal. If we are going to be successful, we must start now.
The Year of the Right to Housing calls for a Shift in the way that we interact with housing, from treating it as a commodity and a luxury for the rich, to respecting and realizing it as a human right. It calls on all governments, at the local, regional and national level, to enact human rights-based strategy that actively move towards ensuring adequate housing for all. It calls on private actors, such as banks and real estate companies, to refrain from commoditizing housing at the expense of individuals’ human rights. It calls on everyone to recognize the absolute centrality of home to individual autonomy, dignity, equality and life.
"While some of the components of the Strategy may not meet all expectations, once a rights-based approach is adopted there will presumably be means to ensure that programs and budgetary allocations are adequate."
Pleased to stand with the IACHR to congratulate the inclusion of the Right to Housing in Canada; and to push for the necessary steps to ensure it's im...plemented in a rights-based way!
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 is about realizing sustainable development for all. Of course this includes realizing Persons with Disabilities’ Right to Housing by 2030.
Housing is absolutely central to dignity and equal rights for persons with disabilities. Choosing where and with whom to live, being part of a community, having access to safe and accessible housing, and forms of support is the difference between belonging and isolation, security and abu...se, and all too often between life and death.
States need to engage with persons with persons with disabilities, and ensure their participation as agents of change in realizing their right to home.
See my report on Persons with Disabilities’ Right to Housing here: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/72/128
#Breaking: @JustinTrudeau has rolled out the Federal Governments National Housing Strategy. For the first time, they have recognized that everyone in #Canada has a #HumanRight to Housing! Apart from just recognizing the #Right2Housing, the #NationalHousingStrategy creates an independent Federal Housing Advocate to monitor & protect the #Right2Housing and commits to developing housing legislation based on human rights.
Although this is a HUGE step forward for Canada, the Gove...rnment has still failed to fully realize its international human rights obligations to eradicate homelessness by 2030 as it pledged to do in #SDG Goal 11.1. Cutting homelessness in half by 2028, means that too many people in Canada who find themselves in a situation of homelessness will still experience the most egregious violation of their right to housing and their right to life.
"How to make business a force for positive change in the fight against human rights abuse."
Excited to be part of these essential discussions on #HumanRights & Business including the panel "Some Like it Hot: Financialization, Housing and Human Rights". First #bizhumanrights panel on residential real estate and human rights! See the forum news release here:
Leilani is presenting her newest report today on the #Right2Housing and Persons with Disabilities. See her Statement below or watch it live here: http://webtv.un.org/…/3rd-committee-27th-meet…/5567795116001
Poverty is the consequence of political choices about how societies are going to be run and whose interests matter.
We can eradicate poverty. We can end homelessness.
We can do so by ensuring that our political choices consider everyone's interests with particular consideration for marginalized groups and individuals who are at risk of slipping into poverty and housing insecurity....
We can do so by adopting strategies that respect and promote the human rights of all.
We can do so by deciding that we must do so.
Everyone, around the world, has the right to an adequate standard of living.
Today, on the International Day on the Eradication of #Poverty, we call on all states to fulfill their #HumanRights obligations and ensure that everyone has access to a home and to a life of #dignity. #MaketheShift
Grenfell Tower Inquiry must rely on international human rights framework - In her capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur, Leilani has sent a letter to the Government of the UK emphasizing the importance of including international human rights standards in the upcoming inquiry to understand what obligations the government and other actors had, which of those were not met, and what needs to be done to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future. #Right2Housing #HumanRights #JusticeForGrenfell
It is important to remember that States are the creators of Real Estate markets, through policies, legislations and property rights. To understand what obligations this entails, see Leilani's presentation for the Transformative Power of Cities Conference, hosted by the German Advisor Council on Global Change.
The fire resulted in 79 deaths and can be attributed to public policies of austerity, privatization, financialization, divestment in social housing, and effective disregard by the state towards their international human rights obligations. In the aftermath, it is crucial to demand that the government of the United K...ingdom engage the victims of the fire in a way that is in accordance with human rights and begin to consider housing as a human rights and all that implies.
Complaint has been filed to the European Commission against the U.K. Government today for the rounding up and expulsion of EU citizens who find themselves in a situation of homelessness. These policies are criminalizing the most vulnerable and violating their human rights. Way to go #FEANTSA for pushing to #MakeTheShift! See links for more info:
#ShiftersInAction #transformationtuesday #humanrights #adequatehousing #2030NOW
STATEMENT: London Fire - Grenfell Tower
Yesterday in London devastation struck a small community; a symbol of diversity in an affluent area of the city. A building – home to an estimated 600 people – went up in flames causing death and destruction in a matter of hours. As I reflect on this event, I offer my deepest sympathies to the families affected and the community now distraught.
Among the ashes of the buildings are important questions that will tackle why and how such ...an event could occur. Speculation about safety and the adequacy of the building are beginning to dominate conversations as those who are now grieving and homeless try to make sense of what happened and move forward. References in the media are also emerging also to the fact that while this building housed lower income residents, while the neighbourhood itself is quite affluent. Some are beginning to question if this fact has some relevance to the disaster that unfolded.
If it is the case that the fire and its severity was caused by structural or mechanical inadequacies international human rights law has something to say. The right to adequate housing under international law requires that every home be ‘habitable’, which would include ensuring adequate protections against fire and adequate infrastructure to resolve fires quickly and with as little destruction and damage as possible. This is one of several standards (such as affordability, security of tenure, access to services) that must be upheld in order to ensure a person’s right to housing is being met. These standards are established because of the intimate connection between human survival and housing. Where housing does not meet adequacy standards, as the Grenfell Tower fire so clearly indicates, peoples lives and their security, are at real risk. International human rights law applies to all levels of government, who must ensure that private enterprises, as well as individuals including landlords meet these standards.
As the echoes of this event reverberate across the world, people are coming together to consider what went wrong and the way forward. The cruel and unnecessary loss of life and of home can only be described as a tragedy. My sincerest condolences to all those affected by this event.