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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik visit Rwanda

GENEVA (3 July 2012) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, will undertake an official mission to Rwanda from 5 to 13 July 2012, at the invitation of the Government.During her nine-day visit, Ms Rolnik will meet with Government officials, human rights groups and other stakeholders. “This will be a great opportunity to look into how the most densely populated nation in Africa is managing land and housing issues in a way that takes into account equality and non-discrimination,” the Special Rapporteur said.“It is paramount that allocation of land and housing does not result in injustices that impede the reconciliation that Rwanda has long been striving for,” she added.At the end of her visit, on Friday 14 July 2012 at 10 am, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the Mille Collines Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, to present the preliminary findings of her mission.United Nations Press release

Ecuador se blinda contra la burbuja inmobiliaria y aprueba ley hipotecaria

La Asamblea Nacional aprobó  el martes 8 de mayo el proyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Regulación de Créditos para Vivienda y Vehículos . Los ecuatorianos en el exterior verán protegidos sus bienes con garantía hipotecaría en Ecuador, es decir, no se podrán embargar.

Azerbaijan: Homeowners Evicted for City Beautification

Construction of a highway adjacent to the National Flag Square. In the background stands the building at 5 Agil Guliyev Street, which was being demolished with residents still remaining in it as this report went to press. © 2012 Human Rights Watch The government of Azerbaijan  has forcibly evicted homeowners and demolished their homes for urban development projects in Baku, the capital, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Israel’s policies violate right to housing and need urgent revision – UN independent rights expert

An UN independent rights expert: Israel’s policies violate right to housing (EPA, 13 02 2012) United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, warned that recent privatization, deregulation and commercialization of public assets in Israel “have resulted in urban and housing policies that made it increasingly difficult for low income families to obtain affordable accommodation, violating their right to adequate housing.”

Olympic housing crunch: London landlords evict tenants to gouge tourists

An aerial view of houses in Leyton, east London, in the borough of Waltham Forest, one of the five so-called Olympic Boroughs (Tom Shaw / Getty Images) Landlords in Britain's capital are evicting tenants so they can cash in on this summer's Olympic Games by charging tourists many times the usual rent. Homes in the east London boroughs where many events are to be held are fetching between five and 15 times their typical rates as properties are rebranded as short-term "Olympic lets." Some landlords are also enforcing expensive "penalty" clauses for tenants who want to remain during the gathering of the world's top athletes.

Guatemala. Vivendo à beira do abismo

Independente do Movimento de Ocupação na América do Norte e Europa, um movimento de moradores de favelas na Guatemala está ocupando a rua em frente ao Congresso. Eles estão protestando contra as condições de moradia nas favelas e uma política habitacional defeituosa. Para mudar sua situação, eles não apenas ocuparam o Congresso, mas fizeram um projeto de lei e, por fim, começaram uma greve de fome.

Belgique, Des lois permettent aux communes de réquisitionner des bâtiments inoccupés

Agissez pour les sans-abris dans votre commune cet hiver, Aidez nous à trouver un toit aux sans-abris cet hiver ! La Ligue des droits de l’Homme propose une action simple : inciter votre Commune à réquisitionner les logements inoccupés et de les mettre à disposition des publics démunis.

Kanal İstanbul: a “crazy project” serving political ambitions

Overview of the transformed metropolitan area, following the construction of the canal. Source: Radikal, 28 April 2011: “Istanbul: 7 hills, 1 island, 2 peninsulas” The current proliferation of mega-projects in the Istanbul metropolitan area is both undeniable and impressive. The projects currently in progress or scheduled for the near future will impose long-lasting changes on the urban structure of this megalopolis. Yoann Morvan, a researcher and co-director of the Observatoire Urbain d’Istanbul (Istanbul Urban Observatory), analyses these territorial metamorphoses and highlights the electoral and economic factors that come into play behind the scenes.

Lima, Derecho y Cultura del Agua

La intervencion de Pedro Arrojo El día lunes 28 de noviembre 2011 hubo lugar, en la sede de Sutesal (El Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Empresa del Servicio de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Lima), la conferencia magistral sobre el Derecho y Cultura del Agua.

U.S. Cities Criminalize Homelessness, Violate Human Rights Agreements

Jimmy Toon, right, 59, of Fancy Farm, Ky., talks with two men while sitting in the shade at a homeless camp in Paducah, Ky. The site, known as Tent City, has 20 to 30 homeless people residing in tents. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee, July 2011) The challenges poor and homeless Americans often face accessing clean drinking water and restroom facilities violate international human rights standards, according to a report issued by a United Nations investigator this month. Catarina de Albuquerque, a U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, visited the United States in late February at the invitation of the U.S. government.