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International Tribunal on Evictions, Session on Climate Change - Two Sessions in One: Santiago de Chile and Madrid

The decision to move COP 25 from Santiago de Chile to Madrid after the withdrawal of the Chilean government from massive social mobilization despite military intervention, was not only a decisive reason for the IAI, to maintain the ITE Session in Santiago de Chile with the help and commitment of the ITE Organizing Committee in Chile (FIMA, SCAC, Techo Chile, Techo International, UKAMAU, ATTAS-FRACTAL, Mesa Social by Vivienda Digna and Ciudad Justa), but even more a second session in Madrid, with the help and commitment of the Plataforma Afectados for the Hipoteca with  Ecologistas en Acción.

In sum, the International Steering Committee of the International Tribunal on Evictions has taken the decision to organize two Sessions in one on evictions / displacements due to climate change in parallel with COP 25 with the aim of: improving the living conditions of people and affected communities and have an impact on policies.

The session of the International Tribunal on Evictions will begin on December 5 in Santiago, Chile, as part of the Social Summit for Action for Climate, to continue on December 8 in Madrid, beyond the ocean, as part of of the Social Summit for Climate in parallel with COP25.

The objectives of the ITE session on climate change are:

  • Give voice to those affected by human rights violations caused by climate change evictions, the lack of policies to address them, and due to the so-called "environmental" policies;
  • Strengthen international solidarity with social organizations that support affected individuals and communities and formulate local strategies for achieving justice and solving their problem;
  • Launch a process of political dialogue and advocacy, in front of COP25, the United Nations, national and local governments, economic and institutional stakeholders involved in conflicts and responsible for evictions, to obtain policies that respect human rights and promote environment.

This session will challenge those responsible for climate change evictions and displacement, a serious problem that will threaten more than 380 million people in the coming years. A major theme that, incredibly as it may be, is not taken into consideration by the resilient policies of the COP, even among the indicators that measure the impact of global warming and policies.

The ITE will examine paradigmatic cases, 1 per continent plus 3 from Chile, which have been selected following the appeal launched last August. Victims of the selected cases are invited to testify during both sessions, as well as those responsible for evictions and displacement to answer for their negligence and to be judged.


Social Summit for Climate Action

Centro Cultural Tío Lalo Parra - Auditorio Auditorio Gastón Guzmán, Quelentaro

Camino A Lonquén 7518, Cerrillos, Santiago de Chile

5/12/2019 | 16:30-19:15


Livestreaming sesión Tribunal Internacional de Desalojos (Santiago de Chile, 5/12/2019) 16:30-19:15 h de Chile

Social Summit for Climate

Universidad Complutense Madrid

Edificio Multiusos, Avenida Séneca, 2, Madrid - Metro Ciudad Universitaria (Aula 1216 - BIL Kayong)

8/12/2019 | 15:00 -19:15


The Unione Inquilini (Italy) will also present a paradigmatic case "The tide in Venice: impact of climate change and turistification", which has become a matter of dramatic global importance after the high tide that flooded the city on 28/11 / 2019.

Public Participation

During the two sessions there will be the possibility to:

The two sessions will have Spanish/English Translation  and will be broadcasted through  livestreaming


The ITE Jury : Engaged Activists Experts on Human rights and environment

An international Jury of experts and activists, chaired by Leilani Farha, UN Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, who will issue verdicts and recommendations for solutions that respect human rights and the environment. A People's Jury of activists will interact to discuss issues and propose solutions and mobilization

  • Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Canada
  • Agustin Territoriale, Human Rights Lawyer, Argentina
  • Alejandra Vania Cajas, Lawyer, Chile
  • Ana Sugranyes, Architect, Housing and Housing Committee, College of Architects, Chile
  • Diego Lillo Goffreri, Lawyer, Environmental Justice Clinic, Chile
  • Gabriela Burdiles Perucci, Human Rights Lawyer, FIMA-SCAC, Chile
  • Hung-Ying Chen, Urban Planner, ITE Asia-East Session Coordinator, Taiwan
  • Toñi Vasquez, Activist, PAH International Commission, Spain

Support: Julietta Perucca, Human Rights Lawyer, Canada

Local and international mobilization for ITE incidence and follow-up

The Verdict and the Preliminary Recommendations will be presented at the end of each ITE session, the first one during the Marche on December 6th in Santiago de Chile and the second one, in Madrid, during one of the activities of the Social Cumbre, in parallel spaces at COP 25 in Madrid. With the aim of interacting with other organizations and networks for a common document and a mobilization agenda until COP 26 (United Kingdom, December 2020)
These recommendations will be presented to the institutions responsible for the evictions present at COP 25.

30 days after the end of the TIE session, the Verdict and the Specific Recommendations will be sent to the stakeholders involved in each case.

Organizations and networks of inhabitants and environmentalists are invited to mobilize for the implementation of the Verdict and Recommendations. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, who will chair the Jury, has already committed to follow up. Their monitoring will take place during the World Zero Evictions Days in October 2020.


Who makes the International Tribunal of Evictions

The Session of the International Tribunal on Climate Change, is coordinated by the International Alliance of Inhabitants in collaboration with the Local Organizing Committee and Habitat and Participation for the World Habitat Map.

Santiago de Chile :

  • Fundación FEMAN
  • Mesa Social por la Vivienda Digna y la Ciudad Justa, Antofagasta
  • Movimiento pobladores Ukamau
  • ONG de Desarrollo ATTAS-FRACTAL, Antofagasta
  • Sociedad Civil por la Acción Climática (SCAC)
  • TECHO Chile
  • TECHO Internacional

Madrid :

  • Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca
  • Ecologistas en Acción

The ITE session is supported by Misereor, Foundation of the German Catholic Church.


Local Organising Committee of the ITE Session on Climate Change in Santiago de Chile

  • Boris Cofré (Fundación FEMAN - Movimiento pobladores Ukamau)  
  • Felipe Reyes (Fundación FEMAN - Movimiento pobladores Ukamau)
  • Ezio Costa Cordella (ONG FIMA - SCAC)  
  • Felipe Pino (ONG FIMA - SCAC)
  • Patricia Araya (ONG FIMA - SCAC)  
  • Gabriela Burdiles Perucci (ONG FIMA - SCAC) 
  • Juan Joaquín Aedo (ONG FIMA – SCAC)
  • Juliana Mercau (TECHO Internacional)
  • Matthias Casasco (TECHO Chile)  
  • Pablo Rojas Varas (ONG ATTAS-FRACTAL y Mesa Social por la Vivienda Digna y la Ciudad Justa, Antofagasta)  

International Steering Committee of the International Tribunal on Evictions 

  • Cesare Ottolini: Italy - IAI Global Coordinator, Unione Inquilini Padua. Previously member of the UN Habitat advisory group on Forced Evictions – Co-founder of a collective housing cooperative he lives in.
  • Soha Ben Slama: Tunisia -  Coordinator of the International Tribunal for Evictionsn, IAI Coordinator in Tunisia.
  • Mike Davies:  Zimbabwe - Coordinator of Anglophone Africa for the International Alliance of Inhabitants and  co-founder of SMART Harare, and a technical producer for Urban Farming Zimbabwe.
  • Rob Robinson:   New York – NESRI Volunteer - Coordinator of the USA-CANADA of the International Alliance of Inhabitants and Co-founder and member of the Take Back the Land leadership committee.
  • Varghese Theckanath s.g.: India -  Is the founder and director of the Social Institute Montfort (Center for Education for Human Rights and Sustainable Development), Hyderabad, India.
  • Hung-Ying Chen: Taiwan/UK Durham University -  Co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Taiwan Alliance Against Forced Evictions and  the international coordinator of the 2016 East Asia International Evictions Tribunal session. in the anti-eviction movement.
  • Ernesto Jimenez Olin : Mexico - Internal Coordinator of the Committee for the colony Valle Gómez, he represents the UPVG in the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the Human Rights Program of the Federal District.


Membres du Jury

  • Leilani Farha : Canada - UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and former Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty.
  • Agustin Territoriale : Argentine - Human Rights Lawyer at the University of Buenos Aires. Specialist housing and housing.  Co-founder with Sebastian Tedeschi and Javier Fernández Castro Observatory of the popular habitat.
  • Ana Sugranyes : Chile - Former Chair of the Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN). Secretary of the Habitat Committee and housing of the Order of Architects of Chile.
  • Alejandra Cajas : Chile, Human Rights Lawyer, Former National Legal Leader - Social Real Estate At Techo Foundation for Chile, Santiago. Assistance and legal advice in the process of expulsion from the camps in the region. Chief of the Northern Area - Habitat Development Zone.
  • Diego Lillo Goffreri:  Lawyer from the University of Chile,  Environmental Law Specialist, NGO Litigation Coordinator FIMA, Clinical Experience Professor of Environmental Justice, at Diego Portales University.
  • Hungying Chen : Taiwan/UK Durham University - Co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Taiwan Alliance Against Forced Evictions. and  the international coordinator of the 2016 East Asia International Evictions Tribunal session. in the anti-eviction movement.
  • Gabriela Burdiles Perucci:  Lawyer in Human Rights by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Project Director of the Chilean NGO FIMA and professor of the Environmental Law Clinic of the Central University of Chile.
  • Toñi Vazquez:  Activist for the right to housing as part of PAH - Stop Evictions.platform (PAH) of  affected by fraudulent mortgages" and Committee on Documentation on Fraud and the UN ESCR Committee's Follow-up Committee.

O(A) seguinte Tradutor(a) Voluntário(a) pelo direito à moradia sem fronteiras da AIH colaborou com a tradução deste texto:

Philippa Bowe Smith