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IAI welcomed the decision to extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

The UN Human Rights Council, during its 15th session in late September, decided to extend for a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Concerning the permanency of Raquel Rolnik as Special Rapporteur, initially stablished to end up on April 2011, it will be appreciated by the Council in March 2011, who will decide if her mandate should be extended for an additional period of three years. The IAI welcomed the decision, saying that it demonstrated a commitment of the international community to acknowledge the challenges the world still faces, and confirmed his willing to collaborate with Raquel Rolnik to defend the right to adequate housing, without borders.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing - newsletter #1

We are pleased to present the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing website! There you will find reports and other documents prepared by the Rapporteur, as well as news on the topic. With this tool, we hope to facilitate access to information concerning the Rapporteur’s work, create a space of reference on the subject and a channel for direct communication with the public. For that purpose, we expect to receive contributions and news from all over the world. Welcome!

Pide la liberación de activistas chinos del derecho a la vivienda

Shen Peilan (left), Mao Hengfeng (middle) and Jin Yuehua (right) Al tiempo que comienza en Shangai la Expo 2010, la exposición sobre tecnología e innovación, muchos activistas locales del derecho a la vivienda son silenciados por las autoridades chinas.

El acceso de las redes de auto-ayuda en la escena internacional

Encuentro internacional de Rambouillet (Francia) – 23 y 24 de marzo de 2009 En marzo de 2009, la Fundación Ford y el IRG invitaron a miembros de once organizaciones de “base” y a las redes de auto-aayuda a participar en un seminario común.

Zimbabwe's 700,000 victims of forced eviction still ignored five years on

A woman stands outside her home at Gunhill informal settlement on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 March 2010 The government of Zimbabwe must take action to protect hundreds of thousands of people left to survive in substandard settlements five years after a program of mass forced evictions, Amnesty International and the Coalition Against Forced Evictions are calling on the government to provide adequate alternative accommodation or compensation to those left homeless and jobless.

Stopping corruption to save lives: A practical guide for humanitarian emergencies

A timely, comprehensive practical guide for combating corruption in relief and reconstruction has been published today by Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption organisation, in collaboration with seven major humanitarian agencies.

El fallecimiento de Han van Putten

Han van Putten Pionero del derecho al h á bitat sin fronteras Han van Putten, nacido el 28 de mayo de 1922, falleció el pasado 25 de octubre en su casa de La Haya (Países Bajos). Estaba casado con la ya fallecida Anneke van Putten-Torensma, era padre de Sietske, Frank, Marc, Willem (también fallecido) y Rebecca, y amigo de Lidie Luursema.

Africa: Talking about forced displacement

The displaced in Bulo Hawo, near the Kenyan border KAMPALA, 22 October 2009 (IRIN) - Civil society and government officials are gathered in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to discuss the Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa and a declaration on refugees, returnees and IDPs.

Afrique: Coup de projecteur sur les déplacés

Les personnes déplacées trouvent souvent refuge dans des camps de fortune tels que celui-ci NAIROBI, 19 octobre 2009 (IRIN) - Quarante ans après la signature d’une convention historique sur les droits des réfugiés africains, les dirigeants du continent sont appelés à marquer une nouvelle étape juridique décisive, en adoptant un instrument de protection des personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur propre pays.

Amnesty International public statement

13 October 2009 Nigeria: Security forces use violence against demonstrators Amnesty International condemns the excessive use of force by some members of the security forces in Bundu waterfront community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 12 October. At least three people were killed and eleven seriously injured when combined troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and police used firearms to disperse a crowd.