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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. Viviendo al borde del abismo

Independiente del movimiento ocupa en América del Norte y Europa, un movimiento de habitantes de barrios pobres en Guatemala está ocupando la calle en frente del Congreso. Están protestando contra las condiciones de vida en los barrios pobres y una política de vivienda disfuncional. Para cambiar su situación en la que no sólo ocuparon el Congreso; también hicieron un proyecto de ley y finalmente, comenzaron una huelga de hambre.

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.

Argentina, Marcha y festival de rock para que bajen los alquileres

Que bajen los alquileres en La Plata Con una ingeniosa movilización por las veredas de la ciudad y un festival de rock frente al Rectorado, un grupo de estudiantes universitarios autoconvocados reclamó, a los cuatro vientos, que baje el precio de los alquileres en La Plata, al tiempo que pidieron que se flexibilicen las condiciones para ingresar a una vivienda. A través de un petitorio, solicitaron la intervención de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Azerbaijan: Halt Illegal House Demolitions and Forced Evictions

Men walk past a construction site in downtown Baku. Many older buildings are being demolished to make way for modern high-rises (James Hill for The New York Times, 2011) Baku City “Beautification” Program Tramples on Rights The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately halt illegal expropriations, forcible evictions, and home demolitions in the capital, Baku, in the name of "beautification," Human Rights Watch said today. The government should compensate people already forced out of their homes, Human Rights Watch said.

Philadelphia, Green Party Candidate for Sheriff Pledges to Halt Evictions

Cheri Honkala, homeless advocate and Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, Pa., if elected pledges to halt home evictions and challenge the power of banks and for the development of community-based land trusts.  There are over 40,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia, and community-based ownership of these properties offers the means to house people in need.