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People’s right to the city has been eroded by mega-event evictions in Rio de Janiero

Brazil has been preparing furiously for the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympics. While these developments are thought to represent the country’s growing economy and rising middle class, such “progress” has come at the expense of Brazil’s poorest citizens. Sue Brownill, Ramin Keivani, and Erick Omena de Melo look at the forced evictions in Vila Autódromo to make way for Olympic venues, in spite of the residents’ legal title to their site, arguing that it is representative of global trends of market and state forces eroding people’s right to the city.

Human Rights Council Appoints 19 Human Rights Experts

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The Human Rights Council today appointed 19 human rights experts to serve as United Nations Special Procedure mandate holders tasked with reporting on a wide range of human rights themes and country situations.

Housing Rights Watch Expert Workshop: Finding real solutions to the housing crisis

The event is designed to bring together experts working in housing, including housing economics, law, housing rights, homeless services, social housing, financing and foundations, local governments, academics and other groups and individuals.

After foreclosure crisis, renters suffer under Wall Street landlords

Six years after the foreclosure crisis helped tank the world’s economy, investors are snatching up “distressed” properties — those that are in foreclosure or facing foreclosure — and seeking to turn a profit on them. Advocates for affordable housing worry that this profit comes at the expense of tenants.

1,000 families homeless in Caloocan fire in Manila

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A person died and at least 1,000 families were rendered homeless after a massive fire hit a residential area in Caloocan City on Sunday afternoon.

HLRN Releases a Handbook on “How to Respond to Forced Evictions”

At an event organised in New Delhi on 16 April 2014, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its new publication titled “How to Respond to Forced Evictions: A Handbook for India”.

Slum fire leaves 200 homeless

Red Cross official Issa Premji said those who lost their homes had been temporarily sheltered at a nearby school and church. “We administered first aid to about 20 people with minor injuries and found shelter for families without a place to spend the night,” he said.

Address acute housing crisis – Special rapporteur on adequate housing

The UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Raquel Rolnik made her final presentation to the UN Human Rights Council, on March 10-11, emphasizing on the security of tenure.

Council adopts resolution including references to security of tenure – Newsletter # 45

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The UN Human Rights Council adopted, in its 25th session, a resolution on adequate housing, including references to security of tenure. Read more!

Council adopts resolution including references to security of tenure

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The UN Human Rights Council adopted, in its 25th session, a resolution on adequate housing, including references to security of tenure, the topic of the Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik’s final thematic report.