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PRESS RELEASE – Markets alone cannot ensure housing for all, UN Expert says

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23 October 2008 – The following statement was issued today in New York by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik “The belief that markets will provide adequate housing for all has failed. The current crisis is a stark reminder of this reality. A home is not a commodity – four walls and a roof. It is a place to live in security, peace and dignity, and a right for every human being…”

PRESS RELEASE – No harmony without inclusion

(6 October 2008) The following statement was issued in Geneva by the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, on the occasion of World Habitat Day . “Can we celebrate today World Habitat Day with joy and hope?” This year’s theme is “Harmonious Cities.” Are the world cities heading towards harmony? One of every three city dwellers lives in a slum.

PRESS RELEASE – Newly-appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing to assume functions on 1 May 2008

30 April 2008 – GENEVA– By its resolution 6/27, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living. During its 7th session, the Human Rights Council appointed Ms Raquel Rolnik, a Brazilian national, who will assume her role as the new mandate holder s of 1 May 2008.

PRESS RELEASE – UN Special Rapporteurs call on States to invest in women and girls to ensure gender equality and prevent violence against women

(07 March 2008) On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari, and the Independent Expert on the effects of economic reform policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, Bernards A.N. Mudho, issued the following statement

PRESS RELEASE – UN Expert on Adequate Housing concludes visit to South Africa

Geneva, 7 May: From 12 to 24 April 2007, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, conducted a mission to South Africa to examine the status of the realization of the human right to adequate housing, paying particular attention to aspects of gender equality and non-discrimination.

PRESS RELEASE – Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to visit Spain

(17 November 2006) The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, will undertake an official visit to Spain from 20 November to 1 December 2006, at the invitation of the Spanish authorities.

PRESS RELEASE – UN Expert urges Israel to stop destruction of houses and infrastructures in Gaza

(10 November 2006) The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari “As Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the artillery shelling of Palestinian homes by the Israeli defence force in Beit Hanoun that killed 19 innocent civilians and injured 60, including women and children…”

PRESS RELEASE – UN Expert on Adequate Housing concludeshis visit to Australia, identifies hidden national housing crisis

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(23 August 2006) The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, concluded his visit to Australia on 15 August 2006.

PRESS RELEASE – Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to visit Australia

(28 July 2006) The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, will undertake a visit to Australia from 31 July to 15 August 2006, at the invitation of the Australian authorities.

PRESS RELEASE – UN Experts condemn lack of respecto for human rights shown in evictios of Bassac residentes in Cambodia Capital

(29 June 2006) The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on human rights defenders, Hina Jilani “Despite numerous international and national appeals, the Government of Cambodia and the Municipality of Phnom Penh have continued the forced evictions, contrary to international human rights law, of informal settlements on the bank of the Bassac River in central Phnom Penh…”