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.

Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness

While people experiencing homelessness are afforded the same rights as other citizens of the United States, including the right to family, the right to be protected from domestic and sexual violence, the right to an education, the right to be free from hunger, the right to vote, and the right to receive mail, they still can have their rights violated as a result of their housing situation.

Homelessness – Torture on the Streets of America

If I told you someone was forced to sleep on a cold, concrete slab; kicked and humiliated; exposed to the elements; threatened by law enforcement; attacked by dogs; didn’t know when they would get their next meal; and generally were deprived of their basic human dignity, would you be able to say whether I was talking about an abused prisoner, or a person living on the streets of America?

I Believe in Human Rights: Homelessness is Criminal—People Experiencing Homelessness Are Not

Human rights law is especially powerful, because it starts from the premise that all human beings have basic rights. It recognizes that everyone has a right to the basics of human life: adequate housing, food, health care, work. It recognizes that everyone has the right to basic human dignity. Homelessness itself violates these fundamental rights—criminalizing it is even worse.

I Believe in Human Rights: The Right to Counsel for People Experiencing Homelessness

2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark right to counsel case, Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that defendants facing serious criminal charges have a constitutional right to counsel at state expense if they cannot afford one. Since that decision, the Supreme Court extended the right to juveniles and expanded it to incorporate misdemeanor offenses that are punishable by incarceration. But the promise of Gideon remains unfulfilled.

Agony in the Philippines

Five days after one of the worst typhoons on record hit the Philippines, the magnitude of the catastrophe is barely captured in the preliminary statistics: nearly 2,000 people listed as dead and many thousands more missing; more than 600,000 people displaced; countless homes and roads crushed by surging water.

Despite the state’s violence, our fight to escape the mud and fire of South Africa’s slums will continue

Our movement of shack-dwellers – Abahlali baseMjondolo, representing some of South Africa’s poorest people – was formed in 2005 in Durban and now has more than 12,000 members in more than 60 shack settlements. We campaign against evictions, and for public housing: struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit, and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly.

Roma Lose in Urban Development In Turkey

One day in the future, the Roma may be telling a story like this: “All of a sudden, the white man in Turkey came along, holding a law called ‘urban transformation.’ When we opened our eyes, our homes had disappeared and the white man’s plazas were rising in their place.”

The world is watching

Inside Housing: Usually the United Nations hits UK headlines in an oblique manner – Security Council decisions (or the lack of them) or corralling efforts to respond to natural disasters. Yet this week the initial report by UN rapporteur Raquel Rolnik has changed all that, according to Stuart Macdonald.

No step backwards

Inside Housing: The right to an adequate standard of living is intended to be ‘progressive’, in other words the standard of housing provision is meant to steadily improve. There should be no backwards steps, says Grainia Long.