Special Rapporteur sends 19 communications during the second semester of 2012

The UN Human Rights Council has already made available for viewing the report with all communications sent by the Special Rapporteurs, as well as the answers received from the Member States.

The report refers to the second half of 2012, including communications sent between June 1st and November 30, and answers received between August 1st 2012 and January 31st 2013.

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, sent communications to 16 countries: Serbia, Cambodia, Israel (twice), Italy, Panama, Portugal, Nigeria (twice), Colombia, Egypt, France, Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Russia, India and Nepal. The communication to Nepal was sent on April 30, 2012, but it was included on this report.

Nine countries provided answers to the communications: SerbiaPortugalNigeriaColombia, Spain (two responses: November 19, 2012 and January 16, 2013), FranceIndiaNepal and Turkey.

Moreover, the Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik sent a joint communication, along with the Rapporteurs on Extreme poverty; Food; Freedom of expression; Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Indigenous peoples; and Water and Sanitation; to a company, GCM Resources, which has a contract with the Bangladesh government regarding a mining project. This project would carry consequences to human rights in many areas. The company sent a response to the questions of the Special Rapporteurs on January 31st, 2013.

The document includes communications in English, Spanish and French. To view those sent by Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik, check the column “Mandate” and identify those under “adequate housing”. It is important to recall that the communications can be sent by only one rapporteur or by a group of rapporteurs (if the question involves more than one mandate).

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