Ivoirian Refugees Return to Homelessness

Tens of thousands of western Côte d’Ivoire residents who fled deadly election turmoil three years ago have returned home, where survival is a daily struggle as more than half of them remain homeless.

UN-endorsed report finds internal displacement growing in Syria

A report released Wednesday at the United Nations in Geneva has found that 33.3 million people were displaced within their own countries at the end of 2013 – 4.5 million more than in 2012.

New York abandons plan to clear subways of sleeping homeless people

Amid sharp criticism, officials clarified that the plan was for an “outreach program” to help homeless people during cold weather. They stressed that no one could be forced to leave the subway system unless they were hurting someone or committing a crime.

Webinar on Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights

Title: Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights. Webinar on Thursday, March 6th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST.

Forced evictions to continue in Dagon

Up to 80,000 shantytown-dwellers in Rangoon’s Dagon Port Township — one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the former capital — have been declared illegal squatters and face eviction.

International solidarity with homeless people in Hungary

Campaign regarding the criminalization of homeless people in Hungary by A Város Mindenkié.

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.

Being homeless is not a crime

Despite years of advocacy and protests, homelessness became a punishable offence in Hungary . In November 2012, the Constitutional Court struck down a law that criminalised street homelessness, arguing that the state should address homelessness as a social and not a criminal issue.

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.