Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
 
Housing and Land Rights Day 2006
 
Contents
 1 Get Involved   2 Background   3 Statements   4 Past Campaigns   
Against habitat privatization and forced evictions!!! Mobilize for dignity housing! Know HIC activities and inscribe your community actions!
 

On World Habitat Day and during the first week of October, Habitat International Coalition calls social movements, NGOs and academic institutions to mobilize against the current wave of forced evictions in the world. Evictions are carried out in the name of public good (urban renewal, city beautification, mega projects of development) while a considerable number of people have been displaced. These facts constitute a violation to the Human Rights.

Homeless, tenants, displaced people, migrants, slum dwellers, neighbours! We are all concerned with housing and land issues, with our right to housing, to land and to the city.

Say NO to forced evictions and displacements!
Say NO to privatization of housing, land and utilities!

Say YES to everyone's right adequate housing and land!

Get involved. It"s easy!!!
Let us know your initiatives and join this world mobilization!
Worldwide, help make people's voices heard!

Contact HIC regional and thematic coordination! Let us know your campaigns!
Main contact: gs@hic-net.org
1 Get Involved
Getting involved to Housing and Land Rights Campaign 2006!
Everyone has a part to play whether as an individual, a local or national organisation or campaign, or as an international network or campaign. Source: HIC
 
2 Background
Housing and Land Rights Crisis! 2004-06. Violations Escalating around the World. Housing and Land Rights Network
On the occasion of World Habitat Day, 2006, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is reporting on global trends in housing and land rights violations. This initiative, in cooperation with HIC members and structures, arose from the urgent need to highlight the struggles experienced at the local level, as well as to understand how these struggles are linked at the global level. It is intended that this report, based on the best available information, marks one step in a continuing process emphasizing the interconnectivity among seemingly disparate factors.
Global Coalition Announces Campaign to Stop Forced Evictions and Privatization of Housing and Land. News Advisory
Decrying a sharp increase in massive forced evictions caused by mega-development schemes and property speculation across the planet, the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) will announce a global campaign to "Stop Forced Evictions and Privatization of Housing and Land” in Montevideo and in London on October 2, with worldwide actions scheduled throughout October.
Globalization of socialisation struggles
While world's leading powers continue to force the planet to implement a deregulated global economy which is totally based on free market competition between private investors and property owners, the social and ecological costs are becoming more and more catastrophic.
Privatising human rights: the impact of globalisation on access to adequate housing, water and sanitation
While the debate continues at the international level on whether or not globalisation can bring benefits to the world’s poor, the fact remains that the deepening inequalities of income and opportunity between and within nations has led to an increase in the number of people without adequate and secure housing. The impact of globalisation on access to adequate housing, water and sanitation.
Forced Evictions Occurring at Alarming Level
Many so-called development-based evictions are done under the pretext of serving the public good. They are linked to urban renewal, slum upgrading, housing renovation, city beautification or other land-use programs. In most cases, they violate human rights standards says Miloon Kothari, Special Rapporteur on Adequeate Housing.
 
3 Statements
Housing and Land Rights Crisis! 2004-06. Violations Escalating around the World. Housing and Land Rights Network
On the occasion of World Habitat Day, 2006, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is reporting on global trends in housing and land rights violations. This initiative, in cooperation with HIC members and structures, arose from the urgent need to highlight the struggles experienced at the local level, as well as to understand how these struggles are linked at the global level. It is intended that this report, based on the best available information, marks one step in a continuing process emphasizing the interconnectivity among seemingly disparate factors.
Increasingly received reports on forced evictions and displacement around the world
Forced evictions and displacement are taking place in countries world wide, ranging from democratic to authoritarian states. Many are so-called development-based evictions, which include evictions often planned or conducted with the justification or under the pretext of serving the "public good," such as those linked to slum-clearance drives, large-scale infrastructure or other development projects, and land-acquisition measures associated with urban renewal, housing renovation, city beautification, or other land-use programmes. Evictions are also on the rise due to the reluctance of States to control speculation in housing and property. Statement of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to the Human Rights Council, Miloon Kothari.
Statement of the President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). World Habitat Day 2006
This year the United Nations Habitat Program (UN-Habitat) invites the world to celebrate Habitat Day with the theme: “Cities, Magnets of Hope.” For its part, HIC and other international networks have called on their constituencies and communities throughout the world to organize broad mobilization against evictions and forced displacements and growing processes of privatization of land, social housing, water, and other basic services.
 
4 Past Campaigns
Call to action: Housing and Land Rights Day 2005
Throughout October 2005, local, national and regional organizations, social movements, NGO’s and academic institutions are called to organize public actions and events to denounce destructive impacts of neo-liberal development policies and economic globalization (such as: budget cuts, forced evictions, land speculation and privatization of social housing and utilities) on people’s housing and land rights across the planet.
Local Actions Planned on Six Continents in October 2004
Decrying the growing gap between the Millenium Development Goals declared by the United Nations and the realities of war, forced evictions and spiraling slum growth experienced by the 1.2 billion slum dwellers and more than 100 million who are homeless, the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) today announced coordinated local actions for a “Right to Land and Housing Now” throughout October to protest the destructive impacts of neo-liberal development policies such as budget cuts, land speculation and privatization of social housing and utilities on people’s housing and land rights across the planet.

 

   
 


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