Balance of the Special Rapporteur’s work in 2012 – Newsletter #30


The Rapporteur begins 2013 at a fast pace: on
March 4th, rapporteur Raquel Rolnik will present to the UN Human Rights Council
her reports on Israel and Rwanda missions, which took place last year, and also
on the official visit to the World Bank, undertaken in 2010. At the time, the
rapporteur will also present a preliminary version of the thematic report on
security of tenure, a topic which will continue being worked by the mandate
throughout the year. Soon, all these reports will be posted on our website. In
the meantime, see below a summary of the Rapporteur’s main activities in 2012.

* Country missions
and thematic reports

In 2012, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik promoted official visits to 
Israel and Rwanda and
developed thematic studies about 
financialization of housing and security of tenure.

* Reports

In March last year, the Rapporteur presented to the UN Human Rights Council the
reports on the missions to
Argentina and Algeria, undertaken in 2011, as well as the thematic
report on 
women and right to housing. She also
delivered the 
report on financialization of housing to the UN General Assembly. Unfortunately, due to the Hurricane Sandy, she
was not able to present the report in person.

* Communications

In 2012, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik sent 14 communications to the governments of
13 countries regarding complaints of violations to the right to housing. 
Click here to read the
communications available. Learn 
how to file an official complaint to the Rapporteur.

* Composition and distribution of materials
The rapporteur ended the year with the distribution of a new leaflet – on 
megaevents and the right to adequate housing -, and also guides and leaflets about forced evictions and guides and leaflets on women, which have been reprinted.

* Working visits
Apart from the official missions, the rapporteur undertook working visits to 
Chile, to Barcelona, in Spain, to St. Petersburg, in Russia, to Naples, in Italy, and to the cities of Fortaleza and Curitiba, in Brazil.

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Adequate Housing and it does not contain official information.

Rapporteur (from May 2008 ): Raquel Rolnik

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