The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today released a statement on World Habitat Day:

On the occasion of the World Habitat Day, 6 October 2008, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) calls upon governments to end forced evictions and other housing rights violations. COHRE further urges governments and other relevant agencies to direct the necessary resources towards addressing the acute housing crises in both rural and urban areas. COHRE is convinced that the unmet demand for adequate housing provided the primary target for the predatory lending practices that have led to the current spate of worldwide bank failures and the ensuing global financial crisis. The realization of housing rights for the world’s poor majority must not now be sacrificed in the name of international economic “recovery” efforts.”

To se the full text of the statement is available on COHRE’s website click here