In the following weeks, many more states will implement measures that will impact all citizens. At stake is whether the measures taken rescue people rather than economic interests. In this context, we call for the recognition, defence and full implementation of the right of everyone to a secure place in which to live in peace and dignity with the following aspects:
- Social Justice – protection of the most vulnerable: homeless people and those living without adequate housing are a very affected group in this crisis. We call upon local and national governments and the international community to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic outbreak.
- Moratorium on the payment of rent. Again, the most vulnerable sectors of the population will not be able to pay the rent and for many others, this will become a major burden in a context where the economy is beginning to stagnate and income is decreasing.
- Moratorium on mortgage payments. The collection of debts and interest by financial institutions from individuals, families and small businesses must be stopped.
- Stop forced evictions. now more than ever any violations of habitat rights, often committed in the name of “development” and “improvement of the quality of life” must be stopped
- It’s time to call for the value of public services and commons, and to take advantage of this crisis to stop the privatization of these essential services. Now it’s time to Intervene all private health resources and put them at the service of the general interest.
HIC calls for this global health challenge to become an opportunity for social change, putting people at the centre, protecting the human rights of all people and addressing it through solidarity, justice, networking and global support.