Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik


The present report is submitted by the Special
Rapporteur on adequate housing, in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 15/8. In the report, the Special Rapporteur elaborates upon the concept
of security of tenure as a component of the right to adequate housing. The
backdrop is one of a global tenure insecurity crisis, manifesting itself in
many forms and contexts—forced evictions, displacement resulting from
development, natural disasters and conflicts and land grabbing—and evident in
the millions of urban dwellers living under insecure tenure arrangements. The
Special Rapporteur discusses existing guidance under international human rights
law, raising questions regarding the precise State obligations with respect to
ensuring security of tenure. She examines the wide range of existing tenure
arrangements, and the prevalent focus in policy and practice on one form of
tenure: individual freehold. The Special Rapporteur also discusses selected
operational and policy challenges pertaining to securing tenure. She concludes
by underscoring the need for more specific and comprehensive human rights and
operational guidance on security of tenure.

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