Right to Adequate Housing and to the City

More and more people are facing difficulties in accessing decent housing. In both the northern and southern hemispheres, the conversion of housing into a capital good has meant increased real estate speculation and, therefore, increased prices, as well as phenomena such as landlord harassment, mass evictions and families with excessive debt. As a result, impoverished groups are driven to move to derelict areas of cities or to their peripheries.

To combat this trend, the Observatori DESC forms a network of groups and social movements to defend the right to housing and the right to the city as enforceable rights.

8 February, 2018
  • They denounce the inadequate and insufficient response of the Spanish government to the recommendations issued by the UN Committee of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which condemned Spain for violating the right to housing in the case of a family with young children (one and three-year-old).
  • After being evicted, they had to live in a car for ten days due to lack of resources.
13 December, 2017

Last June, the ESCR Committee of the United Nations, the body in charge of overseeing the fulfillment of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), issued a decision stating that Spain had violated the right to housing in a case of tenants' eviction. In its recommendations, the Committee urged Spain to:

20 September, 2017

This article has been published in the Global Platform for the Right to the City newsletter: http://www.righttothecityplatform.org.br/defending-our-cities-in-a-showcase-europe/

22 November, 2016

From 14 to 20 November we participated in the ESCR Global Strategy Meeting, together with more than 100 movements from 40 countries. With the defense of human rights and social justice as a goal, we have discussed strategies and priorities for the coming years. In the strategic litigation group, of which the Observatori DESC takes part, we considered strengthening case litigation and the implementation of resolutions. In addition, we exchanged experiences

25 October, 2016

The Observatori DESC (ESCR Observatory) and the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH, Platform of people Affected by Mortgages) present a new report focusing on the infringement of the right to housing in the local world.

23 September, 2016

Yesterday, on 22nd September, thousands of renters and activists in the United States took to the streets to join the National Renters’ Day of Action (#RentersDayofAction). Through demonstrations, marches and other kinds of actions in nearly 50 cities across the country, citizens declared a Renter State of Emergency. What is meant here is a state in which the number of evictions reached unacceptable dimensions, whereas rents and utility costs are rapidly and constantly rising.