Congress meets with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing

13 Jun 2018

Housing Committee meet with UN Special Rapporteur

Meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing

Representatives of the Congress Housing Committee met recently with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing – Ms Leilani Farha – during her recent visit to Ireland, to discuss the ongoing housing crisis and the Congress Charter for Housing Rights.

The Congress delegation was led by vice-President, Kevin Callinan. 

Ms Farha is currently engaged in building a worldwide campaign on the Right to Housing, which will involve major cities, local authorities, trade unions and housing groups. The global campaign is underpinned by the simple principle that housing must be viewed as a human right and not a commodity. 

During her time in Ireland in a public engagements - including before the Dail Committee on Housing - the UN Special Rapporteur warned of the increasing commodification of housing and the resultant destruction of communities, stating that governments had to take a key role in the provision of public housing.  

Ms Farha praised the Congress Charter of Housing Rights saying it ‘concretises’ the key elements of her global campaign and suggested it might have a wider global application, in the context of the campaign. 

She requested that Congress promote the Charter and the Right to Housing among European and international networks and at other available fora, as part of building the global campaign and spoke positively about future cooperation with Congress on this

UN Special Rapporteur