A Sort of Homecoming: Extraterritorial Obligations and the Right to Housing
UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND EXTRATERRITORIAL OBLIGATIONS, Mark Gibney, Sigrun Skogly, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, pp. 166-193
Posted: 10 Dec 2008 Last revised: 20 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 10, 2008
Housing issues are often caught in the cross-hairs of extraterritorial human rights claims. Forced evictions are the most visible manifestation of this with an array of foreign actors regularly cited as complicit. Extraterritorial activities also contribute to market-based displacement and forced climate displacement, and more broadly, the level of international development aid for low-income housing sector is pitifully low, and it is even questionable whether most of this aid would conform to the strictures of the right to housing. Taking as its point of departure both concrete violations and legal jurisprudence, this paper examines the scope of extra-territorial obligations concerning the right to housing with particular attention given to forced evictions and urban upgrading in the context of international development. The human rights discourse does not exist in a vacuum and some engagement with other relevant discourses such as the Millennium Development Goals and global public goods is also proffered.
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