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CESCR Ruling: eviction violated family’s human rights in Spain

Spain violated the right to housing of a family with young children, who were evicted from a rented room in a flat without being provided with alternative housing.
The independent experts, from the Geneva-based Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, issued their findings after considering a complaint by a couple, who were evicted from their Madrid home in 2013 with their children aged one and three.

Evicted rights in Spain: no room of one’s own

Koldo Casla 
Researcher on the right to housing, Amnesty International Spain.

This article was first published in OpenGlobalRights (Open Democracy)

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing - Mission to Portugal

In December 2016 two United Nations human rights experts visited Portugal and expressed concern about the impact of the economic crisis and the austerity measures on the enjoyment of the rights to housing, water and sanitation in this country.
At the end of a joint official visit to the country, UN Special Rapporteurs, Léo Heller and Leilani Farha, warned about the situation of people in vulnerable situations, including the “new poor”- those who have been pushed into poverty as a result of the austerity measures.

Keeping People in Their Homes Bill 2017 Introduced in Ireland


On February 23, 2017, the so-called Keeping People in Their Homes Bill 2017 was introduced in the Dáil Éireann, the Assembly of Ireland. On the basis of EU law, the bill would allow Irish judges or County Registrars to carry out a proportionality assessment in home repossession and eviction cases.

This means courts could consider the fundamental human rights of borrowers facing homelessness and opt for alternative arrangements that are less onerous than home loss.


Courts “Pump People into Homelessness,” Master of the High Court in Ireland Says


The Master of the High Court in Ireland, Edmund Honohan, criticized the Irish government for allowing courts handling home repossession and eviction cases to “pump people into homelessness,” according to The Irish Times. Honohan faulted the Irish state for not having procedures in place that would ensure courts apply EU consumer law in these cases.


New report on homelessness by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

In March 2016, for the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, will present her new report on homelessness and adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. 



Responses of regional governments in Spain to the housing emergency and exclusion : The social function of housing

December 2015

By Sonia Olea Ferreras, Advocacy Team - Caritas Spain / Housing Rights Expert Group member - FEANTSA


I. Overview of the current situation of housing emergency and exclusion


Judgment of 21 January 2015. Hidalgo Rueda and Others C‑482/ 13, C‑484/13, C‑485/13 & C‑487/13

Date of the decision : January 21st 2015

Jurisdiction : Court of Justice of the European Union

Legal basis : Interpretation of Article 6 of Council Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993 on unfair terms in consumer contracts (OJ 1993 L 95, p. 29).