Blog of Rights


U.N. Report on Housing Rights in the U.S. Cites Impact of Discrimination

By Chelsea Zimmerman, Women's Rights Project at 9:00am
On Friday, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik presented her final report on the state of housing rights in the U.S. to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. While there is no official right to housing under the U.S. Constitution, international human rights treaties and declarations recognize adequate housing as a basic human right. In her role as U.N. Special Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik documents in the report the degree to which the U.S. government has met its obligation to ensure access to adequate housing for all people. The report summarizes her investigative findings and recommendations from her 18-day official visit to the U.S. last October and November and identifies the many housing rights violations people face, including the "persistent impact of discrimination in housing."

A Celebration Women's History Month: Envisioning a World Advancing Women's Human Rights

By Chelsea Zimmerman, Women's Rights Project at 2:39pm

Women have made great strides in the fight for equality, but gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many—especially immigrants, women of color, women with low incomes, and victims of domestic violence. Women's History Month, which…

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