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April 30, 2020

UN housing rapporteur: Eviction bans aren't good enough

By City Monitor Staff

For the past six years, Leilani Farha has urged governments around the world to recognize housing as a human right.

But today marks the end of her term as the UN’s special rapporteur for the right to housing – at a time when adequate shelter is as important as ever.

“[B]ecause we had a failure of governments to implement the right to housing, we now have very exposed societies to a deadly virus,” Farha tells the New Statesman’s Samir Jeraj.

Farha spoke about the wave of no-eviction policies cropping up during the pandemic, and why they don’t do enough to protect people who may be sick, out of work, or out of money for the foreseeable future.

Read more from the New Statesman: Stay-at-home orders have exposed just how poor housing is, says Leilani Farha

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