Housing, land and property (HLP) rights refer to the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living, including adequate housing and to respect for one’s home and property.
HLP rights are human rights – they are universal legal entitlements that all people have through their inherent dignity as human beings.
Beyond the contents of the relevant charters, conventions and covenants, there are also a number of interpretive standards, UN resolutions and other international documents relevant to the question of HLP rights.
This section brings together key international interpretive standards, resolutions and other important documents that seek to clarify, elaborate and develop the content of HLP rights at the international level. Many of these documents are not binding on states, however, they form an important framework that may be drawn upon for the interpretation and development of international and domestic laws.
A number of institutions and agencies operate at the international level seeking to promote and protect HLP rights around the world.
This section lists and provides contact details for relevant international agencies and institutions, providing a brief description of their work on HLP rights. This section also provides details on international criminal courts and tribunals whose jurisdiction includes the prosecution of HLP rights violations.
This section details some of the key literature on HLP rights.