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Opening the Door to the Human Right to Housing

The Universal Periodic Review and Strategic Federal Advocacy for a Rights-Based Approach to Housing

By Eric Tars & Déodonné Bhattarai

Housing advocates used the 2010 Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of the United States to advance housing as a human right in this country. Every four years the U.N. Human Rights Council reviews the human rights compliance of its member states. The Universal Periodic Review requires governments to self-report on their human rights obligations and consult with the public on their reports. The U.S. review allowed advocates to organize communities and educate the U.S. government on the human right to housing.

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