In November 2019, Justice Centre made submissions to the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s Subcommittee to Follow Up Issues Related to Inadequate Housing and Relevant Housing Policies for its meeting on 7 December 2019.
We discussed comments made by Ms Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, at the “Poverty and Housing in Hong Kong” panel discussion, which was part of the academic workshop “Confronting Inequality and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong” co-hosted by Justice Centre and the Department of Asian and Policy Studies of the Education University of Hong Kong.
We urged the Hong Kong government to recognise the right to adequate housing as a human right, and formulate a rights-based housing strategy to address violations thereof.
Read our full submission here.
Watch the video below and revisit Ms Farha’s comments on the need for paradigmatic shift in the way we think about housing, and the need for governments to formulate rights-based housing strategies to address violations to the right to housing.