[Hpn] [hic_mail] Invitation to Nominate Housing Rights Violators and Protectors

Bret Thiele hic_mail@yahoogroups.com
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 11:53:16 -0700 (PDT)


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The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) is an international human rights non-governmental organisation mandated to protect and promote housing rights throughout the world.  COHRE was established in 1994 and has its International Secretariat in Geneva.

In 2002 COHRE launched a new project to designate the world’s worst housing rights violators by issuing a number of ‘Violator Awards’. This project aims, amongst other things, to:

*   Publicise housing rights violations in specific countries which
    have been particularly egregious, retrogressive, or otherwise
    notably in violation of housing rights obligations;
*   Educate about the contents of housing rights under
    international housing rights and standards;
*   Pressurise relevant governments and other national and
    international actors to adopt policies and practices that are
    consistent with housing rights.

The 2002 Violator Awards made some progress not only towards achieving the above aims, but also in creating a platform for dialogue with violator countries.

In 2002, COHRE also announced three Protector Awards to recognise outstanding performance in the area of housing rights.  The winners of these awards not only gain positive publicity for the good work they have done in the field of housing rights, but can also use the award as a catalyst or launch pad for further action.  In the case of Brazil, which last year received a Protector award in recognition of its adoption of one of the most progressive and commendable housing rights laws in the world, the country chose to receive the award in a high-profile ceremony at an event attended by the President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.

Following on the success of last year’s initiative, COHRE has decided to make the awards an annual event, and would like to invite other organisations to nominate potential winners – both Violators and Protectors.

In order for a country, institution, corporate or other body to meet the criteria for a Violator Award nomination, it must be guilty of gross/grave violations of housing rights under international human rights and humanitarian law.   Countries are considered not only for a general or historical defiance of their obligations under the international human right to housing, but because they have committed, or alternatively, failed to prevent, specific and identifiable housing rights violations within the previous year.

The primary criteria for a Protector Award nomination is that the nominee be engaged in, or have completed, an action or project which has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and/or promoting housing rights.  This includes those countries which have emerged from violent or repressive histories to redress human rights abuses of
the past.

Full selection criteria for the awards, as well as nomination forms for Violator and Protector Awards will be sent by COHRE to any organisations that express interest in submitting nominations.  Should a nomination made by an organisation other than COHRE ultimately be selected as an award winner, the nominating organisation will, of
course, be given full recognition for its role in related publicity materials.

Should you wish more information or to receive nomination forms, please send an email to awards@cohre.org.  The closing date for nominations for this year, barring exceptional circumstances, will be 31July 2003.

With very best regards

Alison Clements-Hunt
Awards Campaign Officer
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)
+41 22 734 1028
www.cohre.org



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<DIV>The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) is an international human rights non-governmental organisation mandated to protect and promote housing rights throughout the world.&nbsp; COHRE was established in 1994 and has its International Secretariat in Geneva.<BR><BR>In 2002 COHRE launched a new project to designate the world’s worst housing rights violators by issuing a number of ‘Violator Awards’. This project aims, amongst other things, to:</DIV>
<DIV><BR>*&nbsp;&nbsp; Publicise housing rights violations in specific countries which<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; have been particularly egregious, retrogressive, or otherwise<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; notably in violation of housing rights obligations;<BR>*&nbsp;&nbsp; Educate about the contents of housing rights under<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; international housing rights and standards;<BR>*&nbsp;&nbsp; Pressurise relevant governments and other national and<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; international actors to adopt policies and practices that are<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; consistent with housing rights.<BR><BR>The 2002 Violator Awards made some progress not only towards achieving the above aims, but also in creating a platform for dialogue with violator countries.<BR><BR>In 2002, COHRE also announced three Protector Awards to recognise outstanding performance in the area of housing rights.&nbsp; The winners of these awards not only gain positive publicity for the good work they have done in the field of
 housing rights, but can also use the award as a catalyst or launch pad for further action.&nbsp; In the case of Brazil, which last year received a Protector award in recognition of its adoption of one of the most progressive and commendable housing rights laws in the world, the country chose to receive the award in a high-profile ceremony at an event attended by the President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.<BR><BR>Following on the success of last year’s initiative, COHRE has decided to make the awards an annual event, and would like to invite other organisations to nominate potential winners – both Violators and Protectors.<BR><BR>In order for a country, institution, corporate or other body to meet the criteria for a Violator Award nomination, it must be guilty of gross/grave violations of housing rights under international human rights and humanitarian law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Countries are considered not only for a general or historical defiance of their obligations under the
 international human right to housing, but because they have committed, or alternatively, failed to prevent, specific and identifiable housing rights violations within the previous year.<BR><BR>The primary criteria for a Protector Award nomination is that the nominee be engaged in, or have completed, an action or project which has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and/or promoting housing rights.&nbsp; This includes those countries which have emerged from violent or repressive histories to redress human rights abuses of<BR>the past.<BR><BR>Full selection criteria for the awards, as well as nomination forms for Violator and Protector Awards will be sent by COHRE to any organisations that express interest in submitting nominations.&nbsp; Should a nomination made by an organisation other than COHRE ultimately be selected as an award winner, the nominating organisation will, of<BR>course, be given full recognition for its role in related publicity materials.<BR><BR>Should
 you wish more information or to receive nomination forms, please send an email to <A href="http://us.f408.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=awards@cohre.org&amp;YY=62328&amp;order=down&amp;sort=date&amp;pos=0&amp;view=a&amp;head=b">awards@cohre.org</A>.&nbsp; The closing date for nominations for this year, barring exceptional circumstances, will be 31July&nbsp;2003.<BR><BR>With very best regards<BR><BR>Alison Clements-Hunt<BR>Awards Campaign Officer<BR>Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)<BR>+41 22 734 1028<BR>www.cohre.org<BR></DIV><p><hr SIZE=1>
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