International call to identify cases of evictions

Photo: International Alliance
of Inhabitants

The Tribunal for Evictions launched an international call to identify cases for its 2012 session. The sessions will take place on 28 Sept in Geneva within the Geneva Habitat Forum and for the launch of this year’s World Zero Evictions days.

Forced evictions threaten between 50 and 70 million people worldwide today. The Tribunal is a tool for organizations of inhabitants and all stakeholders that defend the right to housing.

The Tribunal aims to reinforce the recognition, propositions and fights against housing rights violations at local, national and international levels. It also aims to put the spotlight on threats and violence of all kind committed against the defenders of these rights.

In this perspective, a jury, made of representatives of civil society, international organizations and academics, involved in the defense and respect of housing rights, will evaluate the claims in the light of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and all international legal instruments related to the enforcement of the right to housing and land security.


Working method

This call is broadcasted worldwide in order to identify cases of evictions through a webform. You are all kindly invited to fill the webform before 31 August 2012.

The secretariat of the Tribunal will coordinate the preliminary phase of investigation by selecting the most significant cases in terms of severity, number of people affected, as well as representation of themes and continents.

At the 28 September 2012 session, the Tribunal will publicly examine the presented cases and will issue a judgment and make recommendations to the various officials. The Tribunal will then issue formal recommendations to economic and institutional actors responsible for the evictions, and to civic organizations helping them enforce their demands by the authorities.

To submit a case of evictions, go to Geneva Habitat Forum website before 31 August 2012. For further information, please contact:

Secretariat: +41 22 320 86 06

International Alliance of Inhabitants: