January 28, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday criticized Israel for unlawfully demolishing Palestinian homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem this week. OCHA indicates that over the past three days, 77 Palestinians have been made homeless as a result of Israel's ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. According to the report, the influx of ...[read more]
December 28, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The trial against former first lady of the Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, began on Friday in Abidjan for her role in the violence that resulted from the aftermath of the 2010 elections. She is charged with "attempting to undermine the security of the state" for her support of the efforts of her ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law which prohibits people from living out of their vehicles. Prior to the decision from the federal appeals court, the act of using a vehicle "as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Hungarian Parliament on Monday passed a law that allows municipalities to prohibit sleeping in public places, effectively criminalizing homelessness. The law permits local authorities to declare areas prohibited for homeless people and evict those living in huts or shacks near the city. ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. A person convicted under the Depression-era law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, ...[read more]

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