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The right to adequate housing in international human rights law: Polish transformation experiences

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Terminski, Bogumil

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Abstract Housing rights are now one of the most fundamental social and economic human rights. It is therefore the duty of every country to implement such rights for its own citizens, irrespective of its economic development, political situation, or social conditions. Possession of appropriate living conditions determines, in fact, the possibility of using other, more advanced human rights (e.g. the right to health, right to development, right to peace, or access to culture). Realization of the right to adequate housing is increasingly problematic for developed countries. According to the United Nations, there are over 100 million homeless people worldwide and more than 1 billion inadequately housed. Poland is an example of a country particularly afflicted by housing problems after the Second World War. Experiences of Polish democratic transformation after 1989, therefore, provide interesting lessons (and warnings) for all countries wishing to deal with the social problems arising from housing difficulties.
Keywords transformation; Poland; human rights; housing conditions; housing market; housing; transition; UNO
Classification Social Problems; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 219-241
Journal Revista Latinoamericana de Derechos Humanos, 22 (2012) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications