Miloon Kothari, Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to Non-Discrimination: Addendum Mission To Romania, E/CN.4/2003/5/ADD.2 , UN Commission on Human Rights, 3 February 2003, https://www.refworld.org/reference/mission/unchr/2003/en/30336 [accessed 29 February 2024]
During his visits to communities in Bucharest, the Special Rapporteur was able to
observe first-hand the situation of the poor and the vulnerable, often living in neglected parts of
the city with inadequate civic services both in terms of quality and availability. Effects of these
are particularly severe for women and children. In one Roma community, poor housing
conditions have led to many children facing health risk and mothers spending more time
collecting water, fuel and fodder. The testimonies received validate the indivisibility of human
rights - and the centrality that the right to housing has for the overall living conditions.
The general finding of the Special Rapporteur is that, in the current context of
privatization and structural reforms, unless more protection and adequate social housing -
including affordable access to civic services such as heating - are provided, there will be many
people facing evictions and inadequate housing conditions, not only among the Roma but the
population in general. The Special Rapporteur acknowledges the various laws and strategies
adopted by the Government and the challenge that now lies in their implementation. The
existing human rights norms and standards on the right to adequate housing and other related
rights should guide this process and the strengthening of monitoring mechanisms.
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