COVID-19 and the Right to Housing in Delhi

COVID-19 and the Right to Housing in Delhi

Centre for Policy Research
26 June 2020

In early June 2020, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, issued a call for contributions to inform his forthcoming report to the UN General Assembly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the right to adequate housing.

With other organizations, comprising Delhi Housing Rights Task Force, CPR Urban Team members Ashwin Parulkar, Manish and Mukta Naik co-wrote 'Covid-19 and the Right to Housing in Delhi' to inform the UN Special Rapporteur's recommendations. The report discusses the pandemic's impact on marginalized groups in India's capital city, including daily wage migrants,  homeless labourers, and sexual and religious minorities.  It also details state and national government responses to employment, hunger and housing crises that befell these and other vulnerable groups during India's lockdown. 

The Delhi Housing Task Force includes Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, iProbono, Housing and Land Rights Network, Human Rights Law Network and Nazdeek.