Submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on COVID-19 and the Right to Housing in Delhi

26 June 2020

In June 2020, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing issued, jointly with eleven other UN human rights expert mechanisms, a call for contributions to inform their forthcoming reports to the United Nations General Assembly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on right to adequate housing and other human rights.

CPR Urbanisation researchers Ashwin Parulkar, Manish and Mukta Naik, as part of the Delhi Housing Rights Task Force (DHRTF), made submissions to the Special Rapporteur on addressing the pandemic's impact on marginalized groups in India's capital city, including daily wage migrants, homeless labourers, and sexual and religious minorities. The report details the responses of the central and state governments to employment, hunger and housing crises that befell these and other vulnerable groups during India's national lockdown from March–May 2020.

DHRTF is a collective of individuals and organisations and working to protect and promote the human right to adequate housing, with a focus on Delhi. Formally established in 2015, DHRTF works to minimize forced evictions, improve public housing delivery, and promote greater discussion and interactions on human rights through collective work, collaboration, and sharing of resources and knowledge among its members. CPR has been an active part of DHRTF since its inception.

Read the full submissions here.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.