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On November 5, 2018, members gathered for a webinar discussion titled: “Implementing CESCR Decisions: Lessons from the Experience of the Follow-Up Procedure in MBD v. Spain.” The online seminar about the...

What is this case about?

In 2013, a family with infant children were evicted from their home after their private rental contract expired. At that time, Spain was experiencing a devastating economic crisis with high levels of unemployment, and this had affected the...

On 24 April, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), which coordinates the European Minimum Income Network, launched a bus tour across Europe to raise awareness of the importance of adequate,...

CESCR confirms right to housing applies to private tenancy arrangements

In October 2013, Mohamed Ben Djazia, Naouel Bellili and their two minor children were evicted from the home they had rented in Madrid, Spain, after their private rental contract expired. Spain was then experiencing a devastating economic crisis with high levels of unemployment, and this had affected the Ben Djazia-Bellili family, leaving them unable to pay rent for some time. Mr. Ben Djazia had repeatedly applied for social housing for well over a decade and was denied each time.

On 20 June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a ruling, recognizing tenants’ right to adequate housing.

Mohamed Bourmouz, Naouel Bellili and their children were evicted from the home they had rented in Madrid, Spain...

Following a planning and development process that lasted several months, the new Sindicato de Inquilinos e Inquilinas...

In September, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) issued historic recommendations, finding Spain in violation of the right to housing, in the first case...