Monday, August 02, 2021

The government is breaching the right to housing

Housing is a human right, one which the New Zealand government accepts through its adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. And now the Human Rights Commission has stated the obvious: we're breaching it:

Successive Governments have breached New Zealanders’ human right to housing, the Human Rights Commission says.

Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt​ said the current housing crisis was an institutional failure.

“Frankly it is a failure of our democracy. There is insufficient appreciation in New Zealand to the rights of a decent home, which is binding in international law.” Hunt​ said.

The Commission will be holding a formal inquiry into the right to housing to Aotearoa. And my inner cynic says the government will ignore it, while they sit there raking in their untaxed capital gains and profiting off our misery.