Federatie van Nederlandse Verenigingen tot Integratie Van Homoseksualiteit – COC Nederland
International Lesbian and Gay Association
Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context
10 March 2014
(See video from minute 14.50)
This statement is also made on behalf of Micro Rainbow, an organisation that aims to address the issue of poverty of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people across the world.
We would like to congratulate the Special Rapporteur for highlighting cases of discrimination against LGBT individuals in the private housing sector during her mission to Indonesia. We strongly support her recommendation to the government to repeal laws, policies and practices which perpetuate discrimination in access to adequate housing of marginalized groups, such as LGBT people.
We would like to emphasize that LGBT people are victims of discrimination in the access to adequate housing not only in Indonesia but across the world in all regions.
Many LGBT people are rejected by their families, expelled from their homes, and suffer harassment and evictions from their landlords.
There is increasing evidence of the high incidence of LGBT youth homelessness and the related risk of abuse and violence in many countries due to:
• familial intolerance and prejudice;
• homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes; and
• bullying or harassment at school;
Further, many LGBTI people are denied access to health services, employment or suffer continued discrimination in the workplace, which increases their likelihood of becoming poor, homeless or living in degrading housing conditions.
We would like to remind States of their immediate obligation to ensure that all persons possess security of tenure and access to affordable, habitable, accessible, culturally appropriate and safe housing. This includes without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or material or family status.
Further, international law requires States to take all necessary measures to prohibit the execution of evictions that are not in conformity with their international human rights obligations.
Finally, we recall that States have the obligation to protect against discrimination and abuses of human rights by third parties, and to adopt the necessary measures to enable and assist all individuals in enjoying their human rights, including their right to adequate housing.
I thank you