Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) is an integral part of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and works for the recognition, defence, promotion, and realisation of the human rights to adequate housing and land, which involves securing a safe and secure place for all individuals and communities, especially marginalised communities, to live in peace and dignity. HLRN was established in 1999 in New Delhi to address the growing need for research, education, and advocacy on housing and land rights in South Asia. A particular focus of our work is on promoting and protecting the equal rights of women to housing, land, property and inheritance. HLRN aims to achieve its goals through advocacy, research, human rights education, and outreach through network building at local, national and international levels. Our office is located in New Delhi, India, providing a useful platform for linking members with other networks, regional and international NGOs, and with the United Nations system.
Goals and Objectives
HLRN's objective is to promote economic, social and cultural rights in the South Asian region through networking and building the capacity of its members. Specifically, our work focuses on the practical application of the human right to adequate housing (HRAH), as a legal framework articulated in international and, where applicable, domestic law. We are also involved in efforts to promote and gain legal recognition of the right to land as a human right.
- To create a network of individuals and organizations working to uphold housing and land rights.
- To act as a network for the recognition, defence and full implementation of the right of everyone to a secure place in which to live in peace and dignity.
- To enhance knowledge and action toward practical realization of human dignity of those suffering deprivation, by means of advancing respect, protection, promotion and fulfillment of universal human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, including the human right to adequate housing and its constituent entitlements. These include security of land tenure, democratic participation, self expression, habitability, access to clean water, access to land as a social good, access to housing finance, a safe environment, cultural adequacy, and other related and complementary elements.
HLRN shares with HIC a set of objectives that bind and shape our commitment to communities struggling to secure housing and improve their well-being and living conditions as a human right. HLRN seeks to:
- Advocate the recognition, defence and full implementation of everyone’s right everywhere to a secure place to live in peace and dignity;
- Promote public awareness about human settlement problems and needs globally;
- Defend the human rights of the poor, displaced, homeless and inadequately housed;
- Maintain a progressive platform for formulating common strategies.
HLRN maintains practical links on three levels. The Network is primarily dedicated to maintaining the cooperation of HIC members interested in the human rights approach to human development. However, it also plays a wider coalition-building role, mainstreaming the human right to adequate housing universally throughout HIC. As a strategic principle, HLRN also maintains productive relationships with other networks and coalitions globally, joining forces and pooling resources in the pursuit of common human rights values and goals.
Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the global movement specialized in human settlements since 1976, comprises some 450 members in 80 countries, in the North and South. They include NGOs, community-based organizations, social movements, academic and research centres, professional associations and like-minded individuals dedicated to the struggle against deprivation of well-being and for realizing the human right to adequate housing for all.
HIC is coordinated through member-based regional focal points, as well as members with common interests within thematic structures, including:
- Women and Habitat Network (WAH)
- Habitat and Sustainable Environment (HSEN)
- Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN)
- Finance and Resources
- Mobilization Working Group
- Social Production Working Group