|HLRN works in three related areas to assist our members in the defence and promotion of housing and land rights in South Asia.
Human Rights Education and Training
HLRN works in close collaboration with members and partners with the goal of building local and regional NGO/civil society cooperation by creating opportunities for sharing and coordinating information, and providing human rights education, training and technical assistance. Our goals are to develop the capacity to form effective housing and land rights campaigns at local and regional levels and to provide mutual and reciprocal support throughout the region. We also respond to member demands and needs for training and information dissemination through workshops, publications, and our website.
Human rights education - especially related to economic, social and cultural rights, and women's rights, is a priority area of our work. Our human rights education objective already has led to the design, development, production and delivery of customized training materials, specialized workshops, and distribution of information (electronic and print), publications, legal documents and thematic reports (see Resources and Publications).
HLRN has been active at advising, training and supporting local housing rights and community-development NGOs to cooperate with the United Nations programme, special procedures, treaty body sessions and other regional and international human rights and professional forums.
We regularly arrange workshops as part of the preparations for parallel reporting to the UN Treaty Bodies, and other national events. This is intended eventually to build national housing rights movements and campaigns through collaborative work, information sharing and mutual reliance.
As each training experience also embodies a needs assessment, the lessons of each training opportunity give rise to new tools and curriculum materials, contributing to the development of ongoing activities.
HLRN authored a dossier on The Human Rights to Adequate Housing and Land for the National Human Rights Commission.To download this publication, click here
Research and Fact-finding
We regularly conduct research on housing and land issues in the region. In particular, HLRN has been active in research on women's right to adequate housing. Our research creates knowledge, builds solidarity over common issues and develops strategies for multiple methods of housing rights defence and problem solving.
HLRN has often organized fact-finding missions as a first step to taking up new cases or supporting national focus campaigns. HLRN fact-finding serves to generate international solidarity, media attention, public awareness and substantive information by investigating claims of housing rights violations.
For more information on our fact-finding missions, check our Publications.
Advocacy and Networking
Our existing relationships are based on mutual benefit in pursuit of a common objective, usually involving advocacy. These alliances take several forms (such as UN lobbying, national policy campaigns, and the Urgent Action mechanism).
We also work to enhance international networking by further introducing members to, and engaging them with, related international NGO networks, primarily HIC, but also others.
HLRN tries to work, as much as possible, in collaboration with other civil society organizations and social movements.
With the integrated objectives of its networking activities, HLRN brings together seemingly diverse beneficiaries with common problems and programmes. Our organizing and educational work helps human rights organizations appreciate the housing and land rights - and larger economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights - dimensions of their work.
Our recent advocacy campaigns include those related to: forced evictions; promoting the UN Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement; India’s Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy; women’s land rights; homelessness; post-tsunami human rights-based rehabilitation.