Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions COHRE

The right to housing is one of the most widely violated human rights. Over one billion people are inadequately housed. The United Nations estimates that a further 100 million people worldwide are without a place to live. One third of humanity (more than two billion people) live without security of tenure, adequate legal safeguards against forced eviction and without access to clean and affordable drinking water in the home … (Housing Rights).

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About us: COHRE is a Geneva-based, international non-governmental human rights organisation founded in 1994 as a foundation in the Netherlands (Stichting COHRE). 

COHRE is the leading international human rights organisation campaigning for the protection of housing rights and the prevention of forced evictions.

COHRE’s mission is to ensure the full enjoyment of the human right to adequate housing for everyone,  everywhere.

The organisation maintains registered offices in the Americas (Brazil and USA), Asia (Cambodia and Sri Lanka), Africa (Kenya) and Europe (Switzerland and the Netherlands). Since 1996, COHRE has directed its activities from it’s Geneva-based International Secretariat.

COHRE began as a small network of committed human rights advocates working to raise the profile of housing rights within the international human rights community. Over the past fifteen years the organisation has grown considerably, and today it includes dozens of international human rights lawyers, community activists, and other land and housing rights experts and advocates. The COHRE staff comprises over 20 different nationalities.

The organization has a Board of Directors consisting of highly respected leaders in their respective areas of expertise within the international human rights community. COHRE is also able to call on advice from prominent human rights experts on its Advisory Board.

While COHRE has broadened the spectrum of its work, the essential focus of the organisation remains  unchanged. Since its inception, COHRE has consistently and comprehensively applied a human rights  approach to housing and living conditions throughout the world with a view to redressing violations of housing rights, promoting compliance with international standards and preventing future infringements of housing rights.

COHRE was granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 1999. Since that time, COHRE has continued to enjoy close working relations with various United Nations bodies and agencies, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Habitat (the United Nations agency for human settlements), the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, other UN treaty-bodies, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and the Commission’s successor organization – the Human Rights Council.

In this section you can find out more about COHRE, including its legal structure, governance, staff and funding. For more information about COHRE’s programmes and activities, please visit the COHRE At Work section.

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