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Fact Sheet No. 21, The Human Right to Adequate Housing

General Material

The fact sheet emphasizes the interdependence and indivisibility of civil and political rights and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, including housing. The sheet covers the basic principle of housing as a human right, the entitlements of housing rights, obligations of the international community, clarifications of governmental obligations, and monitoring the right to adequate housing. Annexes to the fact sheet include a list of the legal sources of the right to adequate housing under internal human rights law. Advocates may find this document helpful for gaining a critical understanding of international law and policy as it relates to meeting people's basic human need for adequate housing.