Housing is a right
Re: “City to relocate Belle Park campers,” May 22.
We are writing this letter in response to the information in the Whig-Standard article that outlines the city’s plans to evict people from Belle Park encampment.
The right to housing is enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as our own Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The UN Special Rapporteur for Housing stated in April 2020 in the National Protocol of Homeless Encampments in Canada that “encampments are a reflection of Canadian governments’ failure to successfully implement the right to adequate housing.” The right to housing includes not only a place to live but a place that ensures “security, peace and dignity.” Security, peace and dignity surely cannot be defined by a third party but must be self-defined, by the individual whose housing is under consideration.