Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah

15.06.11 | |

Doughty Street's John Hobson has recently returned from Brussels where he took part in the presentation of a report completed on behalf of the organisation Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF).

Following a request from local lawyers and NGOs to ASF, an international legal expert mission visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory from 19 to 23 December 2010 in order to examine the Palestinian housing crisis in East Jerusalem generally and specifically in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in the context of Israel's continued occupation.

Over the last three years more than 60 Palestinians have been forcibly evicted in the Sheikh Jarrah area and at least another 500 are at risk of dispossession and displacement, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). 

The delegation, organised by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, consisted of four English barristers, all specializing in housing rights - John Beckley, Liz Davies, John Hobson and Marina Sergides as well as English barrister and human rights lawyer Hannah Rought-Brooks and Bill Bowring a barrister practising at the European Court of Human Rights and Professor of Law at Birbeck College, University of London. The delegation was also accompanied by ASF project coordinator Stijn Denayer and human rights lawyer Valentina Azarov.

The delegation's report Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah was launched in Brussels on 31st May 2011 and makes a number of recommendations to Israel, the UN and the international community, the EU and the UK Government. 

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