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"We need a social urban alliance to build a new kind of town."

The co-ordination committee of the International Alliance of Inhabitants held a meeting in Madrid in the first week in June - Diagonal took the opportunity to interview one of its founding members. Cesare Ottolini, leader of the Italian Tenants Union, has been travelling the world for several years telling people about the International Alliance of Inhabitants, a network of 350 organisations from 40 different countries.

The campaign for eviction-free municipalities

Following the success of the ‘Zero Evictions’ campaign in countries like the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Croatia, Italy and Kenya (where, in return for cancellation of the country’s external debt with Italy, most of the government’s planned 300,000 evictions from sub-standard housing in Nairobi have been blocked), the work of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) is now reaching the Spanish state.

Housing Rights: Breakthrough ruling by the Council of Europe

European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless

Утром 25 июня жильцы общежития по адресу Ясный проезд, 19, выселенные накануне сотрудниками федеральной службы исполнения наказаний (ФСИН), вернулись в свои квартиры, расположенные на третьем этаже здания.

Столкновения жителей и сотрудков ФСИН продолжаются: жителей повторно пытаются выселить из квартир. Избит депутат Мосгордумы Сергей Митрохин и несколько активистов. До 4 часов утра фсиновцы находились на третьем этаже общежития и устанавливали металлические двери в занятых ими квартирах. После их ухода выселенные жильцы при поддержке соседей и активистов левых движений и организаций взламали двери и занесли свои вещи обратно в квартиры. Сотрудники ФСИН вызвали «подкрепление» и начали повторный штурм. IAI message to Ministry of Justice Russian Federation against evictions foyer (english, 2008).pdf [66,05 kB]

Spain: Days for the Right to Housing without Borders

A tour of international initiatives for the right to housing and the right to the city is kicking off on Saturday 31 May in Madrid with the seminar ¿ Cómo conseguir una vivienda digna ? (How to obtain decent housing). These initiatives are probably the first ever of their kind to be held in Spain, and will run until Saturday 7 June. They go under the name of the Days for the Right to Housing without Borders, organized by the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) in partnership with the Federacion de Vecinos de Madrid , Plataforma por una Vivienda Digna and other inhabitants collectives, and in collaboration with FAMSI-FAL and various local authorities (the Basque country government, Diputacion from Malaga and Grenada, the communes of Jaen, Seville and Rivas).

Italia, solidarietà per fermare l'orrore prossimo venturo

In Italia, ogni giorno avvengono sgomberi di accampamenti, baracche, fabbriche abbandonate, ponti. Provate a cercare la parola - chiave "sgomberi" su www.unioneinquilini.it: il concetto e la pratica sono simili assomigliano troppo all'operazione Murabatswina (butta via l'immondizia) dello Zimbabwe di Mugabe. Vincenzo Simoni 18 maggio 2008

A sad anniversary for tenants in France

One year on from the new presidency, heralded as pro-reform, what has been achieved? Adoption of the enforceable right to housing is far from being accomplished. Voted in a hurry during the electoral campaign, the law was designed to house categories of people requesting housing considered to be priority cases, including the homeless. Target figures have not been met and procedural obstacles for candidates to be recognised as priority cases have multiplied.

Left-over spaces: recycling abandoned buildings to avoid wasting land

You write the word ‘sprawl’ and you see the edges of the city spreading ever outwards. Destroying the environment. Eating up the land. And while the city spreads like an oil slick, historic centres are losing their distinctiveness and emptying of residents, driven out by escalating prices.

The inhabitants cooperatives in Europe: a third way to popular housing

Friday 30 May 2008 This international conference addresses local administrators, practitioners, researchers, academics, inhabitants association and students who are seeking to understand the developments and challenges involved in the public problem of “popular housing”, as well as the answers that local European and American organisations are coming up with.