Right to Adequate Housing

RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING 

The right to adequate housing has been entrenched as a justiciable right in the Constitution of Kenya. Article 43(1)(b), provides that ‘every person has the right to accessible and adequate housing and reasonable standards of sanitation’. Kenya is obliged under a range of human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to refrain from and prevent forced evictions. Governments are required to ensure that no one is rendered homeless or vulnerable to other human rights violations as a consequence of an eviction. International human rights standards also state that even where evictions are deemed to be justified, states must ensure that they put in place all safeguards and due process requirements.

We see housing as more than just four walls and a roof. We advocate non-discrimination in access to adequate housing, lobby the state to take progressive steps towards ensuring that everyone has a decent place to live and campaign on ending forced evictions.

For more on our work please find reports on the right to adequate housing

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