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International Human Rights and U.S. Housing Policy

PRRAC is working with the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School to explore the use of international human rights standards to advance a progressive housing agenda in the U.S. Several standards adopted by the U.N. (and ratified, in part, by the U.S.) potentially speak to American housing segregation. For example, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) holds that its signing countries “particularly condemn racial segregation and apartheid and undertake to prevent, prohibit and eradicate all practices of this nature in territories under their jurisdiction”. CERD further requires signing countries to ". . .take effective measures to review governmental, national and local policies, and to amend, rescind or nullify any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination wherever it exists." PRRAC recently submitted testimony on these issues to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and we are working with the U.S. Human Rights Network to host two CERD working groups, on minority health disparities; and housing segregation/discrimination.

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