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DSD housing complaint lodged with Human Rights Commission

11 June, 2014 - by Fra McCann


Sinn Féin has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over the Department of Social Development's policies on housing provision. 

Speaking after handing in Sinn Féin's submission to the Human Rights Commission this morning alongside party colleagues Alex Maskey and Mickey Brady, Fra McCann MLA said; 

"We are calling on the Human Rights Commission to investigate the policies and proposals of the Department of Social Development on the allocation of social housing. 

"Housing is a human right and the Commission should consider the role of the DSD with particular reference to the International Covenant and Economic and Cultural Rights. 

"There is persistent evidence of longer waiting times, higher levels of housing stress and greater homelessness within Catholic and nationalist community. 

"This is not just our view. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnic, after visiting the North, reported to the United Nations Council about the 'persistent inequalities' in housing provision, particularly in north Belfast. 

"We also submitted a complaint to the Equality Commission over concerns surrounding DSD housing concerns and they subsequently launched an investigation and we await the outcome of that."

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