Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity

Source: Wikimedia Commons ‘In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.’ – Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge Human beings are embodied creatures, and as such every aspect of our lives is tied in some way to physical space. EvenContinue reading “Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity”

The Human Right to Housing

“This fact–the great fact that poverty and all its concomitants show themselves in communities just as they develop into the conditions toward which material progress tends–proves that the social difficulties existing wherever a certain stage of progress has been reached, do not arise from local circumstances, but are, in some way or another, engendered byContinue reading “The Human Right to Housing”

Roma in Europe – Caught Between Social Crises and Viable Options

It is difficult for local communities to absorb large numbers of itinerant Roma as higher crime-rates seem to follow them wherever they go. Two weeks ago, The Guardian informed readers about a trial in France where the defendants were charged with forcing their children to carry out a series of burglaries. Though making up lessContinue reading “Roma in Europe – Caught Between Social Crises and Viable Options”