The right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right, essential for social justice and the maintenance of human dignity. However, the diverse and urgent housing needs of the majority of the Lebanese population are completely absent from the existing housing policies, laws, and programs. How can we protect urban residents from policies that prioritize profits over human needs, leading to precarious and sometimes life-threatening housing conditions, as well as displacement, eviction, and homelessness? In this session, we explored the different housing needs and situations that exist in the Lebanese context, and discussed how to activate existing laws and regulations to ensure that residents are protected. We also questioned the role of the judiciary in upholding this right in a legal landscape that is dominated by capital-owning forces and their interests.
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