About Us

Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, works for the recognition, defence, promotion, and realisation of the human rights to adequate housing and land, which involves securing a safe and secure place for all individuals and communities, especially marginalized communities, to live in peace and dignity. HLRN was established in 1999 in New Delhi to address the growing need for research, education, and advocacy on housing and land rights in the region. A particular focus of our work is on promoting and protecting the equal rights of women to adequate housing, land, property and inheritance. HLRN aims to achieve its goals through advocacy, research, human rights education, and outreach through network building at local, national, and international levels. The office is located in New Delhi, India, providing a useful platform for linking members with other networks, regional and international NGOs, and with the United Nations system. As part of the Habitat International Coalition HLRN helps build solidarity with and contributes to global processes related to housing and habitat issues.

Goals and Objectives

HLRN's objective is to promote economic, social and cultural rights, especially for the most marginalized and discriminated groups and communities. Specifically, our work focuses on the practical application of the human right to adequate housing (HRAH), as a legal framework articulated in international and, where applicable, domestic law. We are also involved in efforts to promote and gain legal recognition of the right to land as a human right.

Our goals:

  • To create a network of individuals and organizations working to uphold housing and land rights.
  • To act as a network for the recognition, defence, and full implementation of the right of everyone to a secure place in which to live in peace and dignity.
  • To enhance knowledge and action toward practical realization of human dignity of those suffering deprivation, by means of advancing respect, protection, promotion and fulfillment of universal human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, including the human right to adequate housing and its constituent entitlements. These include security of land tenure; habitability; access to clean water; access to land; access to housing finance; a safe and healthy environment;democratic participation; self-expression; and other related and complementary elements.

HLRN's work is directed to meeting its commitment to communities struggling to secure housing and land and improve their well-being and living conditions as a human right. HLRN seeks to:

  • Advocate the recognition, defence and full implementation of everyone's right everywhere to a secure place to live in peace and dignity;
  • Promote public awareness about human settlement problems and needs locally, nationally, and globally;
  • Defend the human rights of the urban and rural poor, displaced persons, and homeless, landless, and inadequately housed individuals and groups; and,
  • Maintain a progressive platform for formulating common strategies.

Building Relationships

HLRN maintains practical links on three levels. The Network is primarily dedicated to maintaining the cooperation of members interested in the human rights approach to human development. It also plays a wider coalition-building role, mainstreaming the human right to adequate housing. As a strategic principle, HLRN also maintains productive relationships with other networks and coalitions globally, joining forces and pooling resources in the pursuit of common human rights values and goals.

HLRN Team

Executive Director: Shivani Chaudhry

Programmes: Shanta Devi, Deepak Kumar, Dev Pal

Finance and Administration: R.K. Sharda, Rohit Verma, Israr Khan

Founder: Miloon Kothari

Reports

Global and Regional Associates