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As UN Special Rapporteur, Leilani Farha hopes to figure out how countries can implement people’s right to housing.

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Champlain Park resident Leilani Farha has a new part-time job: investigating and recommending improvements in people’s housing conditions around the world. On May 8, the United Nations Human Rights Council selected Farha from a global list of candidates to serve as UN Special Rapporteur on ade-

quate housing. Farha learned of the appointment while at home watching the 4:00 a.m. live webcast of the Council’s proceedings with her partner and two kids. The announcement and subsequent official confirmation coincided with her birthday – “a lovely gift,” she says. Special rapporteurs are independent experts tasked with addressing

specific human rights topics. They’re unpaid, and serve for a three-year term, which is renewable once. As Special Rapporteur, Farha will look into the housing situation in countries at their request. She’ll also investigate specific incidents such as evictions, consult with citizens and governments and focus on a housing rights issue of her choosing. Continued on page 7

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