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The United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons: A Commentary

ISBN13: 9789004308855
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £159.00

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In the first Commentary on the United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons – known colloquially as the Pinheiro Principles – Khaled Hassine and Scott Leckie outline the restitution rights of persons who have faced forced displacement and the loss of their homes, lands and properties.

The Commentary compiles and analyzes in considerable detail the legal contents of the Pinheiro Principles - a consolidated international instrument generated by the United Nations in 2005 to provide a solid normative framework on these questions and which legal duties exist for states and the international community to secure them. The book will be of vital interest for all actors concerned with applying restitution rights in practice.

Public International Law
PART I - Commentary
1. Principle 1. Scope and application
Section II. The right to housing and property restitution
2. Principle 2. The right to housing and property restitution
Section III. Overarching principles
3. Principle 3. The right to non-discrimination
4. Principle 4. The right to equality between men and women
5. Principle 5. The right to be protected from displacement
6. Principle 6. The right to privacy and respect for the home
7. Principle 7. The right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions
8. Principle 8. The right to adequate housing
9. Principle 9. The right to freedom of movement
Section IV. The right to voluntary return in safety and dignity
10. Principle 10.
Section V. Legal, policy, procedural and institutional implementation mechanisms
11. Principle 11. Compatibility with international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law and related standards
12. Principle 12. National procedures, institutions and mechanisms
13. Principle 13. Accessibility of restitution claims procedures
14. Principle 14. Adequate consultation and participation in decision-making
15. Principle 15. Housing, land and property records and documentation
16. Principle 16. The rights of tenants and other non-owners
17. Principle 17. Secondary occupants
18. Principle 18. Legislative measures
19. Principle 19. Prohibition of arbitrary and discriminatory laws
20. Principle 20. Enforcement of restitution decisions and judgments
21. Principle 21. Compensation
Section VI. The role of the international community, including international organizations
22. Principle 22. Responsibility of the international community
Section VII. Interpretation
23. Principle 23. Interpretation
PART II – Travaux Préparatoires
PART III – Annotated Bibliography