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Press Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing: End mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 29 August to 11 September 2013

Date: September 11, 2012

H.E. Sir Mark Lyall Grant
Permanent Representative
UK Mission to the UN
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
885 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Ms. Navanethem Pillay
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Jorge Araya
Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Groups in Focus Section
Human Rights Treaties Division
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
E-mail: jaraya@ohchr.org
Tel: +41 22 917 9106
Fax: +41 22 917 9008
Web: www.ohchr.org

Ms. Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing
Ms.Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.

Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations, S-2906
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Dear UN officials,

I fully support the findings and recommendations of UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, and strongly condemn the despicable comments made by UK Tory party chairman Grant Shapps. He has called on UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon to launch a full investigation into why Ms. Rolnik was allowed to issue an ‘outrageous’ report calling for the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ to be abolished.

Please provide Secretary General Ban Ki Moon with the evidence that I have sent to the OHCHR since January 2012. Mr. Jorge Araya, UNCRPD Secretary, can assist you in that regard. The Secretary General is welcome to contact me if he so wishes. I am willing to provide further evidence in support of Ms. Rolnik, to whom I offer my full support and congratulations on her successful fact-finding mission.

Warm regards,

Samuel Miller
E-Mail: disabilityinliterature@gmail.com
Blog: Hephaestus: Disability Studies
Blog: My Disability Studies Blackboard
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Hephaestus7
(Montreal, Canada)

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