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this morning was from president hassan rouhani himself speaking to his economic team which is recently been shaken up the minister of the economic ministry the federal minister was replaced president hassan rouhani has gone out of his way to illustrate to his people that he's taking the economic chaos in the country seriously in addressing his relatively new team he put out his sort of forward thinking iran's policy going forward and that would be to continue to sell oil and to break these u.s. sanctions he also said that no white house ever in his estimation has been as opposed to fulfilling its international obligations and its international commitments and he said that no white house has been as racist as this one is taking a shot at his american counterpart president donald trump so very very defiant words coming from president hassan rouhani now we have to say that while the civilian government was doing what they were doing there were large scale military exercises going on as well one of the things that the american government that this
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white house pointed to was the reason behind pulling out of the nuclear deal in re imposing sanctions was iran's ballistic missiles program that iran says it's for defensive purposes as well as iran's growing military influence in the middle east and so it did not feel like a coincidence that iran scheduled one of its largest aerial military exercises on the same day that sanctions were kicked back in these exercises involve multiple aerial defense units from iran's regular military as well as the iranian revolutionary guard corps and spanned half a million kilometers across the country so no doubt a message to the united states iranians we spoke to say that they've learned in their time of dealing with the u.s. government that the only language they understand is the language of strength and so it's probably no coincidence that these exercises were scheduled to go out in the same day as this deadline still had on al-jazeera why china's president is talking tough and. u.s.
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economic policies as he pushes for a more free market. are. victims' relatives demand answers in indonesia as the line airplanes black box reveals a repeated malfunction. hello this moment in southern china dry weather we're talking about seeing the northeast monsoon convincer humidity is gone the only cloud is visible up here that will develop i think along the yangtze valley again significant rain is likely from move towards shoot shanghai courses dry in hong kong is twenty eight pleasant low humidity degrees and that'll just just intensify i think the rain in the next day or so this is winter trying to come south but it's stuck at the moment he got the
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northeast monsoon in india now which tends to suggest heaviest rains maybe tamilnadu we've got stray showers running up the western side of the peninsula as well temps distil kora time for mary thirty three in october we're down to twenty six in new delhi it's not particularly breezy here other words either so the air quality is not as good as it could be but we've seen the change of season is still pretty apparent in the arabian peninsula is terror in the green that might even spark showers as far south as bahrain is on its way through kuwait into iran which means to punish yourself now largely find very few showers left over from what was quite active a week ago so here's the current rain running up through iraq towards well the southern caucasus but focusing in iran. what adequate housing was adequate who decides. housing is not just
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about four walls and a roof it's about living in a place where you have peace security and most importantly dignity un special rapporteur. talks to i'll just feel. i'm. ok i do. some of it i like. hello again the top stories on al-jazeera the un human rights council has been reviewing the actions of saudi arabia and its record on rights violations saudi delegation in geneva faced questions over the murder of. among other rights issues
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on the addressing the council the delegation restated the kingdom's position that it's investigating the case and will prosecute those responsible for the killing. and the phone separatists in cameroon say they've kidnapped seventy nine high school students and their principal they were taken from a presbyterian boarding school in the city above and in the west. wide sweeping u.s. economic sanctions targeting iran's oil and financial sectors have come into force iran's president hassan rouhani says his country will quote probably by pass the measure is. now civil rights groups fear millions of americans are being denied their right to vote in the midterm elections they say states under republican control are unfairly purging voter rolls affecting minorities well the trend is apparent in georgia where the white republican candidate faces strong competition from a black democrat john hendren reports from atlanta. daniel known go was puzzled by
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the government letter the civil servant had voted in georgia for a decade but this time the state told him he'd done it wrong so he phoned the secretary of state's office. the woman on the phone told him he filled out his ballot correctly and signed it but he failed to sign the on below the ballot came in we get we just can't get it right we don't have the only information we need and the option to you know. you know doesn't up doesn't like gambling really don't really have that option we don't have any bearing on. this voting rights advocates say is voter suppression in action the man they accuse of leading a campaign to prevent minorities from voting is georgia's secretary of state brian camp he oversees voting in the state and just happens to be running as a republican for governor he's in a dead heat against democrat stacy abrams who hopes to become georgia's first female black governor. camp has purged one point four million
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voters from state electoral rolls critics say disproportionately blacks and minorities who tend to vote for democrats georgia is one of several states who knows the state of. the civil war has never ended has a campaign with many too many ways to continue to try to suppress the vote a lawsuit by the new georgia project and other civil rights groups says three hundred forty thousand in georgia were wrongfully purged most of them minorities it is a confidence vote. on its face you can keep on the scale and impact of the video camp is strictly enforcing voter id laws in an registering those who have not voted for two elections or have moved this is someone who has to be held accountable to do his basic jobs we have made it easier to vote and hard to cheat and just because miss a broom's files a flossy balts lawsuit or the new georgia project it doesn't mean it's right the
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lawsuit by civil rights group says similar voter purges are happening in twenty six republican controlled states across the u.s. . at many polling stations like this one in atlanta you can vote early but for some voters by the time they found out there was a problem with their registration it was already too late nineteen year old linnea gordon was looking forward to voting in her first election for stacey a. letter where i. know same that i'm even more information but i gave all the information that i needed they sent the letter before me after that day seen. more information in daniel numbers case the state has the discretion to allow his mail in ballot it's just decided not to as he phoned kemp's department he got one other bit of bad news so and that's the case with mine and my wife's that is correct yes
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with a few days left to election day his wife will also be notified that her ballot has also been rejected by the state of georgia john hendren al-jazeera it lent well jury selection for the trial of mexican drug lord joaquin guzman has begun in new york you may remember goodman also known as el chapo as the infamous cartel kingpin who once tunneled himself to freedom well now he's in the u.s. custody facing various charges so gabriel is on joe as following this story for us in considering that goes when escape from prison twice in mexico gabriel how tight is security expected to be once the trial gets underway. very tight no doubt about it in fact they're not even telling us where guzman is being held for this trial he were at the courthouse federal courthouse here in brooklyn he was at a federal. high security jail in the city of new york but they don't know they're not
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revealing where he's actually going to be held during this trial i can tell you that they're not going to be bringing him in through the front door they're taking him through underground passageways into the federal courthouse here exactly because he's so dangerous and b. because he escaped from prison twice in mexico and he is still dangerous here in the united states because prosecutors say that his drug cartel is still very active in mexico and also active here within the united states still so even jurors and people that are called to testify in this trial they will be kept secret and not be taken out to the public because for their own safety quite frankly very high to high security trial here in brooklyn so do you expect this trial to shed some light as well on the sinhala cartel operations within the u.s. . no doubt about it because prosecutors have charged guzman with.
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money laundering drug trafficking and even murder here in the united states and his cartel prosecutors say was so active in the united states in various cities buying different companies is front businesses drug trafficking they were very active in all sorts of illegal activity in the united states so prosecutors over the course of this three month trial that's what they expected to be about three months they say they're going to open the books and shed light on everything that this cartel did allegedly not only in mexico but also here in the united states several of guzman's top deputies have already also been arrested and they're expected to testify against him as well and also shed light into this and it supported a note that experts say that his sin a little cartel is still intact very active and that this will only if he's convicted will only potentially put guzman behind bars but his two sons prosecutors
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say are still running the cartel back in mexico today all right deborah is on the thank you on hundreds of people have rallied in ukraine's capital demanding punishment for those behind the death of an anti corruption campaigner cats arena hundreds of died on sunday as a result of severe burns from acids and acid attack in july police in kiev have arrested five people and investigators blame separatists for ordering. sri lanka's parliamentary speaker says he will not accept mahinda rajapaksa as the new prime minister until he sees proof he commands a majority in parliament this development comes to sri lanka's president ordered m.p.'s to reconvene on november the fourteenth last week he fired prime minister raila become a singer and replaced him with the former president rajapaksa. the family of a pakistani christian woman acquitted in a blast so many cases pleading for the international community to help them leave the country protestors have been calling for death since the supreme court ruled to
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free her last week. the government deal to release her has left the mother of five in the eagle limbo bibi was convicted in twenty ten of insulting islam during a dispute with her neighbors she spent eight years on death row. china's president has promised to cut import tariffs and further open up access for foreign companies xi jinping didn't refer to china's trade dispute with the united states but he warned that free trade was under attack but he made the remarks during the opening of a big trade fair in shanghai adrian brown reports. it is only from the air that you get the scale of this vast event happening on the edge of shanghai china's commercial hub the expo is part of an effort to rebrand the country's global trading image it was planned long before the united states began imposing tariffs on chinese imports many heads of state and prime ministers are here but none from
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the world's leading economies i was at the opening ceremony president xi jinping once more presented himself as the guardian of free trade or at least his version of it strong words on a shoot don't shoot trends or china is committed to further opening up and promoting free trade china will remain a strong advocate of global openness and will be the main driver of global economic growth he didn't refer to china's trade dispute with the united states but warned against a winner takes all mentality the president also failed to mention some of the complaints that foreign executives have about doing business in this country they complain that the chinese leadership public commitment to free trade often not borne out by its actions u.s. companies are represented here even if their government isn't probably flying the flag of a salt lake city health products company that arrived in china eighteen months ago
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but is still waiting for regulatory approval the time and length and costs and uncertainty of approving a get in a blue hat has made it so difficult for all external companies to come in foreign firms often have to enter into a joint venture as a condition for doing business here but that didn't bother this talian furniture designer who actively sought such an arrangement yes on course that because the like help from chinese can you know to be a chinese is that we know a lot of the things that we cannot to be a while for well. shanghai's does aling nighttime skyline is often touted as a symbol of china's openness but some economists warn that if its leaders fail to deliver on the promises made at this expo those flashing lights could one day become warning signals adrian brown al-jazeera shanghai the lawyers for two reuters
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journalists jail to seven years in me and maher have appealed against their conviction why alone and quite so convicted in september violating me in mars' state secrets law they argued police planted documents on them while they were investigating the killing of roe hinge on muslims their conviction drew condemnation from rights groups and raise questions about mean mars progress towards democracy. it's been revealed a lie an airplane that crashed into the sea last week the same faults on four flights before it went down and transport safety committee has downloaded the information from the plane's black box and the relatives of the hundred eighty nine people on board want to know why the plane was allowed to keep flying alexy o'brien reports. it was amazing charged with emotion as distraught family members came face to face with investigators and the co-founder of lion air and they never call us or
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do they express their sympathy they gathered in indonesia's capital jakarta to get the latest on the investigation one hundred eighty nine people were on board the boeing seven three seven mechs when it plunged into the java sejarah kto between hundred ninth just minutes after takeoff. the plane had been grounded just a day earlier after a pilot reported problems with the flight control system it was flying erratically with fluctuations in speed and altitude but lion air said it was fixed and cleared to fly again divers pulled the data recorder from the water on thursday and it's revealed an ongoing problem. with. a malfunction of the is speed indicator was found in the last four months we've asked boeing to take the necessary actions to prevent the same accident from happening again especially on the boeing seven three seven eight. lyon has been a frequent target of complaints about poor service and safety issues the president
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has ordered a review of all flight safety regulations but many relatives are demanding an independent investigation and accountability. we can't let this happen it's within the legal process is that these technicians take full responsibility. the plane slammed into the sea so fast that only fragments of the wreckage of been recovered and that's made identifying victims difficult. i will not give up. we will be out there until the end of the search operation but if there is still the possibility of finding victims we will continue the search but. this family at least has a chance to hold a funeral and a place to go to mourn the many others though the agonizing wait continues. al-jazeera.
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hello again the headlines on al-jazeera the un's human rights council is reviewing the actions of saudi arabia and its record on rights violations a saudi delegation is in geneva to face questions over the murder of. the other issues addressing the council the delegation restated the kingdom's position that it's investigating the case and will prosecute those responsible for the killing the saudis have come under heavy criticism from the australian delegation. a stranger deploys the killing of jamal khashoggi reports that the killing was premeditated deeply. straining to recommend saudi arabia fully cooperate with investigations related to the killing of course shoji implements legislation that hold to account government officials who breach the law and takes for the measures to guarantee freedom of opinion and expression turkey newspaper is reporting that members of a saudi team sent to istanbul to investigate these killings focused instead on removing evidence the publication is reporting that among the saudi team that
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arrived nine days after the assassination were experts on chemicals and toxicology they were reportedly given the job of getting rid of evidence and phone separates us in cameroon say they've kidnapped seventy nine high school students and their principal they were taken from a presbyterian boarding school in the city of bam and the west's wide sweeping u.s. economic sanctions targeting iran's oil and financial sectors have come into force iran's president hassan rouhani says his country will quote proudly bypass the measure is. because parliamentary speaker says he will not accept mahinda rajapakse as the new prime minister until he sees proof he commands a majority in parliament this development comes a sri lankan us president ordered the m.p.'s to reconvene on november the fourteenth last week he fired prime minister rudd overcome a single and replaced him with former president rajapaksa and china's president has promised to open up access to markets and make business easier for foreign
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companies xi jinping made the pledge as he opened the trade fair in shanghai aimed at helping the country's image as an importer he says china will lower tariffs and crack down on intellectual property theft so those are the headlines we have more news coming up on al-jazeera in less than thirty minutes time stay with us. on november sixth the united states will bow will president donald trump gain or lose ground will be live from the white house here on capitol hill as the results come in join us for special coverage of the u.s. elections on al jazeera. and. you can. see. it's the one riddle that seems almost impossible to solve look at any major city regardless of political or economic system and the chances are it's not solved the
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basic issue for its citizens how to strike a balance between supply and demand for housing and in that dilemma lies a real human rights problem at least according to the un special rapporteur to adequate housing. she was appointed in twenty fourteen and the picture she's painting of this difficult situation isn't pretty given how persistent and pervasive it is around the world a natural question to ask is is there any solution and any particular or easily identifiable cools. we discussed this real and complex question with. an talked to al jazeera. special rough on the right to adequate housing thank you for talking to al-jazeera we'll have a discussion about the global housing and homelessness problem but first let me ask
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you about that title special report. explain to us what that means what you do and who you report to sure i was appointed by the u.n. human rights council which has pretty much the highest human rights body within the u.n. system and i am appointed as a kind of global watchdog. at least that's how the media presents me and my job is to monitor and assess how people are doing with respect to their right to housing in countries around the world so it's a global mandate and i look at things like homelessness the adequacy of housing the affordability of housing forced evictions those sorts of things my job is also to kind of develop the right to housing to some degree to write thematic reports to help states understand what does the right to housing actually mean and how can it be implemented in a practical way. i also try to hold states accountable to their human rights
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obligations not an easy task but certainly a really important one and in this day and age let's start with the basics you talk about the right to housing where is it written down that everyone has a right to housing yet so it's in the universal declaration of human rights for example article twenty six everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living including adequate housing it's an adult human that soon celebrates his seventieth birthday right now that's right exactly so you know if that is the main articulation and i like that articulation because it sits there amidst all of the human rights you know and that's the way i view housing it has tentacles into every other human right practically think about the right to life and security of the person but it's in a whole host of treaties the most recent recent treaty took to come into being the one on persons with disabilities it includes the right to adequate housing it's in
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an articulation of economic social and cultural rights a treaty about those rights it's articulated there it's actually one of the most articulated economic and social rights out there so there has been a lot of writing in activism on the right to housing the right to adequate housing difficult words and what is adequate who decides what is adequate yeah. so it's funny because it's so obvious what might be adequate housing what we say is that under international human rights law and there is a un committee that has talked about this through what they call a general comment that housing is not just about four walls and a roof it is about four walls and a roof but it's not just about that it's about living in a place where you have peace security and most importantly dignity and once you start playing with the idea of dignity well you can imagine what that means it means living in a place with proper sanitation and basic services toilets running water it means
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living in a place that's close to employment so that you can actually generate an income for your for your family your house all of it means living close to health care services child care services it means having security of tenure and that's a cornerstone cornerstone of the right to housing in other words you should not be fearful that you're going to lose your home like that. those are that you know the basic tenets it means living in a place without experiencing discrimination having access to housing without discrimination so adequacy is actually fairly well defined and in this you know right now affordability is a key component of adequate housing and the way affordability is defined is based on what a household income is so it has housing has to be affordable to people based on their actual income not based on what the market can bear you to find it very clearly let's now talk about how many people in the world do not have that now i
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preparing to talk to you been trying to read all the statistics you are an expert on this i've been trying to get up to speed it seems to me the last time a really big global survey was done was a long time ago two thousand and five when they came up with figures of one hundred million homeless worldwide and one point six billion people laughing adequate housing. that's some time ago over a decade ago yes the situation got worse or better yes i mean i suspect the situation has only got worse if i look at my daily reality in my email inbox i can only say that there are so many troubling issues on in the area of housing right now so i think those figures are probably outdated and things have probably got worse we do know for example that approximately nine hundred million people that's a quarter of the world's population are living in informal settlements informal settlements slums that is without all of those elements of adequacy that i was
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talking about with often without basic services certainly without security of tenure so i mean it's a it's a huge percentage of the world's population right this is a very very urgent and serious matter if you have whatever figures of homelessness and how you define homelessness even if you just look at street homelessness tell me a city you've been to where you haven't seen street homelessness right you talk about these informal settlement. towns that some call him call him because some of the people that see the community and they don't actually want to move from those places to that that's exactly right and one of the things that i find fascinating about informal settlements is the dual nature on the one hand. people are experiencing extreme violations of human rights in those informal settlements or slums right no no toilets and no sanitation i mean the horror of that we can all imagine no showers crumbling structures fear of the vixen all the time so that's
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on the one hand the reality on the other hand i've visited many informal settlements the vibrancy in those places the sense of community the way they will even though they don't have a paved road they will name their streets they will give each house a number they. will ensure there is a community center where people can meet and talk and discuss there is a vibrancy there and people do want to remain in their homes of course some people have lived in informal settlements for decades and generations so of course they don't want to leave and in fact under international human rights law that's the standard upgrading should happen in an ensuite to or as we say on the site way in other words don't remove people from their homes unless there is absolutely no other option i've been looking at some of the figures or trying to find some of the figures for some of the key countries and obviously the problem is going to be
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worst in the places where there are more people particularly more people living in urban areas and it's difficult to get the real figures nigeria i've seen estimates of twenty four point four homeless people estimates in india an official figure of one point seven seven million but then a mess to much of seventy eight million the figures vary widely even here where we are right now we're in new york and the u.s. official figures much smaller than the rest much of up to three point five million homeless do you believe this problem is seriously under reported and if so. you can decide that homeless population is people living rough on the streets and then you're going to get one figure you're going to go around and do a count on a single night how many people do you count on your street that's going to be a small figure you could then say no my definition is on the streets and in shelters so then you're going to get a slightly bigger figure but what about all of those people who are couch surfing
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living with family friends or relatives etc because they have no other place to go that's a population that is almost. impossible to measure we know that that in every country that there is that population out there we know that and so the the estimates are going to vary widely based on definition i don't think that homelessness has been viewed as the human rights issue that it is the i don't think it's been given the sort of urgency of political will of social policy that it deserves and so i think that's also part of the problem let's talk about the life of someone who's homeless and why the definition whether it's in an informal settlements rushy living on the streets how does it affect someone's life not just not having somewhere to live one of the ways to save the fact that for example the hells. this is a population that is deeply traumatized you can imagine. a day on the street it
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would be completely traumatizing for us in light of you know where where how we're positioned it might imagine a week on the streets imagine a year imagine five years it is a completely traumatizing experience and what we find is that the that experience can actually trigger psychosocial disability people are always like oh the people who are homeless or they're all crazy they're all going to have some psychological problems many many people who hit the streets are completely of sound mind it's the trauma of being on the street that can trigger psycho social disability the trauma of living on the street is what often leads people to do things like drugs right it's to numb the experience i've talked to many people in the united states in particular i was out in california and just saw some harrowing situations people with gainful employment working in hospitals working in
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animation studios living on the streets and telling me that the trauma of that has led them to undertake activities they never thought that they would be doing you mentioned life and expectancy one figure so can from the u.k. from the national health service in the u.k. the average homeless person has a life expectancy of forty seven use now if you go back to the wider population of the u.k. you have to go back about one hundred use for that to be the average life expectancy this is shameful isn't it i think it's shameful and you know you gave figures of homeless rates in different countries and you said you know what of course in the bigger countries there's going to be more people who are homeless but the way in which we deal with that sort of an analysis of homelessness is not so much based on population size and ratio but we look at the wealth and resources of a country and then we look at housing and home inadequate housing and. homelessness
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because of course there's there should be a correlation wealthy nation largest g.d.p. in the world you might expect to see less homelessness per capita cetera or no homelessness but that's not what we're seeing if you look at north america if you look at europe what are we seeing rising rates of homelessness in the richest countries in the world that to me is where we get into extremely shameful territory extremely shameful why is that how is it acceptable that you know g.d.p. is are increasing all the time hopefully and homelessness is rising all the time so is the main reason that cities as they grow as a nation takes place have become an affordable for most people one of the things is this very new phenomenon we've seen since about two thousand and eight that very special year where we mark the global financial crisis. housing has changed
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housing has become basically the hottest commodity around and at the same time housing is supposed to be a human right and so what we have is. investment in housing as a commodity as a place to park capital and grow wealth and that has changed the way in which housing operates it means you know if you think about it if you have investors private equity firms vulture funds buying up paos ing who are who is their principal concern it's their investor and if they're using housing to satisfy their investor interests what do they have to do with that housing if it's rental housing it's obvious they have to increase their rents. so what do governments do about the problem of homelessness because some are only dealing with that part of the problem
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hungary for example has come up with a new law it's made homelessness effectively a crime it's bound for you to live on the streets they say people should go to emergency shelters is that going to help a policy like that it's it's i think it's cruel and i think it's completely misguided and obviously it's out of step with international human rights and human rights obligations it's out of step with the sustainable development goals there are places that are doing some good works in the area of homelessness if you look at the housing first study it is it is which actually sits nicely within a human rights framework the idea of housing first finland is where the model was first developed and it's where it is most successful finland and norway are the only places in europe where we haven't seen an increase in homelessness in the last year. and the housing first model is just that you say we will provide this population with housing first and then we will provide all of the services and
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supports that those households need in order to make a go of things and that's not time delimited and that's where the success lies in finland for example so in other words it's not a we'll throw services and supports at you for twelve months and then hate to pull up your socks and make your own way it is services and supports until that household really can be autonomy us and survive and thrive so that is a model that is working on the homelessness front but that doesn't address affordability issues and these bigger macro things that are happening that i that i've touched on you've mentioned your visits you've mentioned your very recent visit to egypt you were allowed to go in many other human rights defenders have not been allowed to visit egypt the government there is trying to make efforts to provide new. housing are you concerned though that they are also trying to move populations away from the areas where they have the luxury. yeah my trip to
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egypt is very fresh i just got back. i think that the government is making a concerted effort to deal with some of their housing issues they've prioritized people living in what they call a life threatening situation so you know too close to a railway line underneath power lines that kind of thing underneath rocks that could fall and i think that that's really important obviously we want to save lives . i am a little bit concerned about the model in egypt because it's not people centered and a human rights approach to dealing with in formality or dealing with inadequate housing and i should say forty percent of the population in egypt is living in informal housing or what people call slums. in the human rights approach should be human centered you should really ensure that the population is part of the
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process every step of the way. it's an understanding that communities actually have knowledge expertise about their own fate and their own futures and their own communities and you have to empower those communities provide them with the resources to come up with their own plans another one recently i think worth raising is kabera in nairobi where there was an informal settlement shanty town slum whatever you want to call it to build a new road they got rid of the homes of some thirty thousand people what was interesting there i think i don't know whether you saw the photos taken by a reuters photographer there while the demolishing of the homes in that shanty town next door on the green of a golf course and there are golfers watching the destruction of these homes it really sums up doesn't it in the quality. central. the key better situation is also deeply alarming to me and again i spoke out about that situation
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thirty thousand people facing homelessness. that mean that's the reality completely contrary to international human rights law and kenya's own constitution which protects the right to housing and has provisions around for steve actions. you know as i said the standard. for these situations is that you know force eviction is one considered a gross violation of human rights no community should be victim unless there is absolutely no viable alternative i have seen situations in thailand where in bangkok where the government wanted to build off ramp from a highway right into a community an informal settlement and the community rallied and managed to figure out a way that that off ramp could in fact come down and the community can remain intact these things are possible i may not want to live underneath her around but that community wanted to stay and that was possible in bangkok surely there was another
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way in key battle it's the largest informal settlement in nairobi it's it's mind boggling to me i think the understanding of home has been lost i think people are viewed as dispensable i think as you say it's this inequality some people's lives matter and some don't seem to but how do you stop what has become all over the world i mean it's the result of urbanization globalisation and speculation how do you stop this trend because it's their rich investors look and they go where am i going to put my money today stocks baldwins i'm going to put it in gold oh no the safest bet is to buy property even if i don't want to live in it now so huge it is absolutely a huge problem. and i love that you mentioned you know should i put my money in gold versus housing and i can tell you everyone is going to housing and not gold.
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housing residential real estate is now valued at one hundred sixty three trillion dollars which i mean i can't even get my head around i'm not a numbers person i can't get my head around that one hundred sixty three trillion dollars is the value of residential real estate if you take the value of all gold that has been mined seven trillion right so so people are going for residential real estate for sure. how do you curb that that is the question of the day i think that some governments are doing some interesting things around this if you take singapore they have a nineteen i think eighteen percent tax on foreign owned properties so that's a trying to you know it's using a tax system to sort of keep that it a little bit or at least keep it in check things like that can happen. you have
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a law in cata loony aware. they're trying to make it such that no mortgage foreclosure should result in the event that that would be even into homelessness that that would be legal so there are these small attempts at curbing this what do the single attempts to look at the way the world is run even look at who's running the world right now the united states of america is being run by a property developer yes absolutely and i'm glad you mentioned that you because that's not often talked about and what does that mean and when president trap originally had that advisory group i mean who did he have in that advisory group this is the c.e.o. of blackstone the largest private equity firm that is buying up properties real estate residential real estate around the world and really. creating an
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affordability everywhere they go it is almost like a price fixing situation right you mentioned blackstone what about reaching out to companies like that to see if they can help solve the problem that perhaps the creating yeah well yes i have actually reached out to blackstone and have tried to meet with them because i actually see them and my present position as raptor as. somehow related they are becoming well they're one of the larger third largest landlord in new york largest landlord in the united states they own i think something like three hundred thousand units worldwide right there major player in the housing sector i'm a housing person on the global scale we should be talking it hasn't happened yet and i would really welcome that conversation because i'm not sure that they're aware of all of these human rights standards i don't think it's in their in their
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mindset it's not in their business model that's for sure but could it be i'm open i mean i'm open to having that conversation you mention that goal these are the goals the u.n. set to improve the world by twenty thirty let me just remind you what it says by twenty thirty ensure access for all to adequate safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums everything you've told me is the goal of the ones may be going well everything is going backwards we're not going to reach that goal in twelve years always look we have to strive to reach that goal in twelve years states have that obligation they've made that commitment i think if states and cities took it seriously and decided to adopt human rights based housing strategies and i've written a report about that and what that might look like i think that huge strides could
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be taken. that's what i think that's my that's my. ambition is to see states take this very seriously and actually adopt strategies that you know focus on the most vulnerable that change the way decision making is made that ensure accountability of governments to the people that ensure equality those sorts of things big principles if that was guiding housing policy maybe we would inch toward that twenty thirty deadline and that that commitment. thank you for talking to us thank you. on counting the cost the usa still the largest on regulated gun market in the developed world who pays it brags it goes wrong plus the seychelles leads the way
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a climate of fear is building around some campaigns at least partly fueled by racist automated phone calls i made a spell looking at bats along with a legit voter suppression and how it could affect the results. here with the news grid live on air and streaming online through you tube facebook live and at al-jazeera dot com the saudi diplomat has come face to face with the many of the countries demanding a full and proper investigation into the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi the head of saudi arabia's human rights commission. on attended a gathering of the un human rights council in geneva as the kingdom faces international condemnation of the kushal g.'s killing the mission was caught examined saudi arabia's rights record a stroller deploys the killing of jamal khashoggi reports that the killing was premeditated a deeply alarming
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a strain to recommend saudi arabia fully cooperate with investigations related to the killing of course shoji implements legislation that holds to account government officials who breach the law and takes further measures to guarantee freedom of opinion and expression. the kingdom of saudi arabia has already expressed its regret and pain for the death of jamal khashoggi king abdullah zs has already instructed the prosecution to proceed with the investigation into this case according to the a political laws in preparation for reaching of the facts and bringing all the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the facts to the public. what was murdered inside saudi arabia's consulate in istanbul just over a month ago turkey says it believes the journalist was strangled as soon as he entered the building before his body was dismembered and destroyed. as outside the consulate with the latest on the investigation but first let's speak to paul
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brennan he's live for us and geneva where the un human rights council met so what happened at the meeting pool and how much was kushal genes made a focus off the meeting. large amount to show g.'s overshadowed proceedings entirely i mean this was a periodic review it happens every five years for saudi arabia to explain itself and to justify where it is in human rights terms what he did was talk for forty five minutes the representative laid out there forty five minutes about a new laws that have been brought in to improve child protection workers rights women's rights as well he mentioned briefly jamal khashoggi just to promise that a full investigation would be forthcoming but then the response from the nations here again and again we heard the australian there selling mansfield her address was fairly typical of the kind of criticisms that we were hearing here saying the jamal khashoggi is murder was a part of horror and that it opened up
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a question marks against a whole other raft of of saudi arabian issues in relation to human rights things such as the stoning an amputation of children child offenders about the arbitrary detentions of a political dissidents of the. a that the saudi anti terror law was so vaguely worded that effectively it outlawed lawful or sorry freedom of assembly for peaceful protest again and again the saudi record on human rights was put under the spotlight and the saudis are you know did have a response to some of the issues but you can see the way the wind was blowing very very critical of the saudi record so what happens now when you know all of this criticism and all of these questions what is the u.n. human rights council actually asking saudi arabia to do. well i mean this proceeding feeds into a report which will go before the full human rights council early next year and
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it's true frankly that the working group in the human rights council doesn't have a big stick to beat saudi arabia with there's a as the u.n. special commissioner on human rights previously said is that these periodic reviews just elaborate so it's a nice process of diplomatic niceties are they actually have any real change or an effect and he left that question open you've also got for example america the united states has withdrawn from the human rights council but it has the bite i mean frankly every nation in the world has signed up to at least one of the nine core human rights treaties and in order to maintain their public perception of that they have to show that they are abiding by them so this kind of peer review kind of look at the record of saudi arabia and other countries is very very important because although if they don't have a stick here to beat saudi arabia with it can lead on to other changes sanctions for example or just political or diplomatic isolation. poor thank you very much for
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that for now that is our correspondent paul brand with the latest live from the human rights council in geneva but let's get more on this now because we're joined by rodney dixon international lawyer and co-author of a. port on saudi arabia's illegal detentions and twenty seventeen the report actually concluded that the kingdom should be removed from the un human rights council he's joining us live from london very good to have you with us on al-jazeera to tell us more about the information that you collected which led you to not just believe that saudi arabia shouldn't be on the human rights council but campaign for that thank you we gathered information about unlawful detention in saudi arabia from september last year this was just before the arrests of those who were put into the ritz carlton that these were serious arrests of opposition leaders human rights activists
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clerics journalists and we put that information together to provide to the un human rights council to show the pattern of obviously detentions from then from before and that have followed the arc it was women activists being yes arrested as well exactly i mean if anything things have gotten worse because as you mentioned female activists have been arrested for campaigning for the right to drive even though they were given the right to drive the war in yemen has only led to more civilian deaths we've had the murder of course on the journalist jamal khashoggi yet it remains on the human rights council why is that mr dixon. well we have asked states on the council in our report to consider the position of saudi arabia the e.u. parliament has recently also are asked that that matter be be looked at given that
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it is there to oversee the implementation of human rights and how can it be done of such serious violations of being committed so it's not for the states on the council and for the general assembly also in italy to take the appropriate action to look to removing saudi arabia unless they address the clear violations that have been outlined in so many reports and undoubtedly are being our client today at the human rights council and what can the international community do it you know to make sure that the pressure that saudi arabia is under right now actually you know new leads to changes in the kingdom and its behavior outside well that they can use the fact that they could be removed from the council to put pressure on the government and the us authorities and now is the time to do so because of how serious the situation has become it was plainly serious in september we did the
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report and before but it's escalated to the highest of all levels and now is the time to act and to refer the matter to the general assembly if necessary to ensure that these matters are squarely addressed is that likely to happen. we hope it will because of the evidence that has been put before the council because a number of states have expressed concern as i mentioned the e.u. parliament has also done so so now is the time to be decisive mr dixon thank you very much for your time on this that is robbie dixon live in london. let's go now to our correspondent who's joining us outside the saudi consulate extraordinary new information today hussian what are the details have been released about the so-called clean up crew saw the crew that arrived in istanbul. so according to the new pattern of a steady stream of leaks to the local media particularly to the daily newspaper
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a pro-government newspaper which yesterday spoke about more information about concerns of the body of the mile high steps you could have been destroyed now they're talking about basically a clean up team of eleven people who flew to based on board one week after the death of. two members of that team one of them a took solace and the another one a chemical expert. according to the newspaper involved of spoiling any evidence. and it traced that could lead to. the body of. the newspaper is that the two key elements of the cleanup team managed to get into the consulate and also the consul's residence before the turkish investigators were allowed raising the many concerns about the possibility
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of the body of the remains of the house of the with really destroyed something which has been code also today by vice president. who said that he's concerned the body might have been immersed into acids to destroy any trace that could lead investigators to the remains of. so not only did they send a team to actually murders jenin as but now we hear that they sent another teen to clean up the mess when they were expected to actually send people to cooperate with the investigation into the matter i mean how can how is turkey going to respond to this. i think this is part of a turkish attempt to try to force the saudis into delivering crucial information is or now about things basically who gave the orders of killed. and the whereabouts of
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the remains i have to say that over the last four days besides the four to five days we've seen the turkish establishment talking more and more about the bloody.


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