FIFA SWC transparency low

2010-03-08 21:42

kalahari.com

Geneva - Large-scale sports events offer the opportunity to enhance the right to housing by developing a city, but they can also hurt vulnerable populations, a United Nations human rights expert said on Monday.

"Mega-events... have a long term impact on reshaping a city," Raquel Rolnik, the UN special expert on housing, told reporters in Geneva.

She said that while this could be used for good, to develop and improve conditions, in many cases rents were raised, the poor were evicted from their living quarters and availability of social and low-cost housing was reduced.

The UN expert acknowledged that the Olympics had brought redevelopment and created subsidised housing in some instances, notably in Athens and Moscow.

But sporting mega events often started off with evictions and local authorities rarely allowed the poor to return, Rolnik said in a report.

"Very rarely does the majority of the new housing stock go to those who need it the most," she told journalists.

The International Olympic Committee has included clauses on adequate housing in the bid proposals since 2006, following a dialogue with her office, Rolnik said.

However, she said her office has been ignored by FIFA, the governing body of world football, and the organisation should be "more transparent."

South Africa, which hosts the upcoming World Cup, has "left behind" its commitments to ensure the right to housing in the context of the game, Rolnik charged.

"All the commitments for affordable housing were left behind and were not prioritised," as 2010 World Cup stadium projects fell behind schedule, said Rolnik.

With the Vancouver Olympics, local authorities squeezed housing plans as they ran into financing problems, she added.

In Britain, 400 people were forced out of the Clays Lane estate, which was demolished to make way for the 2012 Olympic Park in east London.

Rolnik also cited evictions in Barcelona prior to the 2002 Olympic Games, in Beijing before the 2008 Games, and of 35,000 families in New Delhi before this year's Commonwealth Games in October, as well as pressure on the homeless in Atlanta (1996), Seoul (1988) and Vancouver.

Last week, she presented her finding on mega events, and the right to housing in general, to the UN Human Rights Council. Among other findings, Rolnik said she was concerned about homelessness in the United States.

- SAPA
Read more on:    unhrc  |  fifa  |  swc 2010
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Oscar Pistorius
 

6 impressive camping tips

Check out these great tips that will make your camping experience so much better!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Free outdoor yoga classes
Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding
Action camera for all occasions
Tips on how to set your fitness goals

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Retail Associates

Western Cape
Oxyon Human Capital Solutions (Pty) Ltd
R4 500 - R5 000 Per Month

ASP.Net Developer

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R40 000 - R45 000 Per Month

Technician/Site Supervisor

Cape Town
Express Employment Services - Cape Town
R336 000 - R360 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong social and romantic overtone that plays its way into your day. It may get stronger later in the day when the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.