STATEMENT BY THE LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (SWAZILAND) ON THE RIGHT TO LAND AND HOUSING IN AFRICA
Presented on the ocassion of the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right, in Banjul, The Gambia
1 – 15 November, 2017
Honourable Madam Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners;
LHR(S) recognises that article 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (African Charter) guarantees the right to property. This right encompasses the right to land and by extension, the right to housing.
Madam Chairpesron, LHR(S) notes that almost fifty (50) years of independence African people are still landless in their countries of birth and the land question remains a critical issue and unresolved in many African countries; thus African people remain refugees in their own countries of origin. Continue reading