The right to housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living: issues of implementation amidst Ukraine’s housing stock destruction and solutions
This article presents a comprehensive analysis of the right to housing, framing it as an essential component of the broader right to an adequate standard of living. Situated within the context of international human rights norms, the article scrutinizes how these global standards influence and shape Ukrainian legislation. It argues that national laws should aim not merely to provide a basic minimum but to ensure a dignified standard of living that encompasses the full range of capabilities necessary for individuals to function effectively in society.
The study delves deeply into the multifaceted nature of the right to housing, examining its various components and dimensions. It highlights the acute challenges that Ukraine faces in implementing this right, particularly in light of the extensive damage to the country's housing stock due to Russian aggression. The article emphasizes the pressing need for a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to address the complex issue of restoring damaged housing and constructing new dwellings to replace those that have been destroyed.
Furthermore, the article underscores the pivotal role that both the private sector and international aid organizations must play in Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction efforts. It posits that solving the housing crisis is not an isolated endeavor but is intrinsically linked to broader social protection mechanisms, issues of population displacement, and the overall quality of life for Ukrainian citizens. The study suggests that a multi-stakeholder approach, involving governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international partners, is crucial for addressing the intricate challenges posed by the housing crisis.
In summary, this scholarly article offers a nuanced understanding of the right to housing within the Ukrainian context, influenced by international human rights standards. It advocates for a multi-dimensional and collaborative approach to tackle the housing crisis, emphasizing the interconnectedness of housing with broader social, economic, and ethical considerations. The study serves as a valuable resource for policymakers, scholars, and practitioners interested in understanding and addressing the complexities of housing rights in post-conflict settings like Ukraine.
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