U.N., U.S. at Odds over Housing as a `Right'
Pisik, Betsy, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
NEW YORK - The United States is facing new criticism at the United Nations from officials who accuse the Bush administration of undermining an effort to define housing as a "human right."
Miloon Kothari, the U.N. rapporteur on housing issues, fired the opening salvo at the beginning of a three-day housing conference this week, accusing the United States of watering down a draft declaration that initially defined housing as a legal entitlement.
"Through negotiation, it was taken out," Mr. Kothari said. "It is not an innocent omission.
"The United States in particular has been opposed to any mention to the right to adequate housing."
Michael Southwick, …
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Publication information: Article title: U.N., U.S. at Odds over Housing as a `Right'. Contributors: Pisik, Betsy - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: June 8, 2001. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.