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International Law

versión impresa ISSN 1692-8156


LOPEZ MURCIA, Néstor Fernando. THE RIGHT TO AN ADEQ UA TE HO USINGI: A PROPOSAL ON HOW TO MEASURE THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE ASPECT "LOCATION". Int. Law: Rev. Colomb. Derecho Int. [online]. 2012, n.21, pp.393-431. ISSN 1692-8156.

Even though there is no legal debate regarding the existence of the international obligation of respect and guarantee of economic, social and cultural rights, there are still many difficulties on the measuring of the compliance of said obligation. As a consequence of the later, guarantees such asprogressivity, in its basic and minimum expression, as well as in its appreciation in the future, become ineffective. Therefore, the development of interdisciplinary analysis, which allow the construction of methodologies for the measuring of the compliance with the guarantee of said rights, is imperative. In this case, the "right to an adequate housing" which, as has been indicated by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the UN, CESCR, has diverse aspects, among others, habitability, legal security of tenure, availability ofservices, materials, facilities and infrastructure, and location. This article has the purpose of presenting a methodology which will allow to measure, adequately, the aspect "location". Nonetheless, because of the space limits, I will only refer to survey figures and their application. This methodology was developedby the author as a consultan t of the Defensoría del Pueblo (Colombian Ombudsman), which is a state entity dedicated to the promotion of human rights, and which, through its program ProSeDHer is looking to create and divulge the measures for improving their respect and guarantee. The city of Bogota is used as a reference, given that the object of evaluation of the Defensoría del Pueblo are the projects of "vivienda de interés social y de vivienda de interés prioritario" as a development of the expansion areas in said city.

Palabras clave : social rights; right to adequate housing; aspect location; surveyfigures of social rights; obligation ofprogressivity; housing in Bogotá; economic and social rights; low cost housing; social aspects; right of housing; housing policy.

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