Human beings need adequate housing to be able to live with dignity. Adequate does not mean that every family lives in a great mansion. Adequate means to have a shelter where one can live safely, in peace and with dignity. The state has to work to protect the housing of all people. The right to housing prohibits people from being obligated to abandon their homes without legal process or to destroy housing of excluded minorities. Authorities have to work to proportion housing to those without a roof in situations of necessity.
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