The Three Pillars of the Mandate
In the year 2000, the Commission on Human Rights created the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing mandate. Individuals would be independent experts appointed to monitor the right to housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living.
Mandated by the United Nations to be a global watchdog
Leilani monitors, researches and reports on the right to housing worldwide. She produces reports twice a year to the UN – to the General Assembly in New York in October, and to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March.
An independent expert
Leilani offers guidance on the interpretation of international law offering a deeper understanding of the right to housing. During country missions she observes and reports on the state of human rights on the ground, meeting with governments, civil society and community members.
A bridge between rights-holders, governments and international organizations
As Special Rapporteur, Leilani encourages dialogues between state and civil society as well as reviews complaints of the right to housing. When alleged violations of the right to housing occur, Leilani formally communicates with governments and connects with civil society to identify remedies.