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The Pinheiro Principles United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons

This booklet contains the full text of an important new international standard which outlines the rights of refugees and displaced persons to return not only to their countries when they see fit to do so, but to their original homes and lands as well. The Pinheiro Principles are the culmination of more than a decade of international and local activities in support of the emerging right to housing and property restitution as a core remedy to displacement.

Though few experiences can be more harrowing than being forced by circumstance or design from one’s home, every year many millions of people are left with no other option than fleeing their homes, lands and properties against their will. Whether caused by armed conflict, genocide, ‘ethnic cleansing’ or large-scale violations of housing, land and property rights carried out by governments, rebel groups or others, displacement is always nasty, always brutish, but all too rarely is it short.

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