Miloon Kothari, “Global Displacement: Why Architects and Planners Should Be Very Concerned”

Miloon Kothari is a Visiting Scholar at the Program on Human Rights and Justice and a Lecturer at MIT's Department for Urban Studies and Planning. Mr. Kothari is a leading voice at national, regional and international forums on human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights. He is an outspoken critic of the countries and institutions that see the neo-liberal and military/security policies as a means to achieving democracy and human rights.

An architect by training, Mr. Kothari, who resides in New Delhi, India, researches housing, land rights and displacement. Mr. Kothari served (from 2000-2008) as the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council. He is also the founder and former coordinator of the South Asian Regional Programme of the Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network and is founding member of the International NGO Committee on Human Rights in Trade and Investment.

In recent years, he has been particularly active on issues such as Women’s rights to land, inheritance, property, housing and globalization, trade liberalization and their impacts on the right to adequate housing and other related rights and the UN’s Universal Review Process (UPR). Since 2009, Mr. Kothari has contributed significantly, as founding member and convener to the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN.

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