The Seven Towers Residents Group has been working with Participation and Practice of Rights Project since 2006. They use a human rights based approach to campaign for change around identified problems which conflict with their right to an adequate standard of living. Using indicators and benchmarks the residents have been able to monitor whether their rights are being progressively realised or not.
On 23rd January 2009, residents from the Seven Towers presented evidence they collected over the past year about the human rights indicators they had set. While residents have seen progress on some of their indicators, they have found others less easily changed. The hearing will offer the chance for the group to consider how best to continue their campaign and to focus on issues to ensure real change for residents on the ground.
On 13th June 2007, residents of the Seven Towers in Belfast held an Evidence Hearing on the Right to Housing with a panel of international housing rights experts. They presented their human rights benchmarks and indicators about the housing rights violations they had researched and experienced. The testimonies were supplemented by evidence from other housing and human rights organisations, academics, and lawyers. The preliminary findings of the international panel were released in early July 2007, with more comprehensive findings released later that summer.