What is the International Tribunal of Evictions?

The International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) is a peoples’ and opinion tribunal established in 2011 by the International Alliance of Inhabitants and civil society organisations for the World Zero Evictions Days to practically and interactively put forced evictions from around the world in the dock. The Tribunal relies on the expertise of an international Jury of well-respected and competent individuals, as well as on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other instruments of international law, in order to pass judgement on real cases of forced evictions that constitute human rights violations.

Despite the problems caused by the global crisis, wars and terrorism, tourism has risen to 1,235 billion people in 20162, increasing its pressure on communities, notably in South America, Africa and Asia, without diminishing its hold in Europe and North America. However the tourism industry, in its many forms, is a growing cause of forced evictions because, under the pretext of popularizing exchanges and enjoyment of the world, tourism is turning cities and territories into goods and their inhabitants into extras.

The program (working in progress) includes several components (sessions, field visits, cultural activities, debates).

On July 2-4, 2016, the International Tribunal on Evictions, will be launching its first local/regional tribunal session, in Asia, which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan.  An essential step towards the 5th  ITE Session that will be held under the People's Social Forum in Resistance to Habitat III (Quito, 17 to 20 october 2016). Following the steps of the previous four International sessions since 2011, carried out under the World Zero Evictions Days.

There are at least two good reasons for choosing Venice as the site of ITE Session on tourism.

First. Venice is one of the saddest examples of the pressure caused by tourism: this unique city, subjected to policies prioritising the tourism industry, has experienced massive dislocations - effectively evictions through economic methods - that has seen its population reduced to less than 54,000 in 2017 compared to 175,000 in 1953. Meanwhile, Venice is undergoing growing tourism pressure with 9 million overnight tourists and 24 million commuter visitors in 2016.

Proceedings

The Fifth Session of the International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) was held as part of the People’s Social Forum for Resistance to Habitat III (Quito, Ecuador, 17th  October 2016).

Prepared, coordinated and carried out by the ITE International Steering Committee with a participatory approach which involved local organisations and international networks via:

Non restate in silenzio : abitanti di tutto il mondo, denunciate il vostro caso di sfratto causato dal turismo ! Questo appello all’unisono è stato diffuso durante la Conferenza stampa di lancio della sesta Sessione del Tribunale Internazionale degli Sfratti (ITE), che si terrà a Venezia all’apertura delle Giornate Mondiali Sfratti Zero e nel quadro dell’”Anno Internazionale del Turismo sostenibile per lo sviluppo”.