There is no excuse, whatsoever, for a country that claims to be a democracy and a responsible member of the United Nations to continue to have a law like [the Armed Forces Special Powers Act] on the books.MILOON KOTHARI - on India's 55-year-old AFSPA law
Visiting Scholar 2013-2014
Hosted by Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Miloon Kothari is a public scholar/activist from India and 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.
Part of the International Human Rights Massive Open Online Course: Professor De Schhutter interviews Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (2000-2008), on the tools available for Special Procedure mandate-holders, and their relationship with other UN mechanisms.
Miloon Kothari is a public scholar/activist from India and 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. His work covers the areas of housing, land rights, homelessness; evictions and displacement; the right to the city; the human rights dimensions of poverty, segregation and ghettoization; economic globalisation and its impact on human rights.
An architect by training, he was the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing with the UN Human Rights Council; founder and former Executive Director of the Housing and Land Rights Network, India and co-founder and former Convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN.
As an MLK Scholar, Mr. Kothari guided the development of the MIT Displacement Research and Action Network, taught a graduate course at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and held public lectures and consultations with faculty and students.
TALK: "Comparing the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi"- MLK Luncheon Seminar Series (4/30/14)
TALK: "India's Urban Transformation: The Full Story"- Displacement Research and Action Network, PHRJ, International development Group-DUSP, and MIT-India Program (2/25/13)
COURSE: Planning Against Evictions and Displacement (11.S941), Spring 2014