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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Health, Housing

Shapps announces national 'No Second Night Out' roll out to tackle rough sleeping Shapps announces national 'No Second Night Out' roll out to tackle rough sleeping

Hundreds of homeless people living on the UK's streets are being denied basic human rights such as access to shelter, drinking water, sanitation and food, a coalition of housing and human rights groups has claimed.

The UK Common Rights Project (UKCRP) will say at today's launch of a country-wide campaign that the conditions many homeless people find themselves in are in contravention of the UN Declaration of Universal Rights.

At a House of Commons premier this evening of the film 'UK Common Rights', made by Open Cinema and hosted by MP Simon Hughes, some of the rough sleepers featured in the short film will tell their personal stories about the daily struggle to eat, find washing and toilet facilities and a bed for the night.

Film participant Paul said: “You wake up in the morning and you think: ‘Now where am I going to go to the toilet? Where am I going to get some water?’ It’s a constant daily thing. You become so tired by the end of the day just because the basic things are constantly travelling around your mind.”

UKCRP will use the film and a report to generate support for the Common Rights campaign, and will call on the UK to honour Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Universal Rights: 'Everyone has the right to a standard living of adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing (etc).'

Led by Christian campaign group Housing Justice, UKCRP is developing the campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of the basic rights to shelter, food, drinking water and sanitation. An initial two working groups in Southwark and Islington representing local people will come up with innovative and practical solutions.

Housing Justice chief executive Alison Gelder said: “I believe passionately that the right to shelter underpins everything that Housing Justice does in our work with homeless people. This campaign is an opportunity for Housing Justice to give a voice to the people whose rights are being denied and to make a difference to their lives.”

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