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Inspired by postulates of justice, rights constitute the institutional order responsible for regulating human behavior in society. It is, therefore, a set of regulations that allow the resolution of social conflicts.

The law can be divided into different branches. In this sense, it's possible to speak of public law (when the State, as an authority, intervenes with its coercive powers) or private law (legal relations are established between individuals), for example.

The branch of social law is born in public law from changes in ways of life. Its objective is to order and correct the inequalities that exist between the social classes, with the intention of protecting people from the different issues that arise on a daily basis.

Social law, in turn, includes other branches, such as labor law, the right to social security, immigration law and agricultural law.

It's important to keep in mind that the division of law into various branches facilitates the study, but doesn't have much relevance in the concrete application of legal norms. All branches of law are related to each other and interact in any legal process.

The notion of social law is less widespread than those of public law or private law. This occurs since the definition of law itself implies the existence of a social fact (that is, where the relationship between human beings within the framework of a society comes into play). Therefore, there are specialists who believe that the concept of social law isn't relevant.

Social right to housing

All individuals to be able to develop correctly must meet a series of needs and, when according to their economic or social situation they can't do so, it's the responsibility of the States to solve these deficiencies, in order to promote the development of a community with equal opportunities and conditions; This is what is meant by life in democracy. However, it only remains in theory, since it's enough to look around us to find inequality, frustration, helplessness, poverty and, of course, the constant violation of the social rights of individuals.

The right to housing is included in the social law and is linked to the importance of satisfying one of the needs that every human being has: a place to take refuge from what he can call HOME. The satisfaction of this need will allow it to develop with dignity and safety, being able to lead a private and family life, protected from any danger that could attack you from outside the nest.

The violation of this right, therefore, results in the violation of the physical and mental integrity of the individual, which will affect not only their behavior within their family-group but will also affect the entire social environment.

If we take into account the problems that are taking place in some countries as a result of the thousands of homes taken away by banks and mass evictions, the true importance of this right can be understood. People who have suffered the consequences of eviction have even taken their own lives for feeling absolutely humiliated in front of the people.

In the Weimar Constitution, issued in 1919, in the section dedicated to civil matters there is a specific article referring to housing, as an inviolable necessity on the part of the States; on the other hand, in regard to the international sphere, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reference is also made to this right extensively. Despite this, from that year until today, this right has been systematically violated.


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