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USA: From Sanctuary Cities to “Freedom Cities.”
By :Adam Edelman, NBC News
15 September 2018
The crackdown on sanctuary cities gives birth to “freedom cities.” Advocates for undocumented immigrants believe they`ve found a new — and legal — way to skirt deportation efforts.     If Attorney General Jeff Sessions is waging war to dismantle sanctuary cities, imagine how he feels about "freedom cities."   Austin, Texas, became the
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USA: Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Over-ruled
By :Mihir Zaveri, The New York Times
05 September 2018
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on the streets when there is no shelter available is a form of cruel and unusual punishment that violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court said this week.   The case stems from two ordinances in Boise, Idaho, that make it a crime to sleep or camp
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India: Questioning “Smart-city” Wisdom
By :Rina Chandran, place
03 September 2018
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale   India`s $7.5 bln plan to turn 100 urban centres into Smart Cities by 2020 does not address structural issues and ignores the needs of low-income and marginalised groups, experts say   LAVASA, India—When David Cooper and his wife were looking for somewhere
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Brazil: PT Promises to Resume Housing Scheme
By :Rede Brasil Actual
23 August 2018
São Paulo—At a press conference in João Pessoa, the vice presidential candidate on the plank of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Thursday that, if elected, one of the goals of a possible PT government would be to resume the Minha Casa Minha (My House My Life)
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USA: In Search of Eviction Data
By :Daniela Aiello, Lisa Bates, Terra Graziani, Christopher Herring, Manissa Maharawal, Erin McElroy, Pamela Phan, and Gretchen Purser, Shelterforce.
22 August 2018
Eviction Lab Misses the Mark: By not working with existing housing justice organizations, the high profile organization undercounts evictions and misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses.     There is perhaps no more influential and popular book on poverty and housing at the moment than Matthew Desmond’s
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Ecuador: Chevron to Pay for Environmental Damage
By :Mongabay
14 August 2018
Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, Constitution Court rules   The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that
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Tanzania: Losing the Serengeti
By :The Oakland Institute
02 August 2018
OAKLAND CA—Today, the Oakland Institute releases Kuipoteza Serengeti, Ardhi Ya Wamasai Iliyopaswa Kudumu Milele, a Kiswahili translation of the report Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever.   Based on field research, never publicly-seen-before documents, and an in-depth investigation into Tanzania’s land laws, the report reveals how Tanzania’s
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Palestine: Israel’s Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar
By :Akram Al-Wa`ra, Mondoweiss
05 July 2018
Despite international condemnations, Israel prepares to demolish Khan al-Ahmar   KHAN AL-AHMAR, occupied West Bank, Palestine—Scenes of destruction and despair spread over the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, as armed Israeli forces arrived at the village’s entrance with bulldozers.   The nightmare that the village’s 200 residents had feared for over
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Puerto Rico: Parasites in Paradise
By :Democracy Now
06 June 2018
Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria as it commemorates 120 years of US occupation (since 1898). In the ongoing post-disaster phase, the island Is becoming a “playground for the privileged,” where disaster-capitalist investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.   While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure
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UN Expert: USA Poor More Destitute under Trump
By :Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
02 June 2018
America`s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert     GENEVA—Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.   Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur
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Tibet: New Report “Access Denied”
By :International Campaign for Tibet
26 May 2018
ICT has published its latest report, "Access Denied." It’s a troubling yet necessary account of the full extent of China`s efforts to prevent news of human rights abuses in Tibet from getting out.   China’s government doesn’t want anyone to know that international journalists are being detained by police, as two New
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By :Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
By :The Editors of Moving Forward
01 May 2018
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
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30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
By :Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
30 April 2018
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
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India: Land Rights for 1947 Partition Displaced
By :Rina Chandran, place
27 April 2018
The Indian State of Maharashtra grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years ago. Refugees in Maharashtra were housed in about 30 government-owned "camps" or colonies across the state, with limited rights to sell or redevelop their homes     BANGKOK - Refugees in India`s western state of Maharashtra
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USA: Trump Orders Air-quality Rules Degraded
By :Ledyard King, USA TODAY
20 April 2018
President Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules he says suffocates industry. EPA director Scott Pruitt confirmed that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to roll back Obama-era power-plant environmental-protection regulations.     WASHINGTON—President Trump`s latest effort to boost the nation`s manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Kashmir: Land Dispute behind Girl’s Rape, Murder
By :Aijaz Hussain and Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press
12 April 2018
Rape and murder of Kashmiri – girls in religious policy     SRINAGAR (Indian-occupied Kashmir)—The girl, just 8 years old, grazes the ponies of her family on a cold January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods
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USA: Time for Change - Race & Homelessness
By :Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, SPARC and National Alliance to End Homelessness
11 April 2018
In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in [the United States of] America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness.   Homelessness is not colorblind. People of color are dramatically more likely than their White counterparts to
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China Mining Co. Destroys Mozambique Village
By :Ghana News
01 April 2018
Mozambique’s coastal village on the brink of extinction from irresponsible Chinese mining company. Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood that left 290 people homeless, while Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety, denying village residents reparation for their losses.     An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique
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Land Day: 17 Fallen in 2018, as the 6 in 1976
By :Al-Arabiya net
30 March 2018
In Palestine, "the Return March" is emerging, and Israel is killing the demonstrators. Three thousand occupation soldiers deployed in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip with orders to fire live bullets. Thousands of Palestinians marched Friday near the border between Gaza and Israel in a protest march called
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Zimbabwe: Youths Face Eviction from Chegutu Mine
By :Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
13 March 2018
Over 6,000 members of the Danangwe District Youth in Mining Cooperative (DDYMC) in Chegutu East face an uncertain future after mining firm, Breckridge Investments ordered the artisanal miners to stop operations at Giant Mine.   The miners have been carrying out mining activities at Giant Mine, 10km north of Chegutu town since
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
07 March 2018
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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DR Congo: Terror in Ituri
By :Thijs Van Laer, Congo Research Group
05 March 2018
Over sixty people killed, thousands of houses burned down and more than 100,000 displaced people, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. Those are the consequences so far of the violence in the northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December 2017. The violence marks a counterpoint to
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Peru: Shipibo-Konibo Forced from Forest to Slum
By :Jack Guy, Editing by Anastasia Moloney and Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
20 February 2018
Forced from rainforest, Peruvian tribe faces new woes in Lima slum     LIMA—Wedged between the rubbish-choked Rimac River and lanes of traffic belching fumes, the Cantagallo slum in downtown Lima is a far cry from the Amazon rainforest land that the Shipibo-Konibo people were forced to flee two decades ago.   Hundreds of
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Homeless and Hungry in Paris
By :Sevenbilliontoday
17 February 2018
Of Emmanuel Macron`s many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.   The president gave himself until the close of 2017 to end rough-sleeping once and for all - but a midnight stroll through Paris shows
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Zimbabwe: Probe into State Land Sales Begins
By :Felex Share, The Herald (Harare)
15 February 2018
The Commission of Inquiry into the sale of state land in and around urban areas since 2005 begins work on Monday as government moves to investigate and ascertain actors in allocations, occupation and use of the land.   The Commission, chaired by Justice Tendai Uchena, will conduct the inquiry over the next
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Canada: Trudeau’s New Indigenous Rights Initiative
By :John Paul Tasker, CBC News
14 February 2018
Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people “We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,” PM says     Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a fundamental rethink of how the federal government recognizes Indigenous rights and title, vowing to work
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USA: Tenants Say Trump Budget "Dead on arrival"
By :NAHT
13 February 2018
HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump’s 2019 Budget “Dead on Arrival”     Elected leaders of the national US tenant union today demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, released on February 12.     “Trump’s budget will push millions of people from their homes; starve seniors, children and
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South Africa: The Great Land Grab Cover-up
By :Michelle Hay, Land and Accountability Research Center
05 February 2018
The great land grab cover- up: how the government is helping chiefs and mining companies to steal your land     You’re sitting at home, minding your own business, reading the news on your phone. If you are part of an unfortunate 30% of the population, you could, at any time, get a
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Germany: Coalition Talks Focus on Housing Crisis
By :Michelle Martin, Andreas Rinke, Reuters
04 February 2018
German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor     More than four months after a national election, Europe’s largest economy and pre-eminent power-broker is in political paralysis, causing concern among investors and partner countries that policymaking on issues such as Britain’s looming departure from the European Union
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USA: Trump`s Utah Land Grab Begins
By :Fred Hamble, act.tv
02 February 2018
Trump`s ”Gold Rush” style land grab in Utah begins today     The Trump regime`s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of public land in Utah last year will kick off a Wild West-era land claim process starting on Friday.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, on Friday
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India: Landless Farmers to Access Land
By :Prabhudatta Mishra, Financial Express
24 January 2018
Landless cultivators to be farmers too! Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 cr currently excluded   Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 crore currently excluded.     Over 14 crore (140 million) households who cultivate on land owned by others under a formal lease agreement or even under a
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Canada to Monitor Its TNC Conduct Abroad
By :Nicole Mordant, Reuters
18 January 2018
Canada said on Wednesday it is creating an independent watchdog to monitor and investigate claims of human rights abuses by its companies operating abroad, describing it as the first initiative of its kind in the world.   The body, which will initially target the mining, oil and gas, and garment sectors, will
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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South Africa: Another Abahlali Comrade Fallen
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
12 January 2018
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Another Comrade Has Fallen in the Struggle for Land     Our movement has been facing a lot of brutality in the last three months. On 19 November our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation in Lamontville, Sibonelo Mpeku, was kidnapped and murdered. On 17 December 2017 Soyiso Nkqayini
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USA: Water Security v. Energy Independence
By :Jennifer Veilleux, Center for Humans and Nature
04 January 2018
In late 2016, I attended government-to-government meetings in Rapid City, South Dakota, between several Plains Tribal Government representatives and US Federal Government officials. I listened to a tribal elder testify that her young grandson was hospitalized with an E. coli infection caused by hydraulic fracturing water contamination in her community
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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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South Africa: Constitution-based Land Restitution?
By :Alet Janse van Rensburg, news24
20 December 2017
ANC`s land expropriation decision an admission of its own failures   The ANC’s decision at its national conference to go ahead with the expropriation of land without compensation is an admission of its own failure to pursue real land distribution, experts say.   The ruling party announced on Wednesday evening that its committee on
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By :Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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Myanmar: At Least 800K Rohingya Flee
By :Reuters
17 November 2017
The following article series follows the Rohingya flight as it has grown since August 2017. According to UN OCHA, As of 4 October 2017, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily. Before this crisis began, the country was already hosting a verified population
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Germany: Merkel`s Housing Crisis
By :Rebecca Pinnington, Express (London)
14 November 2017
Germany is facing a shocking housing crisis with 1.2 million people expected to be living in homeless shelters by 2018.     The Federal Homeless Association estimates the current number of homeless people in the country totals around 860,000.   That figure is expected to rise another 40 per cent to 1.2 million by the
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Kenya: AG Enjoined in Samburu Eviction Case
By :Joseph Wangui, The Nation
01 November 2017
Githu Muigai enjoined in Samburu eviction case     Attorney-General Githu Muigai has been enjoined in a case in which retired President Daniel Moi was sued by the Samburu community for transferring 17,105 acres (69,217,493.44 square meters) of their land in Laikipia North to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).   The Environment and Land Court
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USA: GOP Enables Arctic Drilling
By :Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News
18 October 2017
GOP lawmakers open door to arctic drilling     WASHINGTON—Tucked into the budget bill the Senate is likely to pass this week is a provision that could quietly open the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a controversial issue that has been the subject of fierce debate in
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Turkey: Environmentalists Murdered
By :Jonathan Watts. The Guardian
18 October 2017
`The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey. The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits.   Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs
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New Report: India`s Farm Widows
By :HLRN-India and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development
15 October 2017
Report on farm widows of Maharashtra highlights human rights violations recommends urgent state intervention to prevent social and economic exclusion   NEW DELHI—A study released today by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) India (New Delhi), and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development (Nagpur) reveals the acute vulnerability of farm widows
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Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines
By :Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines (ICBL)
19 September 2017
On 18 September 2017, Algeria celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty by destroying its last antipersonnel landmines. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines congratulates Algeria for fulfilling treaty obligation.   Algeria had reported retaining 5,970 antipersonnel landmines for training purposes, permitted under Article 3 of the Mine Ban Treaty. After
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African Struggles for the Right to the City
By :Allan Cain and Agnes Midi
15 September 2017
Africa has some of the world’s most unequal cities.1 Informal settlements in African cities, and the struggles that are fought in their defense, are evidence of deep-rooted exclusion.2 They have inherited colonial segregated planning laws that are socio-economically exclusive, resulting in cement cities and slums. In many African former colonial
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India: What Exactly Is a Smart City?
By :Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Scroll-in
04 September 2017
What exactly is a smart city? The Indian government does not want you to know. It thwarted the Bureau of Indian Standards’ plan to fix clear criteria for defining a smart city, and came out with a fuzzy ‘Liveability Index’ instead.     Are the urban centres selected by the Union government
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The Cost of Land Grabbing in Mozambique
By :Burag Gurden, Pambazuka News
31 August 2017
The cost of land grabbing in Mozambique`s Tete Province     Tete Province is very rich in coal. An estimated 23 billion tons of mostly untapped coal lies beneath Tete. It is expected to become the region’s energy powerhouse built on coal and hydroelectricity. However, local farmer communities have been on the losing
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Houston Drowning—in Its Freedom from Regulations
By :Steve Russell, Newsweek
28 August 2017
We do value our freedom here in Texas. As I write from soggy Central Texas, the cable news is showing people floating down Buffalo Bayou on their principles, proud residents of the largest city in these United States that did not grow in accordance with zoning ordinances.   The feeling there was
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USA: Seniors Suffer with Reverse Mortgages
By :Jenifer McKim, The Washington Post
25 August 2017
More seniors are taking loans against their homes—and it’s costing them     As she was getting on in years and her resources dwindled, Virginia Rayford took out a special kind of mortgage in 2008 that she hoped would help her stay in her three-bedroom Washington rowhouse for the rest of her life.
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UN Reports on Rakhine Living Conditions
By :HIC-HLRN
23 August 2017
After one year of consultations held across Rakhine State (Myanmar) and in other parts of the country and the region, the UN’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State submitted its final report to national authorities on 23 August.   The Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan, has put forward recommendations to surmount the
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Nicaragua: Future Canal Threatens Mass Eviction
By :Amnesty International
03 August 2017
Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction     The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal
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Trump’s Beautiful (Real Estate Money) Launderette
By :Michael Zeldin, CNN and various others
19 July 2017
Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database     It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department`s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   FinCEN`s mission is to
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USA: EPA Dumps, Drops Duties
By :The Indigenous Americans
15 July 2017
EPA Refuses to pay claims after mine spill dumps 3,000,000 gallons of toxic waste into water on Native American land   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to pay more than $1.2  billion in claims filed against it in response to the Gold King Mine spill, reported the Farmington Daily Times.   The EPA says the
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By :HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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UNESCO: Hebron Palestine World Heritage
By :UNESCO/Peter Beaumont, The Guardian
07 July 2017
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow, has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) on 7 July 2017. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron/al-Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.   Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine)   The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town
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CSOs Denounce Brazil Urban Policy Regression
By :GPR2C
27 June 2017
Since the 1980s, Brazil has been developing its legal frameworks and structuring policies progressively to reflect the international agreements that protect human rights and address the inequalities of cities, which exclude millions of people from accessing adequate standards of living. All the steps forward, closely related to the organization and
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USA: Rep. Bill to Make Disabled Homeless
By :Updated by Dylan Matthews, Vox
22 June 2017
These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt   The actual policies contained in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican plan introduced on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, would help some Americans a lot. The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more,
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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By :Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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China Evicts More Tibetan Nomads for “Development”
By :RFA
15 June 2017
Tibetan nomads forced from resettlement towns to make way for development     Tibetan nomads previously forced from traditional grazing lands in a state-directed resettlement scheme in Qinghai are now being told to go back, as authorities begin to target their current homes for development as tourist centers and housing for government employees,
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Breaking Bad: Saskatchewan’s Prairie Loss
By :Trevor Herriott
14 June 2017
“Grassland being broken in substantial acreages is just not an issue.”  —Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, Western Producer, 26 September 2013 According to Stats Canada (Table 004-0203 - Census of Agriculture, land use, every 5 years), Saskatchewan lost 2,068,246 acres of “natural land for pasture” in the
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USA: BP Oil-spill Lawyer Now @ EPA
By :Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
07 June 2017
Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer as Top Environmental Attorney     President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intention to nominate Jeffrey Bossert Clark—who defended BP in lawsuits surrounding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and challenged the Obama administration over greenhouse gas rules on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—to
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NUA Reporting in 2018 Crucial
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
11 May 2017
2018 reporting period will prove critical for New Urban Agenda, advocates say         Labels NAIROBI—Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments.   That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set
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USA: Carson Calls Slaves “Immigrants”
By :USA Today
07 March 2017
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking Monday to HUD employees.   "That`s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
02 March 2017
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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USA: Tenants Mobilize for 2018 People`s Budget
By :HIC-HLRN
20 February 2017
In the United States, the 2016 Democratic Party Platform featured stronger-than-ever language that seemed to embrace most of the substantive recommendations that the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) proposed that year: increased funding for vouchers, public housing repairs, fair housing, although without specific dollar recommendations. In preparing for the
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Brazil: Land Regularization at Risk
By :Brazilian civil society
17 February 2017
Deconstruction of Land Regularization in Brazil: Presidential Act No.759/2016     This open letter is meant to summon social movements and all those who believe in Urban and Rural Reform to demand Brazilian Federal Government to withdraw Provisional Presidential Act No.759/2016 from Congress and stop the voting process. Instead, the government should promote a large-scale
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EU’s Biggest Pension Funds Invest Big in Colonies
By :Mikkel Bahl, Hanan Chemlali & Kristoffer Marslev, Danwatch
31 January 2017
Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invested in illegal Israeli settler colonies.   Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines
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Colombia: Seeking Justice from Chiquita Banana Wars
By :Matt Kennard and Nick MacWilliam, In These Times
27 January 2017
Chiquita made a killing from Colombia’s civil war. Will their victims finally see justice? A long-running case against the banana giant is moving forward in U.S. court.     Getting an interview with Anabel (not her real name) is not easy. In Colombia, witnessing paramilitary violence against your family generally means you keep
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“Sanctuary Cities” Defy Trump Threats
By :Spencer Buell, Boston Daily
25 January 2017
Boston, Somerville mayors defiant after trump’s sanctuary city orders. Marty Walsh and Joe Curtatone say they won’t back down amid threats of federal funding cuts.     Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curatone took a stand against Donald Trump Wednesday after the president announced a blockbuster executive order to target so-called
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Trump Can’t Force Cities to Deport
By :Erwin Chemerinsky, Annie Lai and Seth Davis, The Washington Post
22 January 2017
Cities and public universities are exercising their constitutional authority when they declare themselves “sanctuaries” in response to Donald Trump’s vow to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants upon taking office next month. Trump has threatened to force state and local governments to implement his deportation policies, including by taking
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USA: 1st Trump Act Violates Housing Rights
By :Tom Cahill, U.S.Uncut
20 January 2017
In First Act as President, Trump Raises Mortgage Rates on Struggling Homeowners     After Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he delivered his inaugural address. Then he went to the White House, whereupon he stuck it to homeowners.   One of President Obama’s last acts as head of the executive branch was to
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USA: Trump Calls for More Drilling, Taps Protest
By :Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, Reuters
15 January 2017
US President-elect Donald Trump taps a well of protest with his calls for more oil and gas drilling in the country`s national parks     President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.   The
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USA: Will HUD Benefit Trump?
By :Allan Smith, businessinsider
12 January 2017
At the Senate hearings vetting US President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned proposed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson over whether he could guarantee that money distributed by HUD will not enrich President-elect Donald Trump. He failed that fundamental ethical test, apparently unable to
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Namibians Sue Germany for Land Grab, Genocide
By :Al Jazeera
06 January 2017
The Ovaherero and Nama people of Namibia launch lawsuit against Germany for alleged land theft and killing of 100,000 people more than 100 years ago.           Two indigenous groups in Namibia have filed a lawsuit against Germany, accusing it of genocide committed by colonial rulers more than a century ago.   The suit was filed
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Brazil: Eucalyptus War on Quilombo Lands
By :Luisa Torre and Patrik Camporez Macao, Al Jazeera
05 January 2017
Brazil`s quilombos face eucalyptus giant in land war. "They stole our forests and our water. We took our medicine from the forest. Now, they put police and dogs at our door."     ESPIRITO SANTO, Brazil—In Sape do Norte, in the far north of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 32 communities refer to the 111,000 hectares
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By :HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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HIC`s Lamba Earns Human Rights Award
By :HIC-HLRN
20 December 2016
On World Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016, civil society organisations across Kenya gathered to honor human rights activists in the annual human rights awards, which were held at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi. Hundreds attended the event, including diplomats and generations of human rights activists. The awards were coordinated
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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Mexico: Ranchers, Indigenous Contest Land
By :Tracy Barnett, Thomas Reuters Foundation
19 December 2016
Both sides say the government is responsible for the dispute in Mexico`s Sierra Madre mountain range - but the government won`t get involved     LA YESCA, Mexico—Audelina Villagrana has run her ranch in Mexico`s Western Sierra Madre Mountains on her own since the death of her husband 23 years ago, herding livestock,
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Brazil: Social Rights under Siege
By :CESR, CONECTAS and INESC
10 December 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next
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Public Payment for Royal Renovations Opposed
By :HIC-HLRN and Metro.uk
19 November 2016
Britain is experiencing a national crisis in housing and the National Health Service, while austerity is forcing cuts in many social services. Yesterday, the press announced a decision by the British prime minister and chancellor to pay an additional £369m from the public purse for a major 10-year refurbishment to
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Sanctuary Cities Steadfast Despite Trump Threats
By :teleSUR
11 November 2016
“We have to see what happens, but we’re not going to change our DNA because of politics,” —San  Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.   “Undocumented and unafraid!”   These were the defiant chants of protesters outside of San Francisco`s Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) office.   “(But) there is fear.
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USA: Homeless Camps Offering Democracy Lesson
By :Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera
04 November 2016
Overlooked in the elections, Portland’s homeless are organising their own camps on their own terms, but fear evictions.   PORTLAND, Oregon—When Marge Pettitt`s seven-year-old daughter broke down in tears in a homeless shelter in 2009, she made one of the hardest decisions of her life: Sending the child to live with her
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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
By :Julia Zorthian, Time
06 October 2016
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
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England: Record Evictions by Private Landlords
By :Patrick Butler, The Guardian
28 September 2016
End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show     Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show.   The end of an assured shorthold tenancy
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Colombia: Land Conflict to Civil War to Peace?
By :VoA and others
24 September 2016
Land conflicts feared in wake of Colombia peace accord   BOGOTÁ—Conflicts over land in Colombia are likely to increase following a peace deal to end half a century of war as once no-go areas in the Andean country open up for business and development projects, land rights experts said.   The government and rebel
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South African Court Halts Eviction
By :Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) Bulletin
14 September 2016
South African Constitutional Court orders “meaningful engagement” in urgent forced eviction   The South African Constitutional Court has extended the Olivia Road case to urgent forced evictions, requiring meaningful engagement between the local authority and tenants—or occupiers in this case—before eviction can be deemed constitutional under the right to housing.   The applicants, amounting
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USA: Protests over GMO Label Law
By :Ryan Rifai, Al Jazeera
04 August 2016
US food safety campaigners outraged over GMO label law   Campaigners say new law allows producers to obscure GMO content on food packaging   Many believe GMOs and pesticides are harmful to people`s health and the environment [EPA]   Food safety organisations in the US have condemned a new law they say will allow food
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Obama Signs Bill, Exempts GMO Labelling
By :Julie Wilson, Natural News
02 August 2016
Note: This article explains the controversy over the recently adopted legislation advocated by GMO-food producers and the values at stake. It contrasts starkly with the Associated Press report of 29 July 2016 published in The Washington Post and reprinted below—HLRN.     President Obama signs bill that forever exempts Big Food from
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USA`s Hidden Homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel
By :Carolyn Bick, Al Jazeera
30 July 2016
Residents of a motel in Massachusetts share their stories to reveal the extent of the U.S. hidden homelessness problem.   Massachusetts, USA—It is the fourth time that Tiffany Drew has lived in the Starlight Motel, and the third time she has been pregnant here.   Today, like every time she is pregnant, she has
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Brazil: Water Privatisation Imposed for Games
By :Corporate Europe Observatory
14 July 2016
Brazil’s new government imposes Rio water privatisation to pay for Olympic Games   A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country`s largest corporations, Brazil`s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help
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U.S. Congress Mulls Lifting Protection of Commons
By :Matt Lee-Ashley and Jenny Rowland, ThinkProgress
10 July 2016
Congressional proposal would create a Texas-sized “Republic of Cliven Bundy”   Cliven Bundy may be in jail, but he still has friends in Congress.   The U.S. House of Representatives next week is expected to vote on a proposal that would exempt 48 counties, primarily in the West, from the law that has been
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India Mine Displaced 400 Adivasi Families
By :Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera
07 July 2016
The mine that displaced India`s indigenous people. About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine, but blasting and water contamination forced them to leave     The earth-shattering sound of dynamite welcomed us to the small village of Lath, which sits on the edge of an open-cast coal mine.
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USA: Fed Killed 3.2 mil Animals in 2015
By :Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity
24 June 2016
Ignoring calls for reform, Wildlife Services kills half-million more coyotes, bears, wolves, foxes, other animals than previous year   The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 3.2 million animals during fiscal year 2015, according to new data released by the agency. The
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By :Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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Brazil: Fundão Dam Devastation
By :Ingrid Fadnes, Al Jazeera
14 June 2016
MARIANA, Brazil—On November 5, 2015, the Fundao dam burst in the inland municipality of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian mining company Samarco, owned by two of the world`s biggest mining corporations, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, operated the dam.   Tcharly do Barmo Batista, a 23-year-old father,
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Choctaw v Climate Change: “The earth is speaking”
By :Emily Crane Linn, Al Jazeera
13 June 2016
In the United States, members of the indigenous Choctaw nation fight to reclaim their relationship with the land in a world without seasons.   Durant, Oklahoma—It`s nearly June. Every day, the Earth brings Darryl “Grey Eagle” Brown closer to the Sun, to heaven, to the Creator. That means it`s nearly time
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Brazil: Guarani & Kaiowá Face Forced Eviction
By :FIAN International
12 June 2016
With no access to their legitimate territory, the members of the Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka`i community will be prevented from exercising their fundamental rights as indigenous peoples, including feeding themselves adequately.   Despite  intensive and coordinated international action, the sentence by the 1st Federal Court of Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul has followed
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Nigeria: Herdsmen, Land Use and Human Rights
By :Spaces 4 Change
01 June 2016
Fulani herdsmen, herdsmen, hoodlums, intruders from Chad and neighbouring countries, or whatever appellation ascribed to their murderous activities, these names emit fumes of terror, anguish and fear. The fear they evoke is well founded. What started out as recurrent violent clashes between nomadic herdsmen and their host farming communities in
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Brazil: Goiás Land Struggle, Exercise in Citizenship
By :various
01 June 2016
On the afternoon of 31May, one of the national leaders of the Landless Workers Movement (MST), operating in Goias, Jose Valdir Misnerovicz, was arrested in Rio Grande do Sul, in a joint operation of the Civil Police of the states of Goiás and Rio Grande do Sul. Two vehicles of
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Brazil: CSOs Speak out on Habitat III
31 May 2016
Brazilian civil society organizations, gathered in São Paulo on 31 May 2016, came out the present statement to express themselves about the content of what UN-Habitat leadership and the Habitat III Secretariat are calling the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA), to be adopted at the first scheduled UN Conference on Housing
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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By :OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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Israeli Plunder of Palestinian Homes “Concerns” U.S.
By :David Alexander, Reuters
02 April 2016
Crackdown on what Israel claims is illegal construction has already pitied Jerusalem against the EU, who funds some of the structures.   JERUSALEM—The United States is "concerned" about Israel`s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions
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USA: The Eviction Economy
By :Matthew Desmond, The New York Times
05 March 2016
I first met Larraine when we both lived in a trailer park on the far South Side of Milwaukee. Fifty-four, with silvering brown hair, Larraine loved mystery novels, “So You Think You Can Dance” and doting on her grandson. Even though she lived in a mobile home park with so
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Paris: Voice of the Suburbs
By :Widad, Al Jazeera English
01 March 2016

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African New Habitat Agenda Priorities
By :Ahmed Mansour Ismail and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye
23 February 2016
HABITAT III Africa Regional Meeting “African Priorities for the New Urban Agenda” Land and African Sustainable Urbanization, side event organized by GLTN Abuja, Nigeria, 23 February 2016 Summary prepared by Ahmed Mansour Ismail (HIC-HLRN) and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye (Institute of Land Administration)   Mr Ernest Aubee, ECOWAS (as moderator) introduced the panelists and further emphasized
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Kochs Funding Bundy Land-seizure Agenda
By :Jenny Rowland and Matt Lee-Ashley, ThinkProgress
13 February 2016
The ultra-conservative billionaire Koch brothers are now funding the Bundy land-seizure agenda   The political network of the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch signalled last week that it is expanding its financial and organizational support for a coalition of anti-government activists and militants who are working to seize and sell America’s
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Greek Farmers Resist Austerity, Impoverishment
By :Associated Press
12 February 2016
Farmers descend on Greek capital for protest against planned tax rises and pension reforms   Athens—Farmers wielding shepherds’ staffs have clashed with riot police in central Athens as thousands headed to the Greek capital for a two-day protest against the government’s plans to impose tax rises and pension system reforms.   About 800 farmers
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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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Oregon Land Stand-off Ends in Arrests, 1 Dead
By :Evan Perez and Holly Yan, CNN
27 January 2016
Oregon occupation has fatal consequences. Long-time settler family member Ammon Bundy, other protesters arrested in Oregon; LaVoy Finicum killed.   BURNS OR—The weeks-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon suffered two major blows when protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested and another key figure was killed.   Bundy and
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USA: Obama OKs Atlantic & Arctic Drilling
By :Oceana
27 January 2016
The Obama Administration Announces Plans to Open Atlantic & Arctic to Offshore Drilling   Washington DC—Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. The plan, which covers all potential leasing from 2017 to 2022, includes parts of the
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USA: Oregon Land, “Rightful Owners”
By :Burns Paiute Tribe, et al
15 January 2016
Please find below US press coverage of the ongoing, multidimensional land dispute in Oregon, USA. Follow the links below for a review of competing views.   Crackpots in Cowboy Hats, and in Congress Whose Land Is It Anyway? "We were here first.” Eastern Oregon once had a Malheur Indian Reservation. Guess what happened. Native American Tribe Says Oregon Armed
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Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent
By :Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera
10 January 2016
Rights groups say 140 people killed in recent weeks as government moves forward with controversial development plans.   Wolonkomi, Ethiopia—Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.   The protests by members of the country`s largest ethnic group,
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Nigeria: UNSR Urges Halt to Eviction Trend
By :OHCHR
23 November 2015
GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country. The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out
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Philippines: 2 Yrs. after Haiyan, Still Waiting
By :Astrid Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation
08 November 2015
  Nearly 2 Years After Typhoon Haiyan, Many Still Waiting for Rehousing in Safer Areas. Experts are calling for a closer monitoring system of how aid funds are being spent.     TACLOBAN, Philippines—Arsenjo Francisco has lived near the sea all his life, but the retired Filipino fisherman lost his love of the ocean
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The World`s Most-segregated Cities
By :Peter Geoghegan, The Guardian
28 October 2015
“Reclaim your community,” declared the posters. “Hipsters beware.” Pinned around London’s East End last month, they announced Fuck Parade, an anti-gentrification demonstration that culminated in an attack on a café selling bowls of cereal. Long the first port of call for cash-strapped new arrivals in the city—Irish, Jews, Bangladeshis and
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Syria War Prompts 1st Doomsday Seed Vault Draw
By :Laura Wagner and EarthSky
23 September 2015
The Syrian Civil War prompts the first withdrawal from the "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic   The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened on 26 February 2008. Carved into the Arctic permafrost and filled with samples of the world`s most important seeds, it`s a Noah`s Ark of food crops to be used
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CESCR: Spain Violated Debtor’s Housing Rights
By :ESCR-Net
17 September 2015
New York—Today, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published its first recommendations in response to an individual complaint, regarding a violation of the right to housing, under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).   With its entry into force in
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Right to the City and Yerevan’s Construction “Doom”
By :Garin Boghossian, Armenia Weekly
16 September 2015
The growth path of urbanization under capitalism is devouring the city of Yerevan. Luxurious high-rise hotels and residential towers, serving tourists and seasonal dwellers, are replacing Soviet social housing blocks that once lodged the ordinary Yerevantsis. The house where the president of the First Republic, Aram Manougian, lived and died—now
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Developing Nations Outdo Big Powers in Climate Pledges
By :Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera
10 September 2015
Scientists find poorer nations more ambitious in plans to reduce global warming emissions ahead of UN summit   Developed countries “ought to be embarrassed” by less-wealthy nations’ pledges to fight global warming by changing agriculture, forestry and other land use practices, as the developing countries’ promises go much further and are more
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German CSO Forum Addresses Habitat III
By :Forum on Environment & Development
31 July 2015
The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment and development. Its purpose is to coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development. It was strongly involved in the preparation and the civil society processes of the Habitat
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Myanmar: New Land Confiscation Report
By :Karen Human Rights Group
30 June 2015
Villagers in Karen areas of southeast Myanmar continue to face widespread land confiscation at the hands of a multiplicity of actors. Much of this can be attributed to the rapid expansion of domestic and international commercial interest and investment in southeast Myanmar since the January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the
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USA: Supreme Court Opposes Housing Bias
By :Aljazeera America, the Associated Press
25 June 2015
The Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of
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Brazil: Easing Land Purchases for Foreigners
By :Anna Edgerton and Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg
03 June 2015
Brazil`s government favors easing land-ownership restrictions for foreigners to help offset flagging commodities demand, Attorney General Luis Inacio Adams said. "I`m in favor of more flexibility on land ownership," Adams said in an interview. "The law needs to be modernized." Adams, appointed by President Dilma Rousseff, is the
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Cambodia: CSOs Charge Boeung Kak Abuses
By :ESCR-Net
01 June 2015
New York—The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to express serious concern over the conditions faced by thousands of families who live, or lived prior to their eviction, near Boeung Kak Lake.   “The forcible evictions that
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Turkey: Plundering Istanbul’s “Lungs”
By :Northern Forest Defense
25 May 2015
The Istanbul-based Northern Forests Defense (NFD) movement has published two new reports in English to expose the hazards of current plans for the construction of the Turkish city’s new airport complex. The NFD is a public-interest initiative that advocates the protection of the ecologically interconnected and diverse area north of
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Libya: NATO Targeted Water Infrastructure
By :Nafeez Ahmed, Ecologist
14 May 2015
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country`s water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people
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The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By :Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of
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Twiga Farm: Story of a Kenyan Land Grab
By :Leila van Rinsum, Pambazuka News
08 October 2014
Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.   On Tuesday,
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Islamic State Evicts Iraq farmers
By :Sophie Cousins, AlJazeera
29 July 2014
The group`s takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.   Qaraqosh—In the dark of night, on a farm about 30km southeast of Iraq`s second largest city, Mosul, Sabah Zura Sukkariyya woke to the sound of a truckload of gunmen arriving
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Cuba: World’s Oddest Property Market
By :John Arlidge, Financial Times
18 June 2013
Cuba, home of the world’s oddest property market, is finally allowing its people to buy and sell homes but property lawyers and agents are still illegal     Havana—It’s only 9am but it’s already 33C on the Malecón, Havana’s corniche, and my brain feels like a conch fritter. I’ve come to meet a
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Predatory Lender Wells Fargo Bank Forced to Pay
By :The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times
15 June 2012
Wells Fargo Bank: A Predatory Lender Pays up   The Baltimore Sun   15 July 2012   Baltimore`s effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation`s largest mortgage lender,
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Pakistan: Slum Dwellers Demand Evictions End
By :Dawn
26 January 2004
ISLAMABAD—The All-Pakistan Alliance of Kutchi Abadis at a convention here on Sunday demanded of the government to implement the National Kutchi Abadi Policy 2001 and either regularize their settlements or resettle all the slum dwellers in the country.   A large number of kutchi abadi dwellers from the twin cities of Rawalpindi
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Document Title

Publication Date

Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine

23 August 2017

Peace Block letter on Sur, Diyarbakır

19 August 2017

SUR The Walled City of Diyarbakir: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

The Walled City of Diyarbakır: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

Budha Ismail Jam et al. v, IFC judgment

27 June 2017

تقرير المقرر الخاص المعني بمسألة الفقر المدقع وحقوق الإنساان عن زيارته إلى المملكة العربية السعودية، A/HRC/35/26/Add.3

28 April 2017

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia, A/HRC/35/26/Add.3

28 April 2017

NAHT recommendations for the FY 2018 CPC Peoples Budget

20 February 2017

Permanent Mission of Turkey response to UN Special Rapporteurs

20 January 2017

حصيلة الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية على حقوق الأراض والسكن في المناطق الفلسطينية المحتلة

31 December 2016

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

“We are at breaking point,” Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh

19 December 2016

Davinder Lamba Lifetime Achievement Award

10 December 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 2016

Statement of the Brazilian Civil Society on the New Urban Agenda

31 May 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

تقرير الوضع العا لمحافظة تعز ديسمبر 2015

19 January 2016

The National Report for the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (working document)

01 January 2016

Sudan’s Report for United Nations’ Third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, (Habitat III), 2016

01 January 2016

Rapport National de contribution du Cameroun à Habitat III

30 November 2015

Application des décisions prises par la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les établissements humains (Habitat II) et renforcement du Programme des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains (ONU-Hab

17 November 2015

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Sudan

21 September 2015

The private modes of water capture in Lebanon

01 September 2015

Private interest closing social space? A critical analysis of Lebanon`s real-estate sector

01 September 2015

Transforming the historical link between agricultural policy and inequality in Lebanon

01 September 2015

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

National Habitat III Report of the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria

08 June 2015

Rapport Pays pour Habitat III de la République de Madagascar

08 June 2015

National Habitat III Report of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

08 June 2015

National Habitat III Report of Belgium

08 June 2015

National Habitat III Report of the United States of America

08 June 2015

البيان الختامي من المؤتمر الثاني للحق الفلسطيني في الأرض والسكن: عيش بكرامة...وحق بالوجود

28 May 2015

The Third Airport Project vis-à-vis Life, Nature, Environment, People and Law

15 May 2015

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Turkey, A/HRC/29/15

13 April 2015

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

The Third National Report on the Habitat in Cooperation with UN Program for Human Settlement (Jordan)

01 September 2014

“Self- Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet”

01 September 2014

تقرير المقررة الخاصة المعنية بحق الإنسان في الحصول على مياه الشرب المأمونة وخدمات الصرف الصحي: البعثة إلى الأردن

05 August 2014

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Kingdom of Spain

15 June 2014

حول خطة لمقاربة الموازنة العامة للدولة

06 September 2013

ACIJ دراسات الحالة

06 September 2013

ETOs and Situations of Conflict, Occupation and War: Applying the Maastricht Principles

11 July 2013

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik, Mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, A/HRC/22/4

24 December 2012

Housing Land and Property Issues and the Response to Displacement in Libya

01 December 2012

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

Report of SR related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation Mission to Egypt July 2010

05 July 2010

Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City

01 July 2010

السكن في مصر بين العشوائية والتحضر الرث

22 May 2010

مبادئ توجيهيـة بشأن الوثائق المتعلقة بمعاهدة محددة التي ينبغي أن تقدمها الدول الأطراف

24 March 2009

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

A Covenant of Dispossession and Genocide

15 July 2008

United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

13 September 2007

إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الشعوب الأصلية

13 September 2007

Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

13 September 2007

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droitsdes peuples autochtones

13 September 2007

Principes de base et directives concernant les expulsions et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

Principios básicos y directrices sobre los desalojos y el desplazamiento generados por el desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

المبادئ الأساسية والمبادئ التوجيهية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والترحيل بدافع التنمية

05 February 2007

Social Production of Housing in Mexico: Its National Importance and Its Economic Impact on Poor Households

30 September 2006

Social Production of Housing in Mexico: Its National Importance and Its Economic Impact on Poor Households

30 September 2006

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 2006

Planned Dispossession: Forced Evictions and the 2010 Commonwealth Games

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30 January 2003

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