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Canada: Mass Eviction in Ottawa!
By: Jillian Kestler-D`Amours, AlJazeera
21 September 2018
Heron Gate mass eviction: `We never expected this in Canada` About 150 homes in one of Ottawa`s most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months     OTTAWA—Binto Mohamed hasn`t had a good night`s sleep since May. That`s when she received a letter telling her that her family
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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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EU Warns Israel: Razing Khan al-Ahmar War Crime
By: Noa Landau, Haaretz
13 September 2018
European Parliament warns: Eviction, demolition of Khan al-Ahmar would be a war crime. Resolution passed on Thursday calls EU to demand compensation from Israeli government for aid funds invested in the West Bank Bedouin village, demands cessation of “policy of threats of demolition.”     The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling
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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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Bangladesh: Last Six Marma Families Evicted
By: The Dailystar.net
09 August 2018
The indigenous communities of Bandarban live on in fear as their ancestral land continues to be grabbed by influential people. Once inhabited by 42 families, the Saingya Marma Para of Bandarban in southeast Bangladesh has been subject to land grabbing for long. There were a only six families remaining till middle
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Evicted Apaa Residents Accuse UN of Neglect
By: Witness radio
07 August 2018
Gulu. Hundreds of locals who have for the last one month camped at the UN premises in Gulu Municipality seeking its intervention over the ongoing evictions in Apaa Village, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District have accused UN officials of neglect. The locals say since July 11 when they issued a letter to
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Myanmar: Struggles against Grabbing Fortress
By: Rina Chandran, reuters
06 August 2018
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saw Ma Bu’s family has lived in the mountainous forests of Myanmar’s Kayin state for generations, farming and fishing in the Salween river, even as a decades-long armed conflict raged in the region. Now, he says, they fear their way of life is under threat as
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CSO Contributions Undermined at HLPF
By: Lynn Wagner, Civicus
03 August 2018
Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF. Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. Governments should be mindful of their commitments
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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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Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
By: Jillo Kadida, The Star
01 August 2018
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
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Expropriation Does Not Equal Land Reform
By: Elmien du Plessis, News24
01 August 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday night announced that the ANC plans to go ahead with expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa explained that the "ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution provides for radical transformation both of society and the economy", and that a proper reading of the Constitution "enables the state to
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Laos: “Substandard construction” Causes Dam Collapse
By: Kocha Olarn, Sandi Sidhu and Ben Westcott, CNN
27 July 2018
Minister says “substandard construction” caused Laos dam to collapse. 25,000 people evacuated.    The collapse of Laos dam that triggered massive flooding and devastation was due to "substandard construction," the country`s Minister of Energy and Mines said Thursday.   According to the state-run Laos News Agency, Minister Khammany Inthirath told reporters at a news
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New UN Habitat Deputy Appointed
By: UN-Habitat
25 July 2018
Secretary-General Appoints Victor Kisob of Cameroon Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme     United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Victor Kisob of Cameroon as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). He succeeds Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda, to whom
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Kenya: Kibera Demolitions Begin
By: Julius Otieno, Star; Josphat Thiong`o, Standard Digital
24 July 2018
Anguish as houses demolished to pave way for Kibera link road   23 July 2018   Julius Otieno, Star   Human rights activists have accused Kenya Urban Roads Authority of violating the agreement that would have seen victim of Kibera evicted in a humane way.   The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has in this regard called
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Uganda: Amuru Land Grab Apaa Village Evictions
By: Minbane.wordpress.com
20 July 2018
That the Northern Uganda have been in deep end of the stick in many eyes is evident, by how lax the state has been to take care of their needs and their rights. That can now be proven by the forceful evictions from land in Apaa Village in Amuru District/Adjumani
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HIC-HLRN Joins Arab CSOs’ SDG Message
By: Arab CSOs
09 July 2018
Messages from Civil Society to the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2018 and the High Level Political Forum 2018   On the occasion of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, HIC-HLRN is participating with Arab civil society organizations (CSOs) to play a positive role in the discourse
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