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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By: Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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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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Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
By: Osprey Orielle Lake, Emily Arasim, Common Dreams
07 March 2017
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good. Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to
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Rule of Law and Women Food and Land Rights
By: IDLO
07 March 2017
We live in a world of abundance, yet ensuring food security remains challenging. Women are responsible for more than half of global food production. Yet they account for 70 per cent of the world’s hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition. Achieving food security is not only a question of ensuring
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By: Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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A Demand for Compensation for Acquired Land
By: La via Campesina
02 March 2017
Since 21 November 2016, farmers in Lahurmau village of Kanpur, whose lands were acquired to build a Nyveli-owned thermal power plant, have been staging an indefinite strike by the banks of Yamuna river. These farmers from neighbouring eight villages allege that the construction at the site have already begun even before
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Bali Meeting Tackles Oceans’ Plastic Pollution
By: Al Jazeera
26 February 2017
UNEP and Indonesia launch campaign to solve global issue of massive amounts of plastic ending up in oceans.     NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia—The sun is peeking from over the horizon, greeting early morning beach-dwellers to the sounds of crashing waves, the feel of tropical humidity and the sight of an entire beach
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South Africa: Vengeful Burning of Migrant Homes
By: Lynsey Chutel, QZ.com
21 February 2017
African migrants in South Africa are in fear for their lives—again   Once again, there are signs of growing xenophobia in South Africa. Despite the lives lost in previous waves of violence, the country has still not learned this painful lesson.   It’s a familiar escalating narrative: vigilante groups accuse foreign migrants of local
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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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Pennsylvania: 1st Fracking-related Earthquakes
By: Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front
18 February 2017
Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity.   In April 2016,
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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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Indonesia: Crisis of Bukit Duri Residents
By: Edith Koesoemawiria, Mongabay
13 February 2017
JAKARTA — Six weeks after the last of the Bukit Duri evictees moved into their new dwellings here in the Indonesian capital, the atmosphere was friendly but painful. Some tenants told jokes at the food stall in the parking lot. The cook, also a former Bukit Duri resident, had initially
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Brazil: Trump Tower Will Cause Forced Evictions
By: Clare Richardson, News.Vice
13 February 2017
RIO DE JANIERO – José Paulo Simplicio de Souza was devastated when the government forced him out of his home near the commercial center of Rio to make way for a luxury waterfront property three years ago. The 33-year-old food vendor’s sorrow later turned to disgust when he found out the
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Philippines: 15K Homeless after Manila Slum Fire
By: RT
09 February 2017
A massive blaze at an overcrowded slum in the Philippines capital of Manila, has left at least 15,000 people homeless.   The fire swept through the shanty town after breaking out in the Parola Compound near the city’s port late Tuesday night. It raged for 10 hours into Wednesday morning, according
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Report: Forced Evictions Fuel Land Disputes
By: Kieran Guilbert, Rights Resources
09 February 2017
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forced evictions of local communities from their lands by foreign companies fuel around two-thirds of land ownership disputes across Africa, often sparking strikes or violence which can prove costly to investors, activists said on Thursday. Pushing people off their land drives more conflict over land rights
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Report: Land Rights in a Turbulent World
By: Rights and Resources Initiative
09 February 2017
Acknowledgment that insecure land rights among the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities contribute to conflict, discourage investment, and impede progress on global goals of sustainable development, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation is growing. In 2016, this consensus found a powerful new ally: major institutional investors are beginning to
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France Evicted 10 K Roma onto Streets (2016)
By: European Roma Rights Centre
07 February 2017
More than 10,000 Roma were subjected to forced evictions by French authorities last year, with over 6 in 10 Romani families experiencing forced eviction. The annual report released by the European Roma Rights Centre and the Ligue des droits de L’Homme shows that more than half of the recorded evictions took
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Palestine UNSR Urges SC to End Colonies
By: OHCHR
03 February 2017
West Bank: United Nations Special Rapporteur urges the security council to stop illegal settlements   GENEVA—United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security Council resolution 2334, which
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Nigeria: 100 Structures Demolished in Ladipo
By: Monsuru Olowoopejo, Vanguard
03 February 2017
About 100 shops and other structures within Jakande Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, have been razed and hundreds of traders displaced when a demolition squad from the Lagos State Government stormed the estate, to restore sanity alleged sanity to the complex. The demolition came three months after the State Government, which the Secretary
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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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