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Irrawaddy Farmers Claims their Confiscated Land
By: Salai Thant Zin, IrrawaddY Division
14 June 2017
Farmers in Irrawaddy Division’s Myaungmya Township demanded the divisional government return more than 200 acres of land confiscated, and subsequently abandoned, by Myanmar’s military to its original owners, at a press conference on Tuesday. Light Infantry Battalion No. 93 of Myanmar’s Tatmadaw confiscated 249 acres of cashew plantations from 32 local

USA: House Passes Bank-deregulation Bill
By: Jeff Stein, Vox
08 June 2017
The House just passed the biggest bank deregulation bill in a generation     On Thursday, Capitol Hill was consumed by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. But just after the high-profile hearing played out in the Hart Senate Office Building, House Republicans passed a mammoth, 580-page bill that would do more to

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

Kenya: Victory for Ogiek in African Court
By: Minority Rights Group
26 May 2017
Huge victory for Kenya’s Ogiek as African Court sets major precedent for indigenous peoples’ land rights   Minority Rights Group International (MRG) wholeheartedly applauds an historic judgment from the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights in Arusha today in favour of the Ogiek community of Kenya. Following an eight-year legal battle, the Court

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

Al Haq Announces 3rd Summer School
02 May 2017
Al Haq, a HIC Member organization in Palestine, has announced its third International Law Summer School for international post-graduate law students and legal researchers in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine on 08 August - 22 August 2017.   The fourteen-day summer school offers a curriculum covering the following topics:   • Al Haq’s mandate and

UNESCO Denounces Jerusalem Occupation
By: Al Jazeera
02 May 2017
On Israel’s Independence Day, the executive board of the UN education, science and cultural agency slams Israel for “persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem” and calls on the occupying power to end projects aimed at altering “character and status of the Holy City.”         UNESCO`s executive board has passed

India: Landless Women Attacked in Odisha
By: Ranjana Padhi, The Wire
02 May 2017
The powers that be in Sipasarubali, Odisha work to take over forest land to build a beach resort, villagers who are trying to fight them are under attack.     Puri, Odisha: On April 28, a friend and I went to Gola and Gopinathpur villages in Odisha to meet activists who, in the early 1990s, had

UK: Social Sector Evictions on the Rise
By: Nora Uhrig, Shelter Scotland, Scottishhousingnews.com
25 April 2017
We have got used to hearing over recent years about the problems facing families and households struggling to afford the essentials, the growth of foodbanks and having to choose between heating and eating. About how the impact of stagnating incomes, cuts and restrictions in benefits are pushing households in Scotland

US: Low-income Tenants Still Face Evictions
By: Dan Adams, Prweb.com
24 April 2017
oWith the heat of the housing market continuing to climb across the United States, evictions continue to be a challenge for low-to-middle income individuals and families. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com opines: “Evictions are and will be an increasing challenge to the rental market across the country and

Panel Probes Confusion over NUA Implementation
By: Gregory Scruggs, CItiscope
13 April 2017
Panel’s formation marks turning point in confusion over New Urban Agenda (NUA) implementation and monitoring     Almost six months after the United Nations adopted a new 20-year urbanization strategy, UN Secretary General António Guterres this week made his first official pronouncement on cities.   As part of the ongoing effort to reshape how urban issues

Nigeria: Thousands Displaced in Lagos State
By: Aljazeera, African Media center
10 April 2017
Thousands of people in Nigeria`s Lagos state were left homeless on Sunday after police stormed an informal fishing settlement and set fire to their homes, according to rights groups and residents. Community members of the Otodo Gbame riverine community said armed police fired bullets and tear gas indiscriminately, forcing them onto

Tokyo Homeless Evicted for 2020 Olympics
By: Adam Forrest, The Big Issue
04 April 2017
Authorities make arrests in a Tokyo park as construction begins for the 2020 Olympic Games   At least three people were forcibly removed from a park in Tokyo where homeless people have been protesting against building work going on in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.   There are plans to build four new skyscrapers

Keystone Pipeline Shuts down after Oil Leaks
By: Mike De Souza, National Observer
04 April 2017
Alberta-based TransCanada Corp has shut down its Keystone pipeline after crews spotted oil near a pump station in South Dakota, the company said in a statement on Monday.   The company, Canada`s second largest pipeline operator, said the "potential incident" was first reported on Saturday afternoon.   "TransCanada immediately began the process to shut

Ethiopia: World Bank Ignores Land Grabbing
By: Linda Flood, arbetet.se
03 April 2017
Stockholm — Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas, Swedish film director Joakim Demmer exposes the consequences of land grabbing, and holds the World Bank complicit. The chase for

Colombia: Forced Displacement of Families
By: CoDevelopment Canada
31 March 2017
Forced Displacements Leave Hundreds without Homes, Threaten Hundreds More. For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el

Solidarity Appeal against Tokyo Homeless Eviction
By: Various solidarity groups
30 March 2017
Urgent statement of protest against the total enclosure of Miyashita Park in Shibuya Ward     TOKYO—On 27 March 2017, Miyashita Park, in Shibuya Ward, was completely enclosed by a series of 3-meter-high steel panels. Since the end of last year, this park has served as a place to sleep for approximately 20

Myanmar: Restitution Properties, Peace
By: Norwegian Refugee Council, Displacement Solutions
29 March 2017
The question of housing, land and property (HLP) restitution has received increased attention over the past several years throughout Myanmar as the country continues to consolidate recent democratic gains and political reforms. This paper has been prepared in the spirit of paragraph 80 of the 2016 National Land Use Policy

Dangerous Liaisons: French Banks & Israeli Colonies
By: Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq
27 March 2017
Report reveals links between five French banks and insurance companies and the Israeli settlements     PARIS—Several organisations (Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq) are publishing a report today on French banks’ dangerous liaisons with the Israeli settlement enterprise. The report highlights

UN Probes Crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
By: Al Jazeera
24 March 2017
UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar. The investigators must provide a full report by next year.     The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya

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