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Peru: Chaparrí Land Defender Tortured, Killed
By: Dan Collyns, The Guardian
14 February 2018
José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas murdered for opposing land traffickers seeking to clear land in the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, say local witnesses     A criminal gang involved in land trafficking has tortured and murdered a community leader in northern Peru, according to his wife and local villagers who witnessed the killing.   José Napoleón Tarrillo
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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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Not Just a Condition, but Cause of Poverty
By: A U.S. Catholic interview
13 February 2018
Being evicted isn’t just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause, says Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" (Crown Books). While much research and conversation has been devoted to other poverty-related topics such as nutrition, education, and violence, the Princeton sociologist
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France: Equality Law Fails, Roma Evictions Increased
By: ERRC
08 February 2018
Paris, Budapest 6 February 2018: In the last year 11,309 Romani people were evicted from their homes in France, the majority of which (8,161) were forcefully evicted by authorities. A further 2,055 left their homes before the arrival of authorities, under pressure of an imminent eviction. Last year saw a 12% increase
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Pakistan: Lahore City Evicts Slum Dwellers
By: Zeena T. Hashmi, The Nation (Karachi)
07 February 2018
LDA’s forced eviction of Model Town slum dwellers is shocking, but not surprising. No one with a shred of shame can imagine such a thing happening in any democracy; but this is how the Lahore Development Authority works.       For the dwellers at Sector M, Model Town Extension, there have been many
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Coca-Cola, Nestlé Privatizing Guarani Aquifer
By: Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory
05 February 2018
Coca-Cola and Nestlé to privatize the largest reserve of water in South America     Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are allegedly in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay 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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Pakistan: Empowering Sindh’s Landless Farmers
By: Amin Ahmed, Dawn
05 February 2018
$5m project aims to empower Sindh’s landless farmers     An internationally funded project was launched in Sindh last week in an attempt to improve land tenancy for landless farmers.   Landless farmers (or haris) in the province usually have access to land as tenants through paperless agreements between them and landlords. Without having any
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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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Tanzania: Gov`t Seeks to Demolish 1,200 Homes
By: IPPMedia.com
02 February 2018
Advice given by World Bank to government officials against demolishing over 1,200 houses between Ubungo and Kimara suburbs of Dar es Salaam to pave way for a six-lane highway has saved them from losing their houses. The over 8,000 residents who had already been served with letters by Tanzania Roads Agency
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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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England: Locals` Concern over Home Demolition
By: Jo Taylor and Nic Rigby, BBC
27 January 2018
Genesis Housing Association is considering the future of Alexandra Court in Southend, which could see it torn down and a new block built in its place with double the number of flats. One woman spoke of her dismay after being told it was her "home for life." Genesis has assured tenants they
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South Africa Shouldn’t Copy Mugabe’s Land Reform
By: Economist.com
25 January 2018
Of the many grievances from South Africa’s decades of white rule, the theft of land still smarts more than most. The “Natives Land Act” of 1913 set aside 90% of the country for whites, who made up less than a third of its people. Over the next eight decades a
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China’s OBOR Project Dispossesses, Displaces Tibetans
By: David Brewster, Inside Policy
24 January 2018
China’s Belt and Road Initiative will result in important strategic consequence for the countries of South Asia, writes David Brewster. But its impact on China itself should not be ignored.   In geopolitical terms, South Asia has long functioned like an island, nominally attached to Eurasia but not really part of it.
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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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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By: ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By: ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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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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Czechia: Roma Forcibly Evicted in Brno
By: Michaela Pa , Brno Daily
17 January 2018
About a year ago, one hundred families living in houses owned by a private company on Bratislavská, Vlhká and Francouzská streets were informed that their rent leases will not be renewed. In response, the desperate tenants and citizens’ initiative “Chceme bydlet!” organized a street demonstration.   After intense negotiations between the firm
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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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