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HIC Condemns Arrest of Diyarbakır Mayors
By: HIC
11 November 2016
Call for the Restitution and Respect of Human rights and Democracy in Turkey   The Habitat International Coalition calls for the immediate release of the co-mayors of Diyarbakır, Gültan Kişanak and Firat Anlı, and of all detained and prosecuted public and civil agents, and demands that the Turkish authorities respect, protect and
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USA: Oakland`s “Mega-evictor”
By: Sam Levin, The Guardian
11 November 2016
The landlord who filed over 3,000 eviction notices. Pro-tenant group says a landlord who has a seat on Oakland’s housing cabinet is also the top evictor in the city, where a housing crunch has reached crisis levels     Leketha Williams was out of options. When the Oakland, California, mother was evicted and
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Sierra Leone: Land Grabbing of Forests
By: Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya, Standard TimePress
10 November 2016
Land grabbing around the Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve is presently intensifying primarily for housing purposes.  The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security is directly responsible for the protection of forests in the country and through the dedicated collaboration of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone as focal
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Namibia: Land Grabbing Continues at Katima
By: Lugeretzia Kooper, Namibian News
09 November 2016
THE grabbing of council land at Katima Mulilo has increased due to the influx of people from rural areas to the town in search of employment opportunities, town mayor Regina Mwiya-Simataa said in a press release last Friday.   Although Mwiya-Simataa conceded that the council had been slow in delivering land to
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Afghan Law on PPPs Allows Land-Grabbing
By: Heart of Asia
09 November 2016
Due to pressure from the World Bank and some other foreigners, President Ghani endorsed the Law on Public-Private Partnership through a legislative decree about three weeks ago, but the law, according to jurists, doesn’t accord with Afghan context, and paves the ground for land usurpation.    Some well-placed sources revealed to The
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Uganda: Reject State-organised Land Grabbing
By: Kizza Besigye, Daily Monitor
08 November 2016
Grabbing with Impunity A significant portion of my 2016 presidential campaign underscored the need for immediate actions to halt the land-grabbing scourge. Land grabbing, here refers to large-scale land acquisitions, mainly, by foreign agribusiness invest ors, or the extraction industry—that are often preceded by grabbing of the land by government (including
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Myanmar: Kayin Farmers Fighting Land Grabs
By: Su Phyo Win and Myat Nyein Aye, Myanmar Times
04 November 2016
Kayin State villagers are losing their land and are routinely persecuted through threats, arson and arbitrary arrest if they attempt to fight the unlawful seizures, according to a report released by an international rights group yesterday. Around 70 percent of the people in Kayin State rely on land for their livelihood,
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Stop European Money Fuelling Land Grabbing
By: Peter Drury, Global Witnesses
04 November 2016
Around the world, companies and speculators are engaged in a frantic rush for land. Millions of hectares are being bought up, citizens violently turfed off their land and critical ecosystems irrevocably damaged, in order to feed growing demand for fuel, food and raw materials. At its worst, this is fatal. According
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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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Indigenous Rights Key to Saving Forests
By: Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
02 November 2016
  Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds. Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: “Everyone wins.”     RIO DE JANEIRO—The world’s indigenous communities need to be given a bigger role in climate stabilisation, according to a new study
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EU Declares Israel Boycott Protected as Free Speech
By: Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel
31 October 2016
Palestinians hail Federica Mogherini’s statement, but she stresses that the union ‘rejects the BDS campaign’s attempts to isolate Israel’. the European Union’s foreign policy chief recently affirmed the right of EU citizens to boycott Israel, citing freedom of expression and rebuffing claims by Jerusalem that such measures amount to banned anti-Semitic
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China Buying up Australia’s Land
By: Michelle Innisoct, The New York Times
31 October 2016
The land at stake is in Australia, but the focus is on China.   SYDNEY—Gina Rinehart, a mining magnate, is very rich—and very Australian.   Her ancestors immigrated to the country’s hardscrabble western reaches in the 1830s. A mountain range there is named after her family. In public, she sometimes adopts a characteristically Australian
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Our Precious Urban Lives
By: Lisa Pryor, The New York Times
29 October 2016
SYDNEY, Australia—Down the hill from my house, there is an old building with a saw-toothed roof that once warehoused trams, back when the bay was heavy with industrial waste and working-class people could afford to buy a home this close to the city and harbor of Sydney.   Now that building has
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Italy: Romani Emergency Shelter Closed
By: Jonathan Lee, Elena Risi, ERRC
28 October 2016
A majority Roma shelter located at Via Amarilli in Rome will be officially closed by 31 October 2016. This comes after officials from Rome Municipality announced the closure and the subsequent eviction of the majority Roma shelter on the 5 October. Associazione 21 Luglio and the ERRC see this as
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Turkey: Co-mayors of Diyarbakır Arrested
By: HIC-HLRN and agencies
26 October 2016
Diyarbakır, Turkey—The two co-mayors of Diyarbakir, a Kurdish-majority city in southeast Turkey, have been arrested as part of a "terrorism" enquiry, security officials reported to the press on Tuesday, 26 October 2016. The two are accused of making speeches in support of the PKK and of greater political autonomy for
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Refugees Fear Separation after Eviction
By: Shafik Mandhai, Aljazeera
26 October 2016
Refugees set Calais camp on fire in protest against its dismantling and their eviction by the French government. Syrian refugees in France`s `jungle` refugee camp have said they fear long-term separation from their family members who have reached the UK as authorities continue to dismantle the settlement. About 40 Syrians are holding
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After Habitat III, What’s Next?
By: Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
21 October 2016
Official and unofficial mechanisms are quickly falling into place to follow and prod implementation of the New Urban Agenda.     Habitat III participants walk past wall displays of text from the New Urban Agenda. Quito, 18 October. (Habitat III Secretariat) QUITO—After four intense days of the United Nations’ Habitat III conference on the
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HIC`s Habitat III Statement
By: HIC
20 October 2016
On 16 October 2016, the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) General Assembly met and finalized the collective declaration on the Habitat III process and the so-called “New Urban Agenda” outcome document. Below is the full text of HIC’s written Habitat III Statement with a link to HIC’s oral statement delivered to
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Implementing the Right to the City
By: Emilio Godoy, Citiscope
20 October 2016
So how do we implement the ‘right to the city’, anyway? Many were surprised last month when negotiations on the New Urban Agenda kept the term in the final document. Now, efforts have been made at this week’s Habitat III conference to try to explain what this means on the
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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By: Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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