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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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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
By: Julia Zorthian, Time
06 October 2016
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
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Farmer Baek Nam-gi Dies in South Korea
By: HIC-HLRN
03 October 2016
On this day, World Habitat Day, we should be commemorating our progress toward realizing the human rights to adequate housing and land. However, we have just received the news that Baek Nam-gi, a farmer and the member of Corea Catholic Farmers` Movement (CCFM),  died today from his injuries suffered under
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By: Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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US: Protests of Native Community on Water
By: Mary Annette Pember, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork
28 September 2016
Benjamin Conrad, 20, only brings out his grandfather’s war bonnet for special occasions. Today was such a day. Conrad of the Northern Arapaho, Choctaw and Creek tribes joined about 300 water protectors in a peaceful direct action opposing continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River near the
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England: Record Evictions by Private Landlords
By: Patrick Butler, The Guardian
28 September 2016
End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show     Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show.   The end of an assured shorthold tenancy
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UN Report on DPs and Refugees in Africa
By: Relifeweb
26 September 2016
Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/134 on assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa. It updates information contained in the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the Assembly at its seventieth session (A/70/337) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30
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Murder and Eviction: New Era of Global Land Rush
By: Oxfam international
26 September 2016
Millions of people face being displaced from their homes as new data shows land sales covering an area the size of Germany are now under contract, warns Oxfam. Seventy-five percent of the more than 1500 land deals sought over the last sixteen years now have contracts and their intended projects are getting
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Sri Lanka: Land Grab, Eviction of Fisherfolk
By: Oxfam International
26 September 2016
In 2010, 350 families of farmers and fisherfolk living in Paanama, a coastal village in the east of Sri Lanka, were forcibly and violently evicted from lands they had cultivated and lived on for over forty years. These lands were taken over by the military to establish camps, and they
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Colombia: Land Conflict to Civil War to Peace?
By: VoA and others
24 September 2016
Land conflicts feared in wake of Colombia peace accord   BOGOTÁ—Conflicts over land in Colombia are likely to increase following a peace deal to end half a century of war as once no-go areas in the Andean country open up for business and development projects, land rights experts said.   The government and rebel
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$133 M for South Sudan Refugees, Displaced
By: The Associated Press, Nytimes
23 September 2016
KAMPALA, Uganda — The State Department says the United States is pledging nearly $133 million in additional humanitarian assistance to South Sudan`s refugees and internally displaced people. The aid comes amid discussions over whether the U.S. should cut its aid to the country trying to recover from civil war. Secretary of State
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UNHCR Condemns Attacks on S. Sudan Refugees
By: Sudan Tribun
22 September 2016
JUBA--The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has strongly denounced what it described as the spreading violence in South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region in past weeks, including recent attacks at Lasu settlement. The Equatoria region witnessed recently fierce fighting in different locations between the south Sudanese government army and SPLM-IO fighters loyal
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Calais/Dunkirk Refugee Eviction Risks
By: Harriet King, IPF
15 September 2016
Calais and Dunkirk: Demolition and forced evictions from refugee camps will make things worse    “They seem to believe if they make the Calais jungle ‘disappear’ this will all go away. They do not have the means to compensate for the destruction of ten thousand homes—there isn’t nearly enough alternative accommodation.”   Breakthrough research,
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ICC to Pursue Land Grabs as Series Crimes
By: HIC-HLRN
15 September 2016
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has declared that it would start treating cases involving the illegal exploitation of natural resources, misuse and illegal dispossession of lands and environmental destruction as serious crimes.   The Hague-based Court made the announcement in a policy document released today by the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
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Chile: Heavy Price of Water Privatization
By: Daniel Gallagher, the Gaurdian
15 September 2016
When it comes to water, Chile is failing its citizens. In Santiago, the nation’s capital, millions of people are regularly left without running water for days at a time and experts are warning of water scarcity to come across the country astemperatures rise and glaciers retreat. “What we need is a transformation away from the private model
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South African Court Halts Eviction
By: Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) Bulletin
14 September 2016
South African Constitutional Court orders “meaningful engagement” in urgent forced eviction   The South African Constitutional Court has extended the Olivia Road case to urgent forced evictions, requiring meaningful engagement between the local authority and tenants—or occupiers in this case—before eviction can be deemed constitutional under the right to housing.   The applicants, amounting
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Thailand: Karens to Appeal Eviction Verdict
By: Forest Peoples Programme
13 September 2016
Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress   Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights
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