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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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Queer Declaration, Right to the City & Habitat 3
By: Vancouver Queer Consultation Group
07 September 2016
The final document called the New Urban Agenda will be adopted by heads of state at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. www.habitat3.org   The Queer Declaration came out of a consultation of queers and allies in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, the site of the original Habitat
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Kenya: Courts Stops Kibera Nubian Eviction
By: KBC Reporters
31 August 2016
  The High Court has temporarily barred Kenya Urban Roads Authority from evicting members of the Nubian community from their homes in Kibra constituency in Nairobi in order to pave way for construction of the Southern Bypass.   The community who are complainants in the case say the respondents did not follow
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Haiti Aid Betrayal: Gifting the Trojan Peanut
By: Al Jazeera News and agencies
29 August 2016
Over 50 groups of farmers and aid workers seek to stop planned 500-tonne shipment that US officials term a donation.   Peanut producers in Haiti have united to block the delivery of a 500-tonne shipment of nuts from the US.   They say the shipment threatens to undermine the livelihood of thousands of people
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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By: MAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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Al-Mahdi Pleads Guilty for Timbuktu Ruin
By: ICC
22 August 2016
Al-Mahdi pleads guilty and apologizes for destruction in Mali’s Timbuktu   The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Ahmad al-Mahdi for attacks on religious and historical structures during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu opened today in The Hague. Al-Mahdi, a suspected Islamist, pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his
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World’s Indigenous People and Profit Enterprise
By: Elika Ansari, Undergroundreporter.org
22 August 2016
9 August 2016 marked the 12th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day pronounced by the U.N. to promote the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world, while also celebrating their contributions to environmental protection. Meanwhile, over a hundred indigenous men and women dressed in traditional garb marched in Baguio City, Philippines, in
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Native Americans Block Oil Pipeline Construction
By: Matt Agorist, The free though project.com
21 August 2016
The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a
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Habitat III: UN-Habitat Future Debated
By: Gregg Scruggs, Citiscope
18 August 2016
UN-Cities? Rumoured proposal gains steam   SURABAYA, Indonesia—The perennial tug-of-war between rich and developing countries at the United Nations has found another flashpoint: the debate over the future of UN-Habitat. The Nairobi-based agency deals with housing as well as towns and cities big and small — collectively, “human settlements” — with the
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Rio’s Indigenous Trapped in Social Housing
By: Alix Vadot, Rioonwatch.org
15 August 2016
In Estácio, a centrally located neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, Block 15 of the Zé Keti social housing complex, part of the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) program, has been the home of some of the city’s remainingindigenous families since June 2013. Its residents have described the complex, built on the grounds of the former
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Uganda: Amongi Reacts to Land Grabbing Claims
By: Jonathan Kamoga, Allafrica.com
08 August 2016
Former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye last week launched a scathing attack on recently-announced government plans for compulsory land acquisitions, telling journalists this was a ploy to steal people`s land. But as Jonathan Kamoga reports, the responsible government minister says Besigye got it all wrong. Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Betty
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