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New UN Declaration on Peasant Rights
By: Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN India/Open Global Rights
04 January 2018
A new UN declaration could finally protect rural and landless peoples. The UN has drafted a groundbreaking declaration that has the potential to protect the human rights of peasants, rural workers and landless people. There is room, however, to strengthen its provisions.           Despite their significant contributions to food security, sustainable development,
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USA: Charges against Homeless Feeder Dropped
By: Gloria Tatum, with Mathew Chares Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (APN)
23 December 2017
ATLANTA—On Thursday, 14 December 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people in Atlanta for at
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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By: Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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South Africa: Constitution-based Land Restitution?
By: Alet Janse van Rensburg, news24
20 December 2017
ANC`s land expropriation decision an admission of its own failures   The ANC’s decision at its national conference to go ahead with the expropriation of land without compensation is an admission of its own failure to pursue real land distribution, experts say.   The ruling party announced on Wednesday evening that its committee on
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Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions
By: MST and Via Campesina
14 December 2017
An aggressive attack is being waged against Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement, in the northern State of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country. In Marabá, located in the
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China: Beijing House Demolitions Spark Rare Street Protests
By: Emily Feng and Charles Clover, Financial Times
12 December 2017
Aggressive Chinese eviction methods fuel anger among residents forced from rented homes   Fear and cold stalk the streets of Feijia, a north-eastern suburb of Beijing that is to be largely demolished on Friday, leaving hundreds of migrant families potentially homeless in winter. Leaflets scattered across Feijia’s main street depict photos of masked
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Learning Journey on Agroecology in Lebanon
By: HIC-HLRN
28 November 2017
HIC-HLRN was invited to participate to the Learning Journey on Local Solidarity Partnerships for Agroecology in Lebanon from 22 to 25 November 2017, organized by Urgenci, the international network for community supported agriculture with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Learning Journey
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By: Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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South Africa: Three Murders in Sisonke Village
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
21 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Three people were murdered in Sisonke Village, in Lamontville, on Sunday, including our chairperson in the area Sibonela Mpeku.   Our members gave Sisonke Village its new name on 13 July 2014 and our branch was launched there on 9 November 2014. During that year we issued statements noting
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Myanmar: At Least 800K Rohingya Flee
By: Reuters
17 November 2017
The following article series follows the Rohingya flight as it has grown since August 2017. According to UN OCHA, As of 4 October 2017, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily. Before this crisis began, the country was already hosting a verified population
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Nigeria: 30K Evicted, Defying Court
By: Amnesty International
14 November 2017
Deadly mass forced evictions make life misery for waterfront communities   Over 30,000 forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos state in defiance of court orders 11 people unlawfully killed and at least 17 missing after violent evictions by security forces and unidentified armed men 300,000 others are under threat of further forced evictions Evicted residents
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Germany: Merkel`s Housing Crisis
By: Rebecca Pinnington, Express (London)
14 November 2017
Germany is facing a shocking housing crisis with 1.2 million people expected to be living in homeless shelters by 2018.     The Federal Homeless Association estimates the current number of homeless people in the country totals around 860,000.   That figure is expected to rise another 40 per cent to 1.2 million by the
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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By: Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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Kenya: AG Enjoined in Samburu Eviction Case
By: Joseph Wangui, The Nation
01 November 2017
Githu Muigai enjoined in Samburu eviction case     Attorney-General Githu Muigai has been enjoined in a case in which retired President Daniel Moi was sued by the Samburu community for transferring 17,105 acres (69,217,493.44 square meters) of their land in Laikipia North to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).   The Environment and Land Court
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HIC-HLRN Hosts 6th MENA Land Forum in Tunis
By: HIC-HLRN
25 October 2017
On 25–27 October 2017, HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network will organize the 6th round of its Land Forum for the Middle East/North Africa in Tunis.    This time, the periodic HIC Middle East/North Africa event will be the first-ever civil-society effort dedicated to building capacity for implementing, monitoring and evaluating
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EU States Demand Israel Pay Demolition Costs
By: Barak Ravid, Haaretz
19 October 2017
Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.   A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter,
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USA: GOP Enables Arctic Drilling
By: Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News
18 October 2017
GOP lawmakers open door to arctic drilling     WASHINGTON—Tucked into the budget bill the Senate is likely to pass this week is a provision that could quietly open the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a controversial issue that has been the subject of fierce debate in
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Turkey: Environmentalists Murdered
By: Jonathan Watts. The Guardian
18 October 2017
`The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey. The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits.   Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs
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EPA: Puerto Ricans Resorts to Toxic Water
By: MSN News
15 October 2017
EPA says Puerto Rico residents resorted to contaminated water at Dorado Superfund site
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New Report: India`s Farm Widows
By: HLRN-India and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development
15 October 2017
Report on farm widows of Maharashtra highlights human rights violations recommends urgent state intervention to prevent social and economic exclusion   NEW DELHI—A study released today by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) India (New Delhi), and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development (Nagpur) reveals the acute vulnerability of farm widows
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