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Nigeria: Port Harcourt Victims Now Live under Trees
By: Ann Godwin, The Guardian Nigeria
08 July 2012
VICTIMS of the recent demolition in Abonnema waterfront in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State are currently taking cover under trees and bridges, while some have been forced to return to their villages. The Guardian gathered that the three days consecutive heavy downpour in the city had made the situation unbearable as many of the
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Tibet: Celebration of the Dalai Lama`s 77th Birthday
By: Naresh Kumar , Hindustan Times
06 July 2012
Dharamsala—Festivities started on early Friday morning with long life prayers, traditional Tibetan dance and songs and sweets marking the 77th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.   Thousands of Tibetan exiles, monks, nuns and followers of the Dalai Lama from across the world, including Chinese national, assembled
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Nepal: Thapathali Squatters on Strike
By: nepalnews.com
06 July 2012
KATHMANDU—Normal life has been affected in Lalitpur district due to a Lalitpur bandh called by locals to protest the government’s plan to resettle squatters evicted from encroached land in the Thapathali area at Sundarighat, Balkhu.   Shops and businesses in the main market center including factories, industries, and academic institutions remain closed
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Nepal: Thapathali Squatters on Strike
By: nepalnews.com
06 July 2012
KATHMANDU—Normal life has been affected in Lalitpur district due to a Lalitpur bandh called by locals to protest the government’s plan to resettle squatters evicted from encroached land in the Thapathali area at Sundarighat, Balkhu.   Shops and businesses in the main market center including factories, industries, and academic institutions remain closed
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Haiti: The Quake Victims Step Up
By: Roger Annis & Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté
04 July 2012
The plight of some 400,000 Haitians still living under tarps and tents since the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake has surged into the streets and headlines, highlighting one of Haiti’s most explosive and intractable issues.   A new grassroots campaign, an international petition, several new reports, and street demonstrations have all helped underscore
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Nigeria: GRC Bill Divides Senate
By: Isiaka Wakili
04 July 2012
A bill for an Act to establish the National Grazing Reserves Commission yesterday failed to scale a third reading in the Senate as senators were divided over whether the Federal Government was constitutionally empowered to create grazing reserves and stock routes in any state of the federation. The bill is mainly
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Claims against World Bank Land Grab Funding
By: Bretton Woods Project
03 July 2012
As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising `land grabs` that harm local communities. The Bank’s conference was held in late April in Washington DC to "provide a forum to discuss innovative approaches to dealing with
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Nigeria: Abonnema Wharf Demolition Condemned
By: Vincent Obia in Lagos
01 July 2012
Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) has condemned the demolition of Abonnema Wharf community, located on the Port Harcourt waterfront, by the Rivers State government, despite the pendency of a restraining court order. SERAC said in a statement at the weekend that the demolition, which commenced on Wednesday and
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Cambodia: Freedom Rings for Boeung Kak 13
By: Shane Worrell and Khouth Sophak Chakrya, Phnom Penh Post
28 June 2012
Cries of “We’re free, we’re free” were heard as 13 Boeung Kak lake women were released from Prey Sar prison last night to the cheers of hundreds of their supporters.   Similar scenes of jubilation were witnessed hours earlier when the women cried and embraced each other in the Court of Appeal
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Brazil: Fisherfolk Defenders Murdered
By: Marcelo Firpo, Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade
28 June 2012
On 24 and 25 June 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Mr. Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Mr. João Luiz Telles Penetra were found following their disappearance on 23 June 2012.   Almir Nogueira de Amorim and João Luiz Telles Penetra, or “Pituca” as he was known, were both leaders of
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Uganda: Two Villages Buried in Landslide
By: Vision Reporter
26 June 2012
Nine people have been seriously injured in the Buluckeke mudslide in Eastern Uganda and 15 houses have been buried, the Uganda Red Cross has confirmed. The Spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde told New Vision Monday afternoon that they are yet to ascertain the damage caused. A statement issued by Uganda Red Cross said heavy
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Kabul Protestors Demand Land from Municipality
By: Weeda Baraki, Rawa News
26 June 2012
Nearly 200 people on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the municipality and accused the department of corruption and land grabbing.   The protesters accused municipal officials were involved in land corruption and asked for the distribution of plots in the Qala-i-Zaman Khan area of 16th police district of Kabul.   In 1992
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Africa: The Nightmare of Urban Sprawl
By: Business Report, SA Time
24 June 2012
Africa’s cities are growing very rapidly. By 2050, 1.2 billion people, or 60 percent of all Africans, will live in urban areas. For the UN’s human settlements programme – known as UN-Habitat – the challenges are to help Africans to better harness the productive potential of their cities and to
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India: Court Condemns MCD for Forced Eviction
By: Deccan Herald
21 June 2012
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has assured the Delhi High Court that it would not launch any drive to demolish hutments (jhuggi jhopri cluster) in an illegal colony on its land.“The counsel for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has stated that till the next date of hearing, the MCD is
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Myanmar: 90,000 Displaced in Sectarian Clashes
By: Daily News
20 June 2012
The World Food Program has said that approximately 90,000 people have been displaced due to recent sectarian clashes in Rakhine State. Nearly 50 people have died due to the violence and thousands are left homeless. Sectarian clashes in Rakhine State, western Myanmar, have displaced tens of thousands more than previously estimated,
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Brazil: Olympics Could Uproot Rio Slum
By: Alex Angert — McClatchy Newspapers
20 June 2012
It didn’t take Inalva Mendes Brito long to react when she got the word at a meeting in a cramped government office in Rio de Janeiro that the home and neighborhood she’s occupied for 30 years would have to come down to make room for the 2016 Summer Olympics. “No to
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Land Grabs: How the Law Pushes People off Their Land
By: Tomaso Ferrando, Pambazuka News
20 June 2012
Subverting the classic vision of the private-public power relationships, some African countries are repeating the same motto that an East European newspaper used on the occasion of the visit of the German chancellor in 1999: `We forgive the crusaders and await the investors’.[1] As pointed out by Ulrich Beck, in
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India: Indira Nagar Residents Protest "Land Grab"
By: greaterkashmir.com
19 June 2012
The attempt by various agencies to take away park-cum-play ground known as “Bagh e Mehraj-Ud-Din” at Indra Nagar, has again popped up. The land was owned by Mehraj-Ud-Din, who migrated to Pakistan in 1947, but before migration wanted his land be utilized for public purposes. It was afterwards, as per his
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Zambia: Chiawa Residents Oppose Mining Activities
By: Nchimunya Muganya, Times of Zambia
19 June 2012
Some residents in Chieftainess Chiawa’s area have opposed the establishment of an open pit mine in the Lower Zambezi National Park as they fear that they would be displaced and that the ecosystem will be affected. They have heeded to the calls by some non-government organisations to reject the project alleging
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India: Protests against Kerala Dam
By: The Time of India
18 June 2012
COIMBATORE: An all-party meeting will be held at Periyar Padippagam at Gandhipuram here on Monday at 5pm to protest Kerala government`s move to construct a dam downstream Siruvani reservoir in Attapady in Palakkad district and discuss strategy to stall the proposal. The dam, meant to store four tmc ft of
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