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Ethiopia: Land, Water Rights Conflict Kills 18
By: BBC News
28 July 2012
Ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia are reported to have left at least 18 people dead and 12 others injured.   More than 20,000 people have crossed into Kenya to escape the fighting, the Kenyan Red Cross says.   A spokesman told the BBC that people were continuing to cross the border although Ethiopian government
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India: Ethnic Unrest Toll Rises to 50
By: Egypt independent, AFP
28 July 2012
The death toll from ethnic unrest in India`s northeast rose to 50 on Saturday while at least 400,000 languished in relief camps as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the conflict-hit area. The national government has dispatched medical teams to Assam to tend to the victims of the fighting that erupted eight
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India: Assam Conflict over Land Rights
By: Nirmalya Banerjee, TNN
26 July 2012
KOLKATA—The renewed spate of violence between Bodos and immigrant minorities in Kokrajhar district in lower Assam has shown up shortcomings in the formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), analysts said on Wednesday. The BTC was formed under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.   While the non-Bodos complain that the tribal
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Jamaica: Fisher Folks Evicted by Railway Cooperation
By: Simone Campbell, PoertlandJa
26 July 2012
A bailiff and his demolition team moved in and started to pull down the board dwellings located on the beach stating that they were there to reprocess the property for non-payment of rent. Bailiff Ripton Marshall said “we have a warrant of procession to eviction for non-payment of rent from
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India: Don’t Allow Violation of Land Use
By: Scoop News
24 July 2012
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly headed by its Chairman, Rafi Ahmad Mir on Monday asked the Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority (LAWDA) to shift those Dal Dwellers who have been given compensation and allotment of land immediately. Legislators, Vijay Bakaya, Bashir Ahmad Magray, T. Namgyal,
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Olympics Greenwashing Sponsors
By: Mei-Ling McNamara, AlJazeera
21 July 2012
In April of this year, while the 2012 Olympics test events were continuing apace in the pools and stadiums of London, I was with a documentary film crew in Salt Lake City, Utah - driving up, and into, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. With the mercury
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Implementing Land Reforms in Kenya: Budgetary Pitfalls.
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20 July 2012
The drawn-out, and at times contentious, formulation process for Kenya’s national land policy began in 2004. Those who had benefitted from pre- and post-colonial State land grants under Kenya’s inequitable and corrupt system of land distribution were uncomfortable with some of the new policy’s provisions. In
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Kosovo: Status of Roma IDPs
By: Daniel Bishton & Sabina Casagrande, Deutsche Welle
20 July 2012
In Belgrade, large settlements of Roma are evicted with little or no warning. This presents an acute problem for internally displaced persons from Kosovo, who can become essentially invisible in the eyes of the law. Serbia`s EU accession plans hang in the balance after the election of President Tomislav Nikolic, a
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Lagos Waterfront Slum Demolition Starts
By: AFP
17 July 2012
Lagos--Nigerian officials on Monday began demolishing a large waterfront slum in the economic capital Lagos, a move that could leave tens of thousands of people homeless.   The Makoko settlement consists of rows of shanties perched on stilts in the lagoon of Lagos, one of the world`s largest cities with an estimated
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Kenya: How to Recover Grabbed Land from Rulers
By: Joachim Buwembo, The Daily Monitor
17 July 2012
The most important piece of news for Africa this year, in my view, came from Kenya last week. This was the disclosure that the Kenya Forest Service had successfully recovered more than 2,000 acres of land from former president Daniel arap Moi. The land, which is now covered by a
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Haitians Protest Plan to Demolish Homes
By: Rachel Levin, AlJazeera
13 July 2012
Many Haitians have marched in the capital Port-au-Prince to protest a government plan to relocate hundreds of families before destroying their homes in a slum on the city`s outskirts for a flood-control project.  The government says it needs to clear the Jalousi slum, which sits on the edge of a ravine,
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Rwanda: A New Report on Resettlement and Land Reform
By: Boris-Ephrem Tchoumavi, Laure-Anne Courdesse
13 July 2012
KIGALI / GENEVA the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, today highlighted the issues of resettlement of people and land reform as two of the main challenges for the consolidation of peace and stability in Rwanda. “The processes of displacement and resettlement of people that
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Bali Farmers Fight Land Grab
By: Australia Network News
12 July 2012
In Bali turning farmland into tourist resorts is still proceeding at breakneck pace. But one high profile land deal has been in dispute for nearly two decades. A group of farmers is fighting to reclaim land they allege was acquired illegally by a company owned by Tommy Suharto, son of
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Myanmar:Local Residents Face Continuing Land Abuse
By: Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Rehmonnya.org
12 July 2012
HURFOM: Military authorities continue to commit land confiscation violations against residents of Kaw Thaung Township in Southern Burma. Locals often lack critical information about their rights and relevant laws, and the military is still perceived to act with impunity in cases of land disputes. The impact of land confiscation is
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Myanmar: Farmers Work to Win Back Seized Land
By: Zarni Mann / The Irrawaddy
12 July 2012
Farmers from four townships of Meiktila District in Mandalay Division whose land has been confiscated say they will go and work their old fields for three days this week in a bid to win them back. Around 300 acres in Meiktila, Mahlaing, Wundwin and Thazi townships have reportedly been grabbed by
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Strategic Solidarity of Peoples under Occupation
By: Ida Jøker Krog
11 July 2012
The refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria shelter an estimated 200,000 Saharawi refugees from the Western Sahara, a country that has been occupied illegally by Morocco since the 1970s. The Saharawis have been living in the camps for just as long, and so generations have grown up in the isolated society of
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Ethiopia Uses Hunger to Force Tribes off Their Land
By: Survival International
11 July 2012
Survival has received disturbing reports from members of several tribes in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, which describe how the government is destroying their crops to force them to move off their land into designated resettlement areas. Those most affected by the land grabs are Suri, Bodi and Mursi pastoralists, and the Kwegu
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Protestors Halt Copper Alloy Plant in Sichuan Province
By: Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog
11 July 2012
Protestors have forced Sichuan Hongda, a major metals and chemicals company, to cancel plans to build a $1.6 billion copper alloy plant in Shifang city in southwestern China, because of pollution concerns. The halt has been hailed as a major victory by environmental activists against corporate and government power.Shifang hit
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World Bank: Power Project Threatens Indigenous Peoples
By: Human Rights Watch
11 July 2012
(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment are rigorously protected before funding a power transmission line connecting Kenya to a controversial dam in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim released today. The World Bank’s
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Nigeria: Stop Demolishing People`s Homes
By: Editorial, All Africa
11 July 2012
If Federal Capital Territory minister Bala Mohammed has received the instruction of President Goodluck Jonathan to alter the Abuja master plan "in the public interest", as he stated recently, then, the current plan of the Federal Capital Development Authority to demolish 19 villages in the territory cannot be justified. It
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