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Ethiopia: Sugar Plantation Threatens Semi-nomads
By: BBC News
18 June 2012
The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing tens of thousands from their land to make way for state-run sugar plantations, a campaign group has said. The displacements are happening in the country`s Omo Valley, according to a report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). The valley, a World Heritage site, is
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Sri Lanka: Civil Disobedience against Land Grab
By: TamilNet
18 June 2012
The Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna on Monday blocked a protest that gained momentum receiving wider participation against the occupying SL military`s land grab in the peninsula. As hundreds of activists gathered in front of the Jaffna Bus Stand, the SL Police appealed to the Judge of the District Court
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Haiti: Destruction in IDP Camp
By: HL/ HaitiLibre
17 June 2012
Amnesty International delegates visited the Grace Village refugee camp, in the Carrefour commune, in May, and received assurances from the representative of the man claiming to be the landowner of the camp that residents would not be forcibly evicted. However, since then, more shelters have been marked for demolition, and
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Brazil: 100s Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site
By: Environmental News Service
17 June 2012
ALTAMIRA, Brazil, As Brazil hosts the Rio+20 UN summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, in the Amazon region 2,000 miles to the north 300 women and children affected by construction of the giant Belo Monte Dam Friday began a symbolic occupation of the dam site to "free the
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Ghana: 1000 Residents Displaced by Investors
By: GNA
15 June 2012
About 1000 residents at Adenta near Accra, were on Friday displaced following a demolition exercise of houses and structures by a team of people, purported have been led by one Reverend Kwabena Kingdom, a private investor.Many of the displaced people shed tears openly and as they evacuated their things from
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Paraguay: 17 Killed in Land Eviction
By: Bob Burgdorfer, Bernard Orr, Chicagotribune.com
15 June 2012
ASUNCION (Reuters) - At least eight police officers and nine peasant farmers were killed in armed clashes on Friday during a land eviction in Paraguay, marking one of the worst such incidents in the country for two decades. Leftist President Fernando Lugo deployed troops to support local police. He ruled out
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What Bulldozers Do, Grassroots Resistance Can Undo
By: Amazon Watch
15 June 2012
Three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and local residents occupied the Belo Monte Dam project, removing a strip of earth to restore the Xingu`s natural flow and "freeing the river." Participants gathered in formation spelling out the words "Pare Belo Monte" meaning "Stop Belo Monte" to send a powerful
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Predatory Lender Wells Fargo Bank Forced to Pay
By: The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times
15 June 2012
Wells Fargo Bank: A Predatory Lender Pays up   The Baltimore Sun   15 July 2012   Baltimore`s effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation`s largest mortgage lender,
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India: Land Eviction for Corporates
By: Time of India
14 June 2012
GUWAHATI: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has alleged that the latest eviction drive in the city was intended to hand over land to private companies by dislodging people who were residing there for several years. Threatening to revive last year`s anti-eviction agitation, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi told the media
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UK: Hundreds Evacuated after Landslide
By: Metro News Reporter
10 June 2012
Hundreds of residents are being evacuated from the village of Pennal, Powys, after police warned of a flood risk following a landslide that damaged the dam of a local reservoir. North Wales Police said a small amount of water had escaped the reservoir after it sustained a `slight breach`. Around 600 residents
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Israel`s Mekorot Targets World Water Market
By: Reuters
10 June 2012
Israel`s national water company Mekorot wants to use its expertise in finding unconventional sources for clean water to help it expand globally, as countries step up their efforts to avoid water shortages.   A rise in population along with climate changes threatens the earth`s freshwater supply in the coming decades and the
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Romania: Hundreds of Roma Forcibly Evicted
By: France 24.com/AFP
04 June 2012
Romanian rights groups on Monday accused the northwestern city of Baia Mare of forcibly evicting hundreds of Roma and relocating them to a former chemical plant, where they said many fell ill. "The mayor of Baia Mare observes the right to adequate housing by violating legislation and trampling the dignity of
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Philippines: P5.5B for Resettlement Project
By: Jill Beltran,Sunnex, SunStar.com
03 June 2012
President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the release of P5.5 billion for the government’s resettlement program that targets informal settlers and residents in high risk areas. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released the fund to the National Housing Authority (NHA), which implements the project that aims to provide better
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India: New Project for Slum Dwellers
By: The Times of India
03 June 2012
JAIPUR--Urban development housing (UDH) principal secretary GS Sandhu on Saturday said the pilot project under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) would be launched shortly at a cost of Rs 400 crore at the Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Kachi Basti in Jaipur. In Jaipur alone, 22.4 % of the population resides in the
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India: BJP Legislator Objects to Solar Park
By: Web india 123
03 June 2012
Power starved Karnataka`s dreams of emulating Gujarat by setting up a Solar Park near Mannur in the Bijapur district tripped today with a local BJP Legislator S K Bellubbi, raising his objections. Mr Bellubbi speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of NTPC`s 4,000 MW Super Thermal Power Project in his
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Swaziland: Indians Resist Evictions
By: Mduduzi Magagula, Times of Swaziland
03 June 2012
MBABANE--A family of Asians renting at Mobeni Flats in Matsapha has alleged that they are being discriminated against because they are ‘Indians’ and are now resisting eviction. Their landlord, the Swaziland National Housing Board (SNHB), has tried in vain for a period spanning to over a year now, to eject them
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Mexico: Indigenous Community Threatened (action)
By: Amnesty International
01 June 2012
The community of Valle del Río San Pedro in southwestern Mexico received a death threat on 19 May ordering them to leave their homes. Members of the community have previously been killed, and they are at grave risk of further attacks. On 19 May, a member of the Indigenous Triqui community
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Egypt: CSOs, Citizens Meet World Bank on Power Project
By: HLRN
31 May 2012
  A video conference between the World Bank’s Cairo and Washington DC offices connected Bank representatives with the voices of civil society and members of affected communities, allowing 6 Egyptians to present the concerns of the community about the negative social and environmental impacts of a large Bank-funded power plant project
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India: Justice Delayed & Denied for Delhi Homeless
By: Shahri Adhikar Manch:Begharon Ke Saath
30 May 2012
29 May 2012, New Delhi: In a press conference organised by Shahri Adhikar Manch: Begharon Ke Saath (SAM:BKS) in the capital today, human rights activists and homeless citizens raised several issues of concern related to homelessness in Delhi. Indu Prakash Singh, SAM:BKS member and technical advisor at Indo-Global Social Service Society,
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India: BJP and RSS Involved in Land Grabbing
By: Jagran Post
27 May 2012
Bhopal: The Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, on Saturday claimed to have in possession documents showing involvement of certain leaders of the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in "grabbing" tribal lands in Satna district. "I am in possession of documents to prove that some
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