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Top 10 Food Trailblazers
By: HLRN & AlertNet
03 May 2012
  Top 10 Food Trailblazers       Based on a recent AlertNet survey of dozens of experts and researchers from leading non-governmental organizations and research institutes involved in nutrition and agriculture, AlertNet has come up with a list of the "Top 10 Food Trailblazers." Following AlertNet interviews with many of the nominees, the
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Tibet: Land Seized for Chinese Settlers
By: Kunsang Tenzin, Radio Free Asia
01 May 2012
Chinese authorities take land from three Tibetan nomadic villages in a remote province in northwestern China. Chinese authorities have forcibly grabbed land from three Tibetan nomadic villages in Qinghai province and will give it to tens of thousands of new Chinese migrants, according to a Tibetan resident of the area. The new
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Malian Peasants’ Appeal against Land Grab, Abuse
By: HLRN
29 April 2012
Last week, on April 23, the peasants of the communities of Sanamadougou and Saou, located in the region of Ségou and in the zone of the Office du Niger (ON), Mali, decided to work in their fields, in order to prepare this year`s agricultural activities. After having been threatened by
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Cambodian Police Kill Forest Defender
By: May Titthara and David Boyle, Phnom Penh Post
26 April 2012
Cambodia’s most outspoken activist against illegal logging was shot dead yesterday while escorting journalists near a protected forest in Koh Kong province, where he has repeatedly attempted to expose illegal logging rackets that include military officials. Chut Wutty, the director of Natural Resource Protection Group, was killed after military police apprehended
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Webinar: “Tent Cities in USA”
By: NLCHP
25 April 2012
On Wednesday, May 2, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will be hosting a free webinar previewing its upcoming report, "Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States."   With homelessness and poverty at record levels, there have been increasing reports of homeless encampments emerging in virtually
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Sudan: “Crimes” in Blue Nile State
By: HLRN
24 April 2012
While the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rigths Navi Pillay both have condemned Bashir’s government attacks on South Sudan, another war on civilians continues nearby within Sudan.   The bombing campaign of Sudan’s Khartoum government has killed, maimed, and injured untold numbers of civilians since September 2011 and
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China: Destroy Homes, Beat Owners
By: Qiao Long, Radio Free Asia
24 April 2012
A group of hired hands demolish a farming village in central China to make way for urban development. Demolition crews working for local authorities have attacked a farming community in China’s central Henan province, destroying houses and beating homeowners, witnesses said. The Sunday attack on Zhutun village, an enclosed community surrounded by
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Uganda: New Land Grab Reports
By: HLRN
23 April 2012
A new report by Uganda`s National Association of Professional Environmentalists (FoE-Uganda) has detailed widespread violations of human rights to land and livelihood and environmental destruction from land grabbing initially funded by the World Bank. In Uganda, palm oil plantations have replaced local food crops and rainforests. Oil exploration also has displaced Uganda`s
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World Bank Overseeing Global Land Grab
By: Carey L. Biron, IPS
23 April 2012
WASHINGTON– The World Bank continues to facilitate land-grabbing in poor and developing countries around the world, according to new research released here on Monday. The report by Friends of the Earth, an international watchdog, is part of a host of initiatives taking place ahead of the start of the Annual World
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Brazil: Land Rights Defender Murdered
By: Frontline Defenders
21 April 2012
On 14 April 2012, Mr Raimundo “Cabeça” Alves Borges was murdered after being ambushed close to his home in Terra Bela settlement, in the city of Buriticupu, in Maranhao state.   Raimundo Alves Borges was the president of the Associação de Moradores do Assentamento Terra Bela (Terra Bela Settlement Residents Association) and
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Honduran: Thousands of Workers Occupy Land
By: Agencies, Al-Jazeera.com
19 April 2012
Thousands of Honduran farm workers have launched a co-ordinated land occupation, squatting on about 12,000 hectares nationwide and fuelling new tensions over land rights, authorities said. More than 3,500 families started squatting on farmland in the provinces of Yoro, Cortes, Santa Barbara, Intibuca, Comayagua, Francisco Morazan, El Paraiso and Choluteca on Tuesday -
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Pakistan: Slums Become “Security Risk”
By: Ikram Junaidi, Dawan.com
17 April 2012
“They demolished our two houses with the warning that we must clear our more than 20-year-old settlement near Kiyani Road by Friday or face eviction,” said Rohullah, as he pulled down the makeshift roof of his shanty house. Haji Nawab Khan, head of the slum community as he was the first
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Singers Protest Bronx USA Foreclosures
By: John Farley with Nat Rudarakanchana, The New York World
17 April 2012
On Monday, a collective of about 40 housing activists and homeowners facing foreclosure thronged the Bronx Supreme Courthouse, where six foreclosure auctions were scheduled for the day.  Their “auction blockade” attempted to halt the proceedings through   song. Fourteen of the singing activists were arrested, a spokesperson for the Bronx Supreme
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India: Ongoing Hunger Strike
By: Uchhed Pratirodh Committee, Revolutionary Front Line
16 April 2012
On 30th March, the present TMC-led West Bengal government, its administration and police have demolished our temporary shanties with their bulldozers, set fire to them and tried to evict us from the area. We tried twice to organize peaceful sit-in protests and demonstrations in the nearby Ruby Hospital crossing to
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Philippines: 1.4M Families Are "Squatters"
By: Cheryl M. Arcibal, The Philippine Star
16 April 2012
MANILA, - An estimated 1.4 million poor Filipino families nationwide are considered as informal settlers, and some 70,450 of them facing eviction. Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said in a statement that the government should impose moratorium in the demolition of squatters. Mariano filed House Resolution 2204 to protect thousands of urban poor
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India: Forestry Officials Burn Tribals` Homes
By: Dherindra Panda, Civil Society Forum on Human Rights
15 April 2012
The Forest Department (the Government of Odisha in India) burnt down houses of 18 Paudi Bhuinya families. Identified as a primitive tribal group (PTG) in Bonai Forest division of Sundargarh district, these poor and vulnerable families had to be forcefully driven out of their houses to see their houses and
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Panama: Village of the damned
By: Glenn Elis, Al-Jazeera
14 April 2012
  Away from its busy capital city and famous canal, Panama is one of the world`s most ecologically diverse nations. Yet huge new hydroelectric dam projects now underway are seeing pristine rivers damned and virgin rainforest flooded. The government says it is vital for economic growth, big business is cashing in
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U.S. Govt. Pays Cash for Indigenous Lands
By: Victoria Pelham, Cronkite News
11 April 2012
WASHINGTON—Federal officials announced a $1 billion settlement Wednesday of claims filed by 41 tribes, including five from Arizona, who said the government had long mismanaged their trust lands. The settlement ends 22 months of negotiation and more than a century of conflict between the government and the tribes over management of
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India: Kolkata MDA Eviction, Arbitrary Arrests
By: AHRC
11 April 2012
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from MASUM, concerning the forced eviction of the residents of 300 houses by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority undertaken on 28 and 30 March 2012. The residents are reportedly victims of hurricane Aila from the Sundarban and those displaced from
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China: Housing Rights Defender Jailed
By: Josh Chin, Olivia Geng, China Real Time
10 April 2012
A disabled former lawyer who has clashed repeatedly with authorities while assisting people illegally evicted from their homes was sentenced on Tuesday to two years and eight months in prison for fraud and “creating a disturbance,” her attorney said. The sentence marks the latest sign that the Chinese government will continue
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