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Bangladesh: Dhaka Slum Eviction, Catastrophe
By: Rezwan, Global Voice
07 April 2012
On Wednesday (4th of April, 2012) the dwellers of Karail slum, one of the biggest in the Bangladesh capital, were evicted by the authorities to free Gulshan Lake from land grabbers. The inhabitants were given short notice via miking in the previous day, which many might have missed. Thousands of

Kenya: Fresh Clashes, 1,000s Displaced
By: IRIN News
02 April 2012
ISIOLO - Hundreds of families in the central county of Isiolo have been displaced as deadly clashes pitting the Borana, Somali and Turkana communities escalate. Ibrahim Sheikh Mohamud, a leader from the neighbouring Wajir region, told IRIN that at least 210 Isiolo families have been taken to the Anjara area in

Toward African Cities without Slums
By: Kaci Racelma, All Africa.com
01 April 2012
Rabat — Millions of Africans live in slums, and the rapid growth of African cities is compounding the problem. Africa faces the huge challenge of "improving the lives of slum dwellers, but also preventing the formation of new slums," says Joan Clos, executive director of the UN Human Settlements Programme

Nigeria: Africa’s Vanishing Lake Chad
By: Ahmad Salkida, Maiduguri, Africa Renewal
01 April 2012
As you approach the Lake Chad basin from Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria, the atmosphere of despair is telling. The air is dusty, the wind is fierce and unrelenting, the plants are wilting and the earth is turning into sand dunes. The sparse vegetation is occasionally broken by withered trees and

Sudan Governor: “Deliver them swept clean, rubbed, crushed...”
By: Al Jazeera
31 March 2012
The governor of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan has been filmed addressing troops before a battle with rebel fighters urging them to "take no prisoners."   In footage obtained by Al Jazeera, Ahmed Harun, the state governor who has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in Darfur,

Hard Lessons of Post-Communist Privatizations
By: American Sociological Association
30 March 2012
WASHINGTON DC—A new analysis showing how the radical policies advocated by western economists helped to bankrupt Russia and other former Soviet countries after the Cold War has been released by researchers.   Authored by sociologists at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, the study, which appears in the April issue of

DRC: 100s More Flee LRA Attacks
By: Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, UNHCR
30 March 2012
DUNGU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 30 (UNHCR) – Continuing attacks by the rebel Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) have displaced more than 1,200 people and killed two in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this month. This brings the known number of displaced in Orientale province this year

Guatemala: 1,000s March to End Forced Evictions
By: Amnesty International
29 March 2012
Guatemala’s new government must halt the use of forced evictions to resolve land disputes, Amnesty International said, after tens of thousands of demonstrators took part in a nine-day protest march to the country’s capital, Guatemala City. The 215km march was organized to mark the first anniversary of the forced eviction of

22 HR Experts Urge Rio+ 20 Accountability
26 March 2012
Twenty-two UN human rights mandate holders have issued an open letter to governments meeting at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (the Rio+ 20 Summit), 20–22 June 2012. They point out the risks that commitments made at Rio will remain empty promises without effective monitoring and accountability. The experts make

Conference: Global Land Grabbing II, October 2012.
By: Institute of Development Studies.
25 March 2012
The organisers invite papers that offer rigorous and innovative analysis based on recent, original field research. Doctoral students and younger researchers, particularly from the global South, are especially encouraged to participate. The deadline for submission of abstracts to landpolitics@gmail.com is 31 May 2012. For full details see the Call for Papers

ANC @ 100: Lessons Palestine Can Teach Us
By: Ahmed Kathrada, CityPress
25 March 2012
As a South African who has lived and suffered under Apartheid and spent nearly thirty years of my adult life in its jails for resisting it, I can and do humbly claim to know something about the meaning of Apartheid. You do not get to journey as far and as

Colombia: Protect Communities in Northern Cauca
23 March 2012
The grave act of violence that took place on Thursday evening, March 14, 2012, in the rural area of Santander de Quilichao, Cauca, has generated new concerns regarding the presence and control of armed groups in ancestral territories. It also corroborates the concerns expressed by indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations regarding

HIC-HLRN and Human Rights Metrics
23 March 2012
HIC-HLRN participated in the Third Annual Meeting of the International Network on Quantitative Methods for Human Rights and Development (Metrics for Human Rights and Development), hosted in Madrid by The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR). The meeting, entitled ¨New Horizons in Economic and Social Rights Monitoring¨ took place

Africa: Slum Dwellers Denounce Forced Evictions
22 March 2012
  NAIROBI—Slum dwellers from across Africa have urged their governments to stop forced evictions and work toward providing them with adequate shelter and basic services.“Better housing is not a favour our governments should extend to us, but a right that we deserve to be given like everybody else,” said Alhassan Ibn

Oil Deals to Displace 30K Ugandans
By: Hugo Williams
21 March 2012
London — Uganda government`s rush to sign oil deals without a legal framework puts communities at risk of losing their livelihoods Local farmer Doke sits surrounded by his family under the shade of a mango tree, on a small farmstead in Kabaale parish, western Uganda. "I`ve been here for 30 years. I

South Sudan: Humanitarian Disaster Unfolds
By: David Elkins
17 March 2012
Washington, DC - Less than a year since South Sudan`s independence, thousands of people in the region continue to face the stark realities of secession. As an impending famine and daily violence grow in severity, the governments in Juba and Khartoum remain mired in disputes over borders and oil revenues. Among the

Uganda: Customary Land-rights Struggle
By: New Vision
16 March 2012
On Wednesday, the New Vision reported in its lead story that “the Government is to issue ownership certificates to customary land owners … which is intended to give people more control over their land …” This news simply made my day. Provision of land titles is a great opportunity for men

Kenyan "Squatter" Widows Evicted off Own Land
By: Katy Migiro
15 March 2012
NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – Kenyan widows should be given legal assistance to protect themselves and their children from being evicted from their homes, rights campaigners told The Standard newspaper on Thursday. Hundreds gathered in western Kenya’s Siaya County to hear crying widows tell of how they had been robbed of their land

Australia: Fiefdoms Rob Aborigines of Hsg Rights
By: Wesley Aird
15 March 2012
Most of us can empathise with the right to own our own castle, whether it be an apartment, a standalone house or on a couple of hundred square metres--or even a property stretching for square kilometres. It is a commonly accepted right that every family that has the financial means be

Ministers to Speed Water & Sanitation Access
By: World Water Forum
14 March 2012
On 13 March, ministers from participating countries to the 6th World Water Forum made a common Declaration, based on preparatory discussions. This declaration emphasises the acceleration of the implementation of obligations linked to Human right to water and sanitation, the guarantee of everyone well being and health, focusing on the most

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