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Turkey/Iraq: Movements to Stop Ilısu Dam Project
By: Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative
22 May 2012
Hasankeyf, Turkey—"We have come from Iraq to speak, because no one came from Iraq to speak to us. We live in one of the most significant regions in the world—the Mesopotamian marshlands—which is in danger because of Ilısu." With these words, Sheik Sayed Abbas began today`s unique protest in the
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Cambodia: Villagers Defy Land Grab, Death (dossier)
By: Various sources
21 May 2012
Mondolkiri Villagers Fear Imminent Eviction   The Cambodia Daily   21 May 2012    In a land dispute with overtones of last week’s deadly eviction in Kratie province, villagers in Mondolkiri province yesterday said dozens of police were surrounding their houses and threatening to force them out of a private land concession.   Sen Sophon, one of about
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Evictions in Azerbaijan for Entertainment
By: Various
21 May 2012
Baku--The demolition of homes in Azerbaijan to make way for the Eurovision venue has been compared to London clearing land for the Olympics, by the contest`s head.   The head of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the hundreds of forced evictions in the capital, Baku, were not unique. She said the
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"Land Grab Worse Than Climate Change"
By: Tom Templeton, The Guardian
20 May 2012
What inspired you to write The Land Grabbers? Over the last few years, I became aware of this hidden revolution taking place around the world: the buying up of vast swaths of land by foreign entities from beneath its occupiers. Soaring grain prices in 2007/2008 led to countries such as Saudi
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Ethiopia: Call to Stop Land Grabbing
By: Cultural Survival
17 May 2012
Ethiopia receives more foreign aid than any other African nation—upwards of $3 billion a year. Western governments see Ethiopia as a strategic bulwark in the “global fight against terrorism” and point to its progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, an international program to end poverty and hunger. But Ethiopia’s policies
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India: Land Acquisition Bill
By: NDTV
17 May 2012
New Delhi:  Land acquisition has been a politically loaded issue - in Uttar Pradesh, it allowed Rahul Gandhi to accuse Mayawati of selling out farmers, and in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee`s fiery criticism of policies helped pave her way to power. Now, a parliamentary committee has recommended drastically reworking the Land
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Peru: Govt. Breaches Nahua-Nanti Land
By: Staff Reporter, IBTimes
17 May 2012
Secret plans of Peru to exploit gas reserves inside protected tribal land have been revealed. Such attempts inside the uncontacted tribe area will be a clear violation of laws that prevent such projects. The Nahua-Nanti Reserve in southeast Peru is known for its uncontacted Amazon tribes, but more controversially, for a
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Malaysia: Protest over Land Issues
By: borneopost.com
16 May 2012
KUCHING: About 70 villagers from Balai Ringin, over 90 kilometres from here, have decided to make the carpark outside Menara Pelita their temporary shelter until their land issues are resolved. Starting noon yesterday, they had been ‘occupying’ the carpark to protest against an alleged land title violation. Before yesterday, the group had
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Indonesia: Riot over Land
By: Rahmat, jakartaglobe.com
16 May 2012
Makassar--Angry students in Makassar ran amok on Monday, destroying rooms in the South Sulawesi legislature building, prompting locals to complain that police should have done more to stop them.  The students and members of nongovernmental organizations initially staged a rally in front of the council building demanding councillors address allegations of
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Vietnam: Da Nang Protesters to Be Given Land
By: info.vn, Tuoi Tre
16 May 2012
91 households in central Vietnam’s Da Nang City who have objected to the authorities reclaiming their land without arranging resettlement will be given new land. After the protest by those families, which has lasted for about ten days, Da Nang City authorities have finally agreed to resettle them as promised. As previously
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India: MHADA Evicted 8,253 Illegal Tenants
By: Rahul Gadpale, Daily News and Analysis
16 May 2012
Armed with the Supreme Court order directing 8,253 tenants of transit tenements to vacate their accommodation within three months, the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) will start the the eviction drive from next week with police protection. Eviction of illegal occupants was the toughest problem faced by the state housing
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Palestine: Protests for Nakba Day
By: Al Jazeera and agencies
15 May 2012
Palestinians are marking Nakba Day, or the "day of catastrophe", commemorating Israel`s declaration of statehood in 1948 and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of their kin from their land and homes. Protests were scheduled to take place across the Palestinian territories on Tuesday with the main rally planned in Ramallah
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Palestine: 15 May Emphasizes Our Right of Return
By: Khaled Diab, The Guardian
15 May 2012
Nakba day reminds Palestinians that dreaming of the right of return stands in the way of securing more vital rights. At this time of year, there is a sort of bizarre political yin-yang, though one that does not reflect harmony. Israelis celebrate their independence and the birth of their country, while
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Urbanization, “Over-consumption” Threatens Earth
By: World Wildlife Fund, Zoological Society of London & Global Footprint Network
15 May 2012
Gland, Switzerland—An ever-growing demand for resources by a growing population is putting tremendous pressures on our planet’s biodiversity and is threatening our future security, health and well-being, reveals the 2012 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report, the leading biennial survey of the Earth’s health.  Produced in collaboration with the Zoological Society
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Pakistan: Illegal Occupants to Be Evicted
By: Staff Reporter, dawn.com
15 May 2012
ISLAMABAD--Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Ali Baloch has ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to conduct survey to identify all illegal occupants of Parliament Lodges to initiate an operation against them. The order was issued during a meeting with Mr Baloch and deputy speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi in the chair. The
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Nepal: Concern over Condition of Homeless
By: AHRC, bikyamasr.com
13 May 2012
The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns the excessive use of force and the lack of due process in the eviction of the community living in the squatter settlements in Thapathali, Kathmandu on the banks of the Bagmati River on 8 May 2012. Over 248 houses, including a school, were destroyed
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Nepal: Homeless and Struggle for Hope
By: Joseph Mayton, bikyamasr.com
11 May 2012
Kathmandu: Two weeks ago, Rama Thapa was making chapatis, burning some trash for a makeshift stove until her husband returned with gas. Along the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, hundreds of families called the polluted river banks home, but that all changed this week when the government forcibly evicted hundreds, including
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Global Guidelines on Land Tenure Adopted
By: Committee on World Food Security, FAO
11 May 2012
Rome—In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests
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UN SR: Cambodia, “Human rights Must Be at Heart of Land Concessions”
By: OHCHR
11 May 2012
PHNOM PENH / GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Mr. Surya P. Subedi, urged* the Royal Government of Cambodia to act with more transparency when granting and managing economic and other land concessions, exercise more oversight over business enterprises involved with concessions, and
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Uganda Threatens Oxfam over Land-grab Report
By: Newera.com
10 May 2012
KAMPALA--Uganda has threatened to kick out Oxfam after the British charity accused the government of complicity in violent land grabs for commercial gains, according to the interior ministry. The ministry has told Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance, they will lose their operating licenses if they do not retract and apologise
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