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22 HR Experts Urge Rio+ 20 Accountability
By: HIC-HLRN/OHCHR
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
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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
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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
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Colombia: Protect Communities in Northern Cauca
By: WOLA
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
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HIC-HLRN and Human Rights Metrics
By: HIC-HLRN
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
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Africa: Slum Dwellers Denounce Forced Evictions
By: IRIN
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Ministerial Declaration @ 6th WWF
By: World Water Forum
14 March 2012
1. We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations assembled in Marseille, France, on 13 March 2012 at the Ministerial Conference of the 6th World Water Forum, “Time for Solutions”, are determined to address water challenges at all scales. Recognizing the Ministerial Statement and other outcomes of the 5th World Water
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J.P. Morgan Chase`s Ugly Family Secrets Revealed
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14 March 2012
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase`s credit card services division, relying on multiple current and former Chase employees. One of them, Linda Almonte, is a whistle blower whom I`ve known
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South Africa: 2009 Abahlali Members Still Homeless
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
14 March 2012
Two weeks ago IFP members fought with NFP members at Hostel 17 in Umlazi Township. That political violence left one person dead and it left some people homeless. The Minister of Safety and Security intervened to mediate between the two parties that were fighting. This is very good and is
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Sustainable Dev., Green Economy & Women
By: Diana Aguiar
14 March 2012
This article is part of a series of Friday Files to explore some of the issues and debates related to the AWID 2012 Forum theme and draw the connections between women’s rights issues and economic power. For more information related to the planet and ecological health click here. Twenty years after
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Energy Firm to Compensate Colombia Dam Displaced
By: Sarah Kinosian
13 March 2012
Some 3,000 people who are losing their homes or livelihood because of the building of a hydro-electric dam in southern Colombia will be guaranteed housing and jobs, said the company building the controversial dam Tuesday. The $837 million hydroelectric dam project located on the Magdalena River in Colombia`s southwestern Huilo department
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Philippines: Aquino-Cojuangcos & Military vs. Luisita Farmers
By: Ronalyn V. Olvea
12 March 2012
HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac City--Out of fear, Michelle Mandigma, 30, left their home in barangay Balete in October last year. Along with her husband and seven children, Mandigma sought shelter at the office of the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala). Mandigma said soldiers had frequented their house located in
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UNHCR Warns of New Displacement in DR Congo
By: Al-Jazeera
09 March 2012
Continued fighting in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced more than 3,000 civilians into Uganda since the beginning of this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. In a statement released on Friday, the UNHCR said that an average of 50 people were passing over
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Environmental Impact of Urban Poverty
By: Grainne Rhuad, Subversify
09 March 2012
It was while I was watching Karl Pilkington on “Idiot Abroad-The Bucket List”, that I began thinking about shanty towns and their environmental impact.  Karl in his idiot savant-ish way stated what should have been the obvious to all of us. “There’s not really much that you can change, is there? 
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