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Bengal: New legal regime gets under way
By: Sudhanshu Ranjan
23 October 2011
The courts have ruled against land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, in effect, preparing the ground for implementation of the proposed Central law on land acquisition even as it awaits passage in Parliament.  Recently, the Allahabad High Court quashed the compensation of land in three villages — Asdullapur, Shahberi and Devla - while
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African Civil Society Statement on World Food Day
By: pambazuka
23 October 2011
`The current food crisis in East Africa is an extreme example of the broken food system. In a world with enough food for everyone, over 13 million people are fighting for their lives. It’s the world’s worst food crisis in many years. Droughts may be inevitable in this region, but disasters are not. Years
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Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%
By: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vanity Fair
21 October 2011
It`s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened. The upper 1% of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation`s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1% control 40%. Their lot in life has improved
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UN Pursues Dryland Communities` Well-being
By: UN News
20 October 2011
United Nations agencies have agreed to step up their efforts to protect and revitalize drylands, and help improve the social and economic well-being of the communities that rely on these ecosystems. Deserts, grasslands, savannahs and other drylands cover an estimated 40% of the world`s
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Kenya: Nyahururu Traders Riot over Land Grabbing
By: WANJOHI GAKIO
20 October 2011
Nyahururu residents yesterday protested in the town over alleged grabbing of public road reserves and utility plots and corruption at the municipal council. Business in the town was paralysed after the residents supported by members of Laikipia Development Forum engaged the police who had been deployed to counter the demonstration.
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Bolivia: Indigenous March Arrives in La Paz
By: Osmany González Tocabens, Prens Latina
19 October 2011
La Paz—Participants in an indigenous march, opposing a highway project in the Amazon area, arrived in the capital on Wednesday while the government of President Evo Morales seeks to dialogue with its leaders.The protest left the city of Trinidad on Aug. 15 demanding the government to put an end to
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UN: Civil Society Calls for End to Land Grabbing
By: Sandra Guy
19 October 2011
Non-governmental organizations attending the UN conference on combating desertification in Changwon, South Korea have called for an end to land grabbing. It is estimated that 227 million hectares of land belonging to local communities and indigenous people, mainly in Africa, have been sold or licensed to international investors, through secret deals
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Ethiopia: Government Joins Land-grabbing Mob
By: Girma Seifu, Aaantuu Online News
19 October 2011
Unlike the previous two lease laws that have been passed, the urban land lease holding proclamation, passed on Tuesday, October 12, 2011, heard hardly any debate or discussion. The bill for the law did not get to see the traditional procedures of
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Africa: Development vs. Human Rights?
By: Khadija Sharife, Pambazuka News
19 October 2011
When does exercising the right to development, as envisioned by a sovereign government, conflict with human and peoples` rights (HPR)? More specifically, is this conflict, if it can be proved to cause greater damage than benefit, potent enough to halt national development, usually pitched in the name of the greater
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South African shackdwellers: ‘We are all S’bu Zikode’
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
19 October 2011
Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement of the poor that struggles to protect, promote and advance the dignity of the poor in South Africa. One of our roles is to bring the government to the people and the people to the government. We have marched to take our demands to councillors, mayors, premiers and the
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Azerbaijan: Baku Slums to be Demolished, Replaced
By: Azerbaijan Business Center
18 October 2011
Baku, Fineko--The State Town Planning & Architecture Committee of Azerbaijan intends to lay out parks instead of the Baku slum quarters (area of former Sovetskaya and Papanin streets) and build new buildings. Jahangir Hojayev, head of the Committee`s Department of International Relations & Information, the area will be subjected
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Haiti`s Displaced faced Forced Evictions
By: Bill Quigley & Lauren Carasik
18 October 2011
We stood in a tight group, over a dozen blan huddled together, trying not to obstruct the narrow path between the makeshift shelters of corrugated metal, cardboard, plastic and tin. We listened to a community spokesperson, a representative of the group KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim, or Commission of
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Burma/China: Myitsone Dam Continues Violations
By: Thea Forbes, Mizzima
17 October 2011
Chiang Mai, Thailand--There is "no evidence on the ground that the [Myitsone] dam project has indeed been suspended," the Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG) said in a statement released on Friday.  "Despite the announcement from Burma`s president, there has been no confirmation from the project manager, China Power
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UN Body Delays Regulation of "Land Grabs"
By: Catherine Hornby, Reuters
17 October 2011
A UN intergovernmental body on food security has failed to adopt international guidelines on land governance, delaying efforts to regulate so-called "land grabbing" as investors race to snap up agricultural land. A voluntary code of conduct has been in the works since
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Principles on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations Adopted
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17 October 2011
The Principles cover all Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including among others the right to just and favourable conditions of work, social security, an adequate standard of living, food, housing, water, sanitation, health, education and participation in cultural life. The Maastricht Principles
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Jakarta: Land Dispute, Another Violent Clash
By: Hans David Tampubolon, The Jakarta Post
15 October 2011
The Jakarta Police detained dozens of people after a violent clash between two groups erupted on Jl. Arjuna Raya in Duri Kepa, West Jakarta, on Friday. "We detained 81 individuals, all of whom are still being questioned," Jakarta Police chief detective Sr. Comr. Gatot Edi Pramono said. An
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Ireland: Eviction Risk Faced by 136 Families
By: leinster express
14 October 2011
MORE than 130 homeowners in Laois face the prespect of eviction because their homes could be repossessed by Laois County Council, a Laois Offaly TD claimed this week. The situation that has caused Brian Stanley to call on the Government to address the issue
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Uganda: NFC Investigates Land Grab
By: Oxfam
12 October 2011
Oxfam welcomes the recent commitment by the New Forests Company to engage in an independent investigation of the events surrounding the evictions of communities in Mubende and Kiboga, and to act on the recommendations of the investigation. However, NFC`s press release fails to address issues of fundamental concern which the
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Mapuches Mourn Columbus Day, Demand Lands
By: BBC News
11 October 2011
Around 10,000 people have marched in the Chilean capital Santiago in support of the indigenous Mapuche people. The protest marked the 519th anniversary of Christopher Columbus`s arrival in the Americas, the start of the Spanish conquest.
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Ethiopia: 1K Homes to Be Demolished for Railway
By: Africa Report
11 October 2011
Nazareth is about 100 kilometres east of Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Last month, Ethiopia launched the construction of the more than 5,000 km rail network that aims to link the capital to various regions of the country. The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) assured that all those displaced
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