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Poor Countries Paying Cost of Large Land Deals
By: Thin Lei Win, Alert News
14 December 2011
The global rush to acquire large amounts of land in developing countries has done more harm than good, especially to the poorest people who often lose access to land and resources essential to their livelihoods, a new study said on Wednesday. The problem is fuelled by ineffective governance, corruption,

Ghana: Big Land Deals Threaten Poor Countries
By: Maxwell Awumah, Ghana Business News
14 December 2011
The most comprehensive study of large land acquisitions in developing countries to date published Wednesday online by the International Land Coalition (ILC) has found more evidence of harm than benefits.   More than 40 organisations collaborated on the Global Commercial Pressures on Land Research Project, which synthesised 28 case studies,

Bangladesh:Burma-Refugees Facing Deportation
By: Göttingen
14 December 2011
More than 28,000 political refugees from Burma, who had sought refuge in Bangladesh, are about to be deported to their home country. On Thursday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) announced that the refugees who are about to be deported belong to the Muslim

Indigenous Bolivians Protest TIPNIS Road Project
By: Sara Shahriari, Indian Country Today
13 December 2011
Breaks between the Bolivian government and some indigenous organizations that once threw their support behind President Evo Morales, the country`s first indigenous President, are deepening as conflict over a proposed road through the Amazon continues. The catalyst was a two-month, 350-mile march by more than 1,000 indigenous people from

Libya: Revolution of the Indigenous Peoples
By: Die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV)
13 December 2011
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns about a further destabilization in Libya. "Libya is threatened by a Berber revolt," said the STP`s Africa-expert, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "The country`s new leadership is not prepared to honor the help of the Berber militias during the overthrow the Gaddafi

FAO:Extended Corruption in Access to Land in 61 Countries
By: Merco Press
12 December 2011
Unprecedented pressures on land have been created as new areas are cultivated, taken over by expanding urban centres or abandoned due to degradation, climate change and conflict," according to a paper jointly prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and global corruption

Malaysia: 20 Years on, NGO Vows to Fight Corruption
By: Jessica Dacey, swissinfo.ch
07 December 2011
After two decades of environmental campaigning for Malaysia`s Penan tribe, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) is stepping up its fight against local political corruption. BMF remains one of the few non-Malaysian organisations still campaigning on behalf of the Penan, an indigenous people living in some of the world`s most

Global Warming`s Winners and Losers
By: Michael McCarthy, New Zealand Herald
07 December 2011
Spain will be arid, with all of its agricultural land degraded. India will face a near-tripling of its flood risk. Virtually the whole population of Egypt will be hit by water shortages. But British farmers will find their crops much easier to grow while their French counterparts will find

Afghanistan: Land Triggers New Conflicts
By: Rebecca Murray
06 December 2011
NANGARHAR, Afghanistan - A small plot of urban land has pitted Assadullah, 55, against an unwelcome neighbor in a bitter personal property dispute that has stretched on for almost a decade. Assadullah`s story is a common one. A working-class barber who fled Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province, to Pakistan during the Soviet war in the mid-1980s,

Kenya: Garissa Community Wins Land Rights Battle
By: Dann Okoth, The Standard (Nairobi)
02 December 2011
When Ms Deka Jele’s home in Medina, Garissa County was demolished by the local County Council in December 2010, she thought all was lost. However, one year down the line, Jele can now afford to smile, thanks to a landmark court decision in her favour. In an unprecedented ruling delivered at

The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities
28 November 2011
With poverty at record levels and as many as 3.5 million people homeless each year, a new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty shows that more and more cities are making it illegal to be homeless. Criminalizing Crisis analyzes local policies in 234 cities and demonstrates the

25 Years of Habitat Awards Yield Lessons
27 November 2011
The last twenty-five years have seen remarkable economic, social, political and climatic changes. Building and Social Housing Foundation (England) has issued its jubilee publication reflecting on those developments through its World Habitat Awards. Established in 1986, the Awards have honored the problem-solving innovations of professionals and communities to improve their

Sierra Leone: Forests, the New Diamonds
By: By Sorius Samura, AlJazeera
24 November 2011
Whilst thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country, heading to the west in pursuit of a better life, corrupt individuals and businesses see the country as a land of opportunity, a place to exploit. Sierra Leone`s natural resources, which should have been a

Cameroon: HIC-HLRN & CSOs Address UNCESCR
22 November 2011
Statement by civil society on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in Cameroon           Presented at the 47th session of ESCR Committee in Geneva, 22 November 2011.           Preamble           Organizations of civil society, the signatories to this statement, note that Cameroon has significant resources to ensure a better

Cambodia: Land Seizures Eviction & Resistance
By: By Loa Iok-sin, Taipei TImes
19 November 2011
Human rights groups yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the headquarters of Ve Wong Corp—a well-known food manufacturer that produces instant noodles, sauces and snacks—in Taipei, protesting against the alleged seizure of farmland in Cambodia by two of the company`s joint

Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?
By: Jeff Conant, UTNE Reader
13 November 2011
“We are not responsible for climate change—it’s the big industries that are,” said Abelardo, a young man from the Tseltal Mayan village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas. “So why should we be held responsible, and even punished for it?”   Abelardo was one of dozens of villagers who

Nigeria: Court vs. Government Evictions
12 November 2011
A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has just issued an order of interim injunction against the Rivers State Government (RSG) after hearing an exparte application brought by the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC). The interim order granted today, November 11, 2011 by Justice S.C Amadi

Sri Lanka: The Expropriation Law Deeply Flawed
11 November 2011
Sri Lankan lawmakers expressed deep concern over a hastily passed expropriation law, which they said arrogated judicial and executive roles to elected members, undermining a constitutional separation of powers and violated property rights. "This bill has been drafted with no regard to the basic process of legislating," opposition lawmaker and lawyer Wijedasa Rajapaksa said at the

France: Roma Expulsions Violated Rights
10 November 2011
France violated the human rights of Roma who were forcibly expelled from the country last year, the Council of Europe said Thursday, asking Paris what steps it was taking to remedy the action. The council, a rights watchdog for its 47 member states, on Wednesday released the findings of

Kenya: End Callous Forced Evictions Now
By: All Africa
08 November 2011
The High Court recently issued an injunction against a planned eviction of the Sinai residents while a court case filed by legislator Gidion Mbuvi against evictions in 18 informal settlements in Nairobi is heard. Following the fire tragedy at Sinai [neighborhood] that killed over 100 people last month, the

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