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India: Former Minister Arrested for Land Grabbing
By: Hindustan Times
04 August 2011
Former Tamil Nadu minister and DMK leader NKKP Raja and four others were arrested in Erode on Thursday in connection with a land grabbing case. Raja becomes the second minister of the previous DMK regime to be taken into custody in the continuing crackdown by the AIADMK government on land

Burma`s Military Confiscates Mon Rubber Farms
By: Lawi Weng, The Irrawaddy
01 August 2011
The Burmese military`s South-East Regional Command based in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, confiscated about 600 acres of rubber plantation in Thanbyuzayat Township in the second week of July to build a military base, according to local residents. "They have already measured the land and put up signboards

Australia: Court Grants Native Land Title
By: Kellee Nolan, The Sydney Morning Herald
27 July 2011
After a 15-year legal saga, native title rights have been granted to two Aboriginal groups in a moving Federal Court session on Victoria`s coast. The Gunditjmara and Eastern Maar peoples were on Wednesday granted native title ownership of Deen Maar Island, also known as Lady Julia Percy Island, and 4000 hectares

Women: Secure Land Rights=Less Violence?
By: Amanda Richardson, Landesa Center for Women`s Land Rights
26 July 2011
The problem of domestic violence in the world can seem intractable. In a recent report, UN Women notes that in 17 out of 41 countries, “a quarter or more of people think that it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife.”[1] Think about that. In almost half of the

"Simply Unacceptable": Homelessness in USA
14 July 2011
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty—NLCHP (USA) has issued a new report "Simply Unacceptable": Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the U.S. "Simply Unacceptable" includes a report card, grading the United States on its response to homelessness and its compliance with the state obligation to ensure

Honduras: Human Rights Violations in Bajo Aguán
12 July 2011
An International Observation Mission on the human rights situation in Bajo Aguán visited Honduras from 26 February to 4 March 2011. The six networks and human rights organizations conducted the Mission in order to evaluate and make visible the human rights situation in this region, as a special case of

Sudan`s Nuba Mountains: The Next Darfur?
By: Powell Network Blog
07 July 2011
The Nuba Mountains, a disputed region in central Sudan, was given a special status the so-called Popular People`s Consultation under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in Kenya in 2005 between Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan. According to the CPA, the Nuba

Europe REITs Regaining Their Footing
By: Wall Street Journal and others
06 July 2011
FRANKFURT—European real-estate investment trusts trailed their American counterparts last year, but that is changing this year. Core assets for European properties have gained back much of their value lost in the downturn, and there are reasons to believe the market will continue to improve, with industrial holdings potentially bottoming out and

Peru: Aymara Violently Protest Canadian Mining
By: Reuters/The Globe and Mail
25 June 2011
Lima—Protests against mining and energy projects in southeastern Peru turned deadly on Friday, killing at least two people, hours after the government said a Canadian firm`s mining license would be revoked in a bid to calm unrest. The violence was the latest

233,941 Haitian IDPs Evicted, 166,000 Threatened
By: APP-CIP, Narco News, Miami Herald, IPS, Haitian Truth
16 June 2011
Unlawful Eviction of Homeless Haitians from Displacement camps Kathleen Bergin and Nicole Phillips, APP-CIP 16 June 2011 Last month, the Haitian police, a local mayor, and private security agents raided and destroyed three displacement camps in the city of Delmas outside

Tibet: 13th Dalai Lama`s Home Demolished
By: Radio Free Asia
15 June 2011
Chinese authorities have demolished the century-old Langdun family residence of Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama, despite appeals to protect the heritage site, a Tibetan source close to the Langdun family said. The house of Thupten Gyatso, predecessor to the current Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was situated close to

Italy: The People Say “No” to Water Privatization
By: Water & Culture
13 June 2011
Italy’s voting public has overturned no fewer than four laws proposed by the Berlusconi government in today’s referendum. In the wake of Fukushima the public’s clear ballot against a revival of nuclear energy in Italy comprehensibly takes up a prominent position in news headlines. The ballot is also being seen

Mongolian Herders Protest Land Destruction
By: SMHRIC, Radio Free Asia
01 June 2011
On the morning of 23 May 2011, hundreds of Mongolian herders from Right Ujumchin Banner of Southern (Inner) Mongolia took to the streets in the banner capital (equivalent to the county level of government) to protest against the Chinese miners` brutal killing

New Report: Arctic Melt, Sea Rise Far Greater
05 May 2011
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Bangladesh: Energy at What Cost? Protests Against Forced Eviction
By: Kate Hoshour and Christine Shearer
08 April 2011
As the sun rose on March 28, 2011, roughly 2,000 people gathered to demonstrate against a mining project that would displace tens of thousands of people in northwest Bangladesh and establish one of the largest open pit coal mines in the world. Located in an agricultural region that is home to thousands of farming

Tibetans Protest Land Grab
By: Radio Free Asia
05 April 2011
Chinese security forces last week broke up a mass protest by Tibetans over the seizure of their land for redevelopment in a zone devastated by an earthquake, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said. Many of the protesters were wounded and several detained in the bloody crackdown by up

China`s Ghost Cities
By: Business Insider, Forensic Asia
30 March 2011
The hottest market in the hottest economy in the world is Chinese real estate. The big question is how vulnerable is this market to a crash. One red flag is the vast number of vacant homes spread through China, by some estimates up to 64 million vacant homes. Business Insider has tracked

Johannesburg Housing Policy "Unconstitutional"
By: Social and Economic Rights Institute
30 March 2011
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) today declared the City of Johannesburg`s housing policy irrational, discriminatory and unconstitutional.  The SCA directed the City to provide temporary emergency accommodation to approximately 100 desperately poor people living in derelict buildings in Berea, Johannesburg by 1 June 2011. The occupiers stand to be

Wikileaks, Housing Rights and Afghanistan
27 March 2011
This special report of HIC-HLRN reviews various sources documenting violations of housing and land rights, including gross violations and grave breaches that may amount to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. It provides illustrative examples from monitors on the ground, investigative journalism and the raw material that has

India Villagers Oppose World`s Biggest Nuke Plant
By: Tehelka (India), AlJazeera
18 March 2011
In an effort to awaken the Maharashtra government to take notice of the growing opposition to the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Park, panchayat heads of 10 villages, along with 80 other elected members, have decided to resign. The panchayat heads of Madban, Niveli, Karel, Mithgavane, Ansure, Padve, Nate, Sakhari Nate, Dale

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