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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

Ethiopia: Land Grabs Disenfranchise Thousands
05 November 2011
Local communities are often unaware of land grabs until bulldozers arrive and begin clearing terrain. The Ethiopian Heritage Society is appalled at social and ecological consequences. Ancestral Heritage Falls to Spurious Economic Development Pushing for what it says is as a way for needed economic development and the betterment of indigenous populations, the corrupt Ethiopian

Tanzania: It Is Possible to Get Homes for All
By: Anaclet Rwegayura
04 November 2011
As the Tanzanian population bulges, the number of homeless people and those who live in inadequate shelter in this country rises too. The problem is getting worse because the current pace of house construction has failed to keep up with demand. Human settlements in many developing countries are

Burma: Official Violations of Farmers` Basic Rights
By: Asian Human Rights Commission
01 November 2011
During the second sitting of the new semi-elected parliament in Burma this year, the government submitted a draft land law. The government gazette published the draft on September 16, and it is currently still before the parliament. Burma needs a new land law. The current legislation on land, either

India: Another BJP Legislator Accused of Land Grab
31 October 2011
One more BJP legislator joined the creed of elected representatives in the dock on Monday, with the filing of a private complaint against Dasarahalli MLA Muniraju S in the Special Lokayukta Court. Puttaswamy, a resident of Kereguddadahalli in Yeshwantpur

We`re 7-billion Today: What`s Your Number?
By: Manila Bulletin
30 October 2011
UNFPA is leading a global campaign to build awareness on the opportunities and challenges of a world of seven billion people, to be launched on 31 October 2011—"7  Billion Day"—when it also will release its annual State of World Population report, titled "People and Possibilities in a World of 7

China: Land Grab Disputes are Hitting New Highs
By: James Pomfret and Nick Macfie
30 October 2011
Rising discontent over forced demolitions and corruption has increased anxieties among officials determined to defend one-party rule and make the transition to a younger generation of leaders as smooth as possible. China faces a leadership transition next year, with President Hu Jintao expected to retire from the Communist Party in the autumn and the presidency the

Brazil: Protesters End Occupation of Dam Site
28 October 2011
Hundreds of protesters have ended their occupation of the construction site of one the world`s largest hydroelectric dams, Indian rights activists said Friday. Renato Santana of the Indian Missionary Council said more than 600 Indians, fishermen and river dwellers peacefully left the construction site of the Belo Monte dam Thursday night after a judge ordered their

India Land Scams: Minister Ramdas Next in Line?
By: Daijiworld News
27 October 2011
Mysore, Oct 27 (DHNS): The land denotification scam that has sent former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa behind bars, now seems to be troubling more high profile leaders. Then District Magistrate T M Vijay Bhaskar`s report on land grabbing has indicted Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas along with other

Kenya: Dam Project Will Displaced 80.000 Person
By: Jessicah Nyaboke
27 October 2011
A group of Bungoma activists have moved to court to block the proposed construction of the multi-billion shilling River Nzoia dam. In their case filed at the Eldoret High Court, the group said the dam is being constructed to supply water for irrigation, sand harvesting and to generate power. They further stated that the construction of

South Korea: Land Grabs in Developing Countries
By: Newstime Africa
26 October 2011
CHANGWON, South Korea – Civil society organizations are calling on governments in developing countries to stop leasing and selling out land to transnational corporations because it leads to land degradation and food insecurity. Africa is one of the continents where corporations are flocking to lease or buy land for different

Afganistan: Protestors Accuse MP of Land Grab
By: Abasin Zaheer, Rawa News
26 October 2011
Dozens of people protested on Wednesday against a public representative from Kabul in the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, for grabbing their land in the Bagrami district.  Nearly 100 people staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the Wolesi Jirga, blaming MP Allah Gul Mujahid for seizing

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

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

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

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

Kenya: Nyahururu Traders Riot over Land Grabbing
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.

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

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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