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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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Last-ditch Effort to Save a Unique Palestinian Village
By: Noam Sheizaf, +972
09 October 2011
The Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites is joining the campaign to save the remaining houses of the Palestinian village Lifta, at the western entrance of modern Jerusalem. Lifta, the best-kept of hundreds of abandoned Palestinian villages, is about to be demolished in order to make way for a
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Occupy Wall Street: Most Important Thing in World
By: Naomi Klein
06 October 2011
I love you.And I didn`t just say that so that hundreds of you would shout "I love you" back, though that is obviously a bonus feature of the human microphone. Say unto others what you would have them say unto you, only way louder.Yesterday, one of the speakers at the
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Revolution: What`s Habitat Got to Do with It?
By: HLRN-MENA
03 October 2011
The International Housing and Land RIghts Day (World Habitat Day) this year comes with the most-unlikely uprisings in a region of entrenched despotism that have uprooted long-standing dictators and their brutal regimes. The political map has transformed dramatically since last year. In this transitional light, one might well paraphrase the
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HIC and Allies Issue Habitat Day Message
By: HIC, IAI, LOCOA, No-Vox, SELVIP, WITNESS, USACAI, Joint Promoting Committees
03 October 2011
Link to joint statement: http://www.hic-net.org/document.php?pid=4070
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Uganda: The NFC and its Uganda Plantations: Oxfam Case Study
By: By: Oxfam
21 September 2011
London-based New Forests Company (NFC) would seem to be the design blueprint of how a young modern company should conduct a major land investment in Africa in a responsible way. Oxfam’s investigations reveal, however, that serious allegations by people who were evicted from land to make way for NFC’s operations remain unresolved. How will the
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Malaysia: Borneo Tribe Loses Land Case
By: Sean Yoong
08 September 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Members of an indigenous tribe in Borneo lost a case in Malaysia`s top court Thursday challenging the state`s seizure of land to build a massive dam. The verdict capped a decade-long legal struggle by a group of villagers who claim authorities in Malaysia`s eastern Sarawak state unlawfully wrested away land
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Russians Evicted from Homes for Olympics
By: AFP
04 September 2011
SOCHI - Sochi native Vladimir Tkachenko needed a decade to build a house on his modest salary. He then had 11 hours to move all belongings out of the way for the bulldozers clearing the way for a new road. Tkachenko`s violent eviction, which has recently alarmed the Sochi
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