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Sri Lankan IDPs Top Half a Million
By: IDMC and others
19 May 2009
·                     By February 2009, conflict-displaced persons in Sri Lanka were approximately 495,000; ·                     Of this number, 281,698 were displaced after April 2006 and approximately 214,000 from the period before; ·                     The biggest number of IDPs in 2008 were in the Vanni where due to access restrictions getting accurate figures was impossible; ·                    

USA: Obama Addresses Overdue "Pigford Claims"
By: Earthworks Farm Weekly E-Newsletter
19 May 2009
In the 2010 Federal Budget, President Obama is attempting to redress the outstanding civil rights grievances of Black American farmers, by proposing a $1.25 billion deal to settle their discrimination case against USDA, which has come to be called "The Pigford Claims."  The funding could benefit as many as 80,000

Pakistan: Swat Valley Displacement Swells
By: IDMC and AFP
17 May 2009
At least 360,000 displaced by north-west fighting, remaining civilians without services 14 May 2009, IDMC Heavy fighting in

USA: New Law on Hate Crimes against the Homeless
14 May 2009
Due to successful advocacy by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) and its partners, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), Governor O`Malley of Maryland signed into law bill SB 151 on 7 May 

India: Slumdog Star`s Home Demolished
By: BBC Online
14 May 2009
Reports say that police smacked the boy, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, with a bamboo stick before ordering him out. The authorities claim he and other families were squatting on land that was owned by the government.   He played a younger version of one of the

Peru: Indigenous People Declaring the Real State of Emergency
By: Intercontinental Cry
13 May 2009
On 9 May 2009, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the regions of Loreto, Amazonas, Cusco, and Ucayali–where thousands of indigenous people have mobilized against several new laws that threaten to strip away their indigenous land rights.   In effect, the state of emergency (SoE) is a “declaration of

Chinese Population Transfer Makes Tibetans Minority
12 May 2009
Yeshe Choesang, World News   Dharamshala, India -- The five monks are dressed in layman`s clothes temporarily, also temporary are their weather beaten faces, and exhausted stares. These five men arrived from Tibet via the Himalayas and Nepal three days ago; for the second time, they reveal to international media the

Parks Fortify Israel`s Claims to Land
By: Ethan Bronner, The New York Times
09 May 2009
Israel is developing parks and gardens, as well as a promenade here in the shadow of the city walls, where ancient tombstones lie.   The plan, parts of which have been outsourced to a private group that is simultaneously buying up Palestinian property for Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, has drawn almost

UN Accuses Israeli Military of Negligence in Gaza War
By: Ed Pilkington and Rory McCarthy, guardian.co.uk
05 May 2009
A UN inquiry accused the Israeli military today of "negligence or recklessness" in its conduct of the war in Gaza. The summary of the UN report, commissioned by the UN secretary general, Ban

Spanish Court to Probe Gaza Bombing
By: Al Goodman, CNN
04 May 2009
MADRID, Spain -- A Spanish court decided Monday to investigate Israel for an alleged "crime against humanity" for its 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed 15 people and wounded 150 others, according to a copy of the court order viewed by CNN.The move comes despite Spanish prosecution efforts to stop

Displaced Cypriots Win Claim on Ancestral Lands
By: Helena Smith, The Guardian
01 May 2009
Like so many Cypriots, Meletis Apostolides has long been haunted by memories of a lost past. All his adult life he has yearned to return to his boyhood home – and this week, nearly

HIC Events in Cairo, 10-17 May 2009
28 April 2009
Habitat International Coalition (HIC) will convoke its Annual General Assembly to be held in Cairo, Egypt on 12-13 May 2009.   Also in Cairo, on 10-12 May 2009, HIC-HLRN will host the first Middle East/North Africa regional forum on the human rights dimensions of land. (See Events on this webasite.)   The Assembly will

India: Election Highlights Land Losses
By: Prachi Pinglay, BBC Online
28 April 2009
In this election, the issue of land acquisition for SEZs is a priority for the voters of the Raigad and Maval constituencies, where several are planned. However, most political parties have not made it a part of their manifesto and as a

Demolitions Build Jerusalem Tensions
By: Katya Adler, BBC
27 April 2009
Speaking amongst the mangled remains of her house, Samia Ihdaidoon says she was still sleeping when Israel`s police arrived.   "They came pounding on the doors and climbed in through the bedroom window as if it was a raid. They said I had five minutes to put on my scarf and collect

Jerusalem Settlement Extended
By: BBC Online
27 April 2009
The work, in East Talpiot settlement, is aimed at creating a belt around East Jerusalem that would sever it from the rest of the West Bank, the group says. Settlements on occupied land are illegal under international law.

Veolia, One Fewer Contract!! Next?
By: BDS Bordeaux
09 April 2009
The transportation branch of the French multinational corporation Veolia is losing a contract worth 750 millions Euros in Bordeaux. This contract was about the management of the biggest urban network in France. It went to Keolis, a subsidiary of SNCF.The Greater Bordeaux local government said that its decision was based

Serbia: New Attacks on Evicted Roma by Neonazi Groups
By: Kontekstagalerija
08 April 2009
According to the words of witnesses, 20-30 attackers drove with two vans and they were armed with knifes and metal sticks. With words "We will move you" they attacked a group of children, women, and men who were sitting outside. Few children were beaten up and one young man got serious

Belgrade: Demolitions, Eviction of Roma Community
By: Earth Times
07 April 2009
Belgrade - A day before the International Roma day, some 40 Roma aimed to spend another night outside Belgrade`s city hall in an ongoing drama after their "unhygienic neighborhood" was torn down. Roma families living in cardboard slums in the posh New Belgrade district were evicted from their houses last

A Harsh Reality for Palestinians
By: Ahmed Tibi, Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times
06 April 2009
JERUSALEM — The right-wing coalition of the new Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, does not bode well for Palestinians in Israel. With the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister, the extremists are going after the indigenous population and threatening us with loyalty tests and the possibility of “transfer” into

Local Communities Must Own Their Sanitation
By: Inter Press Service (IPS)
31 March 2009
UNITED NATIONS (IPS)--The world’s developing nations, particularly in Asia and Africa, are struggling to cope with two of the basic necessities of life: fresh water and adequate sanitation.The United Nations says there are still some 1.1 billion people who lack access to safe water, and 2.6 billion without basic sanitation.

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