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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.

Palestine: Land Day & BDS Global Day of Action
By: Boycott National Committee
30 March 2009
Today, the Palestinian people scattered across the globe mark Land Day, commemorating the events of 33 years ago, when Israeli security forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel and injured many. These brave youth were among the thousands protesting Israel`s expropriation of Palestinian land to build new

Brazilian Court Affirms Indigenous Land Rights
By: BBC Bews
19 March 2009
By 10 votes to one, judges ruled to maintain an Indian reservation in the northern border state of Roraima as a single, continuous territory.   It means that a small group of outside rice farmers with plantations in the area will now have to leave.   The head of the court also

Findings of the International Mission to al-Naqab/Negev
14 March 2009
At the invitation of its local member, the Regional Council for the Unrecognized Villages (RCUV), Habitat International Coalition organized a fact-finding mission to study the human rights conditions of the indigenous Bedouin communities in the Negev/Naqab. This mission follows upon the recent publication of the Goldberg Commission Report (GCR). The

One in 50 U.S. Children Face Homelessness
10 March 2009
The report, by the National Center on Family Homelessness, analyzed data from 2005-06 and found that more than 1.5 million children were without a home. "These numbers will grow as home foreclosures continue to rise," Ellen Bassuk, president of the center, said in a statement. The study ranked

South Africa: Landless People`s Movement, 8 Arrested
By: Landless People`s Movement
03 March 2009
On Sunday morning, Maureen Mnisi and others from Landless People`s Movement (LPM) gave a petition from the Protea South community to their ward councillor, regarding various issues on which the voters would like to have a report-back. While the community members were signing the attendance register at the community hall, Maureen

FMR: Climate Change & Forced Displacement
By: HLRN Staff
25 February 2009
Just recently published are the October 2008 issue on "Climate change & displacement" and the December 2008 issue: "Ten Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement"

Obama`s Caterpillar Visit a Snub to Activists
By: Stephen Zunes, Alternet
14 February 2009
In his speech on Thursday, Obama praised Caterpillar, saying, "Your machines plow the farms that feed our families; build the towers that shape our skylines; lay the roads that connect our communities; power the trucks that deliver our goods."  He failed to mention that Caterpillar machines have been used to

Church of England Divests from Caterpillar
By: Palestinian Solidarity Campaign UK
09 February 2009
Over this weekend, 7th and 8th February, the Church of England clarified their position on their investments in companies profiting from the illegally occupied Palestinian territories and now wish to make clear that late last year they removed over £2.2 million in Caterpillar, a company whose bulldozers and heavy plant

NZ: Maori Land Deal, Gas Credits over Haka War Dance
By: BBC News
09 February 2009
The New Zealand government has agreed to acknowledge Maori ownership of the haka war dance used by the national rugby team, the All Blacks.   The agreement comes after protracted negotiations between the government and several Maori tribes seeking compensation for historic grievances.   Millions of dollars are being paid in a

High Court Approves Demolition of West Bank Village
By: The Association for Civil Rights in Israel--ACRI
05 February 2009
JERUSALEM—The High Court of Justice rejected last week (January 26) a petition submitted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Rabbis for Human Rights on behalf of the Palestinian residents of Khirbet Tana, effectively allowing the State to destroy all of the village`s houses but one, despite

Report: Current Crisis in Housing and Financial Sectors
By: Raquel Rolnik, SR on Housing, UNOHCHR
04 February 2009
The present report is the first one presented to the Human Rights Council by the new mandate holder, Raquel Rolnik, who took up her position on 1 May 2008. In view of the current crisis in the housing and financial sector, the Special Rapporteur decided to devote this thematic report

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