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India: 3,450 Farmers Committed Suicide in 3 Years
By: HindustanTimes
30 August 2010
According to figures provided to Parliament by Pawar, 1,720 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra during 2007-09, followed by 1,142 in Andhra Pradesh and 434 in Karnataka. Farmers` suicides continued in 2010 as well, with six cases in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra,
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South Sudan Plans Mass Return by 2011
By: BBC Online
24 August 2010
The proposals suggest returnees will travel on trains and buses, as well as boats down the River Nile. Some two million people have already returned to the south since the end of a two-decade conflict in 2005.
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Nigeria: Govt. Denies Port Harcourt Eviction Plan
By: Voice of America
18 August 2010
A Geneva-based international rights group, the Center on Housing and Evictions (COHRE), said it had gained access to government plans to demolish a two-radius part of town known as the Abonima Wharf.  COHRE says if the plans are carried out, more than half a million families will be affected.
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Pakistan Floods Linked to Climate Change
By: The Nation/The Telegraph
11 August 2010
The world weather crisis that is causing floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia and landslides in China is evidence that global warming predictions are correct, according to climate change experts. The disaster was driven by a “supercharged jet stream” that has also caused floods in China and a prolonged heat wave
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OHCHR: New Fact Sheet on Housing Rights
By: OHCHR-Media Unit
10 August 2010
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has the pleasure to inform you that, in addition to the English version, the Chinese, French, Spanish versions of the Fact Sheet on the right to adequate housing (n°21, Rev.1) are now available:
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New Report on U.S. Homelessness
By: HIC-HLRN and WRAP
04 August 2010
According to the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), the United States housing policy is at a critical juncture: millions of people in the United States are homeless, and tens of millions more are on the brink of economic collapse. Homelessness in the United States stems from systemic causes reflected in the
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Beijing Gates, Locks Migrant Villages
By: Cara Anna, Associated Press
31 July 2010
It`s Beijing`s latest effort to reduce rising crime often blamed on the millions of rural Chinese migrating to cities for work. The capital`s Communist Party secretary wants the approach promoted citywide. But some state media and experts say the move not only looks bad but imposes another layer of control
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Critical Previews of World Bank Land Grab Report
By: Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, IIED and others
29 July 2010
World Bank Land Grab Report under Fire John W. Miller, Wall Street Journal 29 July 2010 The World Bank has prepared a report on massive investments into developing world agriculture, a practice shorthanded as land grabbing.
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"Don`t Demolish My House," Benguela, Angola
By: OMUNGA
29 July 2010
Participate and Spread the Word "Don`t Demolish My House" Benguela, Angola, 29–31 July 2010 http://quintasdedebate.blogspot.com/2010/07/participa-e-divulga-nao-partam-minha.html (the agenda can be seen edited)
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UNGA: Clean Water and Sanitation a Human Right
By: UN News Agency
28 July 2010
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Somalia: Alarm at Dire Humanitarian Situation
By: allAfrica.com
21 July 2010
UN agencies and their partners have so far received only 56 per cent of the $600 million needed to fund critical areas such as health, water and sanitation, nutrition and livelihood support in Somalia, which is recovering from drought and years of chaos and is also in the throes of
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Mozambique: Eviction Orders Not Implemented
By: By : allAfrica.com
21 July 2010
The ruling Frelimo Party claims that it is the legitimate owner of the houses, but Simango argues that in reality they are municipal property. The Sofala Provincial Court found in Frelimo`s favour in December 2004, but the City Council appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has taken no decision,
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Sahel Window of Opportunity Rapidly Closing
By: allAfrica.com
21 July 2010
The coming weeks are a critical period for humanitarian assistance efforts, Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF Director of Programmes, told the IPS, explaining that a large number of young children are currently on the borderline of suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). "The next
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South Africa Urged to Act on Zim "Land Reform"
By: allAfrica.com
20 July 2010
The farmers, Gary Godfrey and Nigel Fawcett, together with Fawcett`s manager Russel McCormack, were arrested in Nyamandlovu after more than a month of police harassment and intimidation. The farmers are being charged under the Gazetted Lands (Consequential Provisions) Act for occupying so called "State Land" illegally. Both Godfrey and Fawcett
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Uganda: Climate Change Increasing Violations
By: allAfrica.com
20 July 2010
Margret Wewerinke said poor countries like Uganda are spending large proportions of their incomes addressing the negative impacts of climate change. This, she said, had resulted into more poverty since resources have been diverted from priority interventions such as education and health.
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Tanzania: Project Saves Forests
By: allAfrica.com
20 July 2010
The project for the Eastern Arc Mountains, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was last month concluded after an independent evaluation reported at least 10,000 hectares of forest saved from destruction and a 10 percent reduction in the rate of forest loss.
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Delhi Diverts Funds from Poor to Games
By: HLRN-SARP
15 July 2010
The Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) was shocked to find in the budget analysis of the Delhi Government that Rs. 571 crore from the Special Component Plan (SCP) of the Delhi state budget from 2006-07 to 2009-2010 has been allocated to Commonwealth Games.[1] In a response to a request
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Uganda: Mass Removal of Rwandan Refugees
By: IRRI and RLP, AFP
14 July 2010
Reports reaching International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) and Refugee Law Project (RLP) indicate that on the morning of Wednesday, 14 July 2010, OPM Directorate of Refugees and Police officers in Nakivale (Isingiro District) and Kyaka II (Kyenjonjo  District) began rounding up Rwandans
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Problems from Past Affect Future of post Conflict Croatia
By: UNOHCHR
13 July 2010
“The current housing situation in Croatia is strongly shaped by the effects of the armed conflict on housing, and the transition from a socially-owned housing concept to a private market oriented model,” said the expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor adequate housing as a component of
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Haiti Recovery Stalled by Aid and Land Issues
By: Mark Doyle, BBC Online
12 July 2010
Leogane, an hour`s drive outside the capital Port-au-Prince, is close to the epicentre of the earthquake. Although it has received considerable aid in the past six months - the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has built a sizeable field hospital there, for example - the place still looks, in the mayor`s words,
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