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South Africa: Forced Removal of Residents to Transit Camps
By: Center for Applied Legal Studies
23 January 2009
Media Release CALS condemns the current government policy of using transit camps as alternative accommodation for forcibly removed shackdwellers The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is disturbed at a growing trend in South African cities in
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Man Charged for Substandard Housing
By: Jessica Garrison, LA Times
22 January 2009
Frank McHugh, 82, of Marina del Rey was given three years to sell his apartment buildings in an agreement approved by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Spurgeon Smith. McHugh had pleaded no contest to 15 misdemeanor criminal counts involving buildings he owns on Olympic and James M. Wood boulevards.The four-unit
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Indigenous Peruvians Decry Rights Violations in New Law
By: Andrew Davis, Rights and Resources Initiatives
22 January 2009
The debate began over a Forest and Fauna Law passed in 2008 by the executive branch under special authority from congress to harmonize national laws with the new Free Trade Agreement with the United States. In September of 2008, AIDESEP issued a statement denouncing the lawas a violation of human rights
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Korea: 5 Eviction Deaths in Seoul
By: Various sources
20 January 2009
Five people have been killed during clashes when South-Korean police evicted a house in Seoul At least five people have been killed in a blaze at a tower block in the South Korean capital after police stormed the building to evict residents protesting against a redevelopment plan. Police raided the
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Nigeria: Forced Evictions, Demolitions in Lagos State
By: SERI
16 January 2009
Forced eviction is forbidden by a plethora of international treaties particularly International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) ratified by Nigeria in 1993. Beyond this, it violates the rights to life, dignity and privacy guaranteed by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. Right to life is
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Displaced and Desperate in Gaza
By: Safa Joudeh, al-Jazeera
16 January 2009
During the course of the Israeli air, ground and sea assaults on Gaza there has been a considerable shift in the nature of the offensive. The aerial and ground attacks have risen in volume and ferocity and have shifted focus from civil security offices, public service buildings and mosques, to
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Gaza: Gross Human Rights Violations/War Crimes
By: HIC-HLRN
09 January 2009
Written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, ninth special session by: Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al-Haq, all the above are Members of HIC-HLRN and nongovernmental organizations in special consultative status with UN ECOSOC.*
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Malaysia`s Indigenous Continue Struggle for Land
By: Lopaka Purdy, Rights and Resources Initiative
05 January 2009
The Orang Asli peoples are near 140,000 in number and belong to 14 ethnic tribes.  Human rights activists have insisted that the Orang Asli, among Malaysia`s poorest citizens, be granted ownership of their ancestral lands which their people have occupied for thousands of years.  This important government concession comes after
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Gaza: Even in Our Homes We Are Not Safe
By: By Jaber Wishah, Financial Times
29 December 2008
Gaza City--When I began to write this late on Sunday I was staying with relatives in a temporary shelter in an already crowded family home. I had left my own house on Saturday because my neighbours--the family of the wife of a Hamas executive force member--had received a direct Israeli
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India Tribunal: State Abuse of Tsunami Victims
By: HIC-SARP
23 December 2008
On the second and concluding day of the National Peoples’ Tribunal on Post-tsunami Rehabilitation: Housing, Land, Resources and Livelihoods organized by a large collective of organizations and people’s movements in Chennai, the Jury chaired by Justice Suresh expressed its strong condemnation of the poor status of rehabilitation of tsunami survivors
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Major Israeli Settlement "Unlawful"
By: Tim Franks, BBC
22 December 2008
The human rights group B`tselem has published a report in which it states that almost 60% of the settlement of Ofra has been built on land which remains in private Palestinian ownership. The settlement was established in 1975, just to the north-east of Ramallah. A history of the settlement recounts
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Colombia: Black, Poor and Evicted for Biofuel
By: Jane Monahan, BBC
21 December 2008
Take Yajaira, a slender 18-year-old, one of four children whose family was displaced from a settlement in the Cacarica river basin just south of Colombia`s border with Panama. She misses her place of origin deeply.   "My home was surrounded by banana and mango trees, and coconut palms," she recalls, fingering
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Afro-Colombians Fight Biodiesel Producers
By: Jane Monahan, BBC
21 December 2008
Take Yajaira, a slender 18-year-old, one of four children whose family was displaced from a settlement in the Cacarica river basin just south of Colombia`s border with Panama. She misses her place of origin deeply. "My home was surrounded by banana and mango trees, and coconut palms," she recalls, fingering
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USA: Housing Starts Plummet
By: Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
17 December 2008
The sharp fall in construction means that builders can no longer get credit.   The Census Bureau reported a sharp drop in housing starts in November from a downwardly revised October rate. The 625,000 annual rate of construction reported for November is 24.8 percent below the September rate. It is 47.0
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Australia: Aboriginals Win Court Fight over Mine
By: Nick Bryant, BBC News, Sydney
17 December 2008
Xstrata had planned to divert a river to allow for the expansion of a zinc mine in the Northern Territory. A Federal Court decided that the government did not follow the proper process in allowing the mine`s expansion to go ahead in 2006. Some Aboriginal leaders cried with happiness when
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Land Issues amid Record Exile Returns to Burundi
By: Andreas Kirchhof, UNHCR
15 December 2008
SHOZA, Burundi  – This has been a phenomenally busy year for the UN refugee agency in Burundi, with almost 100,000 refugees returning home and stepped up support aimed at easing their reintegration in the small landlocked country after years of exile. Some 94,000 refugees have returned to Burundi since January,
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USA: Donovan Nomination, HUD Tenants “Enthusiastic”
By: NAHT
13 December 2008
Boston — The National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) is "excited and enthusiastic" about the nomination of Sean Donovan for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), says Jim Brown, NAHT Board president and a HUD tenant leaders in Washington DC.
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Brazilian Supreme Court Upholds Unity of Indigenous Lands
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11 December 2008
 Patrick Cunningham, IPCST In a landmark decision yesterday, eight of the eleven judges of the Brazilian Supreme Court voted in favour of the demarcation of the Raposa/Serra do Sol Indigenous Reserve respecting the existing boundaries mapped by FUNAI, the government Indian agency, with no votes against. Disappointingly, one judge asked
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Homeless Turn Foreclosures into Shelters
By: Rick Jervis, USA Today
11 December 2008
For Max Rameau, a vacant, boarded-up home is more than just a symbol of the national housing crisis. It`s an opportunity to house the homeless. Rameau, a homeless advocate, runs a controversial program in Miami [Florida] that helps families squat in homes vacated because of bank foreclosures. Using Internet listings and
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UNGA Adopts Optional Protocol to ICESCR
By: HIC-HLRN and UN
10 December 2008
GENEVA – “The decisive action of the General Assembly today makes it clear that economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to adequate housing, food, health, education and work, are not a matter of charity, but rather rights that can be claimed by all without discrimination of any kind,”
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