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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
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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
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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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Abbas: 90,000 Gazans Left Homeless
By: Al Jazeera English
04 February 2009
Abbas told politicians gathered in Strasbourg on Wednesday that Israeli blockades and illegal settlement expansion have continued, and called for Israel to answer for its activities. "We should no longer deal with Israel as a state above the law, above all accountability, above international law," Abbas said. "We should put an end to
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Brazil`s Indigenous Await Decision on Historic Struggle
By: Lopaka Purdy, Rights and Resources Initiative
03 February 2009
It was in 1993 that the demarcation of the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Reserve was first proposed.  After being identified as an Indian homeland by the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) in 2004, the lands (totaling 1.8m ha) were mapped during the term of then president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and
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Spanish Court Admits Israeli War Crimes Case
By: PCHR (Gaza)
31 January 2009
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision by the National Court of Spain to launch an investigation into seven Israeli former senior Israeli military officials suspected of having committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip.
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Settlement Data "Implicates Israel"
By: Al Jazeera English
30 January 2009
Yesh Din said on Friday that the classified information, compiled by the Israeli defence ministry, would allow it to help Palestinians sue the Israeli government for damages. Michael Sfard, Yesh Din`s legal counsel, said the information was a "severe indictment" of Israel`s military and government. Israeli authorities are "systematically violating international law and the property rights of
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UN Expert: Cambodia Evictions Make 1,000s Homeless
By: UN Press
30 January 2009
Forced evictions in Cambodia make thousands of people homeless: UN expert   "More than 130 families were forcibly evicted during the night of 23 and 24 January 2009 from Dey Krahorm, in central Phnom Penh to make way for a private company to redevelop the site."The forced eviction was carried out in
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USA: FBI Saw Mortgage Fraud Early
By: Paul Shukovsky*, Seattle Post Intelligencer
29 January 2009
The FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] was aware for years of "pervasive and growing" fraud in the mortgage industry that eventually contributed to America`s financial meltdown, but did not take definitive action to stop it. It is clear that we had good intelligence on the mortgage-fraud schemes, the corrupt attorneys, the
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Indian Villagers in Human Chain to Protest Development
By: Jatindra Dash, Reuters
27 January 2009
The protest is the latest in several land disputes involving multinationals and it comes days after the London-listed company said it was ready to start mining bauxite in Orissa state. Members of the indigenous Dongria Kondh tribe that has lived in the lush forests of Niyamgiri hills in eastern Orissa state
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Israel: Chaplin`s Call to Commit War Crimes
By: Ben Lynfield, The Independent
27 January 2009
The booklet, entitled "Go Fight My Fight: A Daily Study Table" for the Soldier and Commander in a Time of War, was published especially for Operation Cast Lead, the devastating three-week campaign launched with the stated aim of ending rocket fire against southern Israel. The publication draws on
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Iraqi PM Promises Free Land to Journalists
By: Campbell Robertson, The New York Times
27 January 2009
His timing, a month before provincial elections, as well as his admonition to journalists to focus on stories of progress and reconstruction, might be seen as an attempt to buy favorable news coverage.   But if it was, there were few objections from the journalists, who have been demanding the land giveaway
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Evo Morales Hails "New Bolivia" as Constitution is Approved
By: Matthew Taylor, The Guardian
26 January 2009
After a bruising struggle between supporters and opponents of the president, Evo Morales, the country voted to adopt the new constitution in a referendum. The charter confirms Bolivia – the second poorest country in South America after Guyana – as a leader in the regional "pink tide" of leftwing governments that have ousted
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UN "Shocked" by Gaza Destruction
By: BBC
23 January 2009
Sir John Holmes, who visited Gaza on Thursday, said he was shocked by "the systematic nature of the destruction."  He said that the territory`s economic activity had been set back by years.
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Changing Times for Brazil`s Landless
By: Gary Duffy, BBC
23 January 2009
Among fields of sugar cane, 120 landless rural families have taken over an area of state-owned land as part of a campaign for agrarian reform. Accommodation is basic, consisting of shacks made of plastic, wood and tin, and in the frequent tropical storms, the rain often comes pouring
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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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