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Tamil Nadu Quiet over UNHRC Eviction Inquiry
By: C. Shivakumar, Express Buzz
06 April 2010
According to the UN agency`s report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination, around 430 families living along the Cooum River on Spur Tank Road and Choolaimedu in Chennai were forcibly evicted
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Homeless in Singapore
By: AlJazeera
05 April 2010
See Video: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2010/04/2010457551961144.html
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Maasai Mau Evictions to Start Soon
By: Wanjiru Macharia and Julius Segei, Daily Nation
05 April 2010
The demarcation will officially kick off the third phase of evictions to restore the country`s largest water tower.   The settlers have, however, vowed not to budge.   Since the restoration of the forest started last
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USA: Neighbors Lock Arms in Dispute over Evictions
By: Lorraine Ahearn, News & Record
04 April 2010
They had been cited with lease violations at their HUD-subsidized housing for minor repairs and upkeep charges, some as minor as a $10 mini-blind, and charged $3 for light bulbs.   Trivial as the charges sound, they added up to penalties, small claims
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Mekong River Drying up?
By: HIC-HLRN and agencies
04 April 2010
State of Mekong Basin Good but Future Developments Bring both Risks and Opportunities Mekong River Commission, Hau Hin, Thailand 2 April 2010
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Angola: Rebuilding by Demolishing
By: Sylvia Croese, Pambazuka News
25 March 2010
8 March marked the start of "Operation Combat and Demolition of Shacks and Anarchic Constructions in the Municipality of Lubango," in the capital of the South Western province of Hui­la in Angola. So far, 2,000 houses have been demolished along the Moçâmedes Railway (CFM) which has been under reconstruction since
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Botswana: San Bushmen Eight Years Dry
By: Survival International
21 March 2010
As the world marks World Water Day, the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of Botswana are marking eight years without access to a regular supply of water in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. In 2002, the Botswana government cut off and sealed a borehole, which the Bushmen relied on for water,
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Abuja, Nigeria: Demolitions to Affect 20K Families
By: SERAC
11 March 2010
The Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC), is deeply concerned about the recent plans by the FCT Department of Development Control to forcibly evict, and demolish the homes of Lugbe residents, a suburb of the FCT located along the International Airport Road, Abuja. The demolitions, previously scheduled to commence
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Cambodia Pushes out Poor for New Developments
By: Joel Elliott, Global Post
11 March 2010
Neighbors and family members tried to stop the bulldozers and excavators from tearing down their homes by linking arms and forming a human wall around their neighborhood. But they could not withstand the tear gas. They broke ranks, choking and coughing. Besides tear gas, police beat residents with electric batons
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Italian Authorities Urged to Stop Evicting Roma
By: Amnesty International
11 March 2010
In a new briefing paper, The Wrong Answer - Italy`s "Nomad Plan" violates the housing rights of Roma in Rome, Amnesty International has warned that the programme, which began in July 2009, violates the human rights of thousands of Roma. The measures envisage the destruction of over 100 Roma settlements across
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Philippines: Homes Destroyed for Road Project
By: Beverly T. Natividad, Philippine Daily Enquirer
06 March 2010
Despite appeals from residents earlier to postpone the demolition until they were moved to relocation sites, the DPWH proceeded to tear down the shanties on R-10 to widen the road spanning parts of Tondo in Manila all the way to Navotas. “Our houses were demolished despite our efforts to arrive at
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China Villagers Moved to Quench the Urban Thirst
By: Michael Bristow, BBC Online
03 March 2010
In total about 330,000 people are relocating as part of the project, which will eventually see water transferred from the wet south to the dry north, where it is desperately needed. It is the biggest mass migration in China since the Three Gorges Dam project, under which some 1.5 million
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East Africa: Traditional Methods May Resolve Conflicts
By: Minority Rights Group International
23 February 2010
The briefing to be launched on 25 August 2009 explains that the failure of state solutions to resolve conflict in these areas and the lack of trust by community representatives of national systems emphasise the need to use traditional responses that have been tried and tested within these communities for
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Breakneck Development Blamed for Madeira Flood Toll
By: France 24
22 February 2010
Portugal was in mourning after torrents of muddy water swamped the mountainous Atlantic island on Saturday, killing 42 people and injuring scores more as the flooding demolished houses and overturned cars. But for green groups and construction experts, Madeira was left vulnerable to a flood disaster by careless development. "What happened in
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The Long View: Tajiks and Afghans Exchange Refugees
By: Reuters and Indepentent (London)
19 February 2010
Peace, Poverty Await Afghan Refugees in Tajikistan Roman Kozhevnikov and Maria Golovnina; editing by Andrew Dobbie, Reuters 19 February 2010
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Homeless and Hoopla: Vancouver`s Two Identities
By: John Wawrow, Associated Press
13 February 2010
"The rich can afford it, the poor can`t. And that`s the difference," Wright said. "Rich and poor. There is a line, and crossing the line from being poor to rich, well, you`d have to win the lottery." There were no apparent lottery
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Delhi High Court: "Rehabilitate Delhi Slum Dwellers"
By: IndiaServer.com
12 February 2010
Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah gave his final judgment on Thursday as it was his last working day. He said that even though the slum dwellers have encroached public property still they are citizens of the same country and should be provided with all rights which is mentioned in the
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Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Rejects Black Quota Law
By: New Zimbabwe News
09 February 2010
The regulations, passed under two-year-old black empowerment legislation, say that by mid-April, all businesses with assets valued over $500,000 will have to submit to the government a form detailing the racial composition of their current shareholding. The power-sharing government, headed by President Robert Mugabe, would then decide how much of its
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South America: Most Biodiverse Lands Exploited by Oil
By: Survival International
04 February 2010
The research, published in PLoS ONE, found parts of eastern Ecuador and northern Peru to be uniquely rich in amphibians, birds, mammals and plants. But the scientists also say that oil companies are working, or due to work, in a massive 79% of the region. ‘Unfortunately, the most biodiverse area in
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Kenya: Landmark ACHR Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights
By: Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
04 February 2010
A ruling by the African Commission on Human and People`s Rights condemning the expulsion of the Endorois people from their land in Kenya is a major victory for indigenous peoples across Africa, Human Rights Watch, WITNESS, and the Endorois` lawyers said today. The Commission ruled on 4 February 2010 that
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