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China Backs Property Law, Buoying Middle Class
By: Joseph Kahn, New York Times
19 March 2007
BEIJING, Friday, March 16 — After more than a quarter-century of market-oriented economic policies and record-setting growth, China on Friday enacted its first law to protect private property explicitly. The measure, which was delayed a year ago amid vocal opposition from resurgent socialist intellectuals and old-line, left-leaning members of the ruling
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China Passes New Law on Property
By: BBC News
19 March 2007
China’s parliament has wrapped up its annual session, passing a landmark law to increase private property rights. It also approved a bill ending preferential tax treatment for foreign firms, setting a standard rate of 25%. Premier Wen Jiabao ended the session as he had begun it last week, promising a
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West Bengal, India: "Land Grab Must Be Stopped"
By: BBC News
19 March 2007
A general strike in the Indian state of West Bengal has disrupted normal life as workers protest against the killing of at least 14 farmers earlier this week.   Mahboob Hossain Chintu, who lives in a village close to Calcutta, describes the plight of farmers affected by the government’s industrialisation policies
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Evictions and demolitions in Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan
By: Atif Jamil Pagaan, Human Development Centre
15 March 2007
Demolition:On March 7, at about 3:00 pm government officers (as they were later identified) were escorted by more than two dozen police men attacked the poor. Most of the men were out at work at that time and the government officers without any prior notice started demolishing the homes of
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Continuing Forced Evictions and Discrimination against Roma in Greece
By: World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and Greek Helsinki Monitor
15 March 2007
The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), a member of its network, of the continuing discrimination against Roma in Greece, the serious violations of their economic, social and cultural rights and of the recently reported anti-Roma statement of a Deputy Supreme Court Prosecutor. The
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Israel`s Wall and Spreading Jewish Colonies Threaten Livelihood for Thousands
By: Rory McCarthy , The Guardian
11 March 2007
The bulldozers came for Hamid Salim Hassan’s house just after dawn. Before the demolition began, the Bedouin family scrambled to gather what they could: a fridge, a pile of carpets, some plastic chairs, a canister of cooking gas and a metal bed frame. Now, with their house a wreck of
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European Governments Challenged to Leverage Reform at the World Bank
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11 March 2007
On Monday 5 March over 65 non-governmental organisations from across Europe launched a new campaign to challenge the World Bank. The campaign launch coincides with the start of negotiations for further funding from rich country governments for the Bank. The NGOs backing the campaign are calling for European governments to
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Zambia Starts Mass Demolition of Illegal Houses
By: By Shapi Shacinda, Reuters
10 March 2007
LUSAKA - Zambia has started mass demolition of illegal houses in the capital Lusaka in a move to end corruption in the distribution of land plots, a police spokesman said on Saturday.   Bonny Kapeso said police moved in to raze houses in an exercise which started late on Friday night and ended
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Impunity for Violence Against Palestinian Women and Girls Must End
By: Press Release, Al Haq
08 March 2007
Al-Haq takes the occasion of International Women’s Day, under the theme of ‘Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls,’ to highlight the alarming situation of Palestinian women who not only live under the yoke of an oppressive military occupation that denies them the fundamental protections of international human rights
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The Counting Is Done; Let the Housing Begin
By: National Coalition for the Homeless
08 March 2007
WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, February 28th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a report to Congress on homelessness in America. The report included both a “point-in-time” count, which measures the number of homeless individuals on a given night, as well as a count collected over a three
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UN Experts Denounce Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls at Home
By: UN Press Release
08 March 2007
On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Sigma Huda, and the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing,
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As the U.S. Housing Bubble Starts to Burst
By: By Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t
06 March 2007
Okay, enough of the gloating; while the collapse of the housing bubble was both predictable and inevitable, it is not pretty. Tens of millions of people will be hurt as they see much of the equity in their homes - money that most had counted on to support their retirement
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Danish Anger Smoulders over Squat
By: Julian Isherwood, BBC News
06 March 2007
As Danes view the drab rubble of what was once a vibrant youth centre few applaud the decision to demolish a hotbed of creative youth culture. But even fewer condone the organised outrage of youths that left parts of Copenhagen resembling a war zone. "This was our refuge," said 17-year-old
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Police Evict "Ungdomshuset" in Copenhagen
By: Indymedia UK
04 March 2007
After a long political and legal battle the basis-democratic, alternative political and cultural centre ’Ungdomshuset’ was forcefully evicted by riot police and airborne anti-terror squads this morning. Ensuing demonstrations have seen large-scale confrontations between protestors and heavy-handed police, here is the full story from Copenhagen. After serious social conflicts and
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Complaint before Council of Europe against France for Housing Rights Infringement
By: FEANTSA Staff
04 March 2007
Press Release from FEANTSA’s French members: FNARS, Emmaüs, FAPILJanuary 2007 After the hostel fires, the crisis in the suburbs, the return of shanty towns, the soaring prices on the housing market, the tents in Paris… A complaint has been lodged with the Council of Europe against France for infringement of the
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Israel’s Institutionalised Discrimination against Palestinians
By: Press Release presented at the CERD Review of Isael
02 March 2007
Today, after ten years of evading its international duty to report on its implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the UN’s antiracism monitoring body, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), questioned Israel about its institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians
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Kuala Lampur, Malaysia: 109 Families Face Eviction after Appeals Court Ruling
By: A. Hafiz Yatim, New Sunday Times Online
01 March 2007
PUTRAJAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall can now evict 109 families in Kampung Semarak and Kampung Loke Yew.The Court of Appeal yesterday allowed City Hall’s application to set aside an injunction issued against it 22 days ago.The Kuala Lumpur High Court had on February 6 granted an injunction to the residents
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Israel Must be Accountable for Palestinian Reparation
By: Hedayat Abdel Nabi, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
23 February 2007
GENEVA , Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Israel must be held accountable for continuously violating Palestinian refugee and internally displaced persons’ rights to reparation, said representative of Bethlehem-based Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Karine MacAllister.Ten human rights NGOs -- including Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations -- presented
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NGOs Support Special Rapporteur`s Call for New ICJ Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation
By: Kuwait News Agency
23 February 2007
NGOs support Dugard’s call for Court’s advisory opinion on Israeli occupation GENEVA, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- A number of non-governmental organizations from inside and outside Israel supported today the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) John Dugard in regard for considering
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Cambodia: Boeung Kak Lake Latest City Sell-off
By: Allister Hayman and Sam Rith, Phnom Penh Post
22 February 2007
Thousands of Phnom Penh’s residents who live around Boeung Kak Lake may have to pack up and move after the Municipality’s signing of a lease for an 133 hectare area.Signed by Governor Kep Chuktema, the deal includes at least ten of the 24 villages that surround Boeung Kak - including
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