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UN World Habitat Day 2005: Millennium Development Goals and the City
By: UN News Service
15 August 2005
UN News Service - August 2005 – With one sixth of the world’s population – one billion people – living in slums, slum upgrading and slum prevention is critical to meeting the development goals agreed on by world leaders, the United Nations agency for human settlements said today as it
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Shacks replace houses in Zimbabwe urban renewal
By: By Dingilizwe Ntuli Sunday Times (SA)
14 August 2005
Last week, about a month after the Zimbabwean government demolished people’s houses as part of Operation Murambatsvina, I went back to Harare to see what had become of those displaced by the so-called urban renewal programme. I stood on the ruins of what used to be Joshua Nkomo Heights. This
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Bulawayo Housing Project behind Schedule
By: By Savious Kwinika, Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
14 August 2005
Bulawayo--The government will obviously not be able to beat the 31 August deadline set for the construction of 1003 houses at Cowdray Park in Bulawayo for the families displaced under its widely condemned "Operation Murambatsvina", The Standard has established.   A tour to the construction site at Cowdray Park last week
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UN Adopts Pathbreaking New Global Standard that Demands Return of Confiscated Refugee Land and Housing
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11 August 2005

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Deadline for Malawi demolitions
By: By Raphael Tenthani, The BBC, Lilongwe
05 August 2005
Hundreds of Malawians have been given two weeks to leave their houses in the capital before they are demolished. Housing official Felix Tukula told the BBC the government wanted to evict those living illegally in Lilongwe on land meant for industrial developments. Mr Tukula said the authorities would use force
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UN rights experts call on Israel to remove barrier on occupied Palestinian territory
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04 August 2005
They also asserted that there seemed to be an incompatibility between UN support for the so-called Road Map peace plan calling for a two-State solution to the Middle East crisis and last year’s advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s own judicial body, on the wall.
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A Chinese City
By: By Edward Cody, The Washington Post
01 August 2005
CHIZHOU, China--Liu Liang, a slightly built computer student with big glasses, was home in Chizhou for summer vacation. At about 2:30 on the hot afternoon of June 26, he was pedaling his bicycle by the downtown vegetable market on Cuibai Street.   Driving down the same street in his new-looking black
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Hunger Is Spreading in Africa
By: By Abraham McLaughlin and Christian Allen Purefoy, The Christian Science Monitor
01 August 2005
Food aid is beginning to flow into Niger, where some 2.9 million people face food shortages. Scraping by: Women in Koumboula in southern Niger scrape millet on the ground to grind it. Africa is the only continent where hunger is increasing. (Photo: Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters)     Johannesburg, South Africa and
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UN Expert on Housing Rights Concludes Visit to Iran: calls for increased focus on the housing rights of the ethnic and religious minorities and women`s equal rights to land and housing
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31 July 2005
Following an invitation from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Mr. Miloon Kothari, visited the country on mission from 19 to 31 July 2005. Mr. Kothari, issued this statement at the conclusion of his mission: During the mission,
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EU joins outcry against Israel
By: By Matt Spetalnick
13 July 2005
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana criticized Israel on Monday for a barrier it is building around Jerusalem, and the Palestinian prime minister said it made a farce of efforts to restart the peace process. Israel faced new pressure over its controversial network of walls and fences a day
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Justices Affirm Property Seizures: 5-4 Ruling Backs Forced Sales for Private Development
By: Charles Lane Washington Post, page A01
27 June 2005
  The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that local governments may force property owners to sell out and make way for private economic development when officials decide it would benefit the public, even if the property is not blighted and the new project’s success is not guaranteed. The 5 to 4 ruling provided
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Zimbabwe: Unprecedented call for UN and AU action over evictions by 200 rights groups
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23 June 2005
As the human rights situation in Zimbabwe steadily deteriorates, with more than 300,000 now evicted from their homes by the government and a UN Special Envoy appointed to investigate the destruction and evictions, a coalition of more than 200 African and international NGOs today issued an unprecedented Joint Appeal to
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Zimbabwe: No crop growing allowed in urban areas
By: Bulawayo, (IRIN)
22 June 2005
Over the past three weeks, police have demolished illegal structures and arrested informal traders in the country’s towns and cities in an ongoing crackdown the government has said is aimed at cleaning up urban centres. The operation has been condemned internationally, as about 200,000 people have been left homeless and
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Japanese activists protest against Tokyo
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11 May 2005
A petition has been circulated by homeless and non-homeless activists throughout Japan - to protest Tokyo`s recent move to "cleanse" parks of homeless persons who stay there. The ability of homeless persons to collectivize and create safe communities in public parks up till now has been an immeasurable resource for
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Growing privatization of property drives homelessness, UN rights expert says
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11 May 2005
11 May 2005 – The growing privatization of property and increased land speculation were among the driving forces behind the 1.6 billion inadequately housed people across the world, including an estimated 100 million who are completely homeless, a United Nations human rights monitor said today.   Miloon Kothari, the UN Human
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This land is OUR land
By: Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post
25 April 2005
Ratree Kongwatmai carries two pictures of her eight-year-old daughter. One shows the girl smiling, glowing with happiness. The other shows the girl 10 days after the tsunami, the body decomposed beyond recognition.   "Look at my daughter’s body," Ratree insists. The deep pain in her voice makes it hard for anyone
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Narmada Control Authority decision welcomed
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14 April 2005
Narmada Bachao Andolan 58, Gandhi Marg, Badwani, Madhya Pradesh – 451551 -----------------------------------   Press Statement | April 14, 2005   NCA Decision Welcomed   We have heard that the Narmada Control Authority has decided not to let the Sardar Sarovar Dam ahead until the rehabilitation of all affected persons at a certain height is completed as per the Narmada Tribunal
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Update on imminent eviction in Lagos: the Minister for Housing is fired
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05 April 2005
Lagos, Nigeria   Re: Imminent Forced Eviction of 1,488 Families in Lagos, Nigeria                                                   Important Update   The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC) wishes to report that the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Mobolaji Osomo, has been fired from her job.  Her dismissal was ordered by the President, Olusegun Obasanjo,
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More than 100 Million Homeless Worldwide
By: Gustavo Capdevila
30 March 2005
GENEVA, Mar 30 (IPS) - Homelessness is a growing problem around the globe, affecting both the industrialised and developing worlds, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Miloon Kothari told the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, currently underway. Over one billion people on the planet lack adequate
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Report of SR on Housing, mission to Brazil
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24 March 2005
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSSixty-first session, Item 10 of the provisional agenda Economic, Social and Cultural RightsMission to BrazilReport of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon KothariText in English:http://www.hic-net.org/online/E.CN.4.2005.48.Add.3.Brasil_ENG.docText in Portuguese:http://www.hic-net.org/online/E.CN.4.2005.48.Add.3.Brasil_PRT.doc--------------------------------------------------------SummaryThe present report is submitted in accordance with
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