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Oaxaca`s Government Land Grab
By: Theresa Kleinhaus and Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t | Report
08 July 2008
Oaxaca and Chicago - On 30 April, in the small village of Santo Domingo Ixcatlan, in Oaxaca, Mexico, a group of armed men from the paramilitary group the "White Guards" pulled over the car of carpenter Gustavo Castaneda Hernandez, a villager and vocal opponent of the sale of Santo Domingo`s
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Kashmir Land Dispute
By: Various
01 July 2008
Kashmir Violence over Shrine Land By Altaf Hussain, BBC News, Srinagar 24 June 2008 One person has died after police fired on a group of protesters in Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. The capital was rocked by protests on Monday evening over the controversial transfer of forest land for a
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Historic Development: Optional Protocol for ICESCR
By: Op-ICESCR Coalition
18 June 2008
Geneva: the United Nations Human Rights Council today approved by consensus an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).  The momentous decision today by the Human Rights Council brings one step closer the possibility of an international remedy mechanism for violations of the International Covenant
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Egypt Cedes UN Access to Eritrean Refugees
By: Gulf News
15 June 2008
Cairo: The Egyptian government has agreed to give the United Nations access to Eritreans seeking political asylum in Egypt for the first time since February, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. However, the agreement coincided with large-scale deportations of Eritrean migrants by the Egyptian authorities and it was not
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Outrage over Jerusalem Housing Plan
By: Al Jazeera News, Online Edition
13 June 2008
Palestinian officials have expressed outrage at Israeli plans to build about 2,000 new housing units in occupied east Jerusalem. Israel`s interior ministry said on Friday that 1,300 apartments had been approved for construction in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood, almost doubling the size of the settlement there. Sabine Hadad, Israel`s interior ministry spokeswoman, said
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Palestine: 18 Years` Work Destroyed in < 4 Hours
By: PCHR
06 June 2008
Nasser Jaber spent eighteen years building up his chicken farm in the southern Gaza Strip. Two weeks  ago the IOF bulldozed his farm, killing 40,000 of his chickens, and destroying his business. “They came at four in the morning, with two bulldozers, and they left before 8am. I own this
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41 Years of Israel’s Illegal Settlement Policy
By: Al Haq
05 June 2008
5 June 2008 marks the 41st year of Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. On this occasion Al-Haq calls on the international community to take immediate and concrete action in response to Israel’s continued policy of settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
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Israeli Demolition Threatens 3,000 Palestinian Homes
By: Al Awda
27 May 2008
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank risk being displaced as the Israeli authorities threaten to tear down their homes and in some cases entire communities, a UN agency said on Wednesday. "To date, more than 3,000 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank have pending demolition orders,
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Sudan: Land Clashes, Displacement (video)
By: IRIN and al-Jazeera
26 May 2008
JUBA, 24 March 2008 (IRIN) - Recent clashes between the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement (SPLM) army and fighters from the mainly Arab Miserriya community have displaced hundreds of civilians from their homes and raised tension across Abyei, the governor of the region lying between the north and South Sudan, said.
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Israel Protests UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon`s Use of Term
By: Rotem Sela, The Marker Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
21 May 2008
The Israeli mission to the United Nations is seeking clarifications after an official communique released by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon`s bureau made specific reference to the word "nakba," according to a report broadcast on Israel Radio early Friday morning. The report said the UN chief telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to
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Expulsion & Dispossession No Cause to Celebrate
By: Seumas Milne, The Guardian
16 May 2008
George Bush arrived in Jerusalem yesterday to celebrate Israel`s 60th anniversary and talk up what has to be the most bizarre proposal yet for achieving peace: a "shelf agreement". This, Bush explained before he set out, would be a "description" of a Palestinian state to be hammered out between the
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No Alternative But to the Return to Our Homes and Properties
By: National Committee Nakba-60
15 May 2008
Public Statement of the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba at 60–Palestine Their is no Alternative to the Return to Our Homes and Properties To the People of Palestine, Whether you live within the `Green Line`, in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, or in exile; you shall return, there is no
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Egypt: Poor Pay More Tax, Real Estate Profits Protected amid Food Crisis
By: Reuters
05 May 2008
CAIRO - Egypt`s parliament approved steep increases in fuel and cigarette prices and vehicle licence fees on Monday to cover the costs of public-sector pay hikes that President Hosni Mubarak proposed last week. Economists said some measures, such as the increase in fuel prices, would add to high inflation and offset
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“Life Is Not Ours”: Attacks on Indigenous Jumma People of Bangladesh
By: ACHR Weekly Review
23 April 2008
On 20th April 2008 as the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues gathered in New York to hold its seventh session, hundreds of illegal plain settlers attacked seven indigenous Jumma villages in the Chittagtong Hill Tracts (CHTs) of Bangladesh. These villages -  Nursery Para, Baibachara, Purba Para, Nangal Mura,
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Sierra Leone Slum Hunger
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21 April 2008
Here, Adama Gondor, who runs the clinic, describes a sad case of severe malnutrition and an unnecessary death.  So mothers have been bringing their children under the age of five for screening: we measure their height, their weight and the circumference of their arm.  If they fall below 80% of
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Joint Oral Statement to Human Rights Council / Item 3
By: International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
06 March 2008
International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Delivered by Sandra Ratjen, FIAN International Check against delivery Check
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DRC: Crisis Spills over into South Kivu
By: ICRC
28 February 2008
The ICRC has begun a distribution of essential items—clothing, blankets, mats, soap and kitchen sets—to over 500 displaced families who have taken refuge in South Kivu after fleeing the fighting in the neighbouring province of North Kivu. The distribution is being carried out together with the Red Cross Society of the
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Baltimore Sues Bank over Foreclosure Crisis
By: Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times
08 January 2008
The recent surge in homeowner defaults nationwide, generated by lax lending practices during the real estate boom, has officials bracing for a range of problems that often accompany foreclosures. Some municipalities, including Cleveland and Buffalo, are trying to make lenders responsible for abandoned properties to ward off crimes like arson,
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Kenya’s Post-election Displacements
By: IRIN
03 January 2008
Thousands of Kenyans displaced by post-election violence in the west of the country were taking refuge in police stations and church grounds with little or no access to humanitarian assistance four days into the worst unrest seen in the country since a 1982 failed coup. Many have no homes to
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Peru: Inquilinos en Marcha para la Renovación Urbana
By: Silvia de los Rios, URBE VIVA
18 December 2007
Amenaza de cientos de desalojos en el país, para el 2008, si este 31 de diciembre no se amplia el plazo de vigencia de los contratos de alquiler establecido en el inc. (c) del artículo 14º del Decreto Legislativo 709.     Cansados de promesas sin cumplir y ante el vencimiento del
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