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Palestine: 18 Years` Work Destroyed in < 4 Hours
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

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

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,

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.

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

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

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

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

“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,

Sierra Leone Slum Hunger
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

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

DRC: Crisis Spills over into South Kivu
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

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,

Kenya’s Post-election Displacements
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

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

Call to Address Homelessness in India
07 December 2007
As Human Rights Day approaches on December 10, it is a matter of national shame that the country’s capital has an estimated 1.5 lakh homeless people who face daily violations of their human rights. In a city that prides itself on its aspirational “world-class” status, it is a glaring failure

Violating Rights of Paraguay’s Rural Poor
By: By David Vargas, Inter Press Service
22 November 2007
The U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), which began its annual session in early November, will spend two days, starting on Tuesday, analysing alleged violations by the Paraguayan administration of President Nicanor Duarte of the rights of rural communities to access to land, housing, work, food and

Paraguay: Gobierno rinde examen en ONU
By: Por David Vargas, Inter Press Service
22 November 2007
El Comité de Derechos Econ?micos, Sociales y Culturales (CDESC), que inici? su sesi?n anual a comienzos de este mes, analizar? por dos d?as a partir de este martes acusaciones contra el gobierno paraguayo de Nicanor Duarte Frutos sobre el presunto incumplimiento de art?culos referidos al acceso a la tierra, la

Halt New Orleans Public Housing Demolition!
By: National Economic and Social Rights Initiative--NESRI (New York)
21 November 2007
Atlanta - More than 40 human rights organizations today decried the scheduled demolition of 3,000 public housing units in New Orleans. The groups have issued a letter to U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, urging her continued leadership on behalf of public housing residents by finalizing dates for nationwide congressional hearings. The

Liberia Grants Land, Citizenship to Refugees
By: Agence France Presse
13 November 2007
The refugees, who will go through a process of naturalisation, started receiving portions of farmland this week being dished out at Bensonville, 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of the capital. Gotomo Gordon, a Liberian government official in charge of repatriation and resettlement of refugees, said the decision to resettle the

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