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"Sustainable Urbanisation" Key to Fighting Urban Poverty
By: UNOCHA
16 April 2007
NAIROBI, 16 April 2007 (IRIN) - The number of slum-dwellers worldwide is set to reach a new high in 2007, making alleviating poverty a global priority, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. "Urban poverty should be unacceptable in the new urban era, and yet this is the
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UN Readies for its Biggest-Ever Gathering on Corporate Citizenship
By: UN Press
15 April 2007
More than 700 business leaders and hundreds of top representatives from government, labour and civil society are expected to attend the <"http://www.unglobalcompact.org/">Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva in July, which will be the largest ever gathering convened by the United Nations on the issue of corporate citizenship. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told
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Landmark Ruling against Bulgaria for Violating Roma Housing Rights
By: Press Release
10 April 2007
Bulgaria Found in Violation of European Social Charter as a Result of Systematic Failure to Act on Positive Obligations The European Committee of Social Rights has ruled that Bulgaria is in violation of the European Social Charter for systematically denying the rights of Roma to adequate housing, in a decision
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Demolition Ends China House Row
By: BBC News Online
03 April 2007
The home of a Chinese family who defied property developers in a high-profile campaign has finally been demolished.   The family of Wu Ping gave up defending their Chongqing house after reportedly reaching a deal with the authorities.   The "nail house" - so called because it refused to be hammered down
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The Jordan Valley, Land and Self-Determination
By: Al Haq
02 April 2007
Al-Haq takes the occasion of Land Day to highlight the intrinsic link between land and the exercise of the right to self-determination. Over nearly 40 years of occupation, Israel’s pervasive policies of land expropriation and confiscation, settlement construction and movement restrictions have severely damaged the access of the Palestinian people
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Colombia: Miles de personas forzadas a huir
By: Informe del CICR
30 March 2007
Ginebra (CICR) – "En 2006, miles de personas se vieron obligadas a huir de sus hogares a causa de las presiones sufridas para que participaran en las hostilidades, las amenazas de muerte, la matanza de miembros de la familia y el peligro de verse atrapadas entre dos fuegos," explica Barbara
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Karachi "And Then They Came for Me!"
By: Fatima Bhutto, The News
22 March 2007
First they came for the katchi abadis. The slums that house between 40 to 60 per cent of Karachi’s residents were among the first to be hit. Families lost their homes, their neighbourhoods, their schools, and their inalienable right to simply exist. The residents of our katchi abadis live on
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Slum in Way of Mumbai’s Progress
By: Navdip Dhariwal, BBC News
22 March 2007
Mumbai (Bombay) is India’s biggest city and greatest hope, with aspirations of becoming the next Shanghai. But in the way of its rapid progress stands Asia’s largest slum. Dharavi sits in the heart of the financial capital, but plans to transform it are being met with fierce opposition. Every inch
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Rights Not REITs!
By: HIC and Tenants Forum Ruhr
21 March 2007
At Friday, March 23, the German Bundestag in Berlin will finally decide on the permission of the disputed tax-exempt real estate companies, REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts). At this occasion HABITAT COALITION INTERNATIONAL (HIC) – a worldwide coalition for the right to housing - and TENANT FORUM RUHR – a
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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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