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Guatemala: Canadian Mining Company Forcibly Evicts Impoverished Mayan-Q’eqchi’
17 January 2007
On 8 January 2007, the GAR (private police forces) and the armed forces evicted 80 Mayan-Q’eq’chi families from the community of La Pista and 228 families from La Union, in the region of El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala. On 9 January, the community of La Revoluci?n, also in El Estor, Isabal,

Israel’s "Invisible Hand" in Gaza
By: Alan Johnston, BBC News-Gaza
17 January 2007
Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says. In the days after Israeli troops and settlers pulled out of the territory, the

France Endorses Housing as a Legal Right
By: By Kerstin Gehmlich, Reuters
04 January 2007
The plight of the homeless has become a campaign issue ahead of this year’s presidential election after a group calling itself "The Children of Don Quixote" set up tents in Paris to draw attention to people sleeping outside. The issue has dominated the news and forced politicians from all main parties

Israel Approves New West Bank Settler Colony
26 December 2006
Israel has approved the construction of a new settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials have said. The defence ministry said 30 houses would be built in the settlement for families moved from the Gaza Strip. It marks the first time since 1992 that Israel has approved a new

United Nations Expert on Adequate Housing Concludes Spain Mission
By: UN - Geneva
15 December 2006
From 20 November to 1 December 2006, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, conducted a mission to Spain to examine the status of realization of the right to adequate housing, paying particular attention to aspects of

Botswana: Bushmen Win Landmark Eviction Ruling
By: Survival International
13 December 2006
Scenes of jubilation greeted the Botswana High Court’s ruling today in favour of the Kalahari Bushmen.The court ruled today that the Botswana government’s eviction of the Bushmen was "unlawful and unconstitutional," and that they have the right to live on their ancestral land inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.The court

Bank Focus on "Growth" Leaves Poor Behind
By: Inter Press Service correspondents
07 December 2006
In a report Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) said that the World Bank has focused too narrowly on economic growth, leaving unemployment and poverty rates to stagnate or worsen. "The Bank has helped many countries to get onto a growth path through improved economic management, but the growth strategies

A City Reborn: Five Years in Herat
By: BBC News
05 December 2006
The city of Herat in western Afghanistan has experienced five years of relative calm since the fall of the Taleban, compared to the turmoil of the south. But it still faces many challenges and these provide an insight into the life of a typical Afghan city.   Heart’s Past The violent history

La ONU pide cambios fiscales contra la «desenfrenada» especulaci?n en Espa?a
By: Europa Press (Madrid)
03 December 2006
Naciones Unidas alert? ayer sobre la «especulaci?n urban?stica desenfrenada» del mercado de la vivienda en Espa?a, y reclam? al Gobierno que modifique el sistema de deducciones fiscales a la compra de inmuebles porque, en su opini?n, se «est? subvencionando a los promotores con dinero p?blico».El relator especial de Naciones Unidas

New Orleans Tenants Denounce Housing Authority Plans to Demolish Homes
By: By Gwen Filosa, Times Picayune
30 November 2006
Five months after announcing plans to demolish most of the flood-damaged public housing complexes New Orleans, the Housing Authority of New Orleans was berated by tenants at a crowded, fiery meeting Wednesday evening. Thousands of public housing families remain scattered from their hometown and distressed that the government has aimed

UN Human Rights Chief Questioned on Nangpa Pass Killings
By: By Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon, Phayul
30 November 2006
United Nations, Geneva - As the UN Human Rights Council began its third session yesterday here, 16 NGOs in a joint statement questioned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the steps taken concerning the 30 September killings of Tibetans on the Nangpa Pass. A Chinese delegate made a

Responses to UN Delays on Indigenous Peoples Rights Declaration
By: Inter Press Service, Amnesty International, FORUM-Asia, CORE
30 November 2006
U.N. Delays Vote on Native Self-determination Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service (IPS), 28 November 2006UNITED NATIONS -- Leaders of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples and their supporters expressed sadness and anger Tuesday as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly rejected a draft declaration calling for the international recognition

Social Forum Chile: Another Araucania Is Possible
By: Daniela Estrada, Inter Press Service (IPS)
24 November 2006
One of the songs by the group Vlkatun Mapu ("Song of the Earth" in the Mapuzungun language) was about Guacolda, wife of Lautaro, the heroic "toqui" or military chief of the Mapuche nation in the 16th century. As a child, Lautaro was a labourer for the Spanish conqueror Pedro de

Press Release: Louise Arbour Says Civilians Are Bearing Brunt of Violations
By: United Nations
23 November 2006
UNITED NATIONSPress Release   HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ENDING VISIT TO ISRAEL AND OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, SAYS CIVILIANS BEARING BRUNT OF VIOLATIONS     23 November 2006   Louise Arbour Says Civilians Are Bearing Brunt of Violations United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement released on 23 November that Palestinian

Settlements "Violate Israeli Law"
By: BBC News
21 November 2006
More than a third of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are built on privately owned Palestinian land, an Israeli campaign group has reported. Peace Now says nearly 40% of the land the settlements sit on is, according to official data, "effectively stolen" from Palestinian landowners. This, the group

Victory against Housing Privatization in Freiburg, Germany
By: Knut Unger, HIC-Europe
15 November 2006
Last Sunday the citizens of Freiburg (South-West Germany) stopped the sale of local housing planned by mayor Dieter Salomon (Greens).  At a local referendum which had been organized by a peoples’ initiative called “Housing is Human Right”, 70.5% of the voters voted against plans to sell 79,00 of 89,00 municipal

HIC Newsletter, November 2006
07 November 2006
1. Welcome to the 2006 HIC Evaluation! After 30 years of life, campaigns and advocacy in favour of sustainable policies to resolve habitational issues, HIC once again has the opportunity to conduct a participatory evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to revise the mission, objectives, strategy and impact that HIC

From Oaxaca to All International Networks; Political, Social, Union, Indigenous, Human Rights and Other Civil Society Organizations, and All Peoples of the World
05 November 2006
On 29 October 2006, by decision of Mexican President Vicente Fox, in concurrence with his successor, Felipe Calder?n and the Governor of the State of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, implemented a police-military operation to seize the City of Oaxaca. Approximately 4,000 police troops from the Federal Preventative Police (PFP), acting as

Tell Starbucks to GIve Farmers Their Fair Share
31 October 2006
Each year, coffee companies make billions of dollars. Starbucks alone earned almost $5.8 billion in net revenues during the first three quarters of 2006.   Yet, for every cup of coffee Starbucks sells, poor farmers in coffee-growing countries like Ethiopia earn only about $.03. Even worse, while Ethiopian farmers grow some of

El Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas Hace un Llamado Urgente al Gobierno Mexicano por las Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca
30 October 2006
El Relator Especial no desconoce que estos hechos ocurren en el marco de un largo conflicto social y pol?tico que ha enfrentado a diversos sectores de la sociedad oaxaque?a con las autoridades estatales. El Relator Especial ha recibido informaci?n que en el transcurso de este conflicto las violaciones a los

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