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Germany: Peoples’ Initiative Saved Municipal Housing
By: Manfred Wolf, Tenants Association of Freiburg, Global Tenant (IUT). June 2007
30 June 2007
Freiburg is a town in the southwest corner of Germany, in the State of Baden-Württemberg, with a population of 210,000. The mayor expected to get 510 million Euro in the sale, money that he wanted to use for paying off municipal debts. He wanted to copy what had taken place
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Tanzania: Extreme Land Privatization Threatens Ancient People’s Survival
By: By Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post Foreign Service
10 June 2007
Yaeda Valley, Tanzania -- One of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers on the planet is on the verge of vanishing into the modern world.   The transition has been long underway, but members of the dwindling Hadzabe tribe, who now number fewer than 1,500, say it is being unduly hastened by
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Residents Flee from Methane, Nairobi Slum
By: BBC News
09 June 2007
Some 250 people have been arrested during a week-long operation in Mathare targeting the illegal Mungiki sect.   The sect, made up of members of the Kikuyu community, is believed to be responsible for a series of beheadings.   Our correspondent in Nairobi says that a fragile calm has returned to Mathare,
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Court Halts Expulsion of Tamils
By: BBC News
08 June 2007
Hundreds of Tamils were expelled from the city on Thursday by the government. They have arrived in a town close to the front line that divides government and Tamil Tiger rebel-held territory.   A defence ministry spokesman said nearly 400 Tamils were expelled because they were part of a plot by
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Iran Expells Afghan Refugees
By: Alastair Leithead, BBC News
08 June 2007
Ninety thousand people have so far been forcibly returned to Afghanistan from Iran since 21 April, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.   Every hour or so another bus arrives on the Iranian side, the people are unloaded, carrying the few possessions they had when they were arrested.
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Broken G8 Promises Are Costing Millions of Lives: Briefing Paper
By: Oxfam
07 June 2007
As the 2007 German G8 summit approaches, the demands of themillions of anti-poverty campaigners worldwide are clear. G8 leaders must increase and improve aid to provide health, education, water and sanitation for all. They must cancel more debt and deliver trade justice. They must take urgent action to bring peace
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Development at the Residents` Expense: Fact-finding Mission Report on China
By: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
04 June 2007
On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the repression of the student movement of Tian an men, FIDH publishes a report on forced evictions in China.Following a mission of investigation over several months in Chongqing, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) publishes a report documenting widespread violations of
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Sri Lanka War Refugees Undergo Mass Resettlement
By: Amantha Perera, Inter Press Service
03 June 2007
May , COLOMBO (IPS) - An army-supervised mass resettlement plan underway for more than 100,000 people, displaced by fierce battles with Tamil rebels in eastern Batticaloa district, may be causing new problems for the refugees rather than solving existing ones, say volunteers. Over the past week, some 20,000 people have
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Mumbai Poor Threaten to Cripple Air and Rail Links
By: International Institute for Environment and Development
30 May 2007
Hundreds of thousands of slum dwellers could paralyse air and rail links to one of Asia’s most populous cities - Mumbai, India - unless they are involved in plans for their resettlement. Jockin Arputham, president of India’s National Slum Dwellers Federation, outlines the threat - and the alternative, a promise
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Vatican Evicts Tenants to Make Room for Hotel
By: Malcolm Moore and Alessandro Speciale, The Telegraph
27 May 2007
For centuries, the Vatican has bestowed a special kind of charity on the residents of Rome, providing low-rent accommodation in the vast number of properties it owns in the heart of the Italian capital. But recently the Holy See has suddenly turned on many of its tenants, demanding higher rents or
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Vatican Evicts Tenants to Make Room for Hotel
By: Malcolm Moore and Alessandro Speciale, The Telegraph
27 May 2007
For centuries, the Vatican has bestowed a special kind of charity on the residents of Rome, providing low-rent accommodation in the vast number of properties it owns in the heart of the Italian capital. But recently the Holy See has suddenly turned on many of its tenants, demanding higher rents or
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First Nations Warn of a Long, Hot Summer
By: Am Johal, Inter Press Service News Agency
24 May 2007
VANCOUVER, May 24 (IPS) - Phil Fontaine, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, a Canadian aboriginal governing body, says that the anger felt by First Nations communities over deplorable economic and social conditions has hit a wall and civil disobedience will increase in the coming months. The issue
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China Complicit in Sudan Dam Rights Abuse
By: AFP
18 May 2007
A leading opponent of a Chinese-financed dam in Sudan accused Beijing Friday of complicity in widespread human rights abuse, as Khartoum moved to relocate 70,000 villagers to make way for the project. Beijing was directly involved in Khartoum’s plundering of land and water resources at the Merowe Dam project in northern
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England: One Million Kids in "Squalid" Housing
By: Sky News
18 May 2007
Almost one million children are trapped in overcrowded living conditions in England, according to the housing charity Shelter. It says official figures show 955,000 youngsters are living in "cramped, squalid" housing - a rise of 50,000 on three years ago. The charity is calling on ministers to update current legislation on overcrowding,
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Palestine Update: Israeli High Court Hearing of Nu’man Village Petition
By: Al Haq
16 May 2007
On Sunday, 13 May 2007, the Israeli High Court of Justice heard the petition brought by Al-Haq, Defence for Children International – Palestine Section and the residents of al-Nu’man village. The following is a brief summary of an unofficial translation of the court hearing. In response to the difficulties caused by holding
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China Not to Repeat the West’s Mistakes in Africa
By: International Rivers Network
14 May 2007
As the African Development Bank convenes in Shanghai for its annual meeting, African and international civil society groups call for greater public accountability in China’s relations with Africa. China’s expanding role in Africa may represent a great opportunity for development, but only if China is careful not to repeat the
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West Bank, Palestine: Residents of al-Nu’man Village Petition Israeli High Court
By: Al Haq
13 May 2007
This coming Sunday, 13 May 2007, the Israeli High Court of Justice will hear the petition brought on behalf of Al-Haq, Defence for Children International – Palestine Section and the residents of al-Nu’man village. The petition seeks to defend the human rights of the villagers and alleviate the inhuman living conditions to which they are
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Building Sustainable Communities; Housing Policies Are the Driving Force
By: Report on the Seminar of the European Housing Forum in Dublin, Katharine Coit (HIC Board member-Europe)
08 May 2007
This seminar was organised by FEANTSA, a member of HIC and a European network, working on the issue of homelessness and extreme housing deprivation. The subject was housing policies in the context of the European Union. The title of the seminar is telling. Housing is not in the European Union
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Palestine: First Quarterly Report of 2007 on Human Rights Abuses
By: al-Haq (Ramallah)
29 April 2007
This is the first quarterly field report of 2007 by Al-Haq’s Monitoring and Documentation Department, covering the period from January to March 2007. Al-Haq’s field reports cover human rights abuses committed by the Israeli Occupying Power and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Each
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UN-Habitat Governing Council Backs Women in Land and Property Rights
By: UN Habitat
26 April 2007
The Governing Council of UN-HABITAT on Friday passed a resolution providing new guidelines aimed at improving women’s land and property rights and access to finance. "While we have some success stories with regard to land, UN-HABITAT’s research shows that the implementation of women’s rights to land, property and housing remains
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