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UN Expert: Markets Alone Can`t Ensure Housing for All
By: OHCHR-Media Unit
23 October 2008
23 October 2008 The following statement was issued today in New York by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik: The belief that markets will provide adequate housing for all has failed. The current crisis is a stark reminder of this reality. A home is not a

New “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch”
15 October 2008
Heidelberg/Stuttgart/Utrecht - On the occasion of World Food Day 2008, the Zero Issue of the new Right to Food and Nutrition Watch will be presented to the public in Rome, Vienna, Brussels, Utrecht and Amsterdam by representatives of the publishing alliance from Bread for the World, ICCO and FIAN International.

Housing a Constitutional Right in Ecuador
15 October 2008
On 28 September 2008, Ecuador ratified a new Constitution providing for the right to housing, the right to the city, and the right to water and sanitation. Civic organizations from Latin America have lobbied for the recognition of these rights and participated in the deliberations over the Constitution’s articles on

Doing the Right Thing in Chicago
By: The Nation Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
14 October 2008
The Nation Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty commends Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart for not enforcing eviction orders against renters of foreclosed property-when they had no notice of the foreclosure, no time and no resources to stave off homelessness. In Cook County, and across the country, renters are often innocent

No Harmony without Inclusion
By: Raquel Rolnik, SR on Housing, UNOHCHR
06 October 2008
The following statement was issued in Geneva by the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, on the occasion of World Habitat Day ."Can we celebrate today World Habitat Day with joy and hope?"This year`s theme is "Harmonious Cities." Are the world cities heading towards

USA: Indigenous Housing, Self-Determination Act
27 September 2008
Washington DC – Today, Congress successfully completed its work to reauthorize one of the major Federal Indian laws relating to housing and community development. These decisive steps by Congress come after years of hard work by the Indian tribes, Alaska Native Villages, tribal housing authorities and the National American Indian

In the Name of Zionism
By: Erez Tzfadia, Ha`aretz
21 September 2008
Twenty-four official evacuation orders are stirring up emotions here. No, it is not West Bank settlements that have been told to shut down, but single-family farms built early in the decade in the Negev. The Wine Route Farms, as they are known collectively, were a joint project of the Ramat

India: Polluting Coca-Cola Plant Forced to Close
By: India Resource Center
14 August 2008
  Community Welcomes Decision, Company Cites "Unbearable" Financial Losses New Delhi (August 14, 2008): The India Resource Center can confirm that the Coca-Cola company has shut down another bottling plant in India - in Sinhachawar in Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh. A community-led campaign had demanded the closure of the

South Africa: Housing Heroine Grootboom Eulogized
By: Anti-Eviction Campaign and Independent Online (Cape Town)
10 August 2008
Kraaifontein - On Saturday, 9 August, a holiday marking the contribution of women to South Africa’s liberation struggle, three members of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign joined close to 500 mourners at the funeral of Irene Grootboom held at the Wallacedene informal settlement.   Eight years ago, Irene Grootboom brought her communities

Tibet: Spanish Court Hears Genocide Case
By: Agence France Presse
06 August 2008
Spain to Hear Tibetan Lawsuit against Chinese Leaders MADRID — Spain`s top criminal court agreed Tuesday to hear a lawsuit from Tibetan rights groups that accuses Chinese leaders of genocide in connection with the unrest that erupted in the region in March. MADRID — Spain`s top criminal court agreed Tuesday

Bush Quietly Signs Mortgage Crisis Bill into Law
By: AP, Al Jazeera and others
30 July 2008
Jenifer Loven, "Without fanfare, Bush signs mortgage relief bill," Associated Press   WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a housing bill Wednesday intended to rescue about 15 percent of the cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure in the next year or so. Early in the morning and out of public view, the president signed

United States: Congress Passes Mortgage Crisis Bill
By: Bill Naylor, National Public Radio
27 July 2008
The White House on Monday will receive a far-reaching housing bill from Congress for President Bush`s signature. The Senate approved the measure 72-to-13 on Saturday. The bill would help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure and rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together back nearly half of the nation`s

Cambodia: The Battle over Land
By: Andrew Nette, Newsmekong*
10 July 2008
RATANAKIRI, Cambodia (IPS) - In thick forest in the northeast Cambodian province of Ratanakiri, a team of lawyers uses a global positioning satellite handset to mark the location of traditional spirit forests and gravesites belonging to local Jarai villagers.The stark contrast between old and new, the latest technology and ancient

Palestine: Israeli Courts Endorse Transfer
By: Al Haq
09 July 2008
Israeli High Court Endorses Indirect Forcible Transfer in al-Nu`man Village Today, 9 July 2008, the Israeli High Court of Justice (the Court) issued its decision on the case brought by Al-Haq, Defence for Children International – Palestine Section and the residents of al-Nu’man village against the Prime Minister of Israel, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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