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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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Brazil’s Homeless Workers Join Month of Protests
By: Mario Osava, Inter Press Service
25 April 2007
In greater Sao Paulo, the movement’s actions escalated on Mar. 16, when about 500 families occupied an area of 1.2 million square metres in Itapecerica da Serra, a municipality of 160,000 located 38 kilometres from Sao Paulo’s city centre. This Wednesday the invasion had grown to some 3,000 families, a
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Civil Groups Pressure EU
By: Fiji Times
23 April 2007
CIVIL societies have join thousands of workers, farmers and campaigners from across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean in coordinated action outside European Commission Delegations to call for a stop to unfair trade deals between Europe and the developing world. The Pacific Network on Globalisation said civil society groups had called
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India: People Protest Steel Project
By: KalingaTimes
23 April 2007
Bhubaneswar, India- There is a clear lack of trust on the part of the people in the villages earmarked for the proposed POSCO steel project toward the local authorities since all decisions and processes in the past two years have been based on consultation between the administration, government and the company
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Campaign for Elected UN Assembly Launched
By: Anne Penketh, The Independent
23 April 2007
Some 541 politicians, academics and business leaders from Europe and around the world have signed an appeal for the creation of a UN parliamentary assembly to overcome the "democratic deficit" in global affairs and give citizens a bigger voice. One of the main objectives of the campaigners - including Dame
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UN Habitat Fund to Finance Slum Housing
By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt, Inter Press Service
19 April 2007
NAIROBI - Some relief for the pressing housing needs of slum dwellers may be in sight. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) is planning a revolving fund to assist poor people with credit to build houses in slum areas. The proposal is contained in the organisation’s medium term
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Nestlé Bottling Operations Court Controversy
By: Eli Clifton, Inter Press Service
19 April 2007
WASHINGTON - The Sierra Club, a U.S.-based environmental organisation and shareholder in Nestlé and Corporate Accountability International, led a gathering of concerned citizens at Nestlé’s North American headquarters in the north-eastern city of Greenwich, Connecticut to call on the company to "respect the right of local communities to exercise democratic
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The ABCs of Home Demolitions in Israel
By: Eileen Fleming, Dissident Voice
18 April 2007
  Beit Arabiya is the name of the home of Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh, a family of nine whose home has been demolished four times. Any day now, the Civil Administration, Israel’s military government over the Occupied Territories, could order the home demolished for the fifth time.   The Shawamreh home in the
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Brazil’s Homeless and Landless Unite
By: By Gary Duffy, BBC News, Sao Paulo
17 April 2007
In the countryside, protest action is led by the controversial and better known organisation of landless workers, MST, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra. Critics say not all its members are rural workers, and condemn its tactics of illegally occupying land, but it remains one of the best organised social
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Global Internal Displacement Survey Shows Crisis Worsens, Middle East Particularly Affected
By: Press Release, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
16 April 2007
Press Release   Global internal displacement crisis worsens, Middle East particularly hard hit, says survey   GENEVA, 16 April 2007 – The number of people newly displaced within their own countries by conflict has sharply increased, with the Middle East particularly hard hit by new displacements, according to a global survey released today by
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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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