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Tonle Bassac Residents Rally against Planned Eviction (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
By: By Pin Sisovann and Jason McBride, The Cambodia Daily
19 July 2006
  Surrounded by photocopied portraits of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany, some 50 residents of the area known as Group 78 in Tonle Bassac commune protested Tuesday against their imminent eviction on Friday. Group 78, a narrow strip of houses along a dirt road behind the Russian
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Assessing WUF III
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24 June 2006
By 2050, two-thirds of the world population will inhabit urban centers. Rampant urbanization and urban migration impose a tremendous burden on cities; whereas, already 30% of their inhabitants currently reside in slums. This translates as more than 283 million slum dwellers, living in squalid conditions in major cities, the majority
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UN Rights Expert Calls on All to Oppose the “Human Tragedy” of Forced Evictions
By: UN News Centre
21 June 2006
Describing the impact of forced evictions as a “human tragedy,” a United Nations expert on adequate housing has called on all States to urgently halt the practice, including the so-called development-based evictions that are often justified as being linked to slum-clearance drives or in other ways serving the “public good.”
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UN Meeting Told to Protect Poor from Eviction
By: By Allan Dowd (Reuters)
20 June 2006
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Officials and activists grappling with growing urban poverty were warned on Tuesday to protect the poor from losing their homes in mass evictions, often done in the name of improving their lives.   Delegates to the World Urban Forum, a U.N-sponsored event in Vancouver that has drawn more
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The World Is on Our Doorstep: Forum Hears Contrasting Approaches to Housing Solutions
By: Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun
20 June 2006
The United Nations` third World Urban Forum opened in Vancouver Monday with native dancing and drumming, songs from Canadian and Kenyan children, and some sharply differing ideas about how to solve the planet`s housing problems. U.S. Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson said home ownership is the solution.   "Home ownership will make our cities
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Vancouver BC: Habitat II Debates
By: Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun
20 June 2006
The United Nations` third World Urban Forum opened in Vancouver Monday with native dancing and drumming, songs from Canadian and Kenyan children, and some sharply differing ideas about how to solve the planet`s housing problems.   U.S. Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson said home ownership is the solution.   "Home ownership will make our cities
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Booming Cities Leave Homeless out in the Cold, Say Vancouver Forum Participants
By: By Camille Bains
19 June 2006
VANCOUVER - Booming cities may be fuelling hot economies but they`re leaving poor people out in the cold, housing advocates from various countries said Monday at the United Nations World Urban Forum. Michael Shapcott, a spokesman for the National Housing and Homelessness Network, told a banner-carrying crowd gathered outside the forum
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“Palestinian issue dominates Caterpillar meeting”
By: James P. Miller, Chicago Tribune Staff
15 June 2006
Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Owens told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday that because the heavy-equipment giant has “strong economic winds at our back,” prospects for continued growth appear promising. Owens clearly wanted to discuss the record earnings the Peoria-based company has recorded in each of the
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5,000 Public Housing Units in New Orleans to Be Razed
By: By Susan Saulny, The New York Times
15 June 2006

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Abuja, Nigeria: Authorities Massively Demolish and Evict Communities, Affecting up to 800,000
By: HLRN, Development Initiatives Network, Women Environmental Programme
01 June 2006
The Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), part of Habitat International Coalition (HIC), in cooperation with its member, the Development Initiatives Network (DIN), and with Women Environmental Programme, in Nigeria, have received disturbing news about mass evictions in the city of Abuja. Your urgent action is required in Nigeria. Brief
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia: UN Experts Appeal for Respect of Human Rights of Bassac Residents
By: UN Press
30 May 2006
“In our capacity as independent experts, we wish to publicly raise our concerns about the ongoing process of evictions taking place in the Bassac river area in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.We are continuing to receive troubling information concerning evictions of informal settlements on the bank of the Bassac River by the
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UN Expert Calls for Immediate Halt to Forced Evictions in Karachi, Pakistan
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26 May 2006
The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari:"In my capacity as Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, I continue to receive troubling information on a new wave of forced evictions in connection
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Mumbai: 5,000 Slum Houses Demolished, Torched and Resident Evicted
By: HLRN Urgent Action: IND-FE 150506
16 May 2006
          Housing and Land Rights Network                        Habitat International Coalition     YUVA, a partner of HIC-HLRN in Mumbai, has informed us of a brutal demolition in which local authorities have destroyed 5,000 houses in Mandala, Mankurd in Mumbai, and set fire to an entire slum on
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Israeli Supreme Court Approves Racist Antifamily Law: Even Apartheid South Africa Court Overturned Similar Orders
By: Adalah
14 May 2006
Today, 14 May 2006, a majority of the Supreme Court of Israel, in a split of 6-5 Justices, issued a 263-page decision in which it dismissed a petition filed by Adalah, and six other petitions joined by the Court to the petition including a petition filed by the Association for
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Human Rights Experts Strongly Condemn Forced Evictions and Displacement in Delhi, Mumbai and the Narmada Valley
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05 May 2006
In a press conference on “Human Rights Implications of Forced Evictions and Displacement: An International Perspective” organised by the Housing and Land Rights Network in Delhi, speakers pointed out the rampant violations of human rights being carried out across the country in the name of development.   Forced evictions and the
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"Most Wanted" Corporate Human (Housing and Land) Rights Violators of 2005
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01 May 2006
CATERPILLAR CEO: James OwensContact the Corporation: Caterpillar Inc.100 NE Adams St.Peoria, IL 61629Phone: 309-675-1000Fax: 309-675-1182 Human Rights Abuses: contracting with known violators of human rights, enabling house demolition, supplying equipment that kills Palestinian civilians and American peace activists For years, the Caterpillar Company has provided Israel with the bulldozers used to
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Social Production of Habitat: People Help Themselves for Housing
By: Sanjay Suri, Inter Press Service
23 April 2006
GLASGOW (IPS) - South African women living in squatter settlements build new homes, about 18,000 of them. Tens of thousands of new homes and many new police stations are coming up in Bombay slums. Neither is the result of a government programme, or of some kindly NGO. At both places
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Urgent Call to Save the People of the Narmada Valley in India
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09 April 2006
The 8 March 2006 decision of the Narmada Control Authority to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam from 110.64 metres to 121.92 metres is a cause of great concern. Not only does it violate the Indian Supreme Court’s 2000 judgment, India`s constitutional obligations and commitments under international human rights
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Rush to Aid Iran Quake Homeless
By: BBC News
01 April 2006
More than 70 people were killed and about 1,200 hurt when quakes measuring up to 6.0 struck on Friday morning. Many people chose to spend the night in the open amid fears of aftershocks. The interior ministry said 15,000 homes had been affected. More tents and blankets were required but
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Human Rights Expert Expresses Concern about Angola
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30 March 2006
“In my capacity as Special Rapporteur on adequate housing appointed by the UN Commission on Human Rights, I have following closely for some time the situation with respect to housing rights in Angola, particularly in light of the persisting practice of forced evictions in Luanda. I have brought my concerns
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