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Israel`s Wall and Spreading Jewish Colonies Threaten Livelihood for Thousands
By: Rory McCarthy , The Guardian
11 March 2007
The bulldozers came for Hamid Salim Hassan’s house just after dawn. Before the demolition began, the Bedouin family scrambled to gather what they could: a fridge, a pile of carpets, some plastic chairs, a canister of cooking gas and a metal bed frame. Now, with their house a wreck of
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European Governments Challenged to Leverage Reform at the World Bank
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11 March 2007
On Monday 5 March over 65 non-governmental organisations from across Europe launched a new campaign to challenge the World Bank. The campaign launch coincides with the start of negotiations for further funding from rich country governments for the Bank. The NGOs backing the campaign are calling for European governments to
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Zambia Starts Mass Demolition of Illegal Houses
By: By Shapi Shacinda, Reuters
10 March 2007
LUSAKA - Zambia has started mass demolition of illegal houses in the capital Lusaka in a move to end corruption in the distribution of land plots, a police spokesman said on Saturday.   Bonny Kapeso said police moved in to raze houses in an exercise which started late on Friday night and ended
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Impunity for Violence Against Palestinian Women and Girls Must End
By: Press Release, Al Haq
08 March 2007
Al-Haq takes the occasion of International Women’s Day, under the theme of ‘Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls,’ to highlight the alarming situation of Palestinian women who not only live under the yoke of an oppressive military occupation that denies them the fundamental protections of international human rights
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The Counting Is Done; Let the Housing Begin
By: National Coalition for the Homeless
08 March 2007
WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, February 28th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a report to Congress on homelessness in America. The report included both a “point-in-time” count, which measures the number of homeless individuals on a given night, as well as a count collected over a three
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UN Experts Denounce Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls at Home
By: UN Press Release
08 March 2007
On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Sigma Huda, and the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing,
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As the U.S. Housing Bubble Starts to Burst
By: By Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t
06 March 2007
Okay, enough of the gloating; while the collapse of the housing bubble was both predictable and inevitable, it is not pretty. Tens of millions of people will be hurt as they see much of the equity in their homes - money that most had counted on to support their retirement
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Danish Anger Smoulders over Squat
By: Julian Isherwood, BBC News
06 March 2007
As Danes view the drab rubble of what was once a vibrant youth centre few applaud the decision to demolish a hotbed of creative youth culture. But even fewer condone the organised outrage of youths that left parts of Copenhagen resembling a war zone. "This was our refuge," said 17-year-old
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Police Evict "Ungdomshuset" in Copenhagen
By: Indymedia UK
04 March 2007
After a long political and legal battle the basis-democratic, alternative political and cultural centre ’Ungdomshuset’ was forcefully evicted by riot police and airborne anti-terror squads this morning. Ensuing demonstrations have seen large-scale confrontations between protestors and heavy-handed police, here is the full story from Copenhagen. After serious social conflicts and
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Complaint before Council of Europe against France for Housing Rights Infringement
By: FEANTSA Staff
04 March 2007
Press Release from FEANTSA’s French members: FNARS, Emmaüs, FAPILJanuary 2007 After the hostel fires, the crisis in the suburbs, the return of shanty towns, the soaring prices on the housing market, the tents in Paris… A complaint has been lodged with the Council of Europe against France for infringement of the
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Israel’s Institutionalised Discrimination against Palestinians
By: Press Release presented at the CERD Review of Isael
02 March 2007
Today, after ten years of evading its international duty to report on its implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the UN’s antiracism monitoring body, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), questioned Israel about its institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians
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Kuala Lampur, Malaysia: 109 Families Face Eviction after Appeals Court Ruling
By: A. Hafiz Yatim, New Sunday Times Online
01 March 2007
PUTRAJAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall can now evict 109 families in Kampung Semarak and Kampung Loke Yew.The Court of Appeal yesterday allowed City Hall’s application to set aside an injunction issued against it 22 days ago.The Kuala Lumpur High Court had on February 6 granted an injunction to the residents
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Israel Must be Accountable for Palestinian Reparation
By: Hedayat Abdel Nabi, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
23 February 2007
GENEVA , Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Israel must be held accountable for continuously violating Palestinian refugee and internally displaced persons’ rights to reparation, said representative of Bethlehem-based Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Karine MacAllister.Ten human rights NGOs -- including Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations -- presented
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NGOs Support Special Rapporteur`s Call for New ICJ Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation
By: Kuwait News Agency
23 February 2007
NGOs support Dugard’s call for Court’s advisory opinion on Israeli occupation GENEVA, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- A number of non-governmental organizations from inside and outside Israel supported today the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) John Dugard in regard for considering
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Cambodia: Boeung Kak Lake Latest City Sell-off
By: Allister Hayman and Sam Rith, Phnom Penh Post
22 February 2007
Thousands of Phnom Penh’s residents who live around Boeung Kak Lake may have to pack up and move after the Municipality’s signing of a lease for an 133 hectare area.Signed by Governor Kep Chuktema, the deal includes at least ten of the 24 villages that surround Boeung Kak - including
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Primer Foro Nacional sobre Legislaci?n y Financiamiento para la Producci?n Social de la Vivienda
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15 February 2007
onsiderando que:   La pol?tica de Estado del actual Gobierno Federal en materia de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano  ha privilegiado una pol?tica que favorece al mercado inmobiliario y financiero por sobre los intereses sociales de la mayor?a de la poblaci?n;   Dicho sistema se caracteriza entre otros, por promover la extensi?n de las manchas
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Dying for a Home: Toxic Trailers Are Making Katrina Refugees Ill
By: Amanda Spake, The Nation
15 February 2007
Along the Gulf Coast, in the towns and fishing villages from New Orleans to Mobile, survivors of Hurricane Katrina are suffering from a constellation of similar health problems. They wake up wheezing, coughing and gasping for breath. Their eyes burn; their heads ache; they feel tired, lethargic. Nosebleeds are common,
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Reporte Actualizado sobre las Inundaciones en Yakarta
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15 February 2007
El n?mero de muertos ha incrementado cada d?a, hasta ahora se tienen confirmadas 50 muertes (en Yakarta y su ?rea metropolitana). El n?mero de refugiados durante la inundaci?n es de 392,164 personas. Desde que el nivel del agua ha disminuido, muchas personas han comenzado a regresar a sus comunidades y
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Uganda: Residents Fear Eviction after Land Giveaway
By: John A. Emojong, The Monitor (Kampala)
12 February 2007
As the land-give-away to investors continues, residents of Osukuru sub-county in Tororo district are crying foul because of what they call lack of transparency by the government in allocating land. During a meeting with residents and the Assistant Commissioner in the Ministry of Energy John Odidi at Osukuru, area LC5
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Cambodia: Jarai Villagers Fight Finance Minister’s Sister for Land
By: Cat Barton and Cheang Sokha, Phnom Penh Post
08 February 2007
For the past year, Phnom Penh has weathered a string of well-publicized evictions, with poor, marginalized communities forced from their homes by a powerful, well-connected elite. Less visible has been the land-grabbing in remote rural areas.On January 23, a group of ethnic minority villagers initiated legal action against Keat Kolney,
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