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Nigeria: Risk of Major Displacement Increases as Tensions Rise
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
In the latest outbreak of communal violence in Nigeria, more than 1,000 people reportedly fled their homes in the northern town of Dutse earlier this week as mobs went on the rampage, looting and burning churches and other property belonging to Christians in apparent response to a Christian trader blaspheming

Letter to the Organizers of the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale
By: Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
05 September 2006
We the undersigned groups and organizations request that the Venice Biennale cancel the country exhibition of Israel entitled “LIFE SAVER - Typology of Commemoration in Israel - Architecture and Society” for the following reasons: The Israeli participation is supported by the Israeli state, a state that continues against all International laws

UN Expert Concludes Australia Mission, Identifies Hidden National Housing Crisis
By: UN press release
23 August 2006
During his visit, which started on 31 July, the Special Rapporteur visited various urban and rural locations, in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria to examine the status of realization of the right to adequate housing in Australia, with particular attention to

Dia Internacional de los Pueblos Indigenas
By: Pronunciamiento de la Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas
12 August 2006
La Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas (CAOI) con motivo de celebrarse el \"Dia Internacional de los Pueblos Indigenas\" hacemos un llamado a los Estados para que en este dia adopten politicas nacionales y mecanismos para la proteccion, reconocimiento y respeto pleno a los derechos indigenas, a los pueblos ind?genas a

Tunnels and Roads, Closures, Crossings and the Segregation Wall: Toward a Unique Racist Reality
By: Ahmed Jaradat, Alternative Information Center (AIC)
08 August 2006
New construction work has recently begun at the western edge of the town of al-Khader, in the south Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank. Under heavy security, huge machinery filled the area, stirring up clouds of dust and noisily bulldozing ground close to residents’ homes. The main western entrance,

NGOs Declare “International Legality Has Failed”
03 August 2006
GENEVA—Just days before twelve representatives of nongovernmental organizations from around the world were set to arrive in Geneva to brief the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) about Israel’s compliance with the principle international antiracism treaty, CERD agreed to the Government of Israel’s request for an unprecedented second

UN Says Racial Impact of Homelessness Is Human Rights Abuse in the United States
By: Eric Tars
28 July 2006
Dismissing government statements that the U.S. is taking steps to address homelessness and discrimination, today the UN Human Rights Committee noted its concern that while African Americans constitute just 12% of the population, they represent 50% of homeless people, and the government is required to take "adequate and adequately implemented"

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

Assessing WUF III
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

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.”

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

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

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

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

“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

5,000 Public Housing Units in New Orleans to Be Razed
By: By Susan Saulny, The New York Times
15 June 2006


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

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

UN Expert Calls for Immediate Halt to Forced Evictions in Karachi, Pakistan
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

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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