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Egypt: Poor Pay More Tax, Real Estate Profits Protected amid Food Crisis
By: Reuters
05 May 2008
CAIRO - Egypt`s parliament approved steep increases in fuel and cigarette prices and vehicle licence fees on Monday to cover the costs of public-sector pay hikes that President Hosni Mubarak proposed last week. Economists said some measures, such as the increase in fuel prices, would add to high inflation and offset

“Life Is Not Ours”: Attacks on Indigenous Jumma People of Bangladesh
By: ACHR Weekly Review
23 April 2008
On 20th April 2008 as the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues gathered in New York to hold its seventh session, hundreds of illegal plain settlers attacked seven indigenous Jumma villages in the Chittagtong Hill Tracts (CHTs) of Bangladesh. These villages -  Nursery Para, Baibachara, Purba Para, Nangal Mura,

Sierra Leone Slum Hunger
21 April 2008
Here, Adama Gondor, who runs the clinic, describes a sad case of severe malnutrition and an unnecessary death.  So mothers have been bringing their children under the age of five for screening: we measure their height, their weight and the circumference of their arm.  If they fall below 80% of

Joint Oral Statement to Human Rights Council / Item 3
By: International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
06 March 2008
International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Delivered by Sandra Ratjen, FIAN International Check against delivery Check

DRC: Crisis Spills over into South Kivu
28 February 2008
The ICRC has begun a distribution of essential items—clothing, blankets, mats, soap and kitchen sets—to over 500 displaced families who have taken refuge in South Kivu after fleeing the fighting in the neighbouring province of North Kivu. The distribution is being carried out together with the Red Cross Society of the

Baltimore Sues Bank over Foreclosure Crisis
By: Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times
08 January 2008
The recent surge in homeowner defaults nationwide, generated by lax lending practices during the real estate boom, has officials bracing for a range of problems that often accompany foreclosures. Some municipalities, including Cleveland and Buffalo, are trying to make lenders responsible for abandoned properties to ward off crimes like arson,

Kenya’s Post-election Displacements
03 January 2008
Thousands of Kenyans displaced by post-election violence in the west of the country were taking refuge in police stations and church grounds with little or no access to humanitarian assistance four days into the worst unrest seen in the country since a 1982 failed coup. Many have no homes to

Peru: Inquilinos en Marcha para la Renovación Urbana
By: Silvia de los Rios, URBE VIVA
18 December 2007
Amenaza de cientos de desalojos en el país, para el 2008, si este 31 de diciembre no se amplia el plazo de vigencia de los contratos de alquiler establecido en el inc. (c) del artículo 14º del Decreto Legislativo 709.     Cansados de promesas sin cumplir y ante el vencimiento del

Call to Address Homelessness in India
07 December 2007
As Human Rights Day approaches on December 10, it is a matter of national shame that the country’s capital has an estimated 1.5 lakh homeless people who face daily violations of their human rights. In a city that prides itself on its aspirational “world-class” status, it is a glaring failure

Violating Rights of Paraguay’s Rural Poor
By: By David Vargas, Inter Press Service
22 November 2007
The U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), which began its annual session in early November, will spend two days, starting on Tuesday, analysing alleged violations by the Paraguayan administration of President Nicanor Duarte of the rights of rural communities to access to land, housing, work, food and

Paraguay: Gobierno rinde examen en ONU
By: Por David Vargas, Inter Press Service
22 November 2007
El Comité de Derechos Econ?micos, Sociales y Culturales (CDESC), que inici? su sesi?n anual a comienzos de este mes, analizar? por dos d?as a partir de este martes acusaciones contra el gobierno paraguayo de Nicanor Duarte Frutos sobre el presunto incumplimiento de art?culos referidos al acceso a la tierra, la

Halt New Orleans Public Housing Demolition!
By: National Economic and Social Rights Initiative--NESRI (New York)
21 November 2007
Atlanta - More than 40 human rights organizations today decried the scheduled demolition of 3,000 public housing units in New Orleans. The groups have issued a letter to U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, urging her continued leadership on behalf of public housing residents by finalizing dates for nationwide congressional hearings. The

Liberia Grants Land, Citizenship to Refugees
By: Agence France Presse
13 November 2007
The refugees, who will go through a process of naturalisation, started receiving portions of farmland this week being dished out at Bensonville, 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of the capital. Gotomo Gordon, a Liberian government official in charge of repatriation and resettlement of refugees, said the decision to resettle the

Call on EU for Israel to End Collective Punishment
By: Al Haq
31 October 2007
Al-Haq open letter to the European Union on Israel’s attempt to ‘legalise’ reprisals and collective punishment against civilians in the Gaza Strip Dear Excellencies, As a Palestinian human rights organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Al-Haq is appalled by Israel’s

Israel plans to ’isolate Gaza 100 per cent’
By: The Jordan Times
28 October 2007
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel plans to paralyse the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip in every possible way and separate itself completely from the Palestinian territory in the long term, a minister said on Saturday. "We want to separate ourselves from the Gaza Strip at the level of its infrastructure in

Pygmy Confront World Bank over Logging
By: Abid Aslam, Inter Press Service (IPS)
26 October 2007
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank is scrambling to respond to complaints that it broke its own rules to support commercial logging at the expense of Pygmy lands and livelihoods in the war-wrecked Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).At issue is the future of the Congo Basin, home to the world’s second

PLO Disputes Jerusalem Rail Plan
By: Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem and Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, The Guardian
26 October 2007
The Palestinians have begun legal action against two prominent French companies in an attempt to stop work on a contested light-railway project in Jerusalem. When it begins operating in 2010, the railway will stretch for eight and a half miles through West and East Jerusalem, taking, it is estimated, 400,000

KKL-JNF Scotland under Investigation
By: Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
26 October 2007
Earlier this month, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign raised a complaint with OSCR’s investigations team in relation to KKL-Scotland’s registration as a charity. The letter argued that “the genesis of KKL Scotland creates a strong presumption that KKL-Scotland will be operating primarily for the benefit of JNF (Israel)/KKL. That means that

Coca-Cola Faces Community Protests, Criminal Allegations
By: India Resource Center
25 October 2007
Community Protests Coca-Cola Plant in India   25 October 2007: Over 600 people marched and rallied against the Coca-Cola bottling plant in the village of Sinhachawar in Ballia district in India yesterday, demanding that the plant be shut down permanently. The community has accused the bottling plant of pollution and also

Navajos Seek Aid to Restore Environment
By: Judy Pasternak, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
24 October 2007
WASHINGTON -- Navajo tribal officials asked Congress on Tuesday for at least $500 million to finish cleaning up lingering contamination on the Navajo reservation in the American Southwest from Cold War-era uranium mining, an industry nurtured by its only customer until 1971: the United States government. The tribe also sought

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