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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,

Reporte Actualizado sobre las Inundaciones en Yakarta
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

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

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,

Zimbabwe: 15 Tenants Evicted, Spend Night in Open Air
By: Heral Reporter, The Herald (Harare)
07 February 2007
Fifteen tenants and their sub-tenants, who were occupying buildings at number 112 and 114 Mbuya Nehanda Street, were on Monday afternoon evicted from the properties and spent the night with their wares outside the premises. The eviction followed a failed appeal against an earlier eviction order at the Civil Court,

Ongoing Evictions in Angola
By: Amnesty International and HLRN
04 February 2007
Amnesty International has recently released a new report, entitled "Lives in ruins: forced evictions continue", on the mass evictions taking place in Angola between September 2004-July 2006.  "The forced evictions have targeted the poorest families who have least access to the means of securing their tenure and for whom the

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Concludes Mission to Algeria
By: UN
01 February 2007
UNITED NATIONSPress Release   xxxxxxxxxx 1 February 2007 Professor Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, delivered the following statement on 31 January 2007 in Algiers:"From 21 to 31 January 2007, I conducted a fact-finding mission to Algeria, during which I

Native Land Treaty 13 Years in the Making
By: Am Johal, IPS
18 January 2007
The Tsawwassen First Nation’s final agreement was initialed on Dec. 8, 2006. This is the second final agreement initialed under the British Columbia (BC) treaty process -- which is working with a total of some 57 native groups -- and the first initialed in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the

Guatemala: Canadian Mining Company Forcibly Evicts Impoverished Mayan-Q’eqchi’
17 January 2007
On 8 January 2007, the GAR (private police forces) and the armed forces evicted 80 Mayan-Q’eq’chi families from the community of La Pista and 228 families from La Union, in the region of El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala. On 9 January, the community of La Revoluci?n, also in El Estor, Isabal,

Israel’s "Invisible Hand" in Gaza
By: Alan Johnston, BBC News-Gaza
17 January 2007
Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says. In the days after Israeli troops and settlers pulled out of the territory, the

France Endorses Housing as a Legal Right
By: By Kerstin Gehmlich, Reuters
04 January 2007
The plight of the homeless has become a campaign issue ahead of this year’s presidential election after a group calling itself "The Children of Don Quixote" set up tents in Paris to draw attention to people sleeping outside. The issue has dominated the news and forced politicians from all main parties

Israel Approves New West Bank Settler Colony
26 December 2006
Israel has approved the construction of a new settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials have said. The defence ministry said 30 houses would be built in the settlement for families moved from the Gaza Strip. It marks the first time since 1992 that Israel has approved a new

United Nations Expert on Adequate Housing Concludes Spain Mission
By: UN - Geneva
15 December 2006
From 20 November to 1 December 2006, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, conducted a mission to Spain to examine the status of realization of the right to adequate housing, paying particular attention to aspects of

Botswana: Bushmen Win Landmark Eviction Ruling
By: Survival International
13 December 2006
Scenes of jubilation greeted the Botswana High Court’s ruling today in favour of the Kalahari Bushmen.The court ruled today that the Botswana government’s eviction of the Bushmen was "unlawful and unconstitutional," and that they have the right to live on their ancestral land inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.The court

Bank Focus on "Growth" Leaves Poor Behind
By: Inter Press Service correspondents
07 December 2006
In a report Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) said that the World Bank has focused too narrowly on economic growth, leaving unemployment and poverty rates to stagnate or worsen. "The Bank has helped many countries to get onto a growth path through improved economic management, but the growth strategies

A City Reborn: Five Years in Herat
By: BBC News
05 December 2006
The city of Herat in western Afghanistan has experienced five years of relative calm since the fall of the Taleban, compared to the turmoil of the south. But it still faces many challenges and these provide an insight into the life of a typical Afghan city.   Heart’s Past The violent history

La ONU pide cambios fiscales contra la «desenfrenada» especulaci?n en Espa?a
By: Europa Press (Madrid)
03 December 2006
Naciones Unidas alert? ayer sobre la «especulaci?n urban?stica desenfrenada» del mercado de la vivienda en Espa?a, y reclam? al Gobierno que modifique el sistema de deducciones fiscales a la compra de inmuebles porque, en su opini?n, se «est? subvencionando a los promotores con dinero p?blico».El relator especial de Naciones Unidas

New Orleans Tenants Denounce Housing Authority Plans to Demolish Homes
By: By Gwen Filosa, Times Picayune
30 November 2006
Five months after announcing plans to demolish most of the flood-damaged public housing complexes New Orleans, the Housing Authority of New Orleans was berated by tenants at a crowded, fiery meeting Wednesday evening. Thousands of public housing families remain scattered from their hometown and distressed that the government has aimed

UN Human Rights Chief Questioned on Nangpa Pass Killings
By: By Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon, Phayul
30 November 2006
United Nations, Geneva - As the UN Human Rights Council began its third session yesterday here, 16 NGOs in a joint statement questioned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the steps taken concerning the 30 September killings of Tibetans on the Nangpa Pass. A Chinese delegate made a

Responses to UN Delays on Indigenous Peoples Rights Declaration
By: Inter Press Service, Amnesty International, FORUM-Asia, CORE
30 November 2006
U.N. Delays Vote on Native Self-determination Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service (IPS), 28 November 2006UNITED NATIONS -- Leaders of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples and their supporters expressed sadness and anger Tuesday as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly rejected a draft declaration calling for the international recognition

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