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El Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas Hace un Llamado Urgente al Gobierno Mexicano por las Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca
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30 October 2006
El Relator Especial no desconoce que estos hechos ocurren en el marco de un largo conflicto social y pol?tico que ha enfrentado a diversos sectores de la sociedad oaxaque?a con las autoridades estatales. El Relator Especial ha recibido informaci?n que en el transcurso de este conflicto las violaciones a los
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Spain Postpones EU Housing Ministers’ Meeting
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10 October 2006
MADRID (AP) - Spain has postponed a meeting of European Union housing ministers scheduled for next week in the northeastern city of Barcelona fearing antiestablishment groups might carry out acts of street violence. Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the meeting, which was to have taken place Oct. 16-17, had been
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Call for Action to Target London Landmark Political Institutions as a part of International Day
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02 October 2006
This morning a demonstration outside the London Development Agency took place at 9.30am, at their new offices at 197 Blackfriars Road. A further unauthorised press conference outside the Greater London Authority will commence from 11am, today. Olympic Legacy: Olympic Development Agency and the Democratic Values of GLA and LDA The consultation period was
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Karachi’s Development and the Principles of Urban Planning
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02 October 2006
To overcome problems created by massive rural-urban migration, industrialisation, increased trade, a phenomenal rise in the number of vehicles, and their related environmental and socioeconomic repercussions, Third World cities and governments have invested huge amounts in planning and in development projects. Some cities have done well while others have become
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Senegal:Tthousands of Displaced Unable to Return as Violence Spreads
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
New rebel attacks in Senegal’s southern Casamance province have raised fears that violent clashes between the Senegalese army and a splinter faction of the rebel Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC) signal a slide back to the civil war that officially ended with the peace agreement of December 2004.
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Iraq: Displacement Continues Unabated amid Record High Violence
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
Despite various recent peace initiatives proposed by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki through his National Reconciliation Plan, extreme levels of violence and displacement continue unabated in the country, according to  the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, in a recent briefing to the Security Council. In its latest
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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NGOs Declare “International Legality Has Failed”
By: HIC-HLRN
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
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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"
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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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