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“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

Israeli Supreme Court Approves Racist Antifamily Law: Even Apartheid South Africa Court Overturned Similar Orders
By: Adalah
14 May 2006
Today, 14 May 2006, a majority of the Supreme Court of Israel, in a split of 6-5 Justices, issued a 263-page decision in which it dismissed a petition filed by Adalah, and six other petitions joined by the Court to the petition including a petition filed by the Association for

Human Rights Experts Strongly Condemn Forced Evictions and Displacement in Delhi, Mumbai and the Narmada Valley
05 May 2006
In a press conference on “Human Rights Implications of Forced Evictions and Displacement: An International Perspective” organised by the Housing and Land Rights Network in Delhi, speakers pointed out the rampant violations of human rights being carried out across the country in the name of development.   Forced evictions and the

"Most Wanted" Corporate Human (Housing and Land) Rights Violators of 2005
01 May 2006
CATERPILLAR CEO: James OwensContact the Corporation: Caterpillar Inc.100 NE Adams St.Peoria, IL 61629Phone: 309-675-1000Fax: 309-675-1182 Human Rights Abuses: contracting with known violators of human rights, enabling house demolition, supplying equipment that kills Palestinian civilians and American peace activists For years, the Caterpillar Company has provided Israel with the bulldozers used to

Social Production of Habitat: People Help Themselves for Housing
By: Sanjay Suri, Inter Press Service
23 April 2006
GLASGOW (IPS) - South African women living in squatter settlements build new homes, about 18,000 of them. Tens of thousands of new homes and many new police stations are coming up in Bombay slums. Neither is the result of a government programme, or of some kindly NGO. At both places

Urgent Call to Save the People of the Narmada Valley in India
09 April 2006
The 8 March 2006 decision of the Narmada Control Authority to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam from 110.64 metres to 121.92 metres is a cause of great concern. Not only does it violate the Indian Supreme Court’s 2000 judgment, India`s constitutional obligations and commitments under international human rights

Rush to Aid Iran Quake Homeless
By: BBC News
01 April 2006
More than 70 people were killed and about 1,200 hurt when quakes measuring up to 6.0 struck on Friday morning. Many people chose to spend the night in the open amid fears of aftershocks. The interior ministry said 15,000 homes had been affected. More tents and blankets were required but

Human Rights Expert Expresses Concern about Angola
30 March 2006
“In my capacity as Special Rapporteur on adequate housing appointed by the UN Commission on Human Rights, I have following closely for some time the situation with respect to housing rights in Angola, particularly in light of the persisting practice of forced evictions in Luanda. I have brought my concerns

Alternatives Must Be Found before Eviction
03 March 2006
By Jenni EvansThe City of Johannesburg has to find alternative accommodation for people it plans to evict from its "bad buildings", the Johannesburg High Court ruled on Friday."We are satisfied," said Centre for Applied Legal Studies researcher Stuart Wilson who represented 300 people facing eviction from what the city calls

United States: Evictions of Katrina Victims Violate Human Right to Housing
01 March 2006
The eviction of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from hotels reveals the need for stronger government policies that afford those displaced by the hurricane basic and decent shelter until they are permanently housed.  After a court-ordered extension of the deadline for withdrawing federal support ended on Feb. 13, 2006, hurricane

Ethnic Dispossession Escalates in Iran
28 February 2006
The Iranian regime is stepping up its land confiscation programme in order to expand Persian settlements in al-Ahwaz (Khuzestan), despite condemnation by the UNCHR and European Parliament last year.   The Shahinshahr and Ramin settlements are the focus of a new wave of land confiscations, in addition to the ethnic cleansing

Palestinians Refuse Dalai Lama Visit--Again
By: Middle East Times
21 February 2006
"Dalai Lama visit to Bethlehem canceled to avoid China clash," Bethlehem, West Bank - The Dalai Lama, Tibet`s exiled spiritual leader, had a visit to Bethlehem canceled at the request of the Palestinian Authority, which is unwilling to antagonize China, organizers said on Monday.   Palestinian nongovernmental organization Holy Land Trust, which

IFI Loans and the Failure of Urban Development
19 February 2006
By Arif Hasan   Between 1976 and 2003, the government of Pakistan has taken loans from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) for urban development projects. These loans amount to US$ 1,472.44 million (Rs 88.346 billion) and most of them have been for water and sanitation projects. They have multiplied over the years due

Regression of Housing Rights in Germany
17 February 2006
On Friday , February 17, a majority of the Federal Parliament agreed to another reduction of housing support for unemployed young adults in Germany. Following a proposal made by Christian and Social Democrats the parliament decided:   - to reduce welfare income for unemployed young adults living with their parents (up to the age

Victims of Iillegal Evictions Forced to Squeeze into Shanty Towns in South Africa
By: IRIN Africa
13 January 2006
Shanty towns often materialise on the outskirts of South Africa’s cities over night: a single shack quickly multiplies to 10, until the once empty landscape is transformed into a sprawling network of corrugated iron dwellings for the poor. While many of the inhabitants are migrants from across the continent, the

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