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UN Experts Denounce Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls at Home
By: UN Press Release
08 March 2007
On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Sigma Huda, and the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing,

As the U.S. Housing Bubble Starts to Burst
By: By Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t
06 March 2007
Okay, enough of the gloating; while the collapse of the housing bubble was both predictable and inevitable, it is not pretty. Tens of millions of people will be hurt as they see much of the equity in their homes - money that most had counted on to support their retirement

Danish Anger Smoulders over Squat
By: Julian Isherwood, BBC News
06 March 2007
As Danes view the drab rubble of what was once a vibrant youth centre few applaud the decision to demolish a hotbed of creative youth culture. But even fewer condone the organised outrage of youths that left parts of Copenhagen resembling a war zone. "This was our refuge," said 17-year-old

Police Evict "Ungdomshuset" in Copenhagen
By: Indymedia UK
04 March 2007
After a long political and legal battle the basis-democratic, alternative political and cultural centre ’Ungdomshuset’ was forcefully evicted by riot police and airborne anti-terror squads this morning. Ensuing demonstrations have seen large-scale confrontations between protestors and heavy-handed police, here is the full story from Copenhagen. After serious social conflicts and

Complaint before Council of Europe against France for Housing Rights Infringement
04 March 2007
Press Release from FEANTSA’s French members: FNARS, Emmaüs, FAPILJanuary 2007 After the hostel fires, the crisis in the suburbs, the return of shanty towns, the soaring prices on the housing market, the tents in Paris… A complaint has been lodged with the Council of Europe against France for infringement of the

Israel’s Institutionalised Discrimination against Palestinians
By: Press Release presented at the CERD Review of Isael
02 March 2007
Today, after ten years of evading its international duty to report on its implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the UN’s antiracism monitoring body, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), questioned Israel about its institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians

Kuala Lampur, Malaysia: 109 Families Face Eviction after Appeals Court Ruling
By: A. Hafiz Yatim, New Sunday Times Online
01 March 2007
PUTRAJAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall can now evict 109 families in Kampung Semarak and Kampung Loke Yew.The Court of Appeal yesterday allowed City Hall’s application to set aside an injunction issued against it 22 days ago.The Kuala Lumpur High Court had on February 6 granted an injunction to the residents

Israel Must be Accountable for Palestinian Reparation
By: Hedayat Abdel Nabi, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
23 February 2007
GENEVA , Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Israel must be held accountable for continuously violating Palestinian refugee and internally displaced persons’ rights to reparation, said representative of Bethlehem-based Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Karine MacAllister.Ten human rights NGOs -- including Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations -- presented

NGOs Support Special Rapporteur`s Call for New ICJ Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation
By: Kuwait News Agency
23 February 2007
NGOs support Dugard’s call for Court’s advisory opinion on Israeli occupation GENEVA, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- A number of non-governmental organizations from inside and outside Israel supported today the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) John Dugard in regard for considering

Cambodia: Boeung Kak Lake Latest City Sell-off
By: Allister Hayman and Sam Rith, Phnom Penh Post
22 February 2007
Thousands of Phnom Penh’s residents who live around Boeung Kak Lake may have to pack up and move after the Municipality’s signing of a lease for an 133 hectare area.Signed by Governor Kep Chuktema, the deal includes at least ten of the 24 villages that surround Boeung Kak - including

Primer Foro Nacional sobre Legislaci?n y Financiamiento para la Producci?n Social de la Vivienda
15 February 2007
onsiderando que:   La pol?tica de Estado del actual Gobierno Federal en materia de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano  ha privilegiado una pol?tica que favorece al mercado inmobiliario y financiero por sobre los intereses sociales de la mayor?a de la poblaci?n;   Dicho sistema se caracteriza entre otros, por promover la extensi?n de las manchas

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,

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