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Brazil: CSOs Speak out on Habitat III
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31 May 2016
Brazilian civil society organizations, gathered in São Paulo on 31 May 2016, came out the present statement to express themselves about the content of what UN-Habitat leadership and the Habitat III Secretariat are calling the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA), to be adopted at the first scheduled UN Conference on Housing
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India: Water to Flow Free for Urban Poor
By: Express News Service
25 May 2016
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the heat wave has staged a comeback, the Odisha Government on Tuesday waived water connection charges for BPL households in urban area in its bid to overcome drinking water woes. The move will mean water supply will now be provided free of cost to poor families across
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Kenya: Protesting Land-grabbing ODM Chief
By: Elizabeth Asasha, Citizen Digital
24 May 2016
More than 500 residents of Oljorai Scheme in Gilgil have staged demonstrations to protest against the move by Nakuru County ODM Chairman, Peter Ole Osono, to block the registration of squatters and subsequent allocation of land. The irked protesters claim Osono filed a suit against the National Land Commission (NLC) after
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Lebanon CSOs Put Humanitarian Demands to UNSG
By: HIC-HLRN
24 May 2016
  Over 50 Lebanon-based civil society organizations (CSOs) have addressed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the context of the First World Humanitarian Summit, appealing to world leaders to exercise “one humanity” and “shared responsibility,” as proposed in his report to the Summit.       To this end, the CSOs have issued four key
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Uganda: Chinese Firm Accused of Land Grabbing
By: Benon Herbert Oluka, allAfrica.com
23 May 2016
From atop any of the rolling hills that give Butolongo sub-county its undulating beauty, an enchanting serenity seems to spread out as far as the eye can see. But that`s only the view from the top. Walk down to the plains and valleys of this green expanse in Mubende district, and
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Climate Changing and Food Production in Africa
By: albanydailystar.com
21 May 2016
Africa’s food crops are currently in danger. Climate change is challenging food security in many parts of the world including Africa and if timed transformation in the continent isn’t carried out, there could be an impact on the food production in the region. African crops are facing due to climate
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Myanmar: Plan to Build Hydro-Power Dam
By: Sa Isue, Karen News
09 May 2016
In an effort to create more understanding on the proposed hydro-power dam on Baw Ka Hta River in Kyaukyi Township, the Karen National Union held a consultation meeting with community organizations on May 6 in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. The Baw Ka Hta hydro-power dam project, located in
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Myanmar:Human Rights Should be ‘Top Priority’
By: Karen News
09 May 2016
Prominent human rights advocacy organization, Human Rights Watch calls for new civilian government to push for human rights reforms. In a statement released today, Human Rights Watch has called on the new National League for Democracy government to make human rights a “top priority.” Mr. Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights
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Namibia: Evicted Family Squats on Roadside
By: Luqman Cloete, Namibian News
09 May 2016
A FAMILY has become destitute after government bought a farm in the Maltahöhe district on which they had lived and worked for more than 24 years. They have been living in a corrugated iron zinc shack on the roadside about 15 kilometres from Maltahöhe with their 148 small livestock, four horses,
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European Housing Rights Coalition Calls for Action
By: European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City
07 May 2016
Defend the Right to Housing and to the City Call for International Action Amsterdam, 28–30 May   Join the international action and confront the meeting of the 23 EU housing ministers.   Don`t let them talk behind closed doors about the future of our cities!   On the last weekend of May, the housing ministers of all EU
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Kenya: Condemned Buildings Demolished, 100s Homeless
By: AP
06 May 2016
Nairobi—As emergency workers retrieved four bodies from a building that collapsed a week ago, bringing the death toll to 41, hundreds of Nairobi residents were evicted on Friday from nearby buildings that are being torn down to prevent other deadly disasters.   The demolitions began even as the rescuers continued digging the
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Italy: Stop Roma Eviction
By: Enrico Guida & Nicole Garbin, open society foundations.org
06 May 2016
Elena Petrache and her daughter Liliana have been living in Ex Cartiera, a dilapidated shelter for Roma in Rome’s industrial suburbs, since 2011. They share a small room, and Liliana’s daughter Denisa and her son share another. Until recently, the kitchens were outside in a courtyard, but in February they were
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Indonesia: Military get Involved in Forced Evictions
By: Jakarta Globe
03 May 2016
Jakarta. Public lawyers have issued Indonesian Military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo with a written reprimand for what they deem unlawful involvement of soldiers in the forced eviction of Jakarta`s urban poor. As many as 113 forced evictions took place in the capital last year, with the Indonesian Military (TNI) assisting in
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Palestine: Paris Agreement and Environmental Justice
By: Al-Haq Center
03 May 2016
On April 22, 2016 coinciding with Earth Day, the State of Palestine signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change along with another 174 parties at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The Paris Agreement was reached at the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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Counting Costs in Congo
By: HIC-HLRN
01 May 2016
This week in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thirty community leaders and field researchers from the villages of the Inga Valley met to consider their fate in view of the planned Inga3 project that proposes to inundate their communities. Organized locally by Association Droit et Developpement (ADEV) the communities’
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Myanmar: Confiscated Land Claim
By: Nan Wai Phyo Zar, Karen News
29 April 2016
Villagers in Doo Tha Htoo District Karen State are demanding to be paid full compensation for their lands they allege were illegally taken by one of Burma’s largest companies. Residents of Shwe Yaung Pya village and surrounding villages in Thaton Township have made it clear that they want to get paid
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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By: OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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New IACHR Study: Extractivism and Human Rights
By: HIC-HLRN
20 April 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has just issued a new report examining, for the first time, the issue of the extraterritorial application of human rights within the context of extractive and development projects. The report includes an analysis of issues in the context of foreign investment and the obligations
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Right to the City Movement Goes Global
By: Francesca Perry, The Guardian
19 April 2016
Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?   From the Taksim Square and Nuit Debout protests to bank takeovers in Barcelona and women’s workshops in Delhi, the pressure for more inclusive cities is mounting. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?   On
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4 Tibetan Land Defenders Get Suspended Sentence
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14 April 2016
Four Tibetan men have been given suspended jail sentences for petitioning against government confiscation of their land in Ka Bharma nomadic camp in Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) Township in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County, Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The four Tibetans are identified as Phurkho, Rinchen
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