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CFS Develops Protracted-crisis Policy
By: HIC-HLRN
23 May 2015
In October of this year, the Committee on Global Food Security (CFS) is expected to adopt the new Framework for Action [to ensure] Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FfA).   The final stage of negotiations of the draft FfA just completed two rounds of a CFS Open Ended Working
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Myanmar: Resignation en Masse over Land Confiscation
By: Lun Min Mang, Myanmartimes.com
22 May 2015
Angry farmers are deserting the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in Bago Region, claiming their local MP broke a promise to help them get their land back. Yesterday, 170 USDP members in Nattalin Township, Bago Region, resigned en masse. Of more than 800 acres of farmland in Nattalin seized in
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Who has the right to live in London?
By: Carlos Delclós and Rosie Walker, Open Democracy.net
22 May 2015
Renters’ Rights London aims to provide the tools and knowledge renters need to defend themselves from unfair treatment and campaign for more rights. We speak with coordinator, Rosie Walker. In a recent study, Brookings Institute economist Matthew Rognlie challenged Thomas Piketty’s now well-known assertion that inequality is being driven by the
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Myanmar: Villagers Protest against Hydropower Dam
By: Nan Wai Pyo Zar, Karen News
19 May 2015
The villagers from the Palet Wa region in Thandaung Township lost their homes and land to a hydro-power dam in Htantabin Township are protesting and demanding their lands are returned from the companies. More than a 100 villagers and representatives from community-based-organizations demonstrated at Thaukyekat No.2 site to staged a protest
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Human Rights Cities Meet at Gwangju
By: HIC-HLRN
17 May 2015
Gwangju, Republic of Korea—The Human Rights City of Gwangju, Republic of Korea played host to the 5th World Human Rights Cities Forum 2015, 15–18 May 2015. The gathering convened under the theme “Toward a Global Alliance of Human Rights Cities for All,” showcased the Asian experience of democratic governance, while
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Libya: NATO Targeted Water Infrastructure
By: Nafeez Ahmed, Ecologist
14 May 2015
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country`s water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people
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Do RAI Principles Meet the Task?
By: Sylvia Kay, rightingfinance
06 May 2015
On 15 October 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”)   In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes
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California Oil Industry Contaminates Ground Water
By: Center for Biological Diversity
04 May 2015
The oil industry is dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into California’s clean-water aquifers.   Recently revealed documents show that California regulators allowed oil companies to drill more than 2,400 illegal injection wells for waste disposal or oil production into protected aquifers, including many with water clean enough to drink.   This
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CFS Develops Protracted-crisis Policy
By: HIC-HLRN
01 May 2015
In October of this year, the Committee on Global Food Security is expected to adopt the new Framework of Action [to ensure] Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises. That global policy promises to usher in a new approach that formally operationalizes humanitarian, development and human rights principles combined to
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UN-Habitat: Critical Debate @ Governing Council
By: Greg Scruggs, Citiscope
28 April 2015
Landmark Governing Council session debates UN-Habitat’s role in the development agenda   NAIROBI—The 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council concluded on 23 April, following a week of debate on the wide array of issues surrounding today’s global process of urbanization. Highlighting the pivotal year for a review of the agency’s budget
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Miloon Kothari elected President of UPR Info
By: UPR.Info
22 April 2015
Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing and currently Visiting Scholar at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, was elected President of UPR Info. Mr. Kothari is a leading voice at national, regional and international forums on human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights. He served (from 2000-2008) as
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Cambodia: Villagers Threatened with Forced Eviction
By: May Titthara, The Phnom Penh Post
21 April 2015
Security guards armed with axes, clubs and hammers have reportedly threatened villagers with eviction at the Union Development Group (UDG) site in Koh Kong province just weeks after the Chinese company pledged to peacefully resolve the dispute. About 50 security officials arrived at the villagers’ homes in Koh Kong’s Koh Sdech
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Rio 2016 Evicting Vila Autódromo Families
By: Julia Carneiro, BBC News
19 April 2015
For years, a small community in the Brazilian city of Rio has been fighting against eviction to make way for next year`s Olympics.   Most of the residents of Vila Autódromo have gradually taken up on government offers and already left the community, but some still resist.   Now Rio`s city hall is evicting
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Brazil: Over 200 People Evicted Forcibly
By: Sergio Saenz, rioonwatch.org
19 April 2015
Over 200 people occupying an abandoned building in Flamengo were brutally evicted by Military Police on Tuesday April 14. At least 11 people were injured by the police and three arrested, with reports of police using pepper spray on an elderly man who was holding a child. Men, women and children were
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"Habitat III Basics"
By: HIC
17 April 2015
HIC has issued a briefing paper to outline the key procedural and substantive issues toward a “New Habitat Agenda” that will be determined at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Human Settlements (Habitat III) at Quito, in 2016. Download HIC’s “Habitat III Basics”
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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom2
By: HIC
17 April 2015
HIC has addressed the second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom2) of the Habitat III process. That meeting at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya has begun to consider the procedural and substantive issues toward a “New Habitat Agenda” that will be determined at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and
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Habitat III Basics
By: HIC
16 April 2015

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World Bank’s Evicted and Abandoned
By: Sasha Chavkin, Ben Hallman, Michael Hudson, Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Shane Shifflett, Huffington Post
16 April 2015
Beneath a gloomy white sky, more than 100 armed police poured into the slum of Badia East in the teeming megacity of Lagos, Nigeria.   As they advanced, they cracked their batons on the unpaved streets and against the ramshackle walls of the shanties. “If you love your life, move out!” the officers
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Ethiopia: World Bank Embroiled in Mass Eviction
By: Sasha Chavkin, projects.huffingtonpost.com
16 April 2015
The soldiers pointed their guns at Odoge Otiri and led the 22-year-old student into the forest outside his village in western Ethiopia. Then, he says, they began pounding him with their nightsticks, leaving him bloody and unmoving. “I was unconscious,” he recalls. “The reason they left me is they thought I
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UA: Roma Families at Risk of Forced Eviction
By: Amnesty International
10 April 2015
Around 160 families, mainly Roma, are at risk of forced eviction in the ‘Numbered Streets’neighborhood of Miskolc, Hungary. The authorities must ensure that no one is forcibly evictedfrom their homes.The Municipality of Miskolc, plans to evict all its tenants from the “Numbered Streets” neighborhood in Miskolc, Hungary’sfourth largest city, to
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