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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom2
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

Habitat III Basics
16 April 2015


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

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

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

Thailand: Canal Squatters are Facing Forced Eviction
By: Thai PBS News
04 April 2015
The eviction process will begin initially along Klong Ladprao which has more than 3,000 squatters. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is going ahead with its plan to construct flood prevention embankments and accordingly, numerous homes along the capital`s nine major canals or klong will be evicted by May. The eviction process

India: Land Bill Implies Deep Trouble
By: Shivani Chaudhry, Daily News and Analysis
27 March 2015
Land acquisition in India has probably never been as debated, as after the decision of the NDA government to circumvent the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (LARR Act) with an ordinance. While the 2013 Act was not ideal from a human

Local Authorities Supporting Palestinian Rights
25 March 2015
Civil society and social movement participants met with local authorities to discuss the legal obligations and practical examples of cities and local government implementing the principles of nonrecognition and cooperation with parties that violate human rights in Palestine. Joseph Schechla (HIC-HLRN) presented the “self-executing” international law obligations of local authorities

Press release: Global Platform for the Right to the City
By: Right to the City Platform
24 March 2015
The Global Platform for the Right to the City, through the organizations involved in it, will participate on the 13th World Social Forum (WSF) at the University of Tunis (Tunisia), from 25th- 27th March. The organization will join the meetings against land grabbing and privatization of water, food sovereignty and

NEW from HIC-HLRN: “The Land and Its People”
19 March 2015
HIC-HLRN has just published the English-language version of its compilation of papers and presentations of the MENA Land Forum (2009–13).   This volume compiles the contributions of participants in four rounds of the MENA Land Forum, 2009-2013. It embodies the diagnostic presentations and papers in English translation for the wider international

What’s Going on with Habitat III National Reports?
18 March 2015
As part of a joint research effort with Habitat International Coalition, the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), City University – London, has just produce the first phase of findings from research into the Habitat III national reporting process across the world. This part of the inquiry surveys the diverse processes

Peasant Sovereignty?
By: Evaggelos Vallianatos, Independent Science News
18 March 2015
In May 2014, the Spain-based international agrarian organization, Grain, reported that small farmers not only “feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland,” but they are also the most productive farmers on Earth. For example, small farmers and peasants in nine European countries outproduce large farmers. The

Aid Agencies Fault UNSC over Syria
By: Ryan Lucas, Associated Press
12 March 2015
BEIRUT—More than 20 international aid groups sharply criticized the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, saying it has failed to implement three resolutions passed last year seeking to boost humanitarian assistance to Syrian civilians caught in the country`s civil war.   The 21 humanitarian and human rights organizations delivered a "failing grade"

Rural India Rallies for Rights
By: Saif Khalid, Al Jazeera
11 March 2015
It took eight days of walking for 80-year-old Dhanmatya Mumat to reach New Delhi. Like thousands of other farmers from rural India, Mumat—from the state of Bihar—made the 1,000km-long trip to the Indian capital to protest proposed changes to a little known land law that he said would destroy his life.   "We

Erdoğan’s Crazy Canal “Premiers” at MIPIM
10 March 2015
Istanbul/Cannes—As experts and scientists working in the field have warned (scroll down to the links below please), the Istanbul Canal is “premiering” this week at MIPIM, “the world’s property market” (Cannes, 10–13 March). Described by critics as “insane,” the project will not only devastate Istanbul and its environs, but also

World Bank Admits Botched Resettlement Policy
By: Reuters and Financial Times
04 March 2015
World Bank Admits Botched Resettlement Policy   Anna Yukhananov, Reuters   4 March 2015   WASHINGTON—The World Bank admitted on Wednesday that it had no idea how many people may have been forced off their land and lost their jobs due to its projects in developing countries, and whether these people were compensated fairly and on

Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture
By: Frederic Mousseau, Inter Press Service
28 February 2015
OAKLAND, USA—At the same time as the United States, Canada and the European Union announced a set of new sanctions against Russia in mid-December last year, Ukraine received 350 million dollars in U.S. military aid, coming on top of a one billion dollar aid package approved by the U.S. Congress

Ukraine Crisis Enables Corporate Land Grabs
By: Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
27 February 2015
ROME—The crisis in Ukraine looks set to trigger major changes in its vast agricultural sector with state-owned farm land and small family plots likely to go up for sale despite concerns over the impact on local farmers, according to development experts.   Ukraine, known as Europe`s bread basket, has the eighth largest

From Africa`s Palms
By: Al Jazeera
25 February 2015
There are few products so ubiquitous as palm oil. You can find its derivatives in chocolate, shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, ice cream, floor polish and a host of other products filling supermarket shelves.   Extracted from the fruit of the tropically-grown oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis), it has become so versatile and sought

Turkey: Security Bill to Quell Dissent
By: Hürriyet Daily News
21 February 2015
ISTANBUL—The domestic security bill prepared by Turkey`s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has triggered fist-fights in parliament and stirred a popular debate in the country. After a five day delay due to the fights, the debate over the legal package finally started at the General Assembly late 20 Feb.

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