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Africa’s Great ‘Water Grab’
By: Water grabbing.net
24 November 2014
The banks of the Niger river, in southern Mali, have been flooded by a steady stream of foreigners. Coveted by foreign investors eager to snap up large tracts of fertile farmland, the river basin has been at the centre of a race to get hold of African land at rock-bottom

Tanzania Maasai Prefer Death to Eviction
By: Tolu Ogunlesi, Al Jazeera
23 November 2014
It`s a familiar story, starring African land and outsized corporate appetites. It begins in 1992, when the Tanzanian government licensed Ortelo Business Corporation (OBC)—owned by a senior official of the United Arab Emirates government—to organise hunting expeditions in Loliondo, a 4,000sq km stretch of land on the edge of the

Boston (USA): Scholars Call Homeless Emergency
22 November 2014
Statement of MIT/RLS Global Convergence on Evictions and Displacement Conference Participants to State and City Leaders Regarding the Long Island Shelter Crisis   We, the undersigned, practitioners and researchers in the fields of housing and land rights and human settlements, gathered this weekend at MIT for a Global Conference on Strategies Against

Israel Resumes Punitive House Demolitions
By: Al Jazeera
20 November 2014
Contentious punitive tactic resumed with razing of building housing family of Palestinian man blamed for October attack.   Israel has demolished the home of a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem who it says carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel`s prime minister, warned of strict security

Saudi Arabia Bulldozes Its Heritage
By: Carla Power, Time
14 November 2014
For centuries, the Kaaba, the black cube in the center of Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is Islam`s holiest point, has been encircled by arched porticos erected some three centuries ago by the Ottomans, above dozens of carved marble columns dating back to the 8th Century. But earlier this month, any

Cleveland`s Plan to Destroy nearly 6,000 Homes
By: Les Christie, WMUR9.com
13 November 2014
City is turning empty lots into parks, greenhouses, vineyards NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —In and around Cleveland, nearly 6,000 foreclosed and abandoned homes are being destroyed in an effort to save neighborhoods from blight, crime and sinking home prices. Instead of trying to rebuild on these properties, however, the city has been

Boston Finally Acts on Stranded Homeless
By: David Abel, Boston Globe
12 November 2014
On a city lot beside the Southeast Expressway, somewhere between massive piles of rock salt and rows of garbage trucks, city officials have found a site to house hundreds of homeless people who have lived in limbo since engineers last month condemned the bridge to their shelter on Long Island.   The

Two Words Scare the World Bank
By: Philip Alston
07 November 2014
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim spoke eloquently last month about the bank’s new commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030 and improve the plight of the poorest 40 percent in developing countries. In a speech at Howard University, he called for gender equity and access for the poor to food,

India: Environment, Land-use Laws Threaten Human Rights
By: AI-India
05 November 2014
Recent changes made and proposed to India’s environment and land acquisition policies strike at the right of communities to be consulted on decisions affecting them, Amnesty International India said today.   India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has in recent months weakened requirements for public consultation with communities affected

The Right to the City: Cairo
By: Joseph Schechla
03 November 2014
Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, embodies one of the longest and most-dramatic transformations of any large urban center. Its current “transition,” following the 2011 popular uprising against a long-standing kleptocracy, suggests a well-developed and organized civil society and social movements that would drive democratic change. Urban social movements claiming the right

Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
By: Carey L. Biron, IPS
31 October 2014
WASHINGTON—The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country’s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.   The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) also heard concerns that the Canadian government is

OECD Calls for Privatizing Tunisia’s Water
27 October 2014
Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation A new report diagnoses of the OECD addresses the main governance and financing challenges to management of the water supply and wastewater sector of Tunisia, and provides ways forward to address them through “private-sector participation” (PSP). Although OECD admits that the performance of

The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By: Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of

SR`s Survey: Housing and Local Authorities
By: Leilani Farha/OHCHR
23 October 2014
Responsibilities of sub-national governments with respect to the right to adequate housing Introduction In her first report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Ms Leilani Farha, outlines some of the priority themes for her mandate (A/69/274). Among others, she identifies the important role of governments at the sub-national level

3D-printed Postdisaster Homes
By: Rosanne Roobeek, Al Jazeera
23 October 2014
Amsterdam—Architects in Amsterdam are building a 3D-printed house, an effort some say could soon transform disaster reconstruction and help the homeless around the world as the technology becomes increasingly more affordable.    The idea behind the project, according to the architects, was to develop ways to build homes in a faster and

SR on Water Condemns Discrimination against Poor
By: OHCHR Statement
20 October 2014
DETROIT / NEW YORK (Issued as received) – The unprecedented scale of water shut-offs taking place in Detroit is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and poorest, most of whom are African American, two United Nations human rights experts have warned today. So far this year over 27,000 residences have had

Protests Disrupt London Property Fair
By: Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian
15 October 2014
London—It was billed as the ultimate “property marketplace”, a high-profile networking event for investors, developers and local authorities to broker big deals, but the first day of the Mipim conference in Olympia, west London ended in a police lockdown. Protesters forced organisers to close the gates and one conference delegate

The Struggle over World Bank Safeguards
14 October 2014
The World Bank’s “consultation” with global civil society on the proposed new safeguard policies in lending and project implementation took place in Washington DC on 11 October 2014. The proceedings of the session reflect wide skepticism about the avowed improvements in World Bank performance sought in the current draft policies.   The

Disappointing ICN2 Outcomes
14 October 2014
Governments met in the FAO Headquarters in Rome from 10-12 October to finalize the Rome Political Declaration and the Framework for Action for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). After 22 years, civil society organizations (CSOs) were expecting significant progress to address the urgent problem of the more than

USA: Home Is Where Car Is
By: Dina Demetrius and Michael Okwu, America Tonight/Al Jazeera
10 October 2014
SANTA BARBARA CA—For four years, the only life Paula Corb and her two daughters have known is the one inside their 2000 Mazda minivan, stopping once in a while for take-out, groceries and gas.   Corb and the girls Alice and Emily are among 214,000 "unsheltered" homeless people in America, meaning they

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