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India: Change in Government Doesn’t Matter
By: Mohammad Zafar, Kohram.in
12 June 2014
In the history of modern India most of the times state, law and judiciary all instead of supporting or saving poor’s rights, thrashed their rights. They only supported big industrialists and companies. Political parties and their ideologies do not make any differences in these acts. BJP led NDA, supported Sardar
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Nigeria: Evicted Slum-Dwellers` Victory over Government
By: Amnesty International
11 June 2014
Today’s court decision against the Nigerian security forces who  indiscriminately opened fire on peaceful protesters in Bundu Ama almost five years ago is a victory against impunity and a triumph for justice, Amnesty International and Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP) said. “This remarkable victory brings to a close a long battle
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Welcoming Tunisia`s Truth and Dignity Commission
By: HIC-HLRN
11 June 2014
Cairo—After a careful selection process, the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly has launched the 15-member Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) in a pioneering effort toward transitional justice for gross violations over the period since the country’s independence. The Habitat International Coalition and its Housing and Land Rights Network welcome the establishment
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South Africa: Why Strand Evictions?
By: GroundUp Staff
11 June 2014
    Ten days after several hundred people were evicted from the Nomzamo (Lwandle) informal settlement near Strand [Cape Town], there is still no clarity about why they were removed.       Last Monday and Tuesday the residents were evicted after an interdict was granted to the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) in the
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U.S.: Residents, Workers Protest Public Housing Sale
By: Danae King, The Baltimore Sun
11 June 2014
Sixty city public housing residents and union workers staged a protest Wednesday against a plan to sell the housing to private developers. Protesters fear the Housing Authority of Baltimore City`s plan would lead to lost jobs, displaced residents and less available public housing. Gary Stroud, 54 and a resident of Bernard Mason
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South Africa: 100 Free State Families Evicted
By: News 24
11 June 2014
Bloemfontein - About 100 families were evicted on Wednesday by the Maluti-A-Phofung municipality from an informal settlement near Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State. Municipal spokesperson Kedibone Sentle said the Constitutional Court found in favour of the municipality for an eviction order on 23 May this year. She said the municipality took various
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E. Ukraine Warzone: Demolished Houses
By: RT
09 June 2014
Despite President Poroshenko intention to bring about a ceasefire, Kiev’s relentless military operation in the country`s east is intensifying. Slavyansk has become one of the main targets of artillery attacks, amateur videos filmed in the area show.   "We must reach a ceasefire this week. Each day when people are dying, each
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Sustainable Development Goals Revealed
By: Jenny Lei Ravelo, Devex
04 June 2014
A long-awaited set of sustainable development goals were released on Tuesday. They are meant to inform high-level negotiations for a post-2015 global development framework which will kick into high gear this September during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.   The draft by a U.N.-appointed open working group contains 17 goals, more than
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Sustainable Development Goals Revealed
By: Jenny Lei Ravelo, Devex
02 June 2014
A long-awaited set of sustainable development goals were released on Tuesday. They are meant to inform high-level negotiations for a post-2015 global development framework which will kick into high gear this September during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.   The draft by a U.N.-appointed open working group contains 17 goals, more than
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Kenya: Houses Demolished along Mombasa Road
By: KTN news
21 May 2014
Several houses along Mombasa road that were under construction have this morning been demolished by the Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (kevevapi). The government parastatal claims that its land has been grabbed by unscrupulous people and attempts to dialogue with the builders have failed. Today’s demolitions saw executive housing limited
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Leilani Farha, New UN Special Rapporteur
By: Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen
12 May 2014
OTTAWA—Ottawa’s Leilani Farha, a lawyer and anti-poverty activist, has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing.   Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty, learned of her appointment Wednesday, which also happened to be her birthday.   Farha holds a law degree and a master’s degree in social work from the University of
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Massive Displacement in South Kordofan
By: Nuba Reports
30 April 2014
Government forces are making one final push to capture territory before seasonal rains make troop and vehicle movement impossible.   After nearly a month of blanket shelling and pillaging in nearby Rashad and Abbasiya, a Rapid Support Force unit captured Abri, just south of Delami on April. The RSF unit is
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Big-4 Aussie Banks and Forced Eviction
By: The Malaysian Insider
28 April 2014
Big-4 Aussie Banks and Forced Eviction   Australian banks financing illegal logging, forced eviction, child labour, says Oxfam   28 April 2014   The Malaysian Insider   Oxfam on Monday accused Australia`s big four banks of financing companies the charity said were linked to illegal logging, forced evictions and child labour.   A report by the aid group
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Kenya: Forced Evictions is a City’s Quiet War
By: Samantha Spooner, Nairobi News.com
25 April 2014
Earlier this month, the residents of Deep Sea slum in Westlands, were dealt a nasty blow when a fire razed the settlement, rendering at least 200 homeless. But this is not the only challenge that this settlement has faced. 10,000 residents of Deep Sea have been served an eviction notice by
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US Housing Aid to Haiti Falls Short
By: Amelie Baron, Thomas Reuters Foundation
16 April 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE—A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered only a quarter of the planned number of homes at nearly twice the budgeted cost, according to a government audit.   The project was part of reconstruction efforts in Haiti, where a devastating earthquake in
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Habitat III Expectations @ WUF7
By: HIC-HLRN
11 April 2014
The Housing and Land Rights Network of Habitat International Coalition (HIC-HLRN) is organizing a networking event at the World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Colombia to present civil society´s expectations and needs from the process and outcomes of the global Habitat III Conference in 2016. The networking event will take place
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CSOs Oppose Privatization Post-2015
By: CESR
11 April 2014
After a lengthy process of consultation and deliberation, talks over the post-2015 sustainable development agenda are now moving into the cut and thrust of practical negotiation. As the process enters this more overtly political phase, there is a very real threat that the voice of powerful actors, especially those from
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HIC and Local Authorities Seeks WUF-7 Correction
By: HIC-UCLG-Mercociudades-FALP
04 April 2014
  Joint Declaration of   Habitat International Coalition (HIC),   the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of UCLG,[1] the Forum of Peripheral Local Authorities (FALP) and Mercociudades regarding the 7th World Urban Forum       4 April 2014       From 5 to 11 April 2014 will take place in Medellin (Colombia) the seventh edition
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HIC and Local Authorities Seek WUF-7 Correction
By: HIC-UCLG-Mercociudades-FALP
04 April 2014
    Joint Declaration of Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of UCLG,[1] the Forum of Peripheral Local Authorities (FALP) and Mercociudades regarding the 7th World Urban Forum   4 April 2014   From 5 to 11 April 2014 will take place in Medellin (Colombia) the seventh edition
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Congo: World Bank Approves Inga 3 Dam Loan
By: IRN
20 March 2014
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA—Today, the World Bank Group`s Board of Directors approved a grant of US$73.1 million for the Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River – the biggest hydropower project the World Bank has ever funded. International Rivers denounces the decision as support for a risky mega-project that will not
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