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Geographies of Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Insecurity
By: Katherine Brickell
05 August 2014
Forced eviction, claims UN-Habitat, is a “global phenomenon” and “global crisis.” Figures published by the agency indicate that during the 2000s at least 15 million people globally were forcibly evicted. According to Amnesty International forced evictions are “when people are forced out of their homes and off their land against
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Ukraine: 100,000 People Internally Displaced
By: Press TV
05 August 2014
The United Nations` refugee agency says over 100,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine and another 170,000 people have fled to Russia. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday of a massive exodus over the crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying the number of
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World Bank Charts More Dispossession
By: HIC-HLRN
29 July 2014
Despite the World Bank’s claims at its Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in 2013 to improve its development-lending practices, the recently revealed outcome of its process has left development organizations and human rights defenders to register their grave disappointment.   The Bank publicly committed to ensuring that its new
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Lwandle Eviction like Apartheid Forced Removals
By: SAPA, Dispatch live.com
29 July 2014
The violent removal of people and structures from Sanral-owned land in Cape Town resembled removals during apartheid, an affected resident said in Lwandle today. Xoliswa Masakala and her husband Albert had been living on the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) land since December 2013, when they were removed last month. They
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Islamic State Evicts Iraq farmers
By: Sophie Cousins, AlJazeera
29 July 2014
The group`s takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.   Qaraqosh—In the dark of night, on a farm about 30km southeast of Iraq`s second largest city, Mosul, Sabah Zura Sukkariyya woke to the sound of a truckload of gunmen arriving
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UN-HRC to Investigate Gaza Crimes
By: HIC-HLRN
24 July 2014
GENEVA—The UN Human Rights Council met in Special Session on 23 July 2014, following the launch of the Israeli military operation, “Protective Edge,” directed at Gaza. In the three weeks since, Israel has killed more than 1,890 Palestinians, including at least 429 children and 196 women, in the intensive bombardment from
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Nairobi: Church Thugs Attack Wetland Defenders
By: Chrispinus Wekesa, The Star
12 July 2014
Nairobi—Three people were injured on Saturday when armed youths guarding construction workers at the controversial Westlands wetland Peponi Road plot clashed with demonstrators.   The demonstrators were led by Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, Mazingira institute Executive director Davinder Lamba and Onyango Oloo.   They were protesting against the construction of a perimeter
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10 Years after ICJ Ruling: Time for Concrete Action
By: HIC-HLRN
09 July 2014
Leading international jurists and legal networks from all continents, among them UN special Rapporteurs, acting and former judges, leading law professors as well as national and continental professional associations, called on the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and world leaders to take “concrete action” against Israel’s wall in the
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The Next Breadbasket
By: Joel K. Bourne, Jr., National Geographic Magazine
07 July 2014
Humanitarian groups that deal with global hunger and peasants’ rights call corporate land deals neocolonialism and agri-imperialism. Yet veterans of agricultural development say the massive infusion of private cash, infrastructure, and technology that such deals may bring to poor rural areas could be a catalyst for desperately needed development—if big
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Going without Water in Detroit
By: Anna Clark, The New York Times
04 July 2014
DETROIT—Ms. Cupp is the director of development and communication for the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, a nonprofit contracted by the state of Michigan to work as a human-services agency for Detroit. In August 2013, with a $1 million allocation, Wayne Metro became the only program to assist residents with
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World Cup Legacy: Uprooted in Rio
By: Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera
02 July 2014
Metrô-Mangeira—Brazil has been heavily criticised for uprooting tens of thousands of people from poor neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro in the run-up to the World Cup. Some who were living on state land were left homeless, while others were relocated.   Watch video
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U.S. Census: 1/4 Live in Poverty Zones
By: Dexter Mullins, Al Jazeera America
01 July 2014
Exclusionary neighborhood zoning and suburban sprawl have led to an increase in the number of concentrated poverty areas, particularly in the South, according to an analysis of a recent U.S. Census Bureau report released Monday.   The report, based on data from the 2000 Census and figures collected from the American Community
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HIC-HLRN Issues Habitat III Inputs
By: HIC-HLRN
30 June 2014
Today, HIC-HLRN has responded to UN-Habitat’s survey for Participation of Local Authorities and Other Habitat Agenda Partners in the Habitat III Preparatory Process. In a 5 June 2014 letter, Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and Secretary-General of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
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Tanzania: Jatropha Katastrophe, Land Grab
By: Timothy Wise, Global Post
27 June 2014
KISARAWE, Tanzania—I arrived in Tanzania, one of the frontlines in the battle over land grabs in Africa, just as another round of international negotiations on guidelines for “responsible agricultural investment” (RAI) wrapped up in Rome late last month. The policy document is intended to curb so-called “land grabs” in Africa
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Just out: A4A Draft on Food Security in Crises
By: HIC-HLRN
25 June 2014
The First Draft of the FAO’s Committee on Global Food Security (CFS) Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises (CFS-A4A) is now available in all UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese).       The Appendices/reference documents of this document also will be available shortly in all
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France Warns "No deals with Israeli colonies"
By: Aron Dónzis and Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel
25 June 2014
The French government released a public message to its citizens Tuesday warning against conducting business or investing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.   The French Foreign Ministry wrote in the statement that under international law the settlements are illegal, and therefore doing business with
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Just out: A4A Draft on Food Security in Crises
By: HIC-HLRN
25 June 2014
The First Draft of the FAO’s Committee on Global Food Security (CFS) Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises (CFS-A4A) is now available in all UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese).   The Appendices/reference documents of this document also will be available shortly in all languages
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Philippines: State-sponsored Land Grab in Palawan
By: KASAMA-TK
25 June 2014
Coron, Philippines—The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) is calling the Philippine government to stop state-sponsored land grabbing in Palawan covering 40,000 hectares of agricultural land. The APC joined eight other organizations in the National Fact Finding and Solidarity Mission (NFFSM) held from 14th to 19th of June 2014 organized by the
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Election of Representative to the Board - MENA 2014
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25 June 2014
The term of HIC Middle East/North Africa Representative, Ms. Rajaa’ Al-Kassab (RFWAR - Morocco), and Alternate Mr. Yahia Khawaldeh (Dana and Qadisiyah Local Community Cooperative - Jordan) will expire in June 2014. The Electoral Committee (CE) is composed of 3 members: Ms. Shereen Talaat (Egyptian Center for Civil and Legislative
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Call to nomination HIC-MENA representatives at the HIC board
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25 June 2014
HIC MENA Region is currently undergoing the renewal of its representatives at the Board. Nomination of candidates is now open. Please send the nomination of your candidates at the Electoral Committee (ec.mena2014@hic-net.org) guiding the Election process before July 13th, 2014. General Dispositions: (HIC Constitution, Article 9.2) “Regional members are elected through
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