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Housing, Land and Property Rights in the Muslim World
30 May 2013
Over four days, 27–30 May 2013, Habitat International Coalition participated in a regional “Learning Event on Housing Land and Property Rights in the Muslim World,” organized by UN Habitat’s Global Land Tools Network and the International Islamic University of Malaysia.   The learning event aimed to developing capacity on Islamic principles of

UN Expert: “People Living in Poverty Must Have Their Say”
29 May 2013
The independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights urged world governments to enable persons living in poverty to participate in decisions that affect their lives. “States must make sustained and proactive efforts to ensure that the voices of people living in poverty can be heard in public debate and

Botswana: Bushman Eviction Suspended
By: S Dominick Tyler, Survival International
29 May 2013
Bushmen from Ranyane in southern Botswana have been granted a court order which suspends Tuesday’s planned evictions of the community by local authorities.   On Tuesday 28 May, Botswana’s High Court ruled that the case be suspended until mid-June, when the Bushmen will be forced to return to court to defend their

Who Rules Cairo Street? The Residents Who Build It
By: Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
26 May 2013
After the revolution two years ago, working-class residents of that vast informal neighborhood, tired of having no direct access to the 45-mile-long Ring Road, took matters into their own hands. In the absence of functioning government, they built ramps from dirt, sand and trash. Then they invited the police to

Han Farmers Beat Mongolian Herders for Denying Leases
By: Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia
09 May 2013


Sri Lanka: Land Grabs in North andEast
By: M. A. Sumanthiran, Colombo Telegraph
02 May 2013
Last week saw a hugely dangerous move by the government. Section 2 notices under the Land Acquisition Act were pasted on trees in Valikamam North in the Jaffna Peninsula indicating that an extent of approximately 6,400 acres of private lands belonging to several thousand Tamil people would be acquired for

Ethiopia: New Amhara People Evicted from the South
By: ESAT News
30 April 2013
Less than a week since the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgn warned that there would not be any kind of forced eviction during his Parliamentary session, over 90 families of the Amhara ethnic origin have been evicted from the Bench Maji Zone, Gura Farda Woreda of Southern Ethiopia. The residents

France: Woman (72) Hangs after Eviction Threats
26 April 2013


Land Forum IV Concludes with New Commitments
28 March 2013
The Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network organized its 4th Land Forum for the Middle East/North Africa, in Tunis, 26–28 March 2013, under the title: “From Broken Promises to People’s Solutions.” This Land Forum convened experts and social movement activists to share their timely struggles over land and natural

Ethiopia: World Bank told to Investigate links to `Villagisation` Project
By: William Lloyd George, the Guardian
19 March 2013
Bank`s accountability panel says complaints by Ethiopians of forced evictions in Gambella should be looked into. An independent panel has called for an investigation into a World Bank-funded project in Ethiopia following accusations from refugees that the bank is funding a programme that forced people off their land. In a report, seen

Angola: Thousands Evicted in Luanda’s Cacuaco District
By: Leslie Lefkow, Human Rights Watch
26 February 2013
It adds insult to injury to first evict people with brute force, with no warning or time to prepare, and then imprison them when they are left homeless and destitute. The government should promptly ensure that the people evicted from Maiombe have access to shelter and are compensated for the

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement & Aid
08 February 2013


Civil Society on New Global Development Priorities
01 February 2013
Upon expiration of the current Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the new “sustainable development goals” to be set at the international level were the subject of recent web-based consultations with global civil society conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). The consultation, which took place in December 2012 and

Bulgaria: Protected Area Construction Scandal
By: Sofia News Agency
02 January 2013
  A close friend of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, has been linked to the scandal that flared in Bulgaria just hours before the arrival of the New Year 2013, over reports illegal construction was going on in a protected coastal area.   The owner of the TVB company, Todor

South Africa: Lenasia - the Haunting Abandonment of Humanity
By: BY Pierre de vos, All Africa.com
21 November 2012


Nepal: Thapathali Squatters on Strike
By: nepalnews.com
06 July 2012
KATHMANDU—Normal life has been affected in Lalitpur district due to a Lalitpur bandh called by locals to protest the government’s plan to resettle squatters evicted from encroached land in the Thapathali area at Sundarighat, Balkhu.   Shops and businesses in the main market center including factories, industries, and academic institutions remain closed

Predatory Lender Wells Fargo Bank Forced to Pay
By: The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times
15 June 2012
Wells Fargo Bank: A Predatory Lender Pays up   The Baltimore Sun   15 July 2012   Baltimore`s effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation`s largest mortgage lender,

African Land Grabs not a Cure to Arab Food Concerns
By: Dina Zayed, Reuters
07 April 2010
As desertification dries up farmland across the Arab world, the region`s governments cannot remedy concerns about food security solely by looking to Africa for agricultural production, a regional expert said. Desertification threatens 20 percent of the already dry Middle East and North Africa, pushing many states to invest in African farmland

Vancouver BC: Habitat II Debates
By: Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun
20 June 2006
The United Nations` third World Urban Forum opened in Vancouver Monday with native dancing and drumming, songs from Canadian and Kenyan children, and some sharply differing ideas about how to solve the planet`s housing problems.   U.S. Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson said home ownership is the solution.   "Home ownership will make our cities

Palestine, Tibet Reps Draft Peace Charter
By: Tibet Office (Paris)
19 August 2005
Paris—Lourdes, one of the world’s most prominent Christian pilgrimage sites, hosted the Peace Day on 14 August. In tow with UNESCO`s initiative of Peace Manifesto and the opening of the Culture of Peace Decade, the city has been organising events aimed at promoting peace among the nations and peoples since

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