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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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Ohio USA: Fracking and Quaking
By: Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress
19 March 2014
Ohio has experienced a surge in earthquakes in recent years, an uptick that corresponds with an increase in fracking in the state, according to a new analysis. The Columbus Dispatch looked at data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and found that, between 1950 and 2009, Ohio saw an average
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Zim: Mugabe Evicts Villagers to Set up Game Park
By: Everson Mushava, News Day
19 March 2014
Sources told NewsDay that the First Family also intends to build a university to be named after the Zanu PF leader.   Close to 900 families were yesterday ordered to vacate the area by armed police officers.   This follows a similar raid on Saturday where the police evicted a traditional healer Mary Kazunga
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Brazil: PepsiCo, No More Tolerance for Land Grab
By: Oxfam
18 March 2014
When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Today PepsiCo proved this. After nearly 6 months of campaigning, the world’s second largest food and drink company agreed to a zero tolerance policy on land grabs and for its bottlers to do the same. Consumer power “Consumer power just got a little bit stronger,”
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Muslim Women`s Access to Land & Property
By: GLTN & HIC-HLRN
08 March 2014
With an estimated 2% of the land registered in the name of women globally, access to land for `the better half` of the world remains a challenge. Change requires shifting the mind set of women, men, communities, policy and law makers, land administrators, planners, researchers, civil society groups, traditional and
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Cyprus Votes to Sell off Assets
By: Al Jazeera
04 March 2014
The Cypriot parliament has approved a roadmap for privatisations, averting a showdown with international lenders insisting on state sell-offs as part of a $13.77bn bailout package.   In a show of hands on Tuesday, 30 politicians in the 56-member parliament endorsed a guideline for asset sales, a day before a deadline for
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National Union of Algerian Farmers Hold 8th Mtg.
By: UNPA
01 March 2014
ALGIERS—General Secretary of the National Union of Algerian Farmers (UNPA), Mohamed Alioui declared Saturday in Algiers that "peace and security recovery benefited the farmers after President Bouteflika helped end terrorism."   Speaking during the works of the 8th Congress of UNPA, attended by Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, and members of government, Alioui
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Nigeria: World Bank `Dragging its Feet` on Resettlement Package
By: Amnesty International
21 February 2014
A year after bulldozers razed the homes of 9,000 people in a community meant to benefit from a World Bank funded project in Lagos, the state government and the World Bank are failing miserably to live up to their promise to adequately compensate and resettle them, Amnesty International said. “Hundreds of
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Japan: Shadow of Olympics Evictions Looms Over Tokyo
By: Keiko Tanaka, translated by Isamu Yoneda, Global voice
18 February 2014
While many people in Japan are happy with the country`s results of the Sochi Winter Olympics – notably, Ayumu Hirano, the youngest medal winner on the snowboard half pipe and Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan`s first Olympic gold in men`s figure skating, just to name a few – there are some who
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Afghanistan: Returnees Still Face Eviction Risk
By: Still at Risk: Security of tenure and the forced eviction of IDPs and refugee returnees in urban Afghanistan
11 February 2014
The International Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) has issued a new report reviewing cases of actual and threatened evictions of IDPs and refugee returnees from informal settlements in and around all the major Afghan cities where the Norwegian Refugee Council has an established field presence. Its main message is the urgent
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