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Kenya: Deeply Concerned about Attacks on Ogiek Activists
By: Minority Rights Group
03 February 2014
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on a key Ogiek activist Adam Cheruiyot (not his real name) and his family after he resisted eviction from his land. He has also been threatened by local police. Cheruiyot (not his real name) was involved in a land disagreement with a

India: Coca-Cola Eviction from `Land-Grab` Site
By: Oliver Tickell, The ecologist
29 January 2014
The action to evict Coca-Cola comes as the result of an order (in Hindi) passed by the Tehsildar, the local revenue officer, in December 2013 after a official investigation carried out at the insistence of local villagers. The company was also fined Rs.124,590, about US$2,000. The order issued by the Tehsildar also

Uganda: 20 Families Threatened with Eviction
By: Martins E. Ssekweyama, Daily Monitor
29 January 2014
Tension is rising among residents of Kikongolo village, Kalungu District as more than 20 families are threatened with eviction from the land on which they have lived for decades. One of the people who face eviction, Mr Ereneo Muyimba, said since December last year, the residents and a local church have

China: Documentary on Forced Evictions Deleted by Security
By: Xin Lin, Radio Free Asia
28 January 2014
Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu have deleted a hard-hitting online documentary about the harsh realities of forced eviction, filmed and produced by a group of evictees whose complaints through official channels led nowhere. The documentary, titled "Let the Images Fly," a reference to the title of a well-known

China: Eviction Protests in China Soar
By: Radio Free Asia
14 January 2014
China has seen a massive rise in recent months in complaints from people evicted from their homes by corrupt local officials. As RFA`s Mandarain service reports, the evictions are prompting mass demonstrations by petitioners in the country`s capital. In a growing official recognition of the scale of social unrest now sweeping

USA: Court Upholds BP Oil-spill Settlement
By: AP/Al Jazeera
10 January 2014
Over BP`s objections, a federal appeals court Friday upheld a judge`s approval of the company`s multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents who claim the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money.   BP has argued that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier and court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau

Kenya: Indigenous Communities Evicted by Force
By: Press release,Forest Peoples Programme
09 January 2014
Imminent forced eviction by Kenya threatens indigenous communities` human rights and ancestral forests The Kenyan government has sent police troops to Embobut forest area (in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Western Kenya) to forcefully evict thousands of the indigenous inhabitants of the Sengwer and Cherangany communities from their ancestral forestlands. The eviction is

Brazil: Several Brazilian will be Evicted for World Cup
By: Zoe Sullivan, Al-jazeera.com
08 January 2014
Ousted homeowners say they are being treated unfairly, inadequately compensated for giving up their homes. RECIFE, Brazil — At dusk, just a few days before Christmas, Veronica Maria da Silva, her husband and her brother-in-law were taking the last valuables they could out of their homes in their neighborhood of São

Senegal`s Shady Farmland Deal
By: Stefano Liberti, Al Jazeera
23 December 2013
NDIAEL, Senegal—A large-scale agriculture project run by an Italian company has sparked protests in northern Senegal with local livestock owners threatening to march their cattle to the capital to get the deal cancelled.   The company Senhuile, owned 51 percent by Italian Tampieri Financial Group and 49 percent by Senegalese Senethanol SA,

UK: Over 200,000 Homes at Risk
By: shelter.org.uk
19 December 2013
1 in every 105 households in England is at risk of repossession or eviction, according to new statistics released by Shelter. The research found hotspots up and down the country where the risk of losing your home is even higher. These include Nottingham and Luton, both with 1 in 60 homes

Israel-Romania Row over oPt Colonies
By: AlJazeera
11 December 2013
A diplomatic spat has erupted between Israel and Romania after Bucharest reportedly refused to allow Romanian construction workers to be employed in settlements being built in the occupied West Bank.   The row, reported by Israel`s military radio on Tuesday, comes in the wake of tensions between Israel and the European Union

WTO Conceding to Vital Food Subsidies?
06 December 2013
BALI, Indonesia—A possible World Trade Organization deal is moving closer to approval after one of the biggest holdups on food subsidies was set aside following hours of global negotiations that went late into the night. Trade ministers came to the summit on Indonesia`s Bali island with little hope that a slimmed-down

UN Expert: Food Security Must Trump Trade Rules
By: Africanseer.com
05 December 2013
A United Nations independent rights expert called today for policy changes that will allow developing countries the freedom to use their reserves to help secure the right to food without the threat of sanctions under current World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. "Trade rules must be shaped around the food security policies

New On-line Displacement Research Platform
05 December 2013
CAMBRIDGE MA—MIT’s Displacement Research & Action Network (“The Network”) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website http://displacement.mit.edu. The site is a collaboration of academics from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Harvard, Northeastern and New York University (NYU); and activists

CSOs to UN: Bind TNCs to Human Rights
04 December 2013
BANGKOK—Over one hundred civil society organizations and social movements have publicly joined the growing call for States to begin taking steps toward establishing a binding international treaty to deal with corporate human rights abuses. The statement coincides with the beginning of the second annual UN Forum on Business & Human

Africa`s Vanishing Forests
By: Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, On earth.org
04 December 2013
You see that coconut tree?” said Daniel Krakue, gesturing out beyond the windshield. “That used to be a village.” It wasn’t hard to see the tree. Apart from a skinny papaya trunk, it was the only thing rising from the surrounding sea of green. We were in Sinoe County, in

Kenya: The Hidden Crisis in Urban Slums
By: IRIN news
04 December 2013
NAIROBI, 4 December 2013 (IRIN) - In Mathare, a sprawling slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, children in tattered  clothes play with raw waste  flowing from a burst sewage pipe. In the alley, crowded with tin-and-wood shanties, a food kiosk filled with people feasting on smoked fish stands on the burst

Really Progress on UN Development Goals?
By: David Satterthwaite, iied.org
03 December 2013
The UN report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals seems so at odds with realities on the ground, says David Satterthwaite. The United Nations claims great progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a report published in September, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said the MDGs

Yemen: Fresh Land Mines
By: Yemen Times / Human Rights Watch
02 December 2013
Geneva—Yemen should investigate the allegations that its Republican Guard forces laid thousands of antipersonnel landmines in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today at the opening of an annual meeting of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. A November 2013 public communique from the prime minister’s office admitted that a “violation” of

Zimbabwe: Time to Rebuild Land Administration
By: Mandivamba Rukuni, Sokwanele
01 December 2013
In this 10th of 12 articles I focus on the need to rebuild the land use planning system and how this how this will aid land administration. I have argued throughout the series of articles that the Government of Zimbabwe and the key stakeholders need to craft a rehabilitation plan

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