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Egypt under CESCR Review
By: HIC-HLRN
13 June 2013
The Habitat International Coalition and affiliate civil society organizations have submitted an analytical report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) for its current review of the state party: Egypt. The collective report focuses especially on the implementation of the human right to adequate housing, as enshrined
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Brazil: 1-Yr World Cup Countdown, 1,000s Face Eviction
By: Matisse Bustos Hawkes, WITNESS
12 June 2013
Today, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter will officially mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the 2014 World Cup. Meanwhile, thousands of Brazil’s residents struggle to rebuild their lives after being forcibly removed from their homes to prepare for the multi-billion dollar sports event. Thousands
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Sri Lanka:Protests against Demolishing Women Homes
By: D.B.S.Jeyaraj.com
12 June 2013
Tension prevailed in the Galle suburb of Karapitiya on Wednesday June 12th 2013 when Muslim women protesting the intended demolition of their homes by the Urban Development Authority(UDA)demonstrated in front of bulldozers and succeeded temporarily in prevented their dwellings being wrecked. The dramatic incident where around 25 Muslim women bravely sat
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Haiti: UN "Gravely Concerned" at Families` Eviction
By: UN News Centre
10 June 2013
10 June 2013 – Following the razing of a temporary camp sight in Haiti, a senior United Nations official today expressed concern about ongoing illegal forced evictions and human rights abuses of families displaced by the 2010 earthquake. “On June 5, the United Nations was informed that 120 to 150 families
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Palestine: IOF Demolish 4 Homes, 4 Sheds Near Jericho
By: Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
04 June 2013
eyewitnesses have reported that dozens of Israeli military jeeps, accompanied by an armored D9 bulldozers, invaded the An- Nuwei’ma area, north of the West Bank city of Jericho, and demolished four homes, and four sheds. The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) have reported that the army surrounded the area before
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First Palestinian Conference on Population Transfer
By: HIC-HLRN
04 June 2013
Ramallah—The BADIL Resource Center on Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (Bethlehem) hosted the first Palestinian conference on forced population transfer at the Red Crescent Society, Ramallah, on 4 June 2013. The conference entitled “Forced Population Transfer-Elements and Responsibilities” was the first of its kind publicly addressing the issue of the
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Housing, Land and Property Rights in the Muslim World
By: HIC-HLRN
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
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UN Expert: “People Living in Poverty Must Have Their Say”
By: OHCHR
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
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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
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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
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Han Farmers Beat Mongolian Herders for Denying Leases
By: Parameswaran Ponnudurai, Radio Free Asia
09 May 2013

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

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Land Forum IV Concludes with New Commitments
By: HIC-HLRN
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
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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
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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
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Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement & Aid
By: HIC-HLRN
08 February 2013

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Civil Society on New Global Development Priorities
By: HIC-HLRN
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
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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
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