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Chicago: Reclaiming Homes, Rights for Homeless
By: Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune
15 July 2013
Since 2010, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign has taken over nearly 30 abandoned South and West Side residences, rehabbed them and moved in homeless families.   Willie "J.R" Fleming, a longtime housing rights activist and co-founder of the campaign, said the group can do this because of an exemption in the state criminal

Israel Still Justifies Naqab Arabs` Forced Eviction
By: Arab HRA
27 June 2013
The Prawer Plan relays on a unjust assumption that the ownership claims of the Arab Bedouins on their land in the Negev are not legitimate since they are not listed in the Land Registry books. During the British Mandate period, when landholders in the north and center of the country

ETO Consortium 6th Conference
26 June 2013
Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Consortium Meets Again The 6th conference of the Extraterritorial (ETO) Consortium took place as a special event of the Vienna+20 Action Week on Human Rights in Vienna, on 25 and 26 June 2013. This parallel event was made possible by the presence of a large portion of ETO

Istanbulites to IOC: “Don’t Select Our City”
By: Urban Movements Istanbul / HIC and People’s Houses
21 June 2013
Esteemed members of the IOC;   This is a call from two human rights organizations, Urban Movements Istanbul / HIC (Habitat International Coalition) and People’s Houses on behalf the citizens of Istanbul from all ages, social and political backgrounds, associations, ideologies and beliefs.   From 28 May to 15 June, Istanbulites had been attacked

Cuba: World’s Oddest Property Market
By: John Arlidge, Financial Times
18 June 2013
Cuba, home of the world’s oddest property market, is finally allowing its people to buy and sell homes but property lawyers and agents are still illegal     Havana—It’s only 9am but it’s already 33C on the Malecón, Havana’s corniche, and my brain feels like a conch fritter. I’ve come to meet a

Egypt under CESCR Review
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

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

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

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

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

First Palestinian Conference on Population Transfer
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

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

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