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Housing in Europe:
Time to Evict the Crisis
On 5 December, ESCR-Net sent a letter to Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, to express the Network’s collective concern following the murder of Sibonelo Patrick Mpeku. Mr. Mpeku, 32 years old, was a leader of ESCR-Net member Abahlali baseMjondolo, social movement of shack-dwellers living in South Africa’s informal settlements. In Abahlali he served as chairperson for the Sisonke Village branch and the KwaZulu/Natal Provincial Council. Mpeku was reportedly killed around 11:00...
Date published: 12-05-2017

Italy: Police Beat Refugees During Eviction
Source: Human Rights Watch
Italian Police use a water cannon as they clash with refugee squatters who had occupied a small square in central Rome, Italy. © 2017 Reuters/Yara NardiRome – Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in the building on the Piazza...

Date published: 10-10-2017
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Residents of Turkey’s historic Sur district in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir were forced to evacuate their homes by Monday as the violence-wracked region undergoes restoration. The district in southeastern province has been hit by clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants for over two years. Turkish authorities say they will restore the district, a UNESCO world heritage site with its ancient fortified walls,...

Date published: 10-10-2017
Negev: Israel razes Palestinian village for 113th time
Source: Patrick Strickland, Al jazeera
Al-Araqib's residents have continually rebuilt their village after demolitions [Ammar Awad/Reuters]18 May 2017 An estimated 80,000 Bedouins live in unrecognised villages in the Naqab region without basic infrastructure or services. Israeli police forces have destroyed a Palestinian village in the Naqab region of the country’s south for the 113th time since 2010, displacing its residents and flattening its few still-standing structures. Heavily armed officers as well as riot...

Date published: 10-10-2017
Following their eviction on 26 January 2016, the seven families have been surviving in various temporary shelters provided for them by the state government.World Watch Monitor A year after seven Christian families were forced from their homes in a village in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, the 30 Christians are currently being housed in a wine cellar. Following their eviction on 26 January 2016, based on the results of a popular vote in which almost 2,000 residents elected to...

Date published: 10-10-2017
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