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India: Assam Conflict over Land Rights
KOLKATA—The renewed spate of violence between Bodos and immigrant minorities in Kokrajhar district in lower Assam has shown up shortcomings in the formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), analysts said on Wednesday. The BTC was formed under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.   While the non-Bodos complain that the tribal
Source Nirmalya Banerjee, TNN (26 July 2012)
Implementing Land Reforms in Kenya: Budgetary Pitfalls.
The drawn-out, and at times contentious, formulation process for Kenya’s national land policy began in 2004. Those who had benefitted from pre- and post-colonial State land grants under Kenya’s inequitable and corrupt system of land distribution were uncomfortable with some of the new policy’s provisions. In
Source (20 July 2012)
Strategic Solidarity of Peoples under Occupation
The refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria shelter an estimated 200,000 Saharawi refugees from the Western Sahara, a country that has been occupied illegally by Morocco since the 1970s. The Saharawis have been living in the camps for just as long, and so generations have grown up in the isolated society of
Source Ida Jøker Krog (11 July 2012)
Nepal: Thapathali Squatters on Strike
KATHMANDU—Normal life has been affected in Lalitpur district due to a Lalitpur bandh called by locals to protest the government’s plan to resettle squatters evicted from encroached land in the Thapathali area at Sundarighat, Balkhu.   Shops and businesses in the main market center including factories, industries, and academic institutions remain closed
Source nepalnews.com (06 July 2012)
Israel`s Mekorot Targets World Water Market
Israel`s national water company Mekorot wants to use its expertise in finding unconventional sources for clean water to help it expand globally, as countries step up their efforts to avoid water shortages.   A rise in population along with climate changes threatens the earth`s freshwater supply in the coming decades and the
Source Reuters (10 June 2012)
Egypt: CSOs, Citizens Meet World Bank on Power Project
  A video conference between the World Bank’s Cairo and Washington DC offices connected Bank representatives with the voices of civil society and members of affected communities, allowing 6 Egyptians to present the concerns of the community about the negative social and environmental impacts of a large Bank-funded power plant project
Source HLRN (31 May 2012)
Turkey/Iraq: Movements to Stop Ilısu Dam Project
Hasankeyf, Turkey—"We have come from Iraq to speak, because no one came from Iraq to speak to us. We live in one of the most significant regions in the world—the Mesopotamian marshlands—which is in danger because of Ilısu." With these words, Sheik Sayed Abbas began today`s unique protest in the
Source Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (22 May 2012)
Palestine: Protests for Nakba Day
Palestinians are marking Nakba Day, or the "day of catastrophe", commemorating Israel`s declaration of statehood in 1948 and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of their kin from their land and homes. Protests were scheduled to take place across the Palestinian territories on Tuesday with the main rally planned in Ramallah
Source Al Jazeera and agencies (15 May 2012)
Palestine: 15 May Emphasizes Our Right of Return
Nakba day reminds Palestinians that dreaming of the right of return stands in the way of securing more vital rights. At this time of year, there is a sort of bizarre political yin-yang, though one that does not reflect harmony. Israelis celebrate their independence and the birth of their country, while
Source Khaled Diab, The Guardian (15 May 2012)
Global Guidelines on Land Tenure Adopted
Rome—In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests
Source Committee on World Food Security, FAO (11 May 2012)


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