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UN Expert: “Fewer Housing Opportunities for the World’s Poor”
Statement by the Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, on World Habitat Day GENEVA (1st October 2012) – “Opportunities for whom?” asked the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, when assessing this year’s World Habitat Day theme ‘Changing cities, building opportunities.’ “The current ruling model of housing policies across the
Source UN News Centre (01 October 2012)
New Report: Stigma and Access to Water & Sanitation
Summary of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation to the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/21/42) The report focuses on the links between stigma and the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. It examines different manifestations of stigma, and
Source UN Special Rapporteur on on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation (18 September 2012)
Climate Change: Farmers too Hungry to Adapt
Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time - in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia`s Borana region - are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found. The survey, which
Source IRIN News (14 September 2012)
Spain and Morocco Evict Migrants
Spain`s Guardia Civil police acted on Tuesday after scores of African migrants landed in the past week on the bare, rocky surface of Isla de Tierra, Spanish sovereign territory about the size of two football pitches, which lies an easy swim off the beach. Ten women and children were taken off
Source Ahram Online, AFP (06 September 2012)
Extreme Weather and Prices on Food Prices
With greenhouse gas emissions at an all time high, and the world lurching towards a third food price spike in four years following the worst US drought since the 1950s, there is an alarming gap in our knowledge - how will an increase in extreme weather caused by climate change
Source Tracy Carty, Oxfam (05 September 2012)
Tanzania: Maasai to Be Evicted for UAE Hunting Ground
Government says 750,000 signatories to online petition are "misled," as campaigners attack `"olicy from another century." Tanzania is facing a global protest campaign over claims that it wants to force Maasai pastoralists off their land to make way for game hunting by royals from the United Arab Emirates. Nearly 750,000 people have
Source David Smith, Guardian (15 August 2012)
Evictions in Nigerian Slum to Make Way for a New Suburb
BABA Sule is 75 and has lived in the same modest shack for 35 years. It is where his eight children were born and raised. It`s not much no more than an extended dirt-floored room, constructed haphazardly from corrugated iron and wood, with a tiny area for cooking on a
Source Cindy Wockner, The Courier-Mail (15 August 2012)
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)


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