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Sri Lanka: Land Grabs In The North And East
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
Source M A Sumanthiran, Colombo telegraph (02 May 2013)
The Learning Event on Housing, Land and Property Rights in the Muslim World
Over four days, Habitat International Coalition participated in the regional “Learning Event on Housing Land and Property Rights in the Muslim World” that has been organized by UN habitat, Global Land Tool Network and International Islamic University Malaysia that was held in the period from 27 – 30 May 2013. The
Source HIC-HLRN (03 April 2013)
Palestinian Land Day: 30 March 2013
37 years ago Israeli police and military killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrating against thousands of confiscated dunums for Jewish-Israeli colonies in the Galilee. Annual commemoration of March 30th as Land Day reaffirms the unity of the Palestinian people whether in Shatat (exile), in the occupied West Bank and Gaza
Source BADIL (30 March 2013)
Land Forum IV Concludes with New Commitments
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
Source HIC-HLRN (28 March 2013)
W. Sahara: Dutch Require Occupation Export Labeling
London — The Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), welcomed the new Dutch government`s decision not to consider the products originating in the Western Sahara as Moroccan products. The new Dutch government has reiterated the position of their predecessors: Products from Western Sahara cannot enter the EU market labelled as from Morocco. In
Source Sahara Press Service (18 March 2013)
UN Experts on Rights to Food & Adequate Housing
The Human Rights Council at a midday meeting today held a clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living. Introducing his report, Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on
Source Human Rights Council (04 March 2013)
Angola: Thousands Evicted in Luanda’s Cacuaco District
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
Source Leslie Lefkow, Human Rights Watch (26 February 2013)
NASA Detects Vast MENA Freshwater Losses
PASADENA, CA—A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.   Scientists at the University of California, Irvine; NASA`s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for
Source NASA (15 February 2013)
Food, Fuel, and the Global Land Grab
Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may be further economic disparities
Source Lester R. Brown (09 February 2013)
Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement & Aid
Source HIC-HLRN (08 February 2013)


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