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UN Expert urges Israel to stop destruction of houses and infrastructures in Gaza, calls for military sanctions
The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari.
Housing and Land Rights Crisis! 2004-06. Violations Escalating around the World. Housing and Land Rights Network
On the occasion of World Habitat Day, 2006, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is reporting on global trends in housing and land rights violations. This initiative, in cooperation with HIC members and structures, arose from the urgent need to highlight the struggles experienced at the local level, as well as to understand how these struggles are linked at the global level. It is intended that this report, based on the best available information, marks one step in a continuing process emphasizing the interconnectivity among seemingly disparate factors.
Stop Karachi City Government from evicting poor people
A massive demolition drive against informal settlers is taking place in Karachi City in Pakistan. The city government calls it an anti-encroachment drive to beautify the city. It will demolish more than 20 villages or informal settlements which will net for the government some 450 acres of prime urban land.
5,000 Houses Demolished in Mumbai
Slums Set on Fire and Forced Eviction of Thousands: Multiple Human Rights Violations. The Coordination Office of the Housing and Land Rights Network of Habitat International Coalition (HIC-HLRN) and its regional South Asia office in Delhi request your URGENT intervention in the following situation in India.
REITs [Real Estate Investment Trust] create rental refugees
How US REIT AIMCO deals with renters: In their coalition agreement, the Berlin grand coalition basically advocated for stock market speculation via introduction of tax-free German Real Estate Investment Trusts, also known as REITs. But delegates of SPD’s [Social Democratic Party] left wing cry foul now. REITs could result in losses of trillions and create the destruction of Germany’s social housing structures. In the US, REITs make money by turning renters into refugees and by demolishing [mostly] HUD subsidized apartment complexes.
Destroyed shelters, destroyed lives
In Cameroon, thousands of people have seen their houses destroyed and hundreds of others will undergo the same violence. “One day they came with an eviction notice, and the following morning, they came with their machines and destroyed everything, including banana and avocado trees, everything.” says Ms. Edzogo, resident of a partly destroyed neighbourhood in Yaounde.
El-Hurriah Dwellers go on a Hunger Strike to defend their Housing Rights
The Egyptian Center for Housing Rights has kept track of the latest events witnessed in Port Said city, which have led 23 families to have come into a sit-in before the faculty of education, located at Mohamed Ali Street in Port Said, and been on a hunger strike since Thursday 23/3/2006.
Home demolition in Naqab/Negev, Israel
Israeli police and Interior Ministry officials demolished five homes in Um Mitnan village on 27 February 2006. The demolition force entered the homes and forced out the women and their children, who were crying and scared. The authorities demolished these homes were two days after the Solidarity Day organized last Saturday, 25 February, protecting such demolitions and population transfer. This action seems to be a direct challenge to the Arab public and organizations that showed solidarity with the people in the unrecognized villages.
Nigeria: Forced evictions in Lagos make thousands homeless
Hundreds of Nigerians are still sleeping out in the open nearly nine months after bulldozers and armed police arrived in the Makoko community of Lagos, demolishing homes, churches, a mosque and a medical clinic. After three days of destruction, the community was obliterated, leaving about 3,000 residents -- many already destitute -- homeless.
A Performance-based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be achieved through an end to violence and terrorism, when the Palestinian people have a leadership acting decisively against terror and willing and able to build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty, and through Israel’s readiness to do what is necessary for a democratic Palestinian state to be established, and a clear, unambiguous acceptance by both parties of the goal of a negotiated settlement as described below.



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