Inhabitants of Asia
Thirteen women representatives from the Boeung Kak Lake community in the capital, Phnom Penh, were sentenced to up to two-and-a-half years in prison after a summary trial. Two more community representatives who were waiting outside the courthouse prepared to testify as witnesses for the 13 women on trial. A call for international solidarity: freedom for human rights defenders and justice for displaced inhabitants of Boeung Kak lake community
Bridges Across Borders Cambodia has closely monitored the resettlement process and impacts of the GMS Rehabilitation of the Railways in Cambodia Project . The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is contributing $84 million in concessional loans and the Australian international aid agency AusAID is contributing $22.9 million in grants to this project, which stands to impact at more than 4000 families who live along the tracks.
Anti-riot police and a government demolition team clash with residents during the demolition of shanties in Corazon De Jesus village in San Juan city ( January 11 2012) The year 2011 had the highest number of documented cases of eviction since 1994, according to a study of Urban Poor Associates’ (UPA), a housing rights advocate. From January to December 2011, 14, 744 families or 73,780 individuals were evicted in 39 demolition incidents. 92 percent of evictions are considered illegal as they lack requirements called for in the Urban Development and Housing Act. Seven demolitions turned violent.
Thousands of landless squatters turned out in protest (Photo: Naresh Newar/IRIN) A Nepalese government development plan for Kathmandu could lead to violence as the authorities seek to evict some 40 squatter settlements with an estimated population of over 20,000 of landless squatters, the support group Lumanti say. “We are ready to kill ourselves to stop government bulldozers. This is a life or death situation,” said Saru Magar, a landless squatter, who has been living at Bansighat settlement in the city centre for over 30 years.
Part of the Inaugural session During the SASF Shelter for the Poor have organized a seminar on the “Climate Change and Urbanization: Perspective Bangladesh” and have Coordinated a “Plenary” of the “Human Rights and dignity” along with other organisations (WAI Bangladesh Committee, PDAP, IPD, RHDS, DSK and PRATAY). More 100 people have attended this step to prepare the inhabitants participation in Rio+20 next June 2012.
Water pollution slum Gulshan Lake, Dhaka, Rahman lrnirjhar The inhabitants of Dhaka are 15 million, 40% of it is “homeless slum dwellers”, and in each year population is increasing by 1.1 million. Change can be happen only through a horrific change, when each of the building will be built with proper plan, if the in-city industries are relocated to a planned industrial zones, new residential areas will be built for the new comers, new parks, open spaces, play grounds will be created, roads will be wider, pollution will be reduced, then the city will be full of green.
Eviction Arakawa riverside area, near Horikiri Bridg, Tokyo ( 2011) This letter is to ask your support and your signatures on the call for the homeless people living on the Arakawa river bank (northern part of the central Tokyo) who are now facing the threat of forced eviction by the Japanese government.
WHD, Rally from Mahim Phatak to Pivla Bunglow in Dharavi (Mumbai, October 31 2011) A new alliance of inhabitants organizations organized the World Habitat Day. About 500 grass-root communities submitted a Memorandum to the State Chief Minister demanding to Stop Forceful Evictions and open a dialogue with Local Communities, NGOs and CBOs to find appropriate solutions to the Mumbai’s housing crisis in full compliance with the ICESCR. To support the demands, it was announced setting up of the Joint Anti-Eviction Task Force involving all the stake-holders.
Launching Petition Make Phnom Penh an Eviction Free Zone Over the past two decades, over ten percent of the Phnom Penh’s population has been displaced, often for poorer futures. These World Habitat Days, join us in calling on Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema to end forced evictions and declare Phnom Penh an Eviction Free Zone . The last day to sign the petition is November 1 2011.
Please join us for the Phnom Penh solidarity event, hosted by the Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), which will include speeches by activists, film trailers, video footage and photos of evictions, as well as a call to sign a petition to make Phnom Penh an Eviction Free Zone. John Vink to present photos of recent Boeung Kak Lake evictions.