Inhabitants of Asia
Dear friends, The sad news of the loss of our friend and comrade, Ted, touches the hearts and minds of all of us. I would therefore like to start by offering our most sincere condolences to his wife Connie, his entire family and all of you, but sure in the knowledge that he will be with us all forever.
About 300 affected people demonstrated against evictions threatened by MCGB (Mumbai, March 23 2011) PROUD carried out a demonstration on 23rd March, 2011, attended by more 300 inhabitants, to pressurise their demands to face the threats of evictions, providing alternative house in agreement with the affected families current living on pipeline.
Children sit on top their inundated homes, where Shukaku, Inc. A demonstration at the Municipality of Phnom Penh marked the start of a week of demonstrations around Asia on behalf of the embattled lakeside residents. “Save Cambodia’s Boeung Kak Lake Residents from eviction,” chanted groups of urban poor, belong to LOCOA and Four Region Slum Network protesting in front of Cambodia and Chinese Embassies in various countries in a show of solidarity.
Urban poor gathered before Congress at Quezon City, Batasan Road today to oppose House Bill 2145, This is a bill amending Republic Act no. 8368, otherwise known as the “Anti-Squatting Law Repeal Act of 1997.” With them were the Task Force Anti-Eviction group composed of Urban Poor Associates (UPA), Community Organization of the Philippine Enterprise (COPE), Community Organizers Multiversity (COM) and Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Pangligal (SALIGAN).
People’s Responsible Organisation of United Dharavi (PROUD) organized 4 public meetings on Housing Rights and Pressing for the immediate implementation of long standing Dharavi Redevelopment Programme (DRP) with about 800-1000 people in each of the meeting between 8th January, 2011 to 16th January, 2011. PROUD also celebrated it’s 31st Anniversary Programme along with it’s 15th Biennial Convention.
Building the Bangladesh WAI Steering Committee (Dhaka, September 2 2010) Draft statement WAI (WSF 2011) Preparatory Meeting of Bangladesh Steering CommitteeSeptember 02, 2010, Dhaka, BangladeshOn the occasion of the preparatory meeting of the Bangladesh steering committee on the World Assembly of Inhabitants-WAI / WSF Dakar, Senegal (Dhaka to Dakar), held on Thursday, September 02, 2010 at Shelter for the Poor office, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we, participants representing different inhabitant’s organizations (NGOs working on housing and Land rights issues) have met to share our experiences on housing rights and its violations as well. Our fellow participants, the head of inhabitant’s organizations shared ongoing activities, experiences, struggles and dealing with the continuing challenge of government approach of eviction without any rehabilitation.
Building the WAI Steering Committee for Asia (Bangalore, 18-22 August 2010) Statement - WAI Preparatory Meeting -August 18-22, 2010 Bangalore, India On the occasion of the Asian Citizens Assembly (ACA), held in Bangalore, India, 18-22 August 2010, we, participants representing different inhabitants’ organisations and networks in the region, have met to share our respective member communities’ responses to evictions and the strategies and alternatives we present to governments with a view to securing land and housing for the families affected.
The city of Bangalore, India is welcoming the World Assembly of Inhabitants (WAI) from August 18 to 23, 2010 during this new building phase. It was preceded by an important preview on August 16 - i.e. meetings with inhabitants' organisations of Delhi's popular neighbourhoods, involved in the struggle against evictions caused by the investments of the next Commonwealth Games.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in New Delhi, India, from 3-14 October 2010. Given the many unanswered questions that have marked the CWG process, the Housing and Land Rights Network – South Asia Regional Programme (HLRN) decided to undertake a study on various dimensions of the CWG.
Resisting evictions in Navotas, Philippines (John Lagman, 2010) Evicted families, especially women, residing along Road 10 in Navotas City, Metro Manila, Philippines are appealing for solidarity and support. On January 18 to 20, and then on March 4 to the present, (March 12) the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways and the City Government of Navotas have conducted demolition operations for the purpose of widening the road. To date, the homes of some 393 families of the targeted 1,000 families have been demolished.