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African Commission against Sudanese government for large-scale forced evictions and atrocities in Darfur

In a landmark decision, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled against the Sudanese government, accusing it of committing a wide range of human rights violations against the people of Darfur. In its decision, the African Commission found Sudan responsible for large-scale forced evictions and violations of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, housing, food, health, judicial remedies and to be free from torture, including rape.

France, Etats Généraux: 4 milliards d'euro pour un Service d'Intérêt Général du logement

Organisés à l'initiative de l'ensemble des acteurs du logement, soit une trentaine d'organisations, ces Etats Généraux du Logement constituent une démarche partenariale totalement inédite visant à refondre la politique du logement pour mieux répondre à l'urgence des besoins des habitants. 1300 personnes ont répondu présentes à l'appel lancé par les organisateurs des Etats Généraux du Logement ce 4 mai à la Mutualité. Parmi les 15 propositions présentées au ministre, la formulation d'un véritable Service d'Intérêt Général du Logement financé par le 2% du PIB.

Pays-Bas, Recours contre la Commission Européenne qui veut démolir le secteur

Ho! Niet zo 133 organisations néerlandaises de logement social ont déposé un recours à l’encontre d’une décision de la Commission européenne. Ladite décision stipule que les organisations de logement social n’ont le droit d’attribuer des logements sociaux en location qu’aux ménages dont les revenus annuels ne dépassent pas 33 000 €. Cette décision a pour conséquence que les ménages à double revenu seront contraints d’acheter un logement ou d’en rechercher un dans un segment de location plus onéreux.

More than 50,000 people in Kenya at risk of imminent forced eviction

For people living in the area, the demolition of homes and businesses will be disastrous, © Amnesty International Kenya's government should halt the proposed eviction of more than 50,000 people living alongside the country's railway lines until guidelines that conform with international human rights standards have been adopted, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Detroit homes sell for $1 amid mortgage and car industry crisis

Fallen leaves blow past an empty home in Detroit. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters, 2010) Houses on sale for a few dollars are something of an urban legend in the US on the back of the mortgage crisis that drove millions of people from their homes. But in Detroit it is no myth. One in five houses now stand empty in the city that launched the automobile age, forged America's middle-class and blessed the world with Motown.

USA, New wave of foreclosures threatens market

Up to 7 million homes are potentially eligible but haven’t been repossessed (Paul Sancya / AP file) While banks repossessed fewer homes in February than a month earlier, borrowers continued to fall behind on their payments, adding to the inventory of properties headed toward foreclosure that have yet to be put on the market, according to RealtyTrac.

Amnesty International sollecita le autorità italiane a porre fine agli sgomberi forzati dei rom

La famiglia di Saltana Ahmetovich (Nino) nel campo di via la Monachina, Roma, settembre 2009 © Amnesty International Amnesty International ha chiesto alle autorità italiane di riesaminare un controverso piano abitativo che ha causato lo sgombero forzato di centinaia di rom e che spiana la strada allo sgombero di altre migliaia di persone nei prossimi mesi. Questo piano potrebbe essere preso a modello per eseguire sgomberi forzati in altre regioni italiane. Uno sgombero effettuato senza consultazione preventiva e senza l'offerta di un alloggio alternativo adeguato a tutte le persone colpite è una violazione dei diritti umani.

France, Réquisition de logements: l'éclatante victoire du oui

Réquisition logements vides Selon l’Ifop, 69 % des Français se déclarent favorables à la réquisition des logements privés. Un large consensus qui témoigne de l’ampleur de la crise du logement. Si la gauche se rassemble, la droite quant à elle se divise sur le sujet.

Victims of police violence and forced evictions near Papua New Guinean gold mine

The government of Papua New Guinea must investigate the conduct of police who burnt down homes and threatened people with guns while illegally evicting them from land next to one of the biggest gold mines in the country, Amnesty International said today.

USA, The 10 Most Notable Homeless Stories of 2009

Gala Crum is homeless, pregnant and living in a tent alongside the interstate in Prince William county. (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post, 2009 ) The economic recession made homelessness a hot topic in 2009. It seemed every day there was a story about shelter bed shortages, record numbers of school children, or a new tent city popping up. But which stories stood out the most? Change.org has scoured the headlines and trends to compile the 10 most notable homelessness stories of 2009.