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Afrique: Coup de projecteur sur les déplacés

Les personnes déplacées trouvent souvent refuge dans des camps de fortune tels que celui-ci NAIROBI, 19 octobre 2009 (IRIN) - Quarante ans après la signature d’une convention historique sur les droits des réfugiés africains, les dirigeants du continent sont appelés à marquer une nouvelle étape juridique décisive, en adoptant un instrument de protection des personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur propre pays.

Amnesty International public statement

13 October 2009 Nigeria: Security forces use violence against demonstrators Amnesty International condemns the excessive use of force by some members of the security forces in Bundu waterfront community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 12 October. At least three people were killed and eleven seriously injured when combined troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and police used firearms to disperse a crowd.

UN-Habitat Recognizes Huairou Commission and Importance of Grassroots Women in Development

l-r: Mr. Shaun Donovan, Ms. Jan Peterson and Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occassion of World Habitat day 2009 UN-HABITAT has signed a milestone agreement with the Huairou Commission to strengthen the involvement of grassroots women in projects and programmes for better housing and sustainable urban development. The agreement signed Monday on World Habitat Day strengthens areas of existing work, and also ventures into newer areas, such as information technology.

Blog da Raquel Rolnik

Raquel Rolnik é urbanista, professora da Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo e relatora especial da Organização das Nações Unidas para o direito à moradia adequada. Visite e comente!

Amnesty International Report 2009

IT’S NOT JUST THE ECONOMY, IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS ...Skyrocketing food prices are leading to more hunger and disease, forced evictions and foreclosures to more homelessness and destitutionIrene Khan, secretary general Amnesty International

Dignity International: Enter the Campaign Identity Contest

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (India), the Four Slum Regional Network (Thailand), the Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN), Ekta Parishad (India), Union National dos Moradias Popular (Brazil), the European Anti Poverty Network, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, and Dignity International are preparing to launch a campaign on “Dignity for All” in October 2009. The Campaign will focus on pushing governments to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of people in urban and rural areas whose realities are currently being ignored by the state. These are people, families and communities that are either not taken into account by public policy or deliberately under attack by state or non state actors with the support of the state. This contest is for a campaign name and/or logo. The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate. Deadline for entries: 12/06/2009

Report of the Special rapporteur on adequate housing and the global crisis

The present report is the first one presented to the Human Rights Council by the new mandate holder, Raquel Rolnik, who took up her position on 1 May 2008. In view of the current crisis in the housing and financial sector, the Special Rapporteur decided to devote this thematic report to the consequences of certain economic, financial and housing policies and approaches that have seriously impacted the right to adequate housing in the past decades and have contributed to the present crisis.

The Size of Derivatives Bubble = $190K Per Person on Planet

By Tom Foremski - October 16, 2008 The Invisible One Quadrillion Dollar Equation -- Asymmetric Leverage and Systemic Risk

Australia: Homeless World Cup - More Than Football

MELBOURNE, Dec 4 (IPS) - While the action has been fast and furious among the 56 teams competing in the 2008 Homeless World Cup -- a football tournament in which homeless and marginalised people from around the world represent their respective nations -- the problems associated with homelessness are never too far away.By Stephen de Tarczynski

COHRE announces its 2008 Housing Rights Awards

IOC, Israel and Italy censured; Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly and housing rights activists commended The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today announced the winners of its annual Housing Rights Awards for 2008. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Governments of Israel and Italy received Housing Rights Violator Awards for their demonstrated failure to protect and implement housing rights. The Constitutional Assembly of Ecuador was presented with 2008’s Housing Rights Protector Award for its role in making Ecuador the first country in the world to explicitly recognise in its Constitution a range of key housing and habitat-related rights. Ms Pia Ndayiragije of Burundi, Mr Ken Fernandes of Australia and the Chicago, USA-based Coalition to Protect Public Housing each received a 2008 Housing Rights Defender Award in recognition of their outstanding commitments to the defence of housing rights.