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Rapporteur holds activities on security of tenure and humanitarian aid


(Português) Nos dias 27 e 28 de junho, a Relatora Raquel Rolnik participa de atividades sobre segurança da posse no âmbito das questões de ajuda humanitária.

Report on the São Paulo Consultation on Security of Tenure

Segurança da Posse

The event organized in São Paulo on June 17th, 2013, was attended by 28 people from different regions of the country, including representatives from government, academia, NGOs that work with technical and legal support to urban communities, and social movements.

Rapporteur hosts roundtable on security of tenure in Europe


On June 26th, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik, in Geneva, an informal consultation on security of tenure with representatives of civil society organizations from several European countries.

The Last Word: Mr Blatter, the party’s over

Empty rhetoric, regurgitated by grandees such as Sepp Blatter, has been rejected by those who want schools and hospitals rather than bread and circuses.

Dream home resource center – Hammer Museum

Dream Home Resource Center, Olga Koumoundouros’s most recent investigation of home ownership, addresses the immateriality of real estate transactions and the shift from home as emblem of the American dream to house as commodity.

UN Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik: Impressed with kampung life

Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur. Photo: Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah

As the world’s fourth most populous country, Indonesia faces rapid urbanization. According to the World Bank, Indonesia’s urban population is projected to reach 220 million by 2025. UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, a Sao Paulo-based architect and urban planner with 30 years experience in the field, made her first official visit to Indonesia recently to assess the government’s policies and programs on housing.

Istanbulites to IOC: “Don’t Select Our City”

This is a call from two human rights organizations, Urban Movements Istanbul / HIC (Habitat International Coalition) and People’s Houses on behalf the citizens of Istanbul from all ages, social and political backgrounds, associations, ideologies and beliefs. The ideals of Olympic Games rest on excellence, respect and friendship, with respect for development, peace and the environment. We are sending you reports of international NGOs and organizations and some of the hundreds of videos documenting the disproportionate use of force by the police. This is material evidence of the brutality with which the government violates the ideals of the Olympics.

Singda locals hold demonstrations against dam expansion plan

As a part of the beautification programme of Singda Dam and to ensure development in the field of power, water and agriculture in Manipur, the Singda Dam area is going to be expanded. A sit-in-protest was held against this decision of the state government by the local people at Singda Kadangband Bazar on Saturday.

Brazil is saying what we could not: we don’t want these costly extravaganzas

Brazil has been bamboozled into blowing $13bn on next year’s football World Cup, and then on a similar sum to be later extorted by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2016 Games. Brazil’s leftwing leader, Dilma Rousseff, was bequeathed the games by her predecessor, Lula da Silva. She has desperately tried to side with the protesters, but she is trapped by the oligarchs of Fifa and the IOC.