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Roma migrants evicted from Stockholm site

The Swedish Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden) carried out the eviction in Högdalen, a suburb in the southern reaches of Stockholm, at 9am on Monday, just days after a bus load of the campers went home.

Squatters refuse to go as eviction date looms

The notice warned that those who do not comply with the order could face one month in prison under section 21(1) of the Lower Burma Town and Village Lands Act. They will even be charged by the authorities for the cost of demolishing their homes, the notice said.

Indonesia volcano eruption prompts mass evacuation

A major volcanic eruption in Indonesia has shrouded a large swath of the most heavily populated island in ash, triggering the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and the closure of three international airports.

100,000 evacuated as Indonesia’s Mount Kelud erupts

More than 100,000 people were evacuated from areas where volcanic dust and rocks lay up to eight inches thick after Mount Kelud on Java island exploded.

Unwanted Roma

Hundreds of thousands of Roma – mostly from Romania and Bulgaria – have moved to Western Europe since the 1990s. Widely perceived as scroungers and thieves, they are rarely made welcome.

Council approves bill to aid homeless youth in Washington

The homeless youth measure, among other things, allocates city funds for expanding existing homeless facilities, including shelters, to include additional beds for “youth who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.” It also requires service providers to put in place “best practices for the culturally competent care of homeless youth” who identify as LGBT or questioning.

Forced evictions to continue in Dagon

Up to 80,000 shantytown-dwellers in Rangoon’s Dagon Port Township — one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the former capital — have been declared illegal squatters and face eviction.

Candidates proposed for Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

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Check the short-list of candidates compilled by the Consultative Group for the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

Forced eviction leaves hundreds homeless in Yangon Region village

The residents of Tha Mee Lay village in Hlegu Township said bulldozers began destroying their homes early on February 4 in an operation that also involved about 2,000 government officials.

Major Sporting Events and Human Rights: Host nations and cities, sports organising bodies and companies must move faster, aim higher, and show stronger resolve

As the 2014 Winter Olympic Games get underway this weekend in Sochi, debates continue to intensify around the responsibilities of host nations, sports governing bodies and corporate sponsors all involved in planning and implementing major sporting events.