Social movement news

HLRN Releases a Handbook on “How to Respond to Forced Evictions”

At an event organised in New Delhi on 16 April 2014, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its new publication titled “How to Respond to Forced Evictions: A Handbook for India”.

Leading NGOs urge States to reject proposals from South Africa to weaken resolution on peaceful protest

(Geneva) – A coalition of leading non-governmental organisations has called on governments to reject proposals being made by South Africa and a group of like-minded States that would undermine a Human Rights Council resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests.

South African delegation at the Human Rights Council may weaken the international status of the right to adequate housing

SERI, the CLC and CALS note with concern that the action of the South African delegation at the Human Rights Council may threaten a progressive resolution on the right to adequate housing.

Indigenous communities face imminent eviction

Having fought tirelessly against the unlawful Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam, the indigenous Ngäbe communities on the banks of Panama’s Tabasará river are today threatened with forced eviction at the hands of Panama’s notoriously brutal security forces.

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.

Land, conflict and injustice in India

There are many fires raging in India. The agrarian crisis is one of the most shocking and destructive, and it sits at the heart of a range of interconnected calamities.

US Congress Passes Law Demanding Redress for Boeung Kak Lake Community, Pressures World Bank to Take Action

The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, approved by the US House of Representative, requires “the United States executive director of each international financial institution to seek to ensure that each such institution responds to the findings and recommendations of its accountability mechanisms by providing just compensation or other appropriate redress to individuals and communities that suffer violations of human rights, including forced displacement, resulting from any loan, grant, strategy or policy of such institution.”

Owning the future: Haitians taking the lead in reconstruction

Four years have passed from the tragic earthquake that killed over 200.000 people and left Haiti in one of the worst crisis of recent times. Although much remains to be done, international aid agency Oxfam acknowledges that there have been positive strides towards reconstruction and development.

Sengwer tribe faces eviction in the name of conservation

The Sengwer tribe has safeguarded the Embobut forest in western Kenya for hundreds of years and they wish to remain on their lands and care for the forest where their ancestors are buried. But the Kenyan government claims to be protecting the forest’s biodiversity by removing the very people who have protected it.

Joint statement on the Land Rights of Rural Women

In Geneva, on October 9, 2013, HC member group GROOTS Kenya delivered a joint statement on behalf of ActionAid, Global Initiative for Economic Social and Cultural Rights,Huairou Commission, International Accountability Project, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), International Land Coalition (ILC) Secretariat, and Landesa at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 56th Session (30 September 2013 – 18 October 2013), General Discussion on the Rights of Rural Women.