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Mumbai, January 30th and 31st, February 1st, 2014

Films Division , ActionAid India and Citizen’s Rights Collective (CiRiC) present Sheharnama - a three-day international film festival of documentary and short fiction films. This will feature over forty films that look within the nooks and crevices of the city to render a cinematic expression of the urban experience.Entry is free and open to all.

Eviction of Bab Al Shams exposes Israel as a lawless state

The Bab Al Shams protest village before it was forcibly evacuated by Israeli forces. (Issam Rimawi / APA images) Under pressure from right-wing upstarts amidst a heated election contest, Netanyahu ordered the eviction of Bab Al Shams in flagrant contempt of the country’s high court. And not one of the judges issued a word of protest.

Argentina, la provincia de Buenos Aires ya tiene su ley de acceso justo al hábitat

Sanción definitiva en la Cámara de Senadores de la provincia de Buenos Aires El cambio continúa - “Ley de Promoción del derecho sustentable a la vivienda y a un hábitat digno y sustentable”. El Vicegobernador de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Gabriel Mariotto, y el bloque kirchnerista lograron la sanción de la ley del derecho a la vivienda y a un hábitat digno, que dejó de lado la normativa de la dictadura militar.

A Week after the Hurricane, New York Public Housing Tenants Still without Heat, Water & Power

Red Hook was hit particularly hard. The surge from Hurricane Sandy that swept through the development on October 29 dumped New York Harbor into the basements of several buildings, flooding boilers and electrical rooms and making quick recovery.

Declaran inconstitucional ciudades modelos en Honduras

Por mayoría de votos, el pleno de la Corte Suprema de Justicia declaró inconstitucional el Decreto Legislativo No. 283-2010 que crea las ciudades modelos en Honduras . La Corte Suprema de Justicia consideró que el decreto Legislativo viola la soberanía, el territorio y la forma de Gobierno.

Brasil, Remoções podem afetar mais de 100 mil pessoas em São Paulo

Famílias teriam de deixar sua moradia por causa de recentes intervenções urbanas na capital paulista. Isso em apenas sete casos de obras públicas. O levantamento é do Observatório de Remoções. Em geral, os atingidos sofrem com a falta de assistência social e financeira adequada e a quase completa ausência de informações confiáveis sobre seu destino.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik visit Rwanda

GENEVA (3 July 2012) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, will undertake an official mission to Rwanda from 5 to 13 July 2012, at the invitation of the Government.During her nine-day visit, Ms Rolnik will meet with Government officials, human rights groups and other stakeholders. “This will be a great opportunity to look into how the most densely populated nation in Africa is managing land and housing issues in a way that takes into account equality and non-discrimination,” the Special Rapporteur said.“It is paramount that allocation of land and housing does not result in injustices that impede the reconciliation that Rwanda has long been striving for,” she added.At the end of her visit, on Friday 14 July 2012 at 10 am, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the Mille Collines Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, to present the preliminary findings of her mission.United Nations Press release

Ecuador se blinda contra la burbuja inmobiliaria y aprueba ley hipotecaria

La Asamblea Nacional aprobó  el martes 8 de mayo el proyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Regulación de Créditos para Vivienda y Vehículos . Los ecuatorianos en el exterior verán protegidos sus bienes con garantía hipotecaría en Ecuador, es decir, no se podrán embargar.

Azerbaijan: Homeowners Evicted for City Beautification

Construction of a highway adjacent to the National Flag Square. In the background stands the building at 5 Agil Guliyev Street, which was being demolished with residents still remaining in it as this report went to press. © 2012 Human Rights Watch The government of Azerbaijan  has forcibly evicted homeowners and demolished their homes for urban development projects in Baku, the capital, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Israel’s policies violate right to housing and need urgent revision – UN independent rights expert

An UN independent rights expert: Israel’s policies violate right to housing (EPA, 13 02 2012) United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, warned that recent privatization, deregulation and commercialization of public assets in Israel “have resulted in urban and housing policies that made it increasingly difficult for low income families to obtain affordable accommodation, violating their right to adequate housing.”