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29 Jul 2010 description
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In a landmark decision, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has ruled against the Sudanese government, accusing it of committing a wide range of human rights violations against the people of Darfur.

The ruling, released today, was made in a case brought by the Geneva-based international human rights group, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), against the Sudanese government in 2005.

The ruling came less than three weeks after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a second arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, on charges of …

08 Jul 2010 description
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8 July 2010 - Israel was today accused of serious human rights violations in the area of housing and access to water - including war crimes.

The accusations came as Israel prepares to be examined by the UN Human Rights Committee, a body that scrutinizes government's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

16 Apr 2010 description
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Human rights organizations including COHRE, Amnesty International and the national civil society organizations Shelter Forum and Hakijamii Trust have written to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki urging him to stop forced evictions along the Kenya Railway across the country, as over 50,000 people face eviction from land along the railway reserve.

On 21 March 2010, the state-owned Kenya Railways published a notice in daily newspapers giving those living on railway reserve land nationwide 30 days to pull down their structures and leave, "or face forceful eviction and prosecution".

05 Mar 2010 description
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(Geneva, 5 March 2010) The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today called on the Kenyan government to show more commitment to the housing rights of the poor in Kenya.

28 Jan 2010 description
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The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today said that those displaced as a result of the recent violence in Jos must be provided with adequate emergency shelter while efforts begin to provide a permanent solution to their housing problems.

More than 10,000 people have reportedly been displaced by the violence, which left hundreds dead.

COHRE called on the Nigerian government to ensure safe and dignified conditions for people to return to their homes and land, and also begin a process for immediate compensation for those who lost homes and property, so that …

09 Jul 2009 description
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Executive Summary

This report is released on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the issuing of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall being built by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory. In its Advisory Opinion the ICJ highlighted the serious violations of both international humanitarian law and international human rights law, caused by the construction of the Wall.

28 May 2009 description
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On the third anniversary of the Sidoarjo mudflow disaster human rights groups have once again called on the Government of Indonesia to provide all affected persons with immediate assistance and rehabilitation.

Three years ago on 28 May 2006, a gas eruption at a PT Lapindo Brantas drilling site in Sidoarjo, East Java resulted in an upsurge of hot volcanic mud which continues to flow to date. The mud volcano, which on average discharges 150,000 cubic metres of mud per day (enough to fill forty Olympic-sized swimming pools),(1) has submerged an estimated 15,000 land holdings.

07 Oct 2008 description
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More than 500 families living in at least 11 tsunami transitional shelter sites in Moratuwa and Ratmalana are threatened with homelessness once again unless the Government of Sri Lanka halts plans to forcibly evict them on 10 October 2008.

30 May 2008 description
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More than 100,000 people forcibly evicted from their homes in South Africa through xenophobic attacks: South African government must act immediately to deal with both the causes and consequences of these recent xenophobic attacks says human rights group

The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) is deeply concerned at the recent forced eviction of up to 100 000 people from their homes and residential areas in South Africa through xenophobic attacks.

22 May 2008 description
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Executive summary

More than 107 000 people of ethnic Nepali origin ('Lhotshampas') have been displaced from their homes and lands in Bhutan over the past two decades. Most have since resided for many years in refugee camps in eastern Nepal, and there is still no realistic prospect of their safe and dignified return.

15 May 2008 description
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For over ten years, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) have monitored and advocated against massive and egregious housing rights violations in Nigeria. Although Nigeria boasts a rich and diverse history, as well as being Africa's fourth largest economy (1), Nigeria has violated the right to adequate housing on a scale and with a persistence that is rarely seen anywhere else in the world.

15 May 2008 description
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Geneva, Lagos, 15 May 2008: More than 800,000 residents were forcibly evicted from informal settlements in Abuja, Nigeria, from 2003 to 2007, during the administration of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, according to The Myth of the Abuja Master Plan: Forced evictions as urban planning in Abuja, Nigeria, a new report released by the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the Lagos-based Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC).

COHRE's Deputy Director, Jean du Plessis, said, 'This shocking figure is even higher than …

07 May 2008 description
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COHRE calls for urgent action to protect housing rights in response to cyclone in Burma

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today called on the Burmese regime to immediately allow international relief agencies unrestricted access to Burma, to deal with the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the cyclone that hit the country on 2 and 3 May 2008.

Although details are still emerging, reports indicate that over one million people have been made homeless by the cyclone, and currently lack shelter and clean water, in addition to the thousands killed.

23 Jan 2008 description
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The Gaza Strip is currently undergoing a humanitarian crisis which includes the widespread denial of economic, social and cultural rights. This humanitarian crisis has been precipitated by sanctions imposed on the Gaza administration by both Israel and Western countries and Israel's closure of Gaza's border crossings which amounts to a blockade on the territory.

05 Dec 2007 description
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Burma today is experiencing a crisis in security of land tenure, which includes the widespread abuse of human, economic, social, cultural, and political rights. This report, Displacement and Dispossession: Forced Migration and Land Rights in Burma focuses on land confiscation by Government forces, responsible for Burma's most acute Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights abuses. Among the most vulnerable populations are more than one million internally displaced people in Burma, most from ethnic nationality communities.

01 Dec 2005 description
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This booklet contains the full text of an important new international standard which outlines the rights of refugees and displaced persons to return not only to their countries when they see fit to do so, but to their original homes and lands as well. The Pinheiro Principles are the culmination of more than a decade of international and local activities in support of the emerging right to housing and property restitution as a core remedy to displacement.