Poverty

Stop forced evictions in Africa

Every year in African cities thousands of families are thrown out of their homes by the authorities or others without human rights safeguards. These forced evictions shatter lives. An informal settlement resident in Nairobi, Kenya, demands an end to forced evictions on World Habitat Day 2011. © Amnesty International 

Afghanistan: Urgent humanitarian assistance needed for displaced persons

Displaced Afghans, fleeing war for the relative safety of cities, are facing misery in urban slums. “Since we came there is no assistance or anything; the family has not eaten anything for the past two days….We are displaced and have lost all our livelihoods,” Zarin, a 70-year old displaced w

IOC rejection of Dow concerns leaving toxic legacy for London 2012 - 16 February 2012

Headline Title:  IOC rejection of Dow concerns leaving toxic legacy for Olympics It is extremely disappointing that Olympic organizers continue to side with Dow Chemical Company while refusing to listen to legitimate concerns over the company’s sponsorship of the London games, The organizers of the London 2012 Olympics have rejected a call to terminate Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the Games. Media Node:  India: Dow Bhopal protester Twitter Tag:  London2012 Story Location:  India 19° 23' 43.62" N, 77° 25' 53.9076" E “Unbelievably the IOC says Dow is committed to ‘good corporate governance’, shocking when you consider all the facts and that the company refuses liability for a corporate disaster the scale of Bhopal, creating a toxic legacy for London 2012. said ” Source:  Seema Joshi, Amnesty International's Head of Business and Human Rights Date:  Thu, 16/02/2012 URL:  Olympics ethics chief: London 2012 committee ‘apologists’ for Dow chemicals Description:  News story, 26 January 2012 URL:  London 2012 organisers must admit Dow mistake after ethics chief quits Description:  News story, 25 January 2012 URL:  London 2012 organizers must not forget Bhopal disaster Description:  News story, 2 December 2011

Haïti : il faut de toute urgence un plan pour mettre fin à la pénurie de logements - 10 February 2012

Headline Title:  Haïti : il faut mettre fin à la pénurie de logements Les autorités haïtiennes doivent immédiatement élaborer et mettre en œuvre un plan pour résoudre la grave crise du logement que connaît le pays, a déclaré Amnesty International vendredi 10 fév La mort d'une enfant dans un incendie dans un camp hébergeant des survivants du tremblement de terre montre à quel point il est urgent que les autorités résolvent la crise du logement en Haïti. Media Node:  Haiti earthquake camps_fr Story Location:  Haiti 19° 25' 39.2556" N, 71° 47' 44.3544" W “Si rien n'est fait pour améliorer les conditions de vie des centaines de milliers d'hommes, de femmes et d'enfants qui vivent dans des camps de fortune en Haïti, le risque est à craindre que d'autres tragédies comme celle-ci ne se produisent.” Source:  Javier Zuñiga, conseiller spécial d'Amnesty International URL:  Les autorités haïtiennes poussent à la rue des victimes du séisme Description:  Nouvelle, 11 janvier 2012 URL:  Des centaines de familles haïtiennes ont été expulsées d'un camp de fortune installé après le tremblement de terre Description:  Nouvelle, 22 juillet 2011 URL:  Haïti. Doublement touchées. Des femmes s'élèvent contre les violences sexuelles dans les camps haïtiens Description:  Rapport, 6 janvier 2011

Urgent plan needed to tackle housing crisis in Haiti - 10 February 2012

Headline Title:  Urgent plan needed to tackle housing crisis in Haiti Haitian authorities must urgently develop and implement a national plan to tackle the country’s severe housing crisis, Amnesty International said today after a child died in a fire that broke out i The death of a child amid a fire at an earthquake survivors' camp in Haiti highlights the authorities' need to resolve the dire housing crisis. Media Node:  Haiti earthquake camps Story Location:  Haiti 19° 25' 39.2556" N, 71° 47' 44.3544" W “Unless urgent action is taken to improve the living conditions of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children living in makeshift camps across Haiti, we can only expect more tragedies like this to take place.” Source:  Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International Date:  Fri, 10/02/2012 URL:  Haitian authorities forcing quake victims into homelessness Description:  News story, 11 January 2012 URL:  Hundreds of Haitian families evicted from earthquake camp Description:  News story, 22 July 2011 URL:  Haiti: Aftershocks: Women speak out against sexual violence In Haiti’s camps Description:  Report, 6 January 2011

Cambodia: Stop the use of excessive force against peaceful land activists - 2 February 2012

Headline Title:  Cambodia: Stop the use of excessive force against peaceful land activists Cambodian authorities must stop the use of excessive force against peaceful land and housing activists, Amnesty International said today, after police violently dispersed a group of around 150 wome Excessive force has been used on a number of occasions against peaceful demonstrations in Cambodia calling for land rights to be respected. Media Node:  Borei Keila forced eviction in Phnom Penh Story Location:  Cambodia 11° 33' 33.5772" N, 104° 7' 42.3048" E “The Cambodian government is saying one thing and authorities at the local level are doing another. Yesterday’s use of excessive force by police in Phnom Penh contradicts the Prime Minister’s call for peaceful resolutions to land disputes.” Source:  Donna Guest, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme Date:  Thu, 02/02/2012 URL:  Cambodia: Borei Keila forced eviction and arbitrary detention of 22 women and 6 children Description:  Letter, 23 January 2012 URL:  Cambodia: Release peaceful protesters detained over forced eviction Description:  Press release, 12 January 2012 URL:  Cambodia: Victims of forced eviction detained Description:  Urgent action, 11 January 2012 URL:  Cambodia: Eviction and resistance in Cambodia: Five women tell their stories Description:  Report, 24 November 2011 URL:  Cambodia: Women hit hard by wave of forced evictions Description:  News story, 24 November 2011

Brasil debe atender las necesidades de miles de personas que han perdido su casa tras desalojo - 24 January 2012

Headline Title:  Miles de personas desalojadas de un asentamiento en Brasil Amnistía Internacional ha hecho un llamamiento a las autoridades brasileñas para que den respuesta de manera urgente a las necesidades de unas 1.600 familias que han perdido sus viviendas como resu La policía brasileña ha desalojado por la fuerza y sin previo aviso a cerca de 6.000 personas de un asentamiento precario del estado de São Paulo. Media Node:  Brazil shanty town_es Story Location:  Reino Unido 25° 52' 25.4064" S, 48° 30' 56.25" W See map: Google Maps “Este desalojo viola un gran número de normas internacionales.” Source:  Atila Roque, director de Amnistía Internacional Brasil URL:  Brasil: Los desalojos forzosos no deben empañar las Olimpiadas de Río Description:  Noticia, 14 de noviembre de 2011

Le Brésil doit répondre aux besoins de milliers de personnes laissées sans abri à la suite d'une expulsion - 24 January 2012

Headline Title:  Brésil. Des milliers de personnes expulsées d'une favela de São Paulo Amnesty International a appelé les autorités brésiliennes à répondre de toute urgence aux besoins des quelque 1 600 familles laissées sans abri à la suite d'une expulsion forcée menée dan La police brésilienne a expulsé de force et sans préavis près de 6 000 personnes d'une zone d'habitat informel de São Paulo. Media Node:  Brazil shanty town_fr Story Location:  Brazil 25° 52' 25.4064" S, 48° 30' 56.25" W See map: Google Maps ““Cette expulsion viole tout un ensemble de normes internationales.”” Source:  Atila Roque, directeur d'Amnesty International Brésil URL:  Brésil : les Jeux olympiques de Rio ne doivent pas être ternis par des expulsions forcées Description:  Nouvelle, 14 novembre 2011

Brazil must address needs of thousands left homeless following eviction - 24 January 2012

Headline Title:  Brazil evicts thousands from Sao Paolo slum Amnesty International has called on the Brazilian authorities to urgently address the needs of some 1,600 families made homeless by a forced eviction in a settlement in São Paulo state, Brazil. Brazilian police have forcefully evicted almost 6,000 people without warning from a slum outside Sao Paulo. Media Node:  Brazil shanty town Story Location:  United Kingdom 25° 52' 25.4064" S, 48° 30' 56.25" W See map: Google Maps “This eviction violates a raft of international standards” Source:  Atila Roque, director of Amnesty International Brazil. URL:  O Brasil precisa responder as necessidades de milhares de pessoas deixadas sem teto após um despejo forçado Description:  Comunicado à imprensa, 24 de janeiro de 2012 URL:  Brazil: Forced evictions must not mar Rio OlympicsForced Description:  News, 14 November 2011

Las autoridades haitianas empujan a los damnificados del terremoto a vivir en la calle - 11 January 2012

Headline Title:  Damnificados por el terremono de Haití, sin hogar Cientos de miles de haitianos y haitianas que viven en campamentos provisorios siguen expuestos al peligro de desalojo forzoso ilegal y otras violaciones de derechos humanos, ha dicho hoy Amnistía Transcurridos dos años del devastador terremoto se calcula que medio millón de haitianos y haitianas vive en condiciones atroces y en peligro de desalojo forzoso. Media Node:  Haiti IDP camps_es Story Location:  Haití 18° 33' 55.9836" N, 72° 18' 13.5792" W “Hace dos años, cuando el terremoto azotó Haití, supuso un trauma nacional, pero la situación de verse viviendo en la calle a causa de un desalojo forzoso ilegal es una crisis evitable que traumatiza aún más a las víctimas y representa una violación de los derechos humanos.” Source:  Javier Zúñiga, asesor especial de Amnistía Internacional Date:  Wed, 11/01/2012 URL:  Haití: Familias haitianas enfrentadas al desalojo forzoso Description:  Urgent action, 30 September 2011 URL:  Haití: Temor de desalojo para doscientas familias Description:  Acción urgente, 15 de septiembre de 2011 URL:  Cientos de familias haitianas, desalojadas de un campamento creado tras el terremoto Description:  Noticia, 22 de julio de 2011 URL:  Haití: Familias de Haití en peligro de desalojo forzoso Description:  Acción urgente, 14 de julio de 2011 URL:  Haití: Aumenta la violencia sexual contra mujeres Description:  Sinopsis de informe, 6 de enero de 2011

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