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27/03/2014

UN Human Rights Experts Denounce Land-grabbing, Forced Evictions in Viet Nam

Human Wrongs Watch

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts on 26 March 2014 called on the Vietnamese Government to “intervene urgently” in a case of forced eviction of the last remaining residents of Con Dau, a small village located on the outskirts of Da Nang city in the centre of the country.*

Farmers' protests against land-grabbing. Photo: Via Campesina

Farmers’ protests. Photo: Via Campesina

“This appears to be a clear case of land grabbing for the benefit of private entrepreneurs and at the expense of local communities,” said Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing.

According to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in 2007, the local government of Da Nang city decided to expropriate the residential and farming land of Con Dau village, for the purpose of leasing it to a private eco-resort company called Sunland. Last year, hundreds of residents, who were opposed to the project, were forced to move out and some even watched as their homes were demolished.

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27/03/2014

‘Majestic’ Greenland Provides First-hand Look at Impacts of Human-induced Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 March 2014 saw first-hand the impacts of climate change during a visit to Greenland, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating.*

  Human activity will further warm the Earth, with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic. Photo: UNEP

Human activity will further warm the Earth, with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic. Photo: UNEP

“I am just overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of this great land, with over 2 million square kilometres of ice cap and with such vast land covered with snow and ice – this is majestic,” Ban said at a joint press encounter with the Premier of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
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“At the same time, I am deeply alarmed by fast-moving glaciers and by the fast-melting ice cap which raises the sea level, which affects the whole international community’s environmental system,” he added.

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