The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 3 October 2011
On this Habitat Day, the popular movement for change still rages in Yemen, where land theft and corruption by the ruling elite figure also on the long list of public grievances. There land and housing dispossession, as well as the use of force, have been common implements for intimidating the weak.
This year‘s uprising has revealed direct links between land grabbing by Yemeni politicians and the loud cries for change. Meanwhile, severe land disparities mark the legacy of the embattled `Ali Abdullah Salih
regime. Reports have revealed, for example, that as much as 63% of the arable land in Yemen‘s Hudaida Province has been taken over by influential persons close to the regime.Thus, land grabbing is not a new feature of popular dissatisfaction with the 33-year-old Salih rule, which led to the formation of a commission to investigate such violations as early as 2007.
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