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The Central Market of Bujumbura on fire: Pierre Nkurunziza call for national solidarity

While a thick smoke hangs over the market, soldiers takes  their position around the area.

In groups of three, armed soldiers are stationed in several corners. Surely to deter looters. In the streets near the market, some people carry goods in taxis, on their heads, whatever they can. Traders? Looters? Nobody can say for sure. People seem resigned and overwhelmed. The human death toll remains unknown at 11h10 am.

Follow the developments of the situation on Iwacu

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"Domestic workers would be well catered for if Ghana signs ILO Convention" TUC Boss

Mr. Kofi Asamoah  TUC Secretary-GeneralMr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, has said that domestic workers have rights that need to be respected, just like every other worker." These workers typically have no holidays, work for unspecified periods of time, lack adequate protection and thus often end up being abused."

Mr. Asamoah was speaking at an Advocacy Seminar on the International Labor Organisation(ILO) Convention 189, which concerns decent work and conditions of service for domestic workers, which was held in Accra on Monday.

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NASVI protests death of street vendor in Mumbai during police crackdown

National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and its Mumbai based affiliate Azad Hawkers` Union on Saturday strongly protested the death of a forty five year old fruit vendor Madan Jaiswal during brutal forced eviction of vendors and hawkers in Mumbai and demanded immediate institution of murder charges against infamous ACP of the Vakola division in Mumbai Vasant Dhoble and the compensation of Rs. 25 lakh from the state government to the family of the deceased.

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Stellenbosch Municipality and Informal Workers Clash over evictions

In a sudden departure from its initial acceptance of the Stellenbosch Crafters Market, the Stellenbosch Municipality has evicted all traders from the area they have occupied for the past eighteen years.

This structured and settled group of survivalist traders have by the stroke of a pen lost all sense of security as well as their constitutional right to ply a legitimate business on an area conducive to their sustainability. The informal business sector by its very nature is the final bastion of survival for persons who by circumstances beyond their control are not able to be absorbed into formal businesses or state services. StreetNet International and the Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition(WCITC) advocates that local municipalites need to incoporate informal workers in to their future plans. For informal workers their trade is their livelihood and the only means to support themselves.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies