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UNHRC Adopts Peasant Rights Declaration
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva     GENEVA—Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local
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USA: Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Over-ruled
By :Mihir Zaveri, The New York Times
05 September 2018
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on the streets when there is no shelter available is a form of cruel and unusual punishment that violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court said this week.   The case stems from two ordinances in Boise, Idaho, that make it a crime to sleep or camp
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USA: In Search of Eviction Data
By :Daniela Aiello, Lisa Bates, Terra Graziani, Christopher Herring, Manissa Maharawal, Erin McElroy, Pamela Phan, and Gretchen Purser, Shelterforce.
22 August 2018
Eviction Lab Misses the Mark: By not working with existing housing justice organizations, the high profile organization undercounts evictions and misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses.     There is perhaps no more influential and popular book on poverty and housing at the moment than Matthew Desmond’s
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Ecuador: Chevron to Pay for Environmental Damage
By :Mongabay
14 August 2018
Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, Constitution Court rules   The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that
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Bangladesh: Last Six Marma Families Evicted
By :The Dailystar.net
09 August 2018
The indigenous communities of Bandarban live on in fear as their ancestral land continues to be grabbed by influential people. Once inhabited by 42 families, the Saingya Marma Para of Bandarban in southeast Bangladesh has been subject to land grabbing for long. There were a only six families remaining till middle
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Evicted Apaa Residents Accuse UN of Neglect
By :Witness radio
07 August 2018
Gulu. Hundreds of locals who have for the last one month camped at the UN premises in Gulu Municipality seeking its intervention over the ongoing evictions in Apaa Village, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District have accused UN officials of neglect. The locals say since July 11 when they issued a letter to
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Myanmar: Struggles against Grabbing Fortress
By :Rina Chandran, reuters
06 August 2018
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saw Ma Bu’s family has lived in the mountainous forests of Myanmar’s Kayin state for generations, farming and fishing in the Salween river, even as a decades-long armed conflict raged in the region. Now, he says, they fear their way of life is under threat as
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CSO Contributions Undermined at HLPF
By :Lynn Wagner, Civicus
03 August 2018
Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF. Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. Governments should be mindful of their commitments
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Expropriation Does Not Equal Land Reform
By :Elmien du Plessis, News24
01 August 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday night announced that the ANC plans to go ahead with expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa explained that the "ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution provides for radical transformation both of society and the economy", and that a proper reading of the Constitution "enables the state to
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Uganda: Amuru Land Grab Apaa Village Evictions
By :Minbane.wordpress.com
20 July 2018
That the Northern Uganda have been in deep end of the stick in many eyes is evident, by how lax the state has been to take care of their needs and their rights. That can now be proven by the forceful evictions from land in Apaa Village in Amuru District/Adjumani
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Banksy Hits Heart of Immigrant-destination Paris
By :Linda Hervieux, NBC News
29 June 2018
New Banksy street art appears across Paris, taking aim at refugee crisis. The city struggle to respond to the migrant influx, with hundreds sleeping in makeshift tent camps.     PARIS — Banksy painted a live elephant in Los Angeles, unleashed 200 rats in a London gallery, and embellished a portrait of
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Uganda: In Defence of Land Grabbing
By :Andrew M. Mwenda, Independent Uganda
28 May 2018
Our country has a new villain: the land grabber! In the popular imagination, this is a rich and powerful individual grabbing land from poor helpless victims. There are strong incentives for journalists, academics, politicians, activists, pundits, etc. to position themselves as champions of the poor masses against the rich and
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India: Smart Cities and Forced Eviction
By :Ankit Jha and Anand Lakhan, thewire.in
28 May 2018
The demolitions in Bhuri Tekri, without prior warning, took place just a week after the announcement of ‘Swachhta Sarvekshan 2018’, with the city retaining the number one rank in the list. To make cities beautiful, forced eviction of slum dwellers amid promises of resettlement have led to massive displacement of working
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Tibet: New Report “Access Denied”
By :International Campaign for Tibet
26 May 2018
ICT has published its latest report, "Access Denied." It’s a troubling yet necessary account of the full extent of China`s efforts to prevent news of human rights abuses in Tibet from getting out.   China’s government doesn’t want anyone to know that international journalists are being detained by police, as two New
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Another Mozambique Land Grab
By :Timothy A. Wise, Tufts University, Global Development and Environment Institute
23 May 2018
Growing Resistance: The Rise and Fall of Another Mozambique Land Grab     The rice fields of Xai-Xai, three hours up the coast from Maputo, are vast, coming into view as we descended onto the alluvial plain from the villages that dot the hills above. They stretch across the plains toward the Indian Ocean
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S. Korea: UNSR on Housing Calls for `Shift`
By :OHCHR
23 May 2018
SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) –  United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noted that South Korea now has the
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Philippine: Tension Grips Eviction of 200 Families
By :Rey Galupo, The Philippine Star
23 May 2018
MANILA, Philippines — An operation to demolish the houses of around 200 informal settlers in Intramuros, Manila nearly turned violent as the residents opposed the demolition yesterday morning. Armed with an eviction order issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 7, a demolition team along with members of the Manila
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Land Ownership Isn’t Enough to Empower Women
By :Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, The Conversation.com
14 May 2018
In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is
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Ethiopia: New Deal with Iconic Land Grabber Karuturi
By :Anywaa Survival Organisation
07 May 2018
Reading, United Kingdom - The Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO) is outraged by recent news reports that the Ethiopian government is providing a new lease of lands to disgraced land grabber Karuturi Global Ltd.  Karuturi`s disastrous 300,000 hectares (ha) farm project in Ethiopia`s western Gambela region is the most vivid example of the Ethiopian government`s
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30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
By :Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
30 April 2018
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
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USA: Forgotten Hurricane Harvey Devastation
By :Daniel J. McGraw, Next City
30 April 2018
Houston got the press (and most of the funds), but the Category 4 storm made first, devastating landfall in coastal Port Aransas and Rockport. How rebuilding has forced these beach towns to confront a housing crisis.     The smallish, three-bedroom, blue-green house in the middle of Port Aransas is rather ordinary. Built
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Palestine: Universal Reminder on Land Day
By :Houssem Ben Lazreg, Tesbih Habbal, The Conversation.com
29 April 2018
In an excerpt from the poem entitled The Last Speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the White Man, the prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish draws an analogy between Palestinians and Native American nations who were forced to live in diaspora in their own land. He addresses the colonizer: “You who come from beyond the
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HIConcern over SDG Land Indicators
By :Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN
27 April 2018
Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network welcomes the SDGs and their performance indicators as a complement to development efforts that uphold the integrity of the UN Charter and the UN System built on three purposeful pillars: (1) peace and security, (2) progressive development and (3) human rights. We
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New Zealand: 10 Reasons to Return the Waitara Lands
By :Vivian Hutchinson and Carl Chenery, The Spinoff.com
21 April 2018
Taranaki are expected to host next year’s national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be fully resolved. The first national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars (Te Pūtake o te Riri) was held last month in Northland. The
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Five Alarming Land Grabbing Cases
By :iwgia.org
19 April 2018
Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year`s The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples. In many countries forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of conservation, development
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UN Reaffirms Indigenous Peoples` Land Rights
By :UN News
16 April 2018
In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.” But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added. “Law enforcement is inadequate or
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Indonesia: NGOs Call for Action on Indigenous Lands
By :Stephen Then, Star online
16 April 2018
MIRI: About 30 social activist groups nationwide have issued a joint declaration urging political parties from both the ruling government and opposition parties to give more attention to resolve land right woes affecting indigenous communities. The non-governmental bodies from Sarawak, Sabah and the peninsula held a dialogue here and issued the
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By :The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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USA: Time for Change - Race & Homelessness
By :Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, SPARC and National Alliance to End Homelessness
11 April 2018
In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in [the United States of] America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness.   Homelessness is not colorblind. People of color are dramatically more likely than their White counterparts to
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China Mining Co. Destroys Mozambique Village
By :Ghana News
01 April 2018
Mozambique’s coastal village on the brink of extinction from irresponsible Chinese mining company. Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood that left 290 people homeless, while Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety, denying village residents reparation for their losses.     An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique
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USA: Alaska Natives Continue Land Fight
By :Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
27 March 2018
Alaska’s landless communities continue fight for land     Representatives of five Southeast Alaska communities continue their fight for recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. But they’re still facing opposition.     It’s been almost a half-century since Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created more than 200 corporations with land,
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
07 March 2018
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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South Africa: Confiscating White Farmers` Lands
By :The Independent
01 March 2018
South Africa‘s parliament has passed a motion that could lead to the seizure of land from white farmers without paying them compensation. Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the constitution would allow expropriation of land without any financial
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Kenya: Eviction Threats against Sengwer Continue
By :Chris Lang, Redd monitor
15 February 2018
The Sengwer indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the western highlands of Kenya continue to face threats of violence and evictions. The latest round of violent evictions started at the end of December 2017. The evictions, carried out by the Kenya Forest Service, are supposedly in the name of
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USA: Tenants Say Trump Budget "Dead on arrival"
By :NAHT
13 February 2018
HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump’s 2019 Budget “Dead on Arrival”     Elected leaders of the national US tenant union today demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, released on February 12.     “Trump’s budget will push millions of people from their homes; starve seniors, children and
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Not Just a Condition, but Cause of Poverty
By :A U.S. Catholic interview
13 February 2018
Being evicted isn’t just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause, says Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" (Crown Books). While much research and conversation has been devoted to other poverty-related topics such as nutrition, education, and violence, the Princeton sociologist
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France: Equality Law Fails, Roma Evictions Increased
By :ERRC
08 February 2018
Paris, Budapest 6 February 2018: In the last year 11,309 Romani people were evicted from their homes in France, the majority of which (8,161) were forcefully evicted by authorities. A further 2,055 left their homes before the arrival of authorities, under pressure of an imminent eviction. Last year saw a 12% increase
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Tanzania: Gov`t Seeks to Demolish 1,200 Homes
By :IPPMedia.com
02 February 2018
Advice given by World Bank to government officials against demolishing over 1,200 houses between Ubungo and Kimara suburbs of Dar es Salaam to pave way for a six-lane highway has saved them from losing their houses. The over 8,000 residents who had already been served with letters by Tanzania Roads Agency
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England: Locals` Concern over Home Demolition
By :Jo Taylor and Nic Rigby, BBC
27 January 2018
Genesis Housing Association is considering the future of Alexandra Court in Southend, which could see it torn down and a new block built in its place with double the number of flats. One woman spoke of her dismay after being told it was her "home for life." Genesis has assured tenants they
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South Africa Shouldn’t Copy Mugabe’s Land Reform
By :Economist.com
25 January 2018
Of the many grievances from South Africa’s decades of white rule, the theft of land still smarts more than most. The “Natives Land Act” of 1913 set aside 90% of the country for whites, who made up less than a third of its people. Over the next eight decades a
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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By :ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By :ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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Philippines: Demolition Looms for 200 Households
By :Antoinette O. Marquito, Philstar
09 January 2018
CEBU, Philippines — About 200 families in Sitio Tangke, Barangay Mambaling will lose their homes after the court ordered the demolition of their houses because the owner will utilize the lot. The demolition started yesterday and there was no resistance or commotion. But Janny Anter, president of Panaghugpong-Kadamay, a homeowners’ association in
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New UN Declaration on Peasant Rights
By :Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN India/Open Global Rights
04 January 2018
A new UN declaration could finally protect rural and landless peoples. The UN has drafted a groundbreaking declaration that has the potential to protect the human rights of peasants, rural workers and landless people. There is room, however, to strengthen its provisions.           Despite their significant contributions to food security, sustainable development,
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Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions
By :MST and Via Campesina
14 December 2017
An aggressive attack is being waged against Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement, in the northern State of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country. In Marabá, located in the
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Tribute to Patterson Kuria Gathuru
By :HLRN
15 November 2017
Our colleague and friend, Patterson Kuria Gathuru, left us on 15 November 2017. He is known to us as the Habitat International Coalition’s co-member on the IPC, advocating the issues and human rights of the urban food-insecure constituency. Many of you also know him as an IPC colleague in this
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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By :Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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Turkey: Environmentalists Murdered
By :Jonathan Watts. The Guardian
18 October 2017
`The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey. The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits.   Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs
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EPA: Puerto Ricans Resorts to Toxic Water
By :MSN News
15 October 2017
EPA says Puerto Rico residents resorted to contaminated water at Dorado Superfund site
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South Africa: Repression in Durban
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
04 October 2017
Cato Manor residents say eThekwini Municipality carried out brutal and illegal evictions Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA. Press Statement   The Movement of Abahlali baseMjondolo continues to face serious and unlawful repression by the ANC led municipality in Durban. Right now, the community in Cato Manor right now are trying to collect all the
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Quest for the Right to the City in Asia
By :Paulista Surjadi, Kota Kita (Indonesia) and Chandan Kumar, ActionAid India.
15 September 2017
Asia is the biggest and most populous continent, also home to some of the fastest growing countries in the world such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The continent consists of 48 countries and over 4 billion people, or half of the world’s total population. With this fact, it is
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Food Companies Threaten Environmental Activists
By :Oxfam International
07 September 2017
Despite committing to deforestation-free supply chains, the top 10 food and beverage companies lack policies to protect the activists and communities caring for the environment from intimidation, threats and attacks, according to a new Oxfam report.   Commercial farming of some everyday food ingredients, like soy and palm oil, are driving massive
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Tanzania: Forced Evictions of Loliondo Maasai
By :Chris Lang, Conservation Watch
30 August 2017
“Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo, Tanzania”: Urgent Alert from the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs     The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) last week put out a short report about the violent evictions of Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo, Tanzania.   According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and
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UN Reports on Rakhine Living Conditions
By :HIC-HLRN
23 August 2017
After one year of consultations held across Rakhine State (Myanmar) and in other parts of the country and the region, the UN’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State submitted its final report to national authorities on 23 August.   The Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan, has put forward recommendations to surmount the
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No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
By :Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition
28 July 2017
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By :HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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UNESCO: Hebron Palestine World Heritage
By :UNESCO/Peter Beaumont, The Guardian
07 July 2017
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow, has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) on 7 July 2017. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron/al-Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.   Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine)   The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town
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Mafia-like Networks
By :Djeralar Miankeol, dandc.eu
18 June 2017
In many developing countries, land grabbing takes place on a large scale, either for the purposes of mining or agriculture. This loss of land is disastrous for the affected village communities. Awareness of the problem is growing, however, and there are more and more tools and guidelines available to soften
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Western Sahara: Ruling against Plunder
By :WSRW
15 June 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place.       A panel of judges in South Africa ruled today
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HIC, CSOs Brace for NUA Implementation
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 June 2017
Civil society taking strategic ‘breath’ amid pause on New Urban Agenda     NAIROBI—For the global urban movement, the dust is still settling from last year’s global Habitat III summit, the one time every two decades that the world’s attention turns to its cities.   The October approval of the New Urban Agenda, a 20-year
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India: Landless Women Attacked in Odisha
By :Ranjana Padhi, The Wire
02 May 2017
The powers that be in Sipasarubali, Odisha work to take over forest land to build a beach resort, villagers who are trying to fight them are under attack.     Puri, Odisha: On April 28, a friend and I went to Gola and Gopinathpur villages in Odisha to meet activists who, in the early 1990s, had
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Mobilization Call: 60 Years after Treaty of Rome
By :La Via Campesina
14 March 2017
For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in a Europe of the People and of Solidarity. We call on ECVC’s member organizations, allied groups, grassroots networks, and the whole peasant and food sovereignty movement in Europe to mobilize this 25 March – on the
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Toward a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
By :La via Campesina
09 March 2017
The need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas is all the more urgent and evident in the 21st century. Despite years of campaigning for a better recognition and protection of the rights of peasants, displacements and criminalization continue affecting hundreds
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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By :Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
By :Osprey Orielle Lake, Emily Arasim, Common Dreams
07 March 2017
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good. Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By :Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
02 March 2017
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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Cambodia: Land Grabs, Defender Jailed
By :Prak Chan Thul and Alisa Tang, The Japan Times
25 February 2017
Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist   PHNOM PENH—Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.   Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for
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Pope: Indigenous People Sovereign in Their Lands
By :David Hill, The Guardian
15 February 2017
Pope says indigenous people must have final say about their land   Francis echoes growing body of international law and standards on the right to "prior and informed consent."     In the 15th Century papal bulls promoted and provided legal justification for the conquest and theft of indigenous peoples’ lands and resources worldwide
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Indonesia: Crisis of Bukit Duri Residents
By :Edith Koesoemawiria, Mongabay
13 February 2017
JAKARTA — Six weeks after the last of the Bukit Duri evictees moved into their new dwellings here in the Indonesian capital, the atmosphere was friendly but painful. Some tenants told jokes at the food stall in the parking lot. The cook, also a former Bukit Duri resident, had initially
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Brazil: Trump Tower Will Cause Forced Evictions
By :Clare Richardson, News.Vice
13 February 2017
RIO DE JANIERO – José Paulo Simplicio de Souza was devastated when the government forced him out of his home near the commercial center of Rio to make way for a luxury waterfront property three years ago. The 33-year-old food vendor’s sorrow later turned to disgust when he found out the
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Report: Forced Evictions Fuel Land Disputes
By :Kieran Guilbert, Rights Resources
09 February 2017
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forced evictions of local communities from their lands by foreign companies fuel around two-thirds of land ownership disputes across Africa, often sparking strikes or violence which can prove costly to investors, activists said on Thursday. Pushing people off their land drives more conflict over land rights
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Report: Land Rights in a Turbulent World
By :Rights and Resources Initiative
09 February 2017
Acknowledgment that insecure land rights among the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities contribute to conflict, discourage investment, and impede progress on global goals of sustainable development, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation is growing. In 2016, this consensus found a powerful new ally: major institutional investors are beginning to
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Palestine UNSR Urges SC to End Colonies
By :OHCHR
03 February 2017
West Bank: United Nations Special Rapporteur urges the security council to stop illegal settlements   GENEVA—United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security Council resolution 2334, which
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Nigeria: 100 Structures Demolished in Ladipo
By :Monsuru Olowoopejo, Vanguard
03 February 2017
About 100 shops and other structures within Jakande Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, have been razed and hundreds of traders displaced when a demolition squad from the Lagos State Government stormed the estate, to restore sanity alleged sanity to the complex. The demolition came three months after the State Government, which the Secretary
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Cameroon: OECD Inquiry into Complaint about WWF
By :Survival International
05 January 2017
In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)* has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process that until now has only been used for multinational businesses. Survival submitted the complaint in February 2016, citing numerous
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By :Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By :HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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ECJ Rejects Morocco`s Western Sahara Claim
By :Dominic Dudley, Forbes
21 December 2016
European Court of Justice dismisses Morocco`s claim to Western Sahara, throwing EU trade deal into doubt. The ruling on the bloc`s trade deals with Morocco means they do not apply to Western Sahara, which occupied territory is notable for its fish stocks, mineral extraction, agricultural exports and potential oil reserves.     Morocco’s
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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Portugal: Statement by the SRs on Water& Housing
By :UN news
13 December 2016
As the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing and the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we address you today at the conclusion of our joint official visit to Portugal, which we undertook at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 13 December
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USA: Gullah Geechee Still Fighting for Their Land
By :Brian Wheeler, BBC News
05 December 2016
The Gullah Geechee community, descendants of West African slaves in South Carolina are fighting to prevent their land from being confiscated and auctioned. Can they save a traditional way of life that has survived for the one and half centuries since emancipation?     The first Lillian Milton knew about it was when
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Nigerian King Sues Shell in London
By :Alice Ritchie, Phys.org
22 November 2016
Nigerian tribal king Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi has flown to London for a High Court hearing in which lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills   King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community
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Public Payment for Royal Renovations Opposed
By :HIC-HLRN and Metro.uk
19 November 2016
Britain is experiencing a national crisis in housing and the National Health Service, while austerity is forcing cuts in many social services. Yesterday, the press announced a decision by the British prime minister and chancellor to pay an additional £369m from the public purse for a major 10-year refurbishment to
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Nigeria: UNSR Addresses “Brutal” Eviction of 30K
By :OHCHR
17 November 2016
GENEVA—A United Nations human rights expert has asked the Government of Nigeria for an urgent explanation of the forced eviction of 30,000 people in Lagos State in the last week. Four people are reported to have died in the latest operation to clear irregular developments along the State’s
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Sierra Leone: Land Grabbing of Forests
By :Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya, Standard TimePress
10 November 2016
Land grabbing around the Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve is presently intensifying primarily for housing purposes.  The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security is directly responsible for the protection of forests in the country and through the dedicated collaboration of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone as focal
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Namibia: Land Grabbing Continues at Katima
By :Lugeretzia Kooper, Namibian News
09 November 2016
THE grabbing of council land at Katima Mulilo has increased due to the influx of people from rural areas to the town in search of employment opportunities, town mayor Regina Mwiya-Simataa said in a press release last Friday.   Although Mwiya-Simataa conceded that the council had been slow in delivering land to
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Afghan Law on PPPs Allows Land-Grabbing
By :Heart of Asia
09 November 2016
Due to pressure from the World Bank and some other foreigners, President Ghani endorsed the Law on Public-Private Partnership through a legislative decree about three weeks ago, but the law, according to jurists, doesn’t accord with Afghan context, and paves the ground for land usurpation.    Some well-placed sources revealed to The
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Uganda: Reject State-organised Land Grabbing
By :Kizza Besigye, Daily Monitor
08 November 2016
Grabbing with Impunity A significant portion of my 2016 presidential campaign underscored the need for immediate actions to halt the land-grabbing scourge. Land grabbing, here refers to large-scale land acquisitions, mainly, by foreign agribusiness invest ors, or the extraction industry—that are often preceded by grabbing of the land by government (including
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Myanmar: Kayin Farmers Fighting Land Grabs
By :Su Phyo Win and Myat Nyein Aye, Myanmar Times
04 November 2016
Kayin State villagers are losing their land and are routinely persecuted through threats, arson and arbitrary arrest if they attempt to fight the unlawful seizures, according to a report released by an international rights group yesterday. Around 70 percent of the people in Kayin State rely on land for their livelihood,
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Stop European Money Fuelling Land Grabbing
By :Peter Drury, Global Witnesses
04 November 2016
Around the world, companies and speculators are engaged in a frantic rush for land. Millions of hectares are being bought up, citizens violently turfed off their land and critical ecosystems irrevocably damaged, in order to feed growing demand for fuel, food and raw materials. At its worst, this is fatal. According
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Indigenous Rights Key to Saving Forests
By :Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
02 November 2016
  Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds. Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: “Everyone wins.”     RIO DE JANEIRO—The world’s indigenous communities need to be given a bigger role in climate stabilisation, according to a new study
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Our Precious Urban Lives
By :Lisa Pryor, The New York Times
29 October 2016
SYDNEY, Australia—Down the hill from my house, there is an old building with a saw-toothed roof that once warehoused trams, back when the bay was heavy with industrial waste and working-class people could afford to buy a home this close to the city and harbor of Sydney.   Now that building has
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Italy: Romani Emergency Shelter Closed
By :Jonathan Lee, Elena Risi, ERRC
28 October 2016
A majority Roma shelter located at Via Amarilli in Rome will be officially closed by 31 October 2016. This comes after officials from Rome Municipality announced the closure and the subsequent eviction of the majority Roma shelter on the 5 October. Associazione 21 Luglio and the ERRC see this as
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Refugees Fear Separation after Eviction
By :Shafik Mandhai, Aljazeera
26 October 2016
Refugees set Calais camp on fire in protest against its dismantling and their eviction by the French government. Syrian refugees in France`s `jungle` refugee camp have said they fear long-term separation from their family members who have reached the UK as authorities continue to dismantle the settlement. About 40 Syrians are holding
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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By :Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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US: Protests of Native Community on Water
By :Mary Annette Pember, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork
28 September 2016
Benjamin Conrad, 20, only brings out his grandfather’s war bonnet for special occasions. Today was such a day. Conrad of the Northern Arapaho, Choctaw and Creek tribes joined about 300 water protectors in a peaceful direct action opposing continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River near the
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UN Report on DPs and Refugees in Africa
By :Relifeweb
26 September 2016
Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/134 on assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa. It updates information contained in the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the Assembly at its seventieth session (A/70/337) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30
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Murder and Eviction: New Era of Global Land Rush
By :Oxfam international
26 September 2016
Millions of people face being displaced from their homes as new data shows land sales covering an area the size of Germany are now under contract, warns Oxfam. Seventy-five percent of the more than 1500 land deals sought over the last sixteen years now have contracts and their intended projects are getting
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Sri Lanka: Land Grab, Eviction of Fisherfolk
By :Oxfam International
26 September 2016
In 2010, 350 families of farmers and fisherfolk living in Paanama, a coastal village in the east of Sri Lanka, were forcibly and violently evicted from lands they had cultivated and lived on for over forty years. These lands were taken over by the military to establish camps, and they
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UNHCR Condemns Attacks on S. Sudan Refugees
By :Sudan Tribun
22 September 2016
JUBA--The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has strongly denounced what it described as the spreading violence in South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region in past weeks, including recent attacks at Lasu settlement. The Equatoria region witnessed recently fierce fighting in different locations between the south Sudanese government army and SPLM-IO fighters loyal
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Chile: Heavy Price of Water Privatization
By :Daniel Gallagher, the Gaurdian
15 September 2016
When it comes to water, Chile is failing its citizens. In Santiago, the nation’s capital, millions of people are regularly left without running water for days at a time and experts are warning of water scarcity to come across the country astemperatures rise and glaciers retreat. “What we need is a transformation away from the private model
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South African Court Halts Eviction
By :Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) Bulletin
14 September 2016
South African Constitutional Court orders “meaningful engagement” in urgent forced eviction   The South African Constitutional Court has extended the Olivia Road case to urgent forced evictions, requiring meaningful engagement between the local authority and tenants—or occupiers in this case—before eviction can be deemed constitutional under the right to housing.   The applicants, amounting
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Kenya: Courts Stops Kibera Nubian Eviction
By :KBC Reporters
31 August 2016
  The High Court has temporarily barred Kenya Urban Roads Authority from evicting members of the Nubian community from their homes in Kibra constituency in Nairobi in order to pave way for construction of the Southern Bypass.   The community who are complainants in the case say the respondents did not follow
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World’s Indigenous People and Profit Enterprise
By :Elika Ansari, Undergroundreporter.org
22 August 2016
9 August 2016 marked the 12th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day pronounced by the U.N. to promote the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world, while also celebrating their contributions to environmental protection. Meanwhile, over a hundred indigenous men and women dressed in traditional garb marched in Baguio City, Philippines, in
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Native Americans Block Oil Pipeline Construction
By :Matt Agorist, The free though project.com
21 August 2016
The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a
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Rio’s Indigenous Trapped in Social Housing
By :Alix Vadot, Rioonwatch.org
15 August 2016
In Estácio, a centrally located neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, Block 15 of the Zé Keti social housing complex, part of the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) program, has been the home of some of the city’s remainingindigenous families since June 2013. Its residents have described the complex, built on the grounds of the former
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Uganda: Amongi Reacts to Land Grabbing Claims
By :Jonathan Kamoga, Allafrica.com
08 August 2016
Former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye last week launched a scathing attack on recently-announced government plans for compulsory land acquisitions, telling journalists this was a ploy to steal people`s land. But as Jonathan Kamoga reports, the responsible government minister says Besigye got it all wrong. Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Betty
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Kenya: Save School from Evictor
By :Victoria Green, thestar.co.ke
08 August 2016
The governance of land, the most lucrative asset in Kenya, has become an impediment to the economic, political, and social development of Kenya and Kenyans. Large scale corruption in land governance is highlighted daily, from unfortunate family disputes to allegations of land grabbing by former officials and recently, Presidents. Public institutions,
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WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
By :Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net
08 August 2016
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
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Hunger a Weapon of War in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria
By :Isabel Malsang, AFP, reliefweb.int
07 August 2016
While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in "severe food insecurity", two UN agencies
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By :Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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A Forgotten Population
By :Nirma D. Bustamante, MD, P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH and Christian Arbelaez, EM resident
04 August 2016
As the recipient of the 2015 EMRA Global Health Initiative Award and as the senior teaching assistant of Post-conflict Colombia and Public Health: A Project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Collaboration with the Universidad de Antioquia, I had the pleasure of working directly with the
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Toward Responsible Land Governance in LAC Region
By :GLTN
04 August 2016
An Experts Group Meeting – EGM was organized to review and feedback the first report of the Scoping Study. More than 30 representatives from public and private sectors, CSOs, academia, international development agencies, social leaders and activists from all over the region were gathered on July14-15 2016 in San José,
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UN: Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security
By :UN News Center
18 July 2016
Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week. Farming is globally the most significant driver of deforestation, but promoting a more positive interaction between agriculture and forestry can build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food systems,
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Africa: Property Rights Still Wretchedly Insecure
By :The economist
16 July 2016
COSMAS MURUNGA was always proud to show off his mud-walled home, set in a clearing on the wooded slopes of Mount Elgon; to explain how his people coexisted with, and cared for, the forest and its wildlife on the border with Uganda. But that home is no more, burnt to
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Obstacles to Development: Data on fragility, Conflict and Violence
By :Edie Purdie, World Bank Blog
13 July 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean have high homicide rates. Over half a million people were killed by intentional homicide in 2012, while in 2014 there were more than one hundred thousand battle-related deaths. Episodes of such violence and unrest can reverse development efforts and rapidly dismantle achievements built over a long
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How Eviction Feeds Poverty
By :Nailah Morgan
11 July 2016
Sociologist and Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond spent a year living in Milwaukee’s inner-city neighborhoods studying the implications of poverty. Staying in rooming houses and trailer parks, he spent his days with tenants being evicted and the landlords leading the evictions. He conducted surveys and analyzed thousands of eviction records. The conclusion? Eviction
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China: Profiting from Confiscated Tibetan Lands
By :Radio Free Asia
11 July 2016
In the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China is confiscating lands at a low price and then reselling at a profit to Chinese developers. Newly built apartments in these lands are then sold back at high prices to the Tibetans from whom the land was first taken. The
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Biotech/Nobel-laureates v. Anti-GMO Greenpeace
By :Jonathan Latham, PhD, Independent Science News
01 July 2016
107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators   WASHINGTON—Greenpeace was denied entrance yesterday (June 30) to a National Press Club Event in Washington, DC of 107 Nobel Laureates. The event was ostensibly organised by a scientific group calling itself Support Precision Agriculture to publicise a letter signed
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HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
By :HIC-HLRN
28 June 2016
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
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Tibet: Farm Women Protest Loss of Their Land
By :RFA’s Tibetan Service
17 June 2016
Holding the Chinese national flag and carrying photos of Chinese national leaders, Tibetan farm women marched this week outside Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa to protest the confiscation by authorities of their farmland, sources in the region and in exile said. Over 100 women from Gachoe village in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s
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Standing up to TNC Land Grab in Sierra Leone
By :HLRN
16 June 2016
HLRN has joined over 40 civil society organizations to express deep concern over the impact of a monoculture agricultural project that involves the dispossession of the people living in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in Sierra Leone.   The project is the subject of an investment by SOCFIN Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.
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Nigeria: Protests in Anambra Alleged land confiscation
By :Vincent Ujumadu, vanguardngr.com
15 June 2016
Awka—THE people from Nawfia in Njikoka local government area of Anambra State have appealed to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano to intervene on behalf of the community over alleged confiscation of their communal land by some officials in the ministry of lands and the state Housing Corporation, with the
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India: Water to Flow Free for Urban Poor
By :Express News Service
25 May 2016
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the heat wave has staged a comeback, the Odisha Government on Tuesday waived water connection charges for BPL households in urban area in its bid to overcome drinking water woes. The move will mean water supply will now be provided free of cost to poor families across
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Kenya: Protesting Land-grabbing ODM Chief
By :Elizabeth Asasha, Citizen Digital
24 May 2016
More than 500 residents of Oljorai Scheme in Gilgil have staged demonstrations to protest against the move by Nakuru County ODM Chairman, Peter Ole Osono, to block the registration of squatters and subsequent allocation of land. The irked protesters claim Osono filed a suit against the National Land Commission (NLC) after
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Climate Changing and Food Production in Africa
By :albanydailystar.com
21 May 2016
Africa’s food crops are currently in danger. Climate change is challenging food security in many parts of the world including Africa and if timed transformation in the continent isn’t carried out, there could be an impact on the food production in the region. African crops are facing due to climate
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Namibia: Evicted Family Squats on Roadside
By :Luqman Cloete, Namibian News
09 May 2016
A FAMILY has become destitute after government bought a farm in the Maltahöhe district on which they had lived and worked for more than 24 years. They have been living in a corrugated iron zinc shack on the roadside about 15 kilometres from Maltahöhe with their 148 small livestock, four horses,
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European Housing Rights Coalition Calls for Action
By :European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City
07 May 2016
Defend the Right to Housing and to the City Call for International Action Amsterdam, 28–30 May   Join the international action and confront the meeting of the 23 EU housing ministers.   Don`t let them talk behind closed doors about the future of our cities!   On the last weekend of May, the housing ministers of all EU
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Palestine: Paris Agreement and Environmental Justice
By :Al-Haq Center
03 May 2016
On April 22, 2016 coinciding with Earth Day, the State of Palestine signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change along with another 174 parties at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The Paris Agreement was reached at the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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"Right to the City" Movement Goes Global
By :Francesca Perry, The Guardian
19 April 2016
Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?   From the Taksim Square and Nuit Debout protests to bank takeovers in Barcelona and women’s workshops in Delhi, the pressure for more inclusive cities is mounting. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?   On
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Iranians Buying up Land in War-torn Syria
By :Sirwan Kajjo and Mario Ritter, Voice of America
27 March 2016
Iran’s government wants its builders to buy up property in Shi-ite majority neighborhoods of Syria’s capital, Damascus. It is also asking construction workers to go to Syria. This information comes from construction industry officials in Tehran and Iranian experts. Iranian analyst Fariborz Saremi said owning real estate gives Iran more control over Syria
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Post-trauma: From Syria to Nepal
By :Kai Weise, The Himalayan Times
12 March 2016
Rehabilitation after a natural disaster consists of motivating the community to overcome destruction and reestablish their cultural environment and activities. A colloquium was recently held at the ICOMOS Secretariat in Paris on post trauma reconstruction. The focus was on dealing with the heritage that is being destroyed due to armed conflicts
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UN Report: Homelessness and Impunity Spreading
By :OHCHR
03 March 2016
GENEVA (3 March 2016) – Homelessness is a fact of life in all countries of the world, regardless of the level of development of their economic or governance systems, and it has been spreading with impunity, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, warned today
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African New Habitat Agenda Priorities
By :Ahmed Mansour Ismail and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye
23 February 2016
HABITAT III Africa Regional Meeting “African Priorities for the New Urban Agenda” Land and African Sustainable Urbanization, side event organized by GLTN Abuja, Nigeria, 23 February 2016 Summary prepared by Ahmed Mansour Ismail (HIC-HLRN) and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye (Institute of Land Administration)   Mr Ernest Aubee, ECOWAS (as moderator) introduced the panelists and further emphasized
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Migration Meets Hamburg: Right to the City
By :Plenums des Hamburger Recht auf Stadt-Netzwerks
09 February 2016
As in many others cities of Europe, refugees meet both welcome and opposition. One such opposition militates against providing humane and decent housing for refugees in Hamburg. Local reports tell how the anti-refugee trend is voiced louder and louder every week, even in the middle class. A new alliance of
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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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W. African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds
By :The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa
25 January 2016
The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa invites you to join the West African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds, which will mobilize 15 countries of the sub-region in March 2016 in order to   Ø Sensitize the populations of the West African countries about land, water
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USA: Detroit Class Action Suit over Water Crisis
By :Click On Detroit
15 January 2016
DETROIT—A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder and the city of Flint for what plaintiffs are calling negligence in the Flint water crisis.    Plaintiffs Doris Collins, Robin Pleasant and Jason Phinisee claim to have suffered injury from contaminated drinking water after the state "connected
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UNCERD: Holy See Liable to Indigenous Peoples
By :Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group
15 January 2016
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has declared the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous Peoples for effects and the legacy of racist, colonial Papal Bulls and Doctrines. Geneva—As the result of a comprehensive parallel report and presentations by members of the Apache-Nde-Nnee Working
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Ethiopia: Reacts to Sudan Land-giveaway Rumour
By :Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Sudan Tribune
25 December 2015
December 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn dismissed on Friday circulating rumours that his government secretly gave away part of the Horn of Africa’s territories to stakeholders in neighbouring Sudan. Desalegn’s remarks came while responding to queries raised by members of the House of People’s Representatives
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Morocco: EU Court Annuls Trade Agreement
By :WSRW
10 December 2015
BRUSSELS—The European Court of Justice has this morning ordered the annulment of a trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union since it includes the territory of Western Sahara. "A landmark decision in the history of the occupation of Western Sahara," states Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW).   The judgment was
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UN Experts: It is Time to Turn Norms into Action
By :OHCHR, News
10 December 2015
GENEVA (9 December 2015) – Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day 2015, the largest body of independent experts of the United Nations Human Rights system renews its commitment with the implementation of the Covenants, the two key human rights treaties which, together with the Universal Declaration on Human rights, form
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COP21: Land & Water Convergence Speaks
By :Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
08 December 2015
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles” stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis. This alliance of struggles has delivered its message to the COP21 currently meeting at Paris. Their statement follows.   The
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Democratic Land Control and Human Rights
By :Jennifer C. Franco, Sofía Monsalve and Saturnino M Borras, sciencedirect.com
02 November 2015
Democratic land control is inseparable from human rights.   It is important to understand demands for democratic land control in the context of broadly distinct political conditions that in turn each requires distinct political intervention, namely, respect/protect, promote, and/or restore democratic land control. In addition, we also argue that broader institutional
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Human Rights and the New Habitat Agenda
By :Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur Newsletter
22 October 2015
In her second report to the UN General Assembly, Leilani called on States to include a human rights framework in the development of the New [Habitati] Agenda, to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (also known as Habitat III), October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
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Out in the Cold: UK Social Housing Emergency
By :Simon Hooper, Al Jazeera
24 September 2015
  Forcible evictions fuel a housing crunch amid sharp welfare cuts and surging rent costs in London.     London, England—Housing activists mounted a last-ditch fight on Thursday to stop a disabled man from being forcibly evicted from his home and left with "nowhere to go" to make way for private properties to be
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Burundi: Who Has the Right to Land?
By :OHCHR news
18 September 2015
Burundi is currently volatile with an ongoing political crisis. The country, which only emerged from an ethnic conflict 10 years ago, still reels from the past upheavals. The coming of peace to Burundi after decades of civil war has also meant the coming of a dilemma: what can be done about
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UK: 141 Families Evicted to Make Way for Luxury Flats
By :Frances Ryan, the Guardian
15 September 2015
The story of Mostafa Aliverdipour, a 50-year-old wheelchair user raising his family on an estate in north London, could tell politicians plenty about what has become of the principle of social housing in our capital. Looking out on rows of boarded-up walls and metal grilles, Aliverdipour and his four children –
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Vision Critical in City Planning
By :David Dodwell, South China Morning Post
09 September 2015
Cities: love them or hate them, they are likely to be the future for most of our children. Developed well, they can provide high quality of life and convenience – and huge environmental efficiencies. But developed poorly, they create a blight that will take decades to eradicate. Today, 55 per cent
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Veolia Jumps Jerusalem Rail
By :Who Profits
27 August 2015
Veolia sells its shares in the Jerusalem light rail and completes withdrawal from the Israeli market.   More than a decade after winning the tender for the construction and operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR), Veolia Environnement’s subsidiary, Transdev, has sold all of its holdings in the JLR to a group
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Habitat II Baby, Habitat III Bathwater
By :Joseph Schechla, Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network
10 August 2015
The substantive debate toward the 2016 Habitat III Conference is warming up. The disappointment that states earlier expressed at PrepCom2 (Nairobi, April 2015) for slow progress in producing the draft material for the outcome document has subsided. The rich content of 22 Issue Papers, so far, has superseded some of
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Fractured Continuity: Habitat II to Habitat III
By :Joseph Schechla, CitiScope
10 August 2015
Wading through the knowledge products of the current Habitat process highlights a failure to account for previous commitments. HIC-HLRN’s Joseph Schechla critiques the process and content of Habitat III against the criteria forged at Habitat II.     *  *  *   The substantive debate toward next year’s Habitat III conference is now warming up.
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German CSO Forum Addresses Habitat III
By :Forum on Environment & Development
31 July 2015
The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment and development. Its purpose is to coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development. It was strongly involved in the preparation and the civil society processes of the Habitat
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HIC Reviews Habitat III Issue Papers
By :HIC-HLRN
31 July 2015
Habitat International Coalition has just issued its compilation of inputs from Members and officers following their review of the Habitat III Issue Papers. The 22 thematic contributions from technical experts selected by the UN-Habitat/Habitat III Secretariat have been drafted as a framework for the debate leading up to the Third
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Mayors Sign Francis’ Climate Declaration
By :Cole Mellino, EcoWatch
21 July 2015
Mayors and governors from major world cities are convening at the Vatican today and tomorrow in a first-of-its-kind meeting to urge global action on climate change. The summit is part of Pope Francis’ ongoing campaign to urge global leaders to take meaningful action on climate change at this year’s UN
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Post-2015 SDG Zero Draft Released
By :UN General Assembly
02 June 2015
Late on Monday, New York time, the co-chairs of the Open Working Group the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Ambassador David Donoghue of Ireland have released the zero draft of the new development agenda to permanent representatives of UN member states. Entitled “Transforming Our World
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Do RAI Principles Meet the Task?
By :Sylvia Kay, rightingfinance
06 May 2015
On 15 October 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”)   In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes
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UN-Habitat: Critical Debate @ Governing Council
By :Greg Scruggs, Citiscope
28 April 2015
Landmark Governing Council session debates UN-Habitat’s role in the development agenda   NAIROBI—The 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council concluded on 23 April, following a week of debate on the wide array of issues surrounding today’s global process of urbanization. Highlighting the pivotal year for a review of the agency’s budget
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The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By :Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of
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Pakistan: Slum Dwellers Demand Evictions End
By :Dawn
26 January 2004
ISLAMABAD—The All-Pakistan Alliance of Kutchi Abadis at a convention here on Sunday demanded of the government to implement the National Kutchi Abadi Policy 2001 and either regularize their settlements or resettle all the slum dwellers in the country.   A large number of kutchi abadi dwellers from the twin cities of Rawalpindi
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Documents (122)

Document Title

Publication Date

HIC’s role in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty: Representing the Urban Constituency

02 July 2018

SDG Messages from Arab CSOs

24 April 2018

الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى: تقييم السياق في ضوء أزمة اللاجئين والنازحين

23 April 2018

Recurso de protección Balmaceda Antofamagasta

12 February 2018

Carta a la Presidenta de Chile

12 February 2018

ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت الكبرى

17 November 2017

Right to the City Charter in Greater Beirut

17 November 2017

Final Report of the Sixth Session of the Land Forum in MENA

30 October 2017

التقرير النهائي للدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

30 October 2017

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine

23 August 2017

Treaty Bodies and Related Institutions: The Centrality of Human Rights Treaty Bodies to the UN Sustainable Development System

21 August 2017

Peace Block letter on Sur, Diyarbakır

19 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

Gains and Losses of Habitat III

09 July 2017

Budha Ismail Jam et al. v, IFC judgment

27 June 2017

ชุมชนกะเหรี่ยงในพม่ำยื่นคำร้องเรียนต

19 June 2017

مناقشة الإطار الهيكلي لميثاق مدينة بيروت الكبرى

15 June 2017

تقرير ورشة العمل الثالثة حول ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت

15 June 2017

الحق في المدينة المفاهيم العامة وتطبيقها على الصعيد المحلي

14 June 2017

الحق في المدينة: التاريخ والتجارب من مدن أخرى

14 June 2017

Report of fourth “Sanctuary in the City: Beirut” Workshop Beirut

24 May 2017

Report of fourth “Sanctuary in the City: Beirut” Workshop Beirut May 2017

05 May 2017

The Right to Adequate Food Seminar: Promoting accountability of food security actions to the people most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition

24 January 2017

المياه في المنطقة العربية ... من الملك العام للخصخصة

23 January 2017

HIC-HLRN Statement on Security Council Resolution 2334

28 December 2016

بيان للتحالف الدولي للموئل –شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن بشأن قرار مجلس الأمن رقم 2334

28 December 2016

Resolution on Israeli settler colonies, S/RES/2334 (2016) Ar

23 December 2016

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

ملاحظات تمهيدية، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

The Right to the City: Concepts & Principles of Human rights (Arabic)

20 December 2016

The Right to the City: History & Experiences (Arabic)

20 December 2016

The Role of Municipalities and Local Practices (Arabic)

20 December 2016

دور المجتمع المدني وتطبيق الميثاق في لبنان

20 December 2016

Human Rights Framework and application of the chart in Lebanon (Arabic)

20 December 2016

“We are at breaking point,” Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh

19 December 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Queer Declaration calling for inclusion in Habitat 3

07 September 2016

Matrice de Pertes/Outil pour l`évaluation des impacts de l`expulsion

28 August 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

HIC comments on Habitat III draft of 27 July 2016

27 July 2016

What Papua New Guinea Said

26 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Displaced, Migrants and Refugees

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Gender Equality

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Governance

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Housing

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Youth and Children

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Human Rights

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Indigenous People

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Rural Habitat

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Older Persons

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Land

21 July 2016

Restoring Human Rights and Habitat to the Habitat III Process and New Habitat Agenda

19 July 2016

Commentarios de la HIC sobre el borrador cero revisado del Habitat III

28 June 2016

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

Statement of the Brazilian Civil Society on the New Urban Agenda

31 May 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence

19 March 2016

Growing Stress on Jordan by Council on Foreign Relations

17 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Comments on Habitat III Policy Paper Frameworks (overview)

31 January 2016

Declaración con motivo del Día de los Derechos Humanos, 2015

10 December 2015

Déclaration à l`occasion de la Journée des Droits de l’Homme 2015

10 December 2015

"Building Climate-resilient Societies," HIC statement to COP21

04 December 2015

"Key Issues and Recommendations," Housing in the City We Need UTC

18 November 2015

Application des décisions prises par la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les établissements humains (Habitat II) et renforcement du Programme des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains (ONU-Hab

17 November 2015

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام 2030 A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises

15 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Sudan

21 September 2015

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

Habitat II Baby, Habitat III Bathwater

10 August 2015

تقرير المقرر الخاص بالسكن اللائق كعنصر من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي مناسب وبالحق في عدم التمييز في هذا السياق، A/70/270

04 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

البيان الختامي من المؤتمر الثاني للحق الفلسطيني في الأرض والسكن: عيش بكرامة...وحق بالوجود

28 May 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

27 February 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

Vienna, “Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle (English version)

19 December 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Kenya

14 August 2014

ETOs and Situations of Conflict, Occupation and War: Applying the Maastricht Principles

11 July 2013

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (Korean Language)

21 May 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (English version)

21 May 2012

Sanctuary in the city_ Urban displacement and vulnerability in Damascus A desk study

15 December 2011

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City

01 July 2010

السكن في مصر بين العشوائية والتحضر الرث

22 May 2010

Urban policies and the right to the city: Rights Responsibilities and Citizenship

16 March 2009

The challenges of the democratic management in Brazil: The right to the city

17 September 2008

Namibia: amendments to draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.18/Rev.1 concerning Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

21 November 2006

The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life

16 May 2006

"Land, Territory and Dignity" Forum Declaration

09 March 2006

Planned Dispossession: Forced Evictions and the 2010 Commonwealth Games

31 December 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (English version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (French version)

20 June 2005

Charter for Women`s Right to the City

01 September 2004

Institutionalized Discrimination against Palestinians in Lebanon

01 March 2004

Gender Equality in UN-Habitat

01 January 2004

Women and Habitat: A History

01 January 2004

Informe sobre el Pacto Internacional de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales – PIDESC

14 November 2003

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Dominican Republic (Executive Summary)

14 November 2003

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Mr. Miloon Kothari, on his visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, E/CN.4/2003/5/Add.1

17 June 2002

In Quest of Bhabrekar Nagar

31 December 2001

إعلان بشأن المدن والمستوطنات البشرية الأخرى في الألفية الجديدة، دإ-25/

09 June 2001

Right to Adequate Housing in Occupied Territories of the World!

06 June 2001

"Back to the Future," statement before the General Assembly Special Session Habitat II+5 Review

07 April 2001

Statement before the special Plenary Session on NGO participation, Habitat II+5 Second Preparatory Committee

21 February 2001

European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City

18 May 2000

“Women’s access, control and tenure of land, property and settlement”

25 July 1998

HIC News, Vol. 2, No. 2

01 May 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

إعلان القدس: مشروع ميثاق حركة حقوق السكن الفلسطينية

29 May 1995

The Jerusalem Declaration (darf Charter of the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement)

29 May 1995

European Charter for Women in the City

01 March 1994

NGO Treaty on Urbanisation. Towards Just Democratic and Sustainable Cities, Towns and Villages

16 June 1992

Agenda 21

14 June 1992

S/RES/520 (1982)

17 September 1982

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