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Vanishing Biodiversity Threatens Our Food
By :FAO
23 February 2019
The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day   FAO launches the first-ever global report on the state of biodiversity that underpins our food systems ROME—The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing
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Palestine/Israel: Fake Justices
By :HIC-HLRN
13 February 2019
In early September 2018, after years of legal proceedings, the justices of Israel’s High Court determined there was no legal obstacle to demolishing the structures in the community of al-Khan al-Ahmar, located about two kilometers south of the Jerusalem-choking Kfar Adumim settler colony. The  Court delivered that conclusion as the
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Eating within Planetary Proportions
By :HLRN
30 January 2019
The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health has convened 37 of the worlds’ leading scientists to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet within the limits of our global ecosystem. Their conclusions contribute to the specificity needed to align human behavior with the goal of sustaining the human
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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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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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Antarctica: 3 tn Tonnes of Ice Lost since 1992
By :Laurel Hamers, Science News
13 June 2018
Antarctica has lost about 3 trillion metric tons of ice since 1992. Ice loss is accelerating and that’s helped raise the global sea level by about 8 millimeters.     Antarctica is losing ice at an increasingly rapid pace. In just the last five years, the frozen continent has shed ice nearly
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Puerto Rico: Parasites in Paradise
By :Democracy Now
06 June 2018
Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria as it commemorates 120 years of US occupation (since 1898). In the ongoing post-disaster phase, the island Is becoming a “playground for the privileged,” where disaster-capitalist investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.   While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure
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UN Expert: USA Poor More Destitute under Trump
By :Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
02 June 2018
America`s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert     GENEVA—Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.   Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur
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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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Tanzania: Maasai Losing Lands to Tourism
By :HIC-HLRN
25 May 2018
The indigenous Maasai people of Tanzania face appalling levels of human rights abuses, including intimidation, violent evictions, arrests, beatings, and starvation, by the Tanzanian government and some of the safari businesses that operate in the country, the Oakland Institute said today in a new report.     ·     In the past year, tens
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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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HICtionary Newly Updated
By :HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By :Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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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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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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DR Congo: Terror in Ituri
By :Thijs Van Laer, Congo Research Group
05 March 2018
Over sixty people killed, thousands of houses burned down and more than 100,000 displaced people, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. Those are the consequences so far of the violence in the northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December 2017. The violence marks a counterpoint to
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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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Nigeria: 30K Evicted, Defying Court
By :Amnesty International
14 November 2017
Deadly mass forced evictions make life misery for waterfront communities   Over 30,000 forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos state in defiance of court orders 11 people unlawfully killed and at least 17 missing after violent evictions by security forces and unidentified armed men 300,000 others are under threat of further forced evictions Evicted residents
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New Report: India`s Farm Widows
By :HLRN-India and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development
15 October 2017
Report on farm widows of Maharashtra highlights human rights violations recommends urgent state intervention to prevent social and economic exclusion   NEW DELHI—A study released today by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) India (New Delhi), and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development (Nagpur) reveals the acute vulnerability of farm widows
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Trump’s Beautiful (Real Estate Money) Launderette
By :Michael Zeldin, CNN and various others
19 July 2017
Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database     It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department`s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   FinCEN`s mission is to
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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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EU’s Biggest Pension Funds Invest Big in Colonies
By :Mikkel Bahl, Hanan Chemlali & Kristoffer Marslev, Danwatch
31 January 2017
Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invested in illegal Israeli settler colonies.   Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines
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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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Land Rights Defender Killings Tripled in 2016
By :PANAP
10 December 2016
2015 had been the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders who are struggling to protect land, forests and rivers from privately interested takers. But, in 2016, roughly 16 land rights advocates have been killed each month from January through November.     PENANG, Malaysia—Advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific
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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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Calais/Dunkirk Refugee Eviction Risks
By :Harriet King, IPF
15 September 2016
Calais and Dunkirk: Demolition and forced evictions from refugee camps will make things worse    “They seem to believe if they make the Calais jungle ‘disappear’ this will all go away. They do not have the means to compensate for the destruction of ten thousand homes—there isn’t nearly enough alternative accommodation.”   Breakthrough research,
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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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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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Demise of World Bank Accountability
By :HIC-HLRN
22 June 2016
A forthcoming article in the American University International Law Review(AUILR) addressed “The Demise of Accountability at the World Bank?” The article by Natalie Bugalski, of Inclusive Development,  examines recent trends in the accountability system at the World Bank, including the proposed Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and developments at the
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Food Experts: “Adopt Agroecology, or Fail”
By :IPES-Food
02 June 2016
BRUSSLES/TRONDHEIM—Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition.   The solution is to diversify agriculture and reorient it around ecological practices, whether the starting point is
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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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A Last Chance for the World`s Forests?
By :Bill Laurance, CounterPunch
13 February 2016
An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest”—remote interior areas critical for disturbance-sensitive wildlife and ecological processes—are vanishing even faster.   Core forests are disappearing because a tsunami of new roads, dams, power lines, pipelines and other infrastructure is
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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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DRC: Why Rush Inga3 Dam?
By :Ange Asanzi, International Rivers
26 January 2016
The proposed Inga 3 Dam project has been at the epicenter of all energy discussions pertaining to Africa in the past three years. Speculation and rumors abound, and secrecy has surrounded the project’s status. Then, late last year, the government of the DRC announced that the Inga 3 project is
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OXFAM to Davos Millionaires: “Even it up”
By :HIC-HLRN
21 January 2016
In a world where the richest 62 people are as wealthy as half of world`s population, Oxfam tells global economy leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland to correct their greedy behavior.   Oxfam’s new report, “Even It up: Time to End Extreme Inequality,” advises that only higher wages,
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Tibet: Climate Change Challenges China Policies
By :ICT
10 December 2015
As the world’s leaders meet in Paris this week for critical climate change talks, new findings by the International Campaign for Tibet reveal that Tibet’s fragile environment, which is warming faster than anywhere else, is of critical global importance. But almost unnoticed by the rest of the world, China’s policies
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Syria War Prompts 1st Doomsday Seed Vault Draw
By :Laura Wagner and EarthSky
23 September 2015
The Syrian Civil War prompts the first withdrawal from the "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic   The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened on 26 February 2008. Carved into the Arctic permafrost and filled with samples of the world`s most important seeds, it`s a Noah`s Ark of food crops to be used
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Habitat III National Reporting Tool
By :HIC-HLRN
21 September 2015
Habitat III National Reporting Guidelines (merged with State obligations)   This Excel file attempts to merge the national Habitat III report outline proffered by UN-Habitat with the already-standing commitments of states and UN bodies at Habitat II (1996). For those following UN-Habitat`s advice, the left column leads with the agency’s reduced six
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Human Rights & Local Government Report
By :HIC-HLRN
18 September 2015
On 22 September 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva) will consider the final report of its Advisory Committee on the Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights. The report is the outcome of a two-year study on the subject by the Human Rights Council
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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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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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Myanmar: New Land Confiscation Report
By :Karen Human Rights Group
30 June 2015
Villagers in Karen areas of southeast Myanmar continue to face widespread land confiscation at the hands of a multiplicity of actors. Much of this can be attributed to the rapid expansion of domestic and international commercial interest and investment in southeast Myanmar since the January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the
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Serbia’s Housing Crisis Demands Immediate Action
By :UN Human Rights
26 May 2015
BELGRADE (26 May 2015) – Serbia has undergone enormous challenges in the last two decades and is currently facing structural adjustment, high unemployment and poverty. All of this has created a housing crisis that must be responded to immediately. “Serbia urgently needs a national law on housing that fosters non-discrimination
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Turkey: Plundering Istanbul’s “Lungs”
By :Northern Forest Defense
25 May 2015
The Istanbul-based Northern Forests Defense (NFD) movement has published two new reports in English to expose the hazards of current plans for the construction of the Turkish city’s new airport complex. The NFD is a public-interest initiative that advocates the protection of the ecologically interconnected and diverse area north of
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Who Has the Right to Live in London?
By :Carlos Delclós and Rosie Walker, Open Democracy.net
22 May 2015
Renters’ Rights London aims to provide the tools and knowledge renters need to defend themselves from unfair treatment and campaign for more rights. We speak with coordinator, Rosie Walker. In a recent study, Brookings Institute economist Matthew Rognlie challenged Thomas Piketty’s now well-known assertion that inequality is being driven by the
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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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Documents (72)

Document Title

Publication Date

Milestones in UN Habitat’s Cooperation with Stakeholders: Forward and Backward

14 May 2019

Charting UN Habitat-Stakeholder Engagement

14 May 2019

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

Rapport d’inventaire des biens des communautés locales de Mvuzi 3, Lubuaku, Lundu et Kilengo à Inga

06 June 2018

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

23 April 2018

Boston Tenants Fighting Displacement

02 September 2017

SUR The Walled City of Diyarbakir: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

The Walled City of Diyarbakır: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 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

الممارسات الإسرائيلية تجاه الشعب الفلسطيني ومسألة الفصل العنصري (الأبارتهيت)، موجز تنفيذي

15 March 2017

تقرير دراسة جبر الضرر في الأراضي اليمنية المنهوبة

28 February 2017

المياه في المنطقة العربية ... من الملك العام للخصخصة

23 January 2017

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

The Impact of the Daryan Dam on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

28 October 2016

Introduction to Loss Matrix/EvIA Tool

28 August 2016

Herramienta para la evaluation de impacto de desalojos

28 August 2016

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

A Tool for Evaluative Habitat III Reporting: Responding to the Need for Implementation Reports

24 July 2016

Sanctuary in the City: Beirut

01 June 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

تقرير الوضع العا لمحافظة تعز ديسمبر 2015

19 January 2016

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

18 November 2015

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2015

Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées (CSA-CDA)

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

Transforming the historical link between agricultural policy and inequality in Lebanon

01 September 2015

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

27 August 2015

“The role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights,” A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

Herramienta para los Informes Nacionales Paralelos de Hábitat III

03 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

HIC Comments to the HRC-AC Local government and human rights draft report

15 June 2015

The Third Airport Project vis-à-vis Life, Nature, Environment, People and Law

15 May 2015

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Muthurwa Estates

11 May 2015

National Habitat III Reporting Processes: Locating the Right to the City and Civil Society Participation

12 March 2015

Matthew J. Lister, “Self-Determination, Dissent, and the Problem of Population Transfers”

11 March 2015

HIC response to HRC-AC Local government and human rights questionnaire

15 November 2014

The Right to the City: Cairo

03 November 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

“Self- Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet”

01 September 2014

Susan M. Akram, “Self- Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet”

01 September 2014

Abu Ghalib Village Reparations

16 March 2014

ACIJ دراسات الحالة

06 September 2013

دراسة حالة سمارتان

06 September 2013

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

11 July 2013

ETOs and Transnational Corruption

11 July 2013

Eviction Impact Assessment in Chilla Khadar Village

12 December 2012

Violence in Lathor Village, Balangir District

24 January 2012

The Cruel Side of Delhi`s Beautification: Illegal Demolition in Baljeet Nagar

30 June 2011

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

مبادئ توجيهيـة بشأن الوثائق المتعلقة بمعاهدة محددة التي ينبغي أن تقدمها الدول الأطراف

24 March 2009

A Covenant of Dispossession and Genocide

15 July 2008

Water as a Human Right for the Middle East and North Africa

15 June 2008

Report on Indicators for Monitoring Compliance with International Human Rights Instruments, HRI/MC/2008/3

06 June 2008

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 2006

“Tierra y Liberdad: The Social Function Doctrine and Land Reform in Latin America,” Tulane Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 19

15 June 2006

Report on Indicators for Monitoring Compliance with International Human Rights Instruments, HRI/MC/2006/7

11 May 2006

Planned Dispossession: Forced Evictions and the 2010 Commonwealth Games

31 December 2005

La petite Sicile : inventaire avant disparition

01 July 2003

“Forced Population Transfers in Early Ottoman Imperial Strategy: A Comparative Approach,”

05 May 2003

House demolitions in `Isawiya neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem

14 February 2002

تدمير المنازل في قريةالعيسوية بالقدس المحتلة

14 February 2002

Lessons in Privatization: Considerations for Arab States

01 January 2002

”دراسة في المعاهدات والاتفاقات وغيرها من الترتيبات البنّاءة بين الدول والسكان الشعوب الأصلية،" تقرير نهائي مقدم من المقرر الخاص، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20

22 June 1999

The human rights dimensions of population transfer, including the implantation of settlers, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/18

30 June 1994

Christopher M. Goebel, “A Unified Concept of Population Transfer”

01 October 1993

The human rights dimensions of population transfer, including the implantation of settlers, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1993/17

06 July 1993

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