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Zimbabwe: Villagers up in Arms over Relocation
By :Tatenda Chitagu, Newsday.Co.Zw
29 October 2020
RUNDE Rural District Council (RDC) faces resistance from about 50 families it intends to evict to pave way for the upgrading of Vugwi Business Centre into a growth point.     The business centre is about 22km from Zvishavane town and falls under Runde RDC.   The affected villagers have vowed to resist eviction without
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COVID Impact on Nairobi`s Food System
By :Samuel Ikua, Thrive
15 October 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on the food system in Nairobi   There have been far reaching effects on Nairobi’s economy following the COVID-19 crisis, with the informal sector being the most severely affected. Food accounts for almost half of the trade in the city’s informal sector, and the containment measures have been
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New from HIC-HLRN: “A Pandemic of Violations”
By :HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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New from HIC-HLRN: "A Pandemic of Violations"
By :HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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New: "Development" Dispossessing Women
By :HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Incidents of Infrastructure Development That Dispossess and Displace People: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat   HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of an unprecedented assessment of impacts from infrastructure development on women in Kenya.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and HIC-HLRN on
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Kenya: Impoverishing Women with "Development"
By :HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
HIC-HLRN has just published the results of a study on the impacts of infrastructure development that dispossesses and displace women in Kenya. The report is a baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat values at stake.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and
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Zimbabwe: Evicted Villagers’ Living Hell
By :Tatenda Chitagu, The Standard
22 September 2020
Evicted Lowveld villagers endure two months of hell     By the roadside in the scorching Lowveld heat, a group of women and children sit under a tree, their few belongings scattered all over the place.   Two women have just finished preparing a very small meal of sadza and cow peas, hardly enough to
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Greece: Moria Camp Blaze, 13K Homeless
By :Jean Mackenzie, BBC News
10 September 2020
Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter The BBC`s Jean Mackenzie spent time speaking to people at the camp just six months ago and reflects on her experiences there   Fires have destroyed Greece`s largest migrant camp, an overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos, leaving nearly 13,000 people without
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Brazil: Largo de São Francisco Eviction amid COVID
By :Jaqueline Suarez, RioOnWatch
09 September 2020
Families that Took Shelter from Pandemic in Central Rio Occupation Evicted     The pile of furniture on the sidewalk started to form around 8:30am, when the Military Police arrived to carry out a repossession of a second floor space near Largo de São Francisco, in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown Centro. While families
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Court to Cape Town: “redress apartheid legacy”
By :Murray Williams, news24
31 August 2020
High Court sets aside R135m Sea Point school sale, frees land to address apartheid legacy   ·       The Tafelberg school property case has been running for five years. ·       Finally, the High Court has ruled, upholding the legal challenge by two not-for-profit organisations. ·       The sale of the land has now been reversed – much to
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Indonesia: Indigenous Timor Families Evicted
By :Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News
18 August 2020
Evicted Indonesian families vow to stay put Dozens of people in Catholic-majority province left homeless as land dispute turns violent     Defiant members of an indigenous community in Indonesia have vowed to stay put after security forces fired tear gas and demolished their homes on Aug. 18 in a bid to
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Brazil: Resisting Pandemic Repossessions
By :Alexander Putti, CartaCapital
06 August 2020
On Monday, 10 August, representatives of urban and rural popular movements and parliamentary fronts for urban reform and human rights met virtually with the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, to ask for the vote on the bills 1975/2020 and 827/2020 that suspend the removal and reintegration actions
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Battir, Palestine: Settlers Invade Heritage Site
By :Yuval Abraham, +972 mag
29 July 2020
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site Palestinians in the West Bank agricultural village of Battir are encountering armed Israeli settlers trying to push them off their land.     Khaled and Miriam Muammar live in Battir, an agricultural village in the occupied West Bank, just
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USA: Esselen Tribe Regains Land after 250 Years
By :Mario Koran, The Guardian
28 July 2020
Northern California Esselen tribe regains ancestral land after 250 years The tribe purchased the 1,200 acre ranch near Big Sur as part of a $4.5m deal and will use it for educational and cultural purposes     The Esselen Tribe of Monterey county now owns a small piece of their ancestral land along California’s
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Palestine/Israel: JNF Trees Dispossess Bedouin
By :Zafrir Rinat and Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz
14 July 2020
Israel pushing large tree planting in Naqab to disclaim lands to Bedouin     Israel is pushing through a plan to plant trees across a significant swath of the Negev in a bid to deny Bedouin residents from accessing the lands.   The plan is described as “agricultural planting” but local activists and human
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A Chinese Province Razes Its Countryside
By :Alexander Boyd, SupChina
10 July 2020
A Chinese province razes the countryside. Why?   How are Shandong villagers being convinced to go along with a provincial plan to raze their homes and move them into high-rises? With promises of economic benefits in the future, and if that doesn’t work, with coercion and threats.     Since March, the provincial government
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Urban Farming Benefits in Nairobi
By :Carolyn Fry, CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems
03 July 2020
Understanding Nairobi’s urban agriculture sector helps to enhance equality and climate resilience Food makes up almost half of trading in the vibrant informal sector of Kenya`s capital city. Every day, farmers, processors and traders sell goods that are either locally generated or brought in from up-country. An estimated 250,000 households generate
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South Africa: Relocation Again in Alexandra TS
By :Dennis Webster, New Frame
29 June 2020
Relocation rears its head: Bringing de-densification home in Alexandra     The American poet GC Waldrep recently described gravity as “a debt … incurred by God”. In the Stjwetla shack settlement in Alexandra, Johannesburg, gravity is God-sent. Built around a series of small rivulets that flow down the western bank of the Jukskei River in the
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USA: Bison Returning to Indigenous Lands
By :Return to Now
19 June 2020
Bison Return to Lakota Reservation in South Dakota for First Time in 150 Years   Now that bison have repopulated national parks, the extra are being given back to Native Americans Around 400 bison will be transferred from a national wildlife refuge in Colorado to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South
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Kashmir: Security Forces Burn, Loot Homes
By :Anees Zargar, NewsClick
20 May 2020
 Over Dozen Homes Burned, More Looted During Nawakadal Encounter, Allege Residents     The residents of the area alleged that the police looted cash, jewellery and other valuables from several homes in the dense locality of Kanimazar as they carried out the operation in the wee hours of May 19 to eliminate militants
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Mozambique: Restored Village Land Flourishes
By :Friends of the Earth International
20 May 2020
Mozambique Village Adopts Collective, Organic Farming after Land Rights Win   In a quiet region in southern Mozambique, one community’s fight to reclaim their stolen land has led to a more communal way of life, and an approach to farming that embodies agroecology, working in harmony with nature and peoples’ rights.     Peasants from across
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Brazil: Ashaninka Win Case against Loggers
By :YaleEnvironment 360
01 May 2020
Indigenous group wins case over illegal tree logging     The Ashaninka indigenous community in Brazil has won a two-decade federal court dispute against illegal logging interests, receiving $3 million in compensation and an official apology from companies for cutting down thousands of mahogany, cedar, and other tree species in the Kampa do Rio Amônia
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Nicaragua: Assaults on Indigenous Lands
By :Oakland Institute
29 April 2020
Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution details the incessant violence facing the Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions, as evidenced by recent attacks against the Alal, Wasakin, and Miskitu communities, and provides in depth information about the actors involved—foreign gold mining firms, national and international actors in logging and cattle ranching industry,
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Evicted Indigenous People in Manaus
By :Ignacio Amigo, Mongabay
29 April 2020
Evicted indigenous people in Manaus struggle to stay safe amid COVID-19 crisis     A group of about 400 indigenous people were displaced from an informal settlement on the outskirts of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon in February, reportedly in connection with drug trafficking issues in the area, despite previous promises to regularize
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Guatemala: Evicting Maya Q’eqchi` amid COVID-19
By :Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
Violent attempt to evict Maya Q’eqchi villagers despite COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala   On 13 April 2020, private security forces suspected of working for Industria Chiquibul, S.A., an agribusiness engaged in the harvesting and extraction of palm oil, attempted to evict 200 indigenous peasant families from their homes in Tierra Blanca, municipality
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Palestine: Land Day (joint statement)
By :NGOs
30 March 2020
On Land Day, Civil Society Urges Accountability and the End to Israel’s Illegal Closure of Gaza   For the past two years,[1] Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip have gathered on a near-weekly basis to participate in the Great Return March demonstrations at the Gaza perimeter fence, calling for an end to
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South Africa: Evictions Despite Moratorium
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
29 March 2020
Evictions continue in Durban despite the national moratorium     The national government made a clear promise that there would be no evictions during the national shutdown implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, today, at around 12:30, Calvin Security returned to the Ekuphumeleleni settlement in Mariannhill, which falls under
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Kenya: Women Resist Custom for a Fair Share
By :David Muchui, The Nation
25 March 2020
Widows fight customs, biased laws denying them share of family wealth   In Summary   In Meru County and elsewhere, thousands of widows are at the mercy of ruthless in-laws and corrupt government officers. Human Rights Watch cites discriminatory laws and customs as some of the factors that continue to fuel the violation of women’s
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“Slumlord Millionaire” Jared Kushner (review)
By :Jude Dry, IndieWire
12 March 2020
The Most Shocking Discoveries about ‘Slumlord’ Jared Kushner in Netflix’s “Dirty Money.” The president`s son-in-law is the subject of Alex Gibney`s docuseries, in an episode titled "Slumlord Millionaire."     Throughout his filmmaking career, documentarian Alex Gibney has made it his business to expose egregious abuse of power at the hands of the moneyed; from
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India: Muslims and Sikhs End 10-year Land Dispute
By :Aditya Menon, The Quint
29 February 2020
Grateful for Sikhs’ help, Muslims end Saharanpur land dispute     Muslims and Sikhs in Western Uttar Pradesh`s Saharanpur have brought an end to a 10-year-old land dispute.   The dispute involved a plot of land adjoining a Gurdwara not far from Saharanpur railway station. The Gurdwara committee had purchased the land for expanding the
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Indonesia: Taman Sari`s Eviction
19 February 2020
Taman Sari`s evicted residents pursue alternative avenues after court loss   BANDUNG –Residents who were evicted from Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java, have filed more than 100 complaints to the government’s online public-service complaint system to step up their fight against their eviction.    Twenty residents submitted around 120 reports regarding
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India: Evictions in Honor of Trump Visit
By :Avinash Nair, The Indian Express
18 February 2020
Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to India, officials serve 45 families in Gujarat slum with eviction notices. The move comes just days after the AMC began building a wall allegedly to cover the Saraniyavas or Dev Saran slum on a route that the US President is likely to take while
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Watch: The Heart of Nuba
By :Storyville Global, BBC World
12 February 2020
For thirty years, Omar al-Bashir, the former president of Sudan, waged a brutal and bloody war on his own people. This program filmed before al-Bashir was ousted, features Dr. Tom Catena a U.S. doctor and missionary who has been working in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan (South Kordofan) for over
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How Chevron Crushes an Environment Defender
By :Sharon Lerner, The Intercept
29 January 2020
How the Environmental Lawyer Who Won a Massive Judgment against Chevron Lost Everything   Last August, during the second-hottest year on record, while the fires in the Amazon rainforest were raging, the ice sheet in Greenland was melting, and Greta Thunberg was being greeted by adoring crowds across the U.S., something else happened
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Nigeria: Mass Evictions, Protests as Housing Crisis Mounts
By :Libby George, Reuters
24 January 2020
Mass evictions prompt protests as Nigerian housing crisis mounts     LAGOS—The men in naval uniforms charged into the Nigerian waterfront village of Okun Glass in the morning, chased out the residents, then called in the bulldozers.   De facto village leader, 75-year-old Dauda Musa, said he fled as the men fired guns into the
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Peru: Indigenous Win Amazon Oil Battle
By :Maria Cervantes, Reuters
22 January 2020
Peruvian indigenous group wins suit to block oil exploration in Amazonian region   LIMA—A Peruvian judge ruled that the government exclude an indigenous region of the Amazon near the border with Brazil from any oil exploration and exploitation, a legal group said on Wednesday, in a win for native communities that have
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Outrage over Siemens Backing Adani Coal
By :Deutsche Welle
13 January 2020
Climate Activists Outraged as Siemens Backs Adani Coal Mining Project in Australia   Siemens has announced it will remain involved in a controversial coal mining project in Australia, despite massive environmental criticism as the country continues to be ravaged by bushfires.   The German engineering conglomerate has a contract worth roughly €18 million ($20 million) which requires
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New York Evictions Down, Thanks to Voters
By :Mara Gay, The New York Time
26 December 2019
The rent protections passed by the newly Democratic State Senate are working.       This spring, New York State enacted the strongest tenant protections in a quarter century. Already, they have made a difference in the lives of thousands of New York City residents.   Since the law took effect in June, landlords have tried
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India: Protesting > 40K Trees Cut for Mine, Police Crack Down
By :Newsclick Report
12 December 2019
India: Talabira Odisha: Over 40,000 trees removed to pave way for Adani’s Mine. Heavy police force is present on the site to completely cordon off the region. Activists are terming the removal of the trees as a grave violation of community forest rights.     The green lungs of industrial Odisha’s Sambalpur are
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Canada: Town Dies amid Environmental Changes
By :Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
10 December 2019
Closing down: aging residents, falling fish stocks spell end for Canadian town. A tiny town in Canada is closing down, with residents in the tight-knit community packing their belongings and making the final preparations to shutter their homes   TORONTO—Perched along Canada`s windswept North Atlantic coast, the town of Little Bay Islands
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South Korea: Neighborhoods Rallying before Death
By :Isaiah Winters, Gwangju News
06 December 2019
Lost in Gwangju   Every year in Korea, autumn foliage treats us to one last gasp of life before the bleak onset of winter. I can’t help but liken this to cases of terminal lucidity, when patients on their deathbeds regain a fleeting clarity of expression before suddenly passing away. In much
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London: 150 Homeless Die in Streets, 2018
By :Mark Blunden, The Independent
21 November 2019
The Homeless Fund: Nearly 150 people ‘with hope in their lives’ dead in one year in London. Recent church services commemorated all those lost to London`s homelessness crisis     Nearly 150 people are known to have perished sleeping rough last year – the average age for women to die was 43, nearly
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Major Victory for Ecuadoran Indigenous Peoples
By :DTE Staff
07 November 2019
Chinese company pulls out of contract to drill for oil in remote rainforest after protests by indigenous groups     Indigenous leaders from Ecuador’s Amazon declared victory on November 6, 2019, after revealing that the country’s government had granted a force majeure request by Andes Petroleum Ltd Ecuador to stop drilling in a rainforest concession
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Kenya: Village Struggles with Industrial Giant
By :Lotte Hughes and Daniel Lepariyo, The Star
01 November 2019
David v Goliath: A small village’s struggle with an industrial giant Known as Kambi Turkana to its largely Maasai neighbours, Lorropil has 47 residents, including Turkana, Samburu, Kikuyu, Il Chamus, Kisii and Kalenjin. Akiira Geothermal Ltd claims these destitute people are ‘squatters’ who have only recently moved onto the land in
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Pakistan: HIC Member Assaulted, Threatened
By :HIC-HLRN
31 October 2019
Human Rights Defender Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot threatened and physically assaulted     Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot, human rights defender and director of HIC Member organization has been attacked outside his home in Sindh Province, Pakistan. The mob of unidentified men attacking the defender accused him of inciting sectarian violence and committing blasphemy.   Dr.
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USA: Keystone Pipeline Leaks 383K Gallons
By :James MacPherson, Associated Press
31 October 2019
BISMARCK ND—TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in northeastern North Dakota, state regulators said Thursday.   Crews on Tuesday shut down the pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states after the leak was discovered said Karl Rockeman, North Dakota’s water
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Canada: B.C. to Align Laws with UNDRIP
By :Stephanie Wood, National Observer
24 October 2019
B.C. tables United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples bill today     British Columbia is the first province to begin legislating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a landmark international document on Indigenous rights.   The province is introducing a bill today that will ensure all provincial laws
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USA: Island Returned to Indigenous Owners
By :Julia Wick, Essential California, Los Angeles Times
22 October 2019
Eureka returns an island to a tribe nearly 160 years after a massacre     California is in a moment of long overdue reckoning with the state’s original sin: the blood-soaked treatment of the people who inhabited this land long before any white settlers ever dreamed of Manifest Destiny. In recent
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The Growing International Role of Cities
By :Georgetown Global Cities Initiative
15 October 2019
A new report explores the rising role of cities on the international diplomatic stage.  Produced by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in collaboration with the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative.     The growth and international clout of cities and sub-state actors has been unparalleled in recent decades. These players seek agency in
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Canada: Alberta’s Oil, Gas and Coal Scandal
By :Andrew Nikiforuk. TheTyee.ca
08 October 2019
Alberta’s energy regulator blasted for conflicts, mismanagement and misusing millions. It’s no surprise, say critics of agency responsible for regulating oil, gas and coal production.     Critics of the energy regulator’s performance on issues like cleanup of abandoned well say that reports the agency was mismanaged are no surprise.   Three separate Alberta government
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Adani Coal Takes Native Land as Oz Burns
By :Ben Doherty, The Guardian
31 August 2019
While Queensland extinguishes native title over Indigenous land to make way for Adani coalmine   Palaszczuk government did not announce decision Wangan and Jagalingou people say makes them trespassers on their own land     The Queensland government has extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou country for the proposed Adani coalmine in
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USA: 36,000 Homeless in Los Angeles
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
04 June 2019
Los Angeles homeless population hits 36,000 in dramatic rise More than 59,000 people are homeless across county as housing crisis plagues California     Los Angeles has experienced a 16% increase in the homeless population over the last year, the latest sign of severe income inequality and a worsening housing crisis plaguing California.   There
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Al-Haq International Law Summer School 2019!
By :Al-Haq
30 April 2019
24 June–8 July 2019   Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Fifth International Law Summer School for post-graduate law students, legal researchers and professionals in the fields of international law and human rights. The training will take place over two weeks in Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territory
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Tibet: China Imprisons Local Land Defenders
By :Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)
28 April 2019
Nine Tibetans sentenced up to 7 years in prison under China’s “organised crime” crackdown   A notice issued in February 2018 by the Tibet Autonomous Region Public Security Department had criminalised various human rights activities such as local activists espousing causes like economic freedom, right to livelihood, environmental protection, cultural freedom (Article
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DRC: Failed Agro-Industrial Park Model
By :Oakland Institute and HLRN
25 April 2019
The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle: The Failure of Agro-Industrial Parks in DRC is a new report of the Oakland Institute that exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the establishment and collapse of
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USA: Seattle, Insurgent Sanctuary
By :Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones
15 April 2019
Seattle’s Mayor Had the Perfect Response to Trump’s Threat to Send Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities: “The president’s threats won’t intimidate me.”   On Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration was seriously considering sending undocumented immigrants caught along the border to sanctuary cities around the country as a way to punish Democrats
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Resident Revenge against Developers
By :George Hammond, Financial Times
11 April 2019
Rising house prices and rents have sparked protests in London, Berlin and New York. Residents show how citizens are taking on city developers.     BERLIN—Last Saturday, as the sun shone on thousands of Berliners gathered in Alexanderplatz, one placard stood out in the crowd. Written on it — beneath a grotesque cartoon
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Waorani People Sue for Survival against Big Oil
By :Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute
11 April 2019
Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed     On 27 February, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to march peacefully through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and,
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USA: Court Blocks More Wyoming Drills
By :Associated Press
21 March 2019
  BILLINGS, MT—A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration.       The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the
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Mozambique & Zimbabwe: Idai "Massive disaster"
By :BBC News
20 March 2019
Cyclone Idai has triggered a "massive disaster" in southern Africa affecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the UN has said.     The region has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.   Mozambique`s President Filipe Nyusi called it "a humanitarian disaster of great proportion."   He said more
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Australia: Ngaliwurru & Nungali Native Title Ruling
By :RT
15 March 2019
Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case     Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.   The High Court of Australia ruled
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Crimea: Destroying Built Heritage, Erasing the Past
By :Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13 March 2019
“Closed for Destruction”: Russia is digging up 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace   Video footage has shown new details of Russia’s wanton destruction of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, with ordinary workers carrying out ‘excavation’ work, without any attempt to record and preserve artefacts found.   Edem Dudakov, the former head of the
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Brazil: Tucano Land Defender Assassinated
By :Emtempo
27 February 2019
MANAUS—The 53-year-old Tucano chief, Francisco de Souza Pereira, was shot four days ago in the "Urucaia" indigenous community in the Nova Cidade neighborhood of Manaus. The crime occurred around 01:00 AM. Francisco was sleeping with his wife and a daughter when three hooded men invaded the house on Bahia Street.
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South Africa: Militarizing Repression in Durban
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
03 February 2019
Statement of Abahlali baseMjondolo   Last week, the news was full of reports on the arrival of three of the four Casspirs (mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles) that have been ordered by the eThekwini Municipality.  We first heard about the order of the Casspirs in 2017, when it was reported that the
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Israel/Palestine: Tourism Accommodates War Crime
By :HIC-HLRN
31 January 2019
The Israeli colonies in occupied Palestine constitute a war crime and crime against humanity. They form elements of the serious crime of population transfer, as codified in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, and which previously was prosecuted at the International Military Tribunals at Nuremburg and Tokyo. The
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Brazil: Another Mining Dam Disaster
By :Associated Press
28 January 2019
Search for Brazil dam survivors renews as death toll hits 58     BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was
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World Bank Schemes to Privatize the Commons
By :Oakland Institute
24 January 2019
The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons details how the Bank’s prescribes reforms, via a new land indicator in the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, promotes large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of agribusinesses in the developing world. This new indicator is
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USA: Homelessness Rising, Even in Utah
By :Gregory Scruggs, Place
10 January 2019
Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row, the increase has been particularly noticeable in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY—Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping
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Israel Court OKs Evicting 700 Jlem Palestinians
By :Middle East Monitor
22 November 2018
The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition submitted by 104 Palestinians against claims by a right-wing Israeli organisation paving the way for 700 Palestinians to be forced from their homes, Haaretz reported.   The 700 Palestinians, who make up 70 families, have been going through a legal battle to protect their
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Baltimore: 1st Major City to Ban Water Privatization
By :Rianna Eckel, Food & Water Watch
07 November 2018
We all need safe food and clean water.     BALTIMORE MD—Baltimore voters made history today by voting in favor of passing ballot question E, a city charter amendment that bans privatization of the city’s water and sewer systems. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to ban water privatization earlier this year. As
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CAR: 10K Displaced in Batangafo
By :Medecins sans frontier
02 November 2018
NEW YORK—Following clashes on Wednesday between armed groups in Central African Republic (CAR), more than 10,000 people fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the compound of a hospital in Batangafo supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).   Violent clashes between armed groups in
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Germany: Refugee Housing Crisis & Black Market
By :Morgan Meaker, Place
22 October 2018
Germany`s housing crisis fuels black market for refugees. Activists are concerned that a shortage of housing in Germany is hindering refugee integration     MUNICH--Firas swapped civil war in Syria for a chaotic refugee camp in Germany. Now he wants a home.   Since January 2016, the 28-year-old graduate has lived in three different refugee
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Statement of the ICC on Palestine
By :ICC
17 October 2018
Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the Situation in Palestine   I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and with it the prospects for further escalation and
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Canada: Mass Eviction in Ottawa!
By :Jillian Kestler-D`Amours, AlJazeera
21 September 2018
Heron Gate mass eviction: `We never expected this in Canada` About 150 homes in one of Ottawa`s most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months     OTTAWA—Binto Mohamed hasn`t had a good night`s sleep since May. That`s when she received a letter telling her that her family
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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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India: Questioning “Smart-city” Wisdom
By :Rina Chandran, place
03 September 2018
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale   India`s $7.5 bln plan to turn 100 urban centres into Smart Cities by 2020 does not address structural issues and ignores the needs of low-income and marginalised groups, experts say   LAVASA, India—When David Cooper and his wife were looking for somewhere
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Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
By :Jillo Kadida, The Star
01 August 2018
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
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Laos: “Substandard construction” Causes Dam Collapse
By :Kocha Olarn, Sandi Sidhu and Ben Westcott, CNN
27 July 2018
Minister says “substandard construction” caused Laos dam to collapse. 25,000 people evacuated.    The collapse of Laos dam that triggered massive flooding and devastation was due to "substandard construction," the country`s Minister of Energy and Mines said Thursday.   According to the state-run Laos News Agency, Minister Khammany Inthirath told reporters at a news
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Kenya: Kibera Demolitions Begin
By :Julius Otieno, Star; Josphat Thiong`o, Standard Digital
24 July 2018
Anguish as houses demolished to pave way for Kibera link road   23 July 2018   Julius Otieno, Star   Human rights activists have accused Kenya Urban Roads Authority of violating the agreement that would have seen victim of Kibera evicted in a humane way.   The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has in this regard called
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Palestine: Israel’s Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar
By :Akram Al-Wa`ra, Mondoweiss
05 July 2018
Despite international condemnations, Israel prepares to demolish Khan al-Ahmar   KHAN AL-AHMAR, occupied West Bank, Palestine—Scenes of destruction and despair spread over the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, as armed Israeli forces arrived at the village’s entrance with bulldozers.   The nightmare that the village’s 200 residents had feared for over
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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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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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USA: 30K Older, Infirm Louisianans Face Eviction
By :Tina Burnside and Darran Simon, CNN
10 May 2018
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could face eviction from nursing and group homes     More than 30,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many in nursing or group homes, could lose their benefits due to proposed state cuts -- a situation that could force thousands to move. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary
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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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New York 1st SDG Progress-reporting City
01 May 2018
New York City will become the first city in the world to report directly to the United Nations on the status of its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the High-Level Political Forum this July. The publication will be called a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), modeled after the
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Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
By :The Editors of Moving Forward
01 May 2018
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
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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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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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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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Zimbabwe: Youths Face Eviction from Chegutu Mine
By :Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
13 March 2018
Over 6,000 members of the Danangwe District Youth in Mining Cooperative (DDYMC) in Chegutu East face an uncertain future after mining firm, Breckridge Investments ordered the artisanal miners to stop operations at Giant Mine.   The miners have been carrying out mining activities at Giant Mine, 10km north of Chegutu town since
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DRC Violence Displaces Thousands of Children
By :VoA
24 February 2018
Thousands of Children Displaced by Ethnic Violence in DRC’s Ituri Province. GENEVA—The U.N. children’s fund reports at least 90,000 children have been forced to flee their homes in the face of escalating inter-communal violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province. Ituri’s Djugu territory in northeastern D.R.C. has been the
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Canada: Trudeau’s New Indigenous Rights Initiative
By :John Paul Tasker, CBC News
14 February 2018
Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people “We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,” PM says     Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a fundamental rethink of how the federal government recognizes Indigenous rights and title, vowing to work
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Peru: Chaparrí Land Defender Tortured, Killed
By :Dan Collyns, The Guardian
14 February 2018
José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas murdered for opposing land traffickers seeking to clear land in the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, say local witnesses     A criminal gang involved in land trafficking has tortured and murdered a community leader in northern Peru, according to his wife and local villagers who witnessed the killing.   José Napoleón Tarrillo
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Pakistan: Lahore City Evicts Slum Dwellers
By :Zeena T. Hashmi, The Nation (Karachi)
07 February 2018
LDA’s forced eviction of Model Town slum dwellers is shocking, but not surprising. No one with a shred of shame can imagine such a thing happening in any democracy; but this is how the Lahore Development Authority works.       For the dwellers at Sector M, Model Town Extension, there have been many
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Pakistan: Empowering Sindh’s Landless Farmers
By :Amin Ahmed, Dawn
05 February 2018
$5m project aims to empower Sindh’s landless farmers     An internationally funded project was launched in Sindh last week in an attempt to improve land tenancy for landless farmers.   Landless farmers (or haris) in the province usually have access to land as tenants through paperless agreements between them and landlords. Without having any
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Czechia: Roma Forcibly Evicted in Brno
By :Michaela Pa , Brno Daily
17 January 2018
About a year ago, one hundred families living in houses owned by a private company on Bratislavská, Vlhká and Francouzská streets were informed that their rent leases will not be renewed. In response, the desperate tenants and citizens’ initiative “Chceme bydlet!” organized a street demonstration.   After intense negotiations between the firm
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South Africa: Another Abahlali Comrade Fallen
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
12 January 2018
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Another Comrade Has Fallen in the Struggle for Land     Our movement has been facing a lot of brutality in the last three months. On 19 November our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation in Lamontville, Sibonelo Mpeku, was kidnapped and murdered. On 17 December 2017 Soyiso Nkqayini
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Somalia: > 5K IDP Homes Evicted, Destroyed
By :Xinhua and Somalia NGO Consortium
11 January 2018
3,000 School Children Affected by Forced Evictions in Mogadishu     Somalia NGO Consortium Statement below     MOGADISHU—The UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children said on Thursday that recent unannounced forced evictions of families and destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Somali capital Mogadishu have impacted over 3,000 school
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USA: Charges against Homeless Feeder Dropped
By :Gloria Tatum, with Mathew Chares Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (APN)
23 December 2017
ATLANTA—On Thursday, 14 December 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people in Atlanta for at
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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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China: Beijing House Demolitions Spark Rare Street Protests
By :Emily Feng and Charles Clover, Financial Times
12 December 2017
Aggressive Chinese eviction methods fuel anger among residents forced from rented homes   Fear and cold stalk the streets of Feijia, a north-eastern suburb of Beijing that is to be largely demolished on Friday, leaving hundreds of migrant families potentially homeless in winter. Leaflets scattered across Feijia’s main street depict photos of masked
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South Africa: Three Murders in Sisonke Village
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
21 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Three people were murdered in Sisonke Village, in Lamontville, on Sunday, including our chairperson in the area Sibonela Mpeku.   Our members gave Sisonke Village its new name on 13 July 2014 and our branch was launched there on 9 November 2014. During that year we issued statements noting
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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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South Africa: Residents Challenge Eviction
By :Mohammed Jameel Abdulla, The Daily Vox
14 October 2017
Residents of Fattis Mansions on the corner of Jeppe and Harrison Street in the Johannesburg CBD were forcefully evicted by close to 200 Red Ants on Wednesday. The eviction, which affected dozens of people, started at 7am and proceeded well into the afternoon. Residents’ belongings were pulled from the building
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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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Peru: Six Land Defenders Shot Dead
By :Dan Collyns, The Guardian
07 September 2017
The victims were targeted by a criminal gang who wanted to use their lands to grow lucrative palm oil, according to local indigenous leaders     Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative palm oil trade, according
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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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Houston Drowning—in Its Freedom from Regulations
By :Steve Russell, Newsweek
28 August 2017
We do value our freedom here in Texas. As I write from soggy Central Texas, the cable news is showing people floating down Buffalo Bayou on their principles, proud residents of the largest city in these United States that did not grow in accordance with zoning ordinances.   The feeling there was
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Italy: Rome Police Evict, Beat Refugees
By :Human Rights Watch
25 August 2017
ROME—Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in
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City of Johannesburg Defies Court, Evicts 257
By :Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
19 July 2017
City of Johannesburg leaves 257 men, women and children out in the cold, despite court orders   The High Court has ordered the City of Johannesburg to accommodate 257 men, women and children who were yesterday evicted from Fattis Mansions at 66 Harrison Street, Johannesburg.   The residents of the property initially
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USA: EPA Dumps, Drops Duties
By :The Indigenous Americans
15 July 2017
EPA Refuses to pay claims after mine spill dumps 3,000,000 gallons of toxic waste into water on Native American land   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to pay more than $1.2  billion in claims filed against it in response to the Gold King Mine spill, reported the Farmington Daily Times.   The EPA says the
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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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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By :Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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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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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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South Africa: Vengeful Burning of Migrant Homes
By :Lynsey Chutel, QZ.com
21 February 2017
African migrants in South Africa are in fear for their lives—again   Once again, there are signs of growing xenophobia in South Africa. Despite the lives lost in previous waves of violence, the country has still not learned this painful lesson.   It’s a familiar escalating narrative: vigilante groups accuse foreign migrants of local
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Pennsylvania: 1st Fracking-related Earthquakes
By :Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front
18 February 2017
Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity.   In April 2016,
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Philippines: 15K Homeless after Manila Slum Fire
By :RT
09 February 2017
A massive blaze at an overcrowded slum in the Philippines capital of Manila, has left at least 15,000 people homeless.   The fire swept through the shanty town after breaking out in the Parola Compound near the city’s port late Tuesday night. It raged for 10 hours into Wednesday morning, according
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Trump Can’t Force Cities to Deport
By :Erwin Chemerinsky, Annie Lai and Seth Davis, The Washington Post
22 January 2017
Cities and public universities are exercising their constitutional authority when they declare themselves “sanctuaries” in response to Donald Trump’s vow to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants upon taking office next month. Trump has threatened to force state and local governments to implement his deportation policies, including by taking
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fb Zuckerberg Sues to Take Native Hawaiian Land
By :Nathan Wellman, U.S. Uncut
19 January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg is suing to force native Hawaiians off their ancestral land to build an island resort     Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ended 2016 by suing hundreds of people native to Hawaii, apparently so that he can have 700 acres of land all to himself.   The billionaire’s lawsuit, filed on 30 December, was
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Sri Lanka: Clashes over Land in China Port Deal
By :abc.net.au
07 January 2017
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.   Key points: Clash takes place as Prime Minister attends
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Homelessness: Not Just a Christmas Crisis
By :The Guardian
21 December 2016
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis. The following is an editorial     For a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities such as Crisis and the volunteers they recruit tries to offer something like festive cheer for thousands of people who might otherwise have been sleeping
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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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Most New Yorkers on Edge of Homelessness
By :Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo
25 November 2016
Most New Yorkers are roughly 1 paycheck away from homelessness, according to a new study.     More than half of all New Yorkers are teetering on the brink of homelessness — without enough cash in the bank to cover them in the event of a disaster or lost job, a troubling new
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Resisting Reed: Atlanta’s Peoplestown v. Mayor
By :Atlanta Progressive News
24 November 2016
This Thanksgiving Day, Mayor Kasim Reed is thankful for eminent domain. Meanwhile, Peoplestown residents fight back.   ATLANTA—On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop
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Vancouver Mayor’s “Intense” Housing Crisis
By :Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian
21 November 2016
Vancouver mayor on housing crisis: “I never dreamed it would get this intense.”     Gregor Robertson’s platform in 2008 vowed affordable housing and an end to homelessness. Eight years and three terms later, the city’s housing market is in a perilous place – and has forced the mayor to get creative     His first
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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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USA: Oakland`s “Mega-evictor”
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
11 November 2016
The landlord who filed over 3,000 eviction notices. Pro-tenant group says a landlord who has a seat on Oakland’s housing cabinet is also the top evictor in the city, where a housing crunch has reached crisis levels     Leketha Williams was out of options. When the Oakland, California, mother was evicted and
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USA: Homeless Camps Offering Democracy Lesson
By :Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera
04 November 2016
Overlooked in the elections, Portland’s homeless are organising their own camps on their own terms, but fear evictions.   PORTLAND, Oregon—When Marge Pettitt`s seven-year-old daughter broke down in tears in a homeless shelter in 2009, she made one of the hardest decisions of her life: Sending the child to live with her
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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
By :Julia Zorthian, Time
06 October 2016
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
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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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Thailand: Karens to Appeal Eviction Verdict
By :Forest Peoples Programme
13 September 2016
Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress   Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights
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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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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By :NAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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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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USA: Pennsylvania Town Defeats Nestlé
By :Alexis Bonogofsky, Truthout
16 June 2016
Pennsylvania’s Kunkletown defeats Nestlé`s attempt to privatize its water   Eric Andreaus, a hydrogeologist and spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America, stood up during a monthly Eldred Township meeting in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, on 8 June 2016, and announced that Nestlé was abandoning its plans to extract 73 million gallons of water
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Zimbabwe Diamond-displaced Villagers Seek Help
By :Reuters
13 June 2016
Zimbabwe Villagers Displaced by Diamond Mining Seek Government Help. More than 1,000 families were moved from their village in 2009.     MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Villagers relocated to a sprawling government-owned farm complex in eastern Zimbabwe to make way for the nation’s biggest diamond field are hoping that President Robert Mugabe’s move to take control
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Kenya: Bldgs. Demolished, 100s Homeless
By :AP
06 May 2016
Nairobi—As emergency workers retrieved four bodies from a building that collapsed a week ago, bringing the death toll to 41, hundreds of Nairobi residents were evicted on Friday from nearby buildings that are being torn down to prevent other deadly disasters.   The demolitions began even as the rescuers continued digging the
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Counting Costs in Congo
By :HIC-HLRN
01 May 2016
This week in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thirty community leaders and field researchers from the villages of the Inga Valley met to consider their fate in view of the planned Inga3 project that proposes to inundate their communities. Organized locally by Association Droit et Developpement (ADEV) the communities’
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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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Israeli Plunder of Palestinian Homes “Concerns” U.S.
By :David Alexander, Reuters
02 April 2016
Crackdown on what Israel claims is illegal construction has already pitied Jerusalem against the EU, who funds some of the structures.   JERUSALEM—The United States is "concerned" about Israel`s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions
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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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Moscow: Massive, Overnight Demolition
By :The Moscow Times
09 February 2016
Moscow sees large-scale overnight kiosk demolition   MOSCOW—Large-scale demolition of kiosks and small shopping centers began in Moscow on Monday night, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.   As of Tuesday morning, 55 percent of the properties subject to removal had been completely removed, Sergei Shogurov, head of the capital`s real estate inspectorate,
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USA: Ten Facts about Flint
By :Michael Moore, MichaelMoore
30 January 2016
On his site, U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore writes a public letter "10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will." Read his letter below and follow the link to sign and share the accompanying petition.   FLINT MI—News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached
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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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UN Chief: “Syria Starvation=War Crime”
By :Somini Sengupta and Nick Cumming-Brucej, The New York Times
14 January 2016
UNITED NATIONS—The head of the United Nations said on Thursday that the warring parties in Syria were committing war crimes by withholding food from civilians. He called for all sides to lift their sieges immediately and unconditionally “as a confidence-building gesture” ahead of peace talks scheduled for Jan. 25.           Meanwhile, aid
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NYC Coop Plan for Affordable Real Estate
By :Cat Johnson, Shareable
24 September 2015
Faced with the rising rents of commercial properties in cities, one New York organization is modeling a way for people to invest in permanently affordable, commercial real estate. The New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) leverages patient crowdfunding—small investments by a large number of people over time—to turn
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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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Saudi Arabia Bulldozes Its Heritage
By :Carla Power, Time
14 November 2014
For centuries, the Kaaba, the black cube in the center of Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is Islam`s holiest point, has been encircled by arched porticos erected some three centuries ago by the Ottomans, above dozens of carved marble columns dating back to the 8th Century. But earlier this month, any
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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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Violaciones en el Perú sobre los derechos a la vivienda y a la tierra durante la pandemia

05 October 2020

Violation du droit de logement et de l´habitat en Haïti durant la pandémie de COVID-19

05 October 2020

الهدم الذاتي لمساكن الفلسطينيين في القدس: جريمة احتلالية مضاعفة بحق الإنسانية

04 October 2020

Input to HIC-HLRN World Habitat Day Report 2020

25 September 2020

Customary Practices That Displace Women from Their Habitats

30 August 2020

Incidents of infrastructure development that displace people: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat including potential losses

30 July 2020

Incidents of infrastructure development that displace people: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat including potential losses

30 July 2020

Human Rights Obligations of Local Governments and Local Authorities

31 August 2019

Al-Haq International Law Summer School 2019!

30 April 2019

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

06 June 2018

New York City SDG-reporting press release

01 May 2018

العدالة الانتقالية وحقوق الأرض والسكن في اليمن: محافظة تعز نموذجا

28 February 2018

Recurso de protección Balmaceda Antofamagasta

12 February 2018

Carta a la Presidenta de Chile

12 February 2018

Boston Tenants Fighting Displacement

02 September 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

تقرير دراسة جبر الضرر في الأراضي اليمنية المنهوبة

28 February 2017

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 2016

تقرير الوضع العا لمحافظة تعز ديسمبر 2015

19 January 2016

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

Papel de la administración local en la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos, A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of Local Government

20 July 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

Eviction Impact Assessment in Chilla Khadar Village

12 December 2014

The Right to the City: Cairo

03 November 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Kenya

14 August 2014

Eviction Impact Assessment in Chilla Khadar Village

12 December 2012

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 2012

Violence in Lathor Village, Balangir District

24 January 2012

Carta de la Ciudad de México por el Derecho a la Ciudad

01 September 2011

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

30 June 2011

Principes de base et directives concernant les expulsions et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

Principios básicos y directrices sobre los desalojos y el desplazamiento generados por el desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

La petite Sicile : inventaire avant disparition

01 July 2003

تقرير المقرر الخاص المعني بالسكن اللائق بوصفع عنصراً من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي لائق، السيد ميلون كوتهاري، في زيارته إلى الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، زيارة الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، E / CN.4 / 2003/5 / ADD.1

17 June 2002

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

Draft Declaration on Population Transfer and the Implantation of Settlers, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

مشروع إعلان عن نقل السكان وغرس المستوطنين، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

“Human rights and population transfer,” Final report of the Special Rapporteur, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

"حقوق الإنسان ونقل السكان،" التقرير النهائي للمقرر الخاص،E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

أبعاد حقوق الإنسان اللتي يحتوي عليها نقل السكان، بما في ذلك توطين المستوطنين" تقرير مرحلي أعده السيد عون شوكت الخصاونة، المقرر الخاص، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/18

30 June 1994

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