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Israeli Settlers Destroyed 800K Olive Trees since 1967
By :IMEMC
28 November 2018
Israeli settlers, with IDF complicity, have destroyed 800,000 olive trees since 1967   Palestinians who rely on olive harvests for their livelihood have been terrorized by Israeli settlers since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. Settlers, often guarded or assisted by Israeli military, destroy trees and equipment, steal large quantities of
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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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UN Peasants’ Rights Declaration Adopted in GA
By :HLRN
20 November 2018
NEW YORK—The  UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) passed a draft that would have the Assembly adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas.  This vote assures that the Declaration will enter the next edition of Human Rights:
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USA: More HUD Tenants Now Living in Squalor
By :Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler, Hannah Rappleye and Stephanie Gosk. NBC News
15 November 2018
Under Ben Carson, more families live in HUD housing that fails health and safety inspections While HUD Secretary Ben Carson pledged to fix low-income housing, the number of properties cited for health and safety violations has been on the rise.     HARTFORD CT—The mold started in the basement. But it soon spread to
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40-yr Struggle: Rights to Housing, Land and City
By :Álvaro Puertas Robina, Thomas Reuters Foundation
12 November 2018
Are our global property rights still guaranteed? 40 years of global struggle for rights to housing, land and the city     Gentrification, forced evictions, lack of access to housing -  these are all concepts familiar to us. They pose serious and real threats in all corners of the world and can violate
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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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UNHRC Adopts Peasant Rights Declaration
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva     GENEVA—Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local
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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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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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India: Smart Cities and Forced Eviction
By :Ankit Jha and Anand Lakhan, thewire.in
28 May 2018
The demolitions in Bhuri Tekri, without prior warning, took place just a week after the announcement of ‘Swachhta Sarvekshan 2018’, with the city retaining the number one rank in the list. To make cities beautiful, forced eviction of slum dwellers amid promises of resettlement have led to massive displacement of working
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Land Ownership Isn’t Enough to Empower Women
By :Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, The Conversation.com
14 May 2018
In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is
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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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India: Land Rights for 1947 Partition Displaced
By :Rina Chandran, place
27 April 2018
The Indian State of Maharashtra grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years ago. Refugees in Maharashtra were housed in about 30 government-owned "camps" or colonies across the state, with limited rights to sell or redevelop their homes     BANGKOK - Refugees in India`s western state of Maharashtra
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By :The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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Kashmir: Land Dispute behind Girl’s Rape, Murder
By :Aijaz Hussain and Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press
12 April 2018
Rape and murder of Kashmiri – girls in religious policy     SRINAGAR (Indian-occupied Kashmir)—The girl, just 8 years old, grazes the ponies of her family on a cold January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods
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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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Land Day: 17 Fallen in 2018, as the 6 in 1976
By :Al-Arabiya net
30 March 2018
In Palestine, "the Return March" is emerging, and Israel is killing the demonstrators. Three thousand occupation soldiers deployed in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip with orders to fire live bullets. Thousands of Palestinians marched Friday near the border between Gaza and Israel in a protest march called
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USA: Alaska Natives Continue Land Fight
By :Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
27 March 2018
Alaska’s landless communities continue fight for land     Representatives of five Southeast Alaska communities continue their fight for recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. But they’re still facing opposition.     It’s been almost a half-century since Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created more than 200 corporations with land,
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
07 March 2018
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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1st Arab Conference on Land Governance
By :HIC-HLRN
28 February 2018
Dubai Land Department announces the conclusion of the first Arab land governance conference     The conference, organized in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-HABITAT, the League of Arab States and the Arab Surveying Association, was attended by more than 300 participants, representing several regional and international bodies.   Dubai
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Peru: Shipibo-Konibo Forced from Forest to Slum
By :Jack Guy, Editing by Anastasia Moloney and Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
20 February 2018
Forced from rainforest, Peruvian tribe faces new woes in Lima slum     LIMA—Wedged between the rubbish-choked Rimac River and lanes of traffic belching fumes, the Cantagallo slum in downtown Lima is a far cry from the Amazon rainforest land that the Shipibo-Konibo people were forced to flee two decades ago.   Hundreds of
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Homeless and Hungry in Paris
By :Sevenbilliontoday
17 February 2018
Of Emmanuel Macron`s many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.   The president gave himself until the close of 2017 to end rough-sleeping once and for all - but a midnight stroll through Paris shows
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Kenya: Eviction Threats against Sengwer Continue
By :Chris Lang, Redd monitor
15 February 2018
The Sengwer indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the western highlands of Kenya continue to face threats of violence and evictions. The latest round of violent evictions started at the end of December 2017. The evictions, carried out by the Kenya Forest Service, are supposedly in the name of
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France: Equality Law Fails, Roma Evictions Increased
By :ERRC
08 February 2018
Paris, Budapest 6 February 2018: In the last year 11,309 Romani people were evicted from their homes in France, the majority of which (8,161) were forcefully evicted by authorities. A further 2,055 left their homes before the arrival of authorities, under pressure of an imminent eviction. Last year saw a 12% increase
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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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Tanzania: Gov`t Seeks to Demolish 1,200 Homes
By :IPPMedia.com
02 February 2018
Advice given by World Bank to government officials against demolishing over 1,200 houses between Ubungo and Kimara suburbs of Dar es Salaam to pave way for a six-lane highway has saved them from losing their houses. The over 8,000 residents who had already been served with letters by Tanzania Roads Agency
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England: Locals` Concern over Home Demolition
By :Jo Taylor and Nic Rigby, BBC
27 January 2018
Genesis Housing Association is considering the future of Alexandra Court in Southend, which could see it torn down and a new block built in its place with double the number of flats. One woman spoke of her dismay after being told it was her "home for life." Genesis has assured tenants they
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South Africa Shouldn’t Copy Mugabe’s Land Reform
By :Economist.com
25 January 2018
Of the many grievances from South Africa’s decades of white rule, the theft of land still smarts more than most. The “Natives Land Act” of 1913 set aside 90% of the country for whites, who made up less than a third of its people. Over the next eight decades a
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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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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South Africa: Constitution-based Land Restitution?
By :Alet Janse van Rensburg, news24
20 December 2017
ANC`s land expropriation decision an admission of its own failures   The ANC’s decision at its national conference to go ahead with the expropriation of land without compensation is an admission of its own failure to pursue real land distribution, experts say.   The ruling party announced on Wednesday evening that its committee on
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Myanmar: At Least 800K Rohingya Flee
By :Reuters
17 November 2017
The following article series follows the Rohingya flight as it has grown since August 2017. According to UN OCHA, As of 4 October 2017, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily. Before this crisis began, the country was already hosting a verified population
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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By :Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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EU States Demand Israel Pay Demolition Costs
By :Barak Ravid, Haaretz
19 October 2017
Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.   A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter,
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EPA: Puerto Ricans Resorts to Toxic Water
By :MSN News
15 October 2017
EPA says Puerto Rico residents resorted to contaminated water at Dorado Superfund site
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Tanzania: Forced Evictions of Loliondo Maasai
By :Chris Lang, Conservation Watch
30 August 2017
“Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo, Tanzania”: Urgent Alert from the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs     The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) last week put out a short report about the violent evictions of Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo, Tanzania.   According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and
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UN Reports on Rakhine Living Conditions
By :HIC-HLRN
23 August 2017
After one year of consultations held across Rakhine State (Myanmar) and in other parts of the country and the region, the UN’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State submitted its final report to national authorities on 23 August.   The Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan, has put forward recommendations to surmount the
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Global Peasant Movement Convene at Bilbao
By :Huffington Post
28 July 2017
Global Peasant Movement Assesses and Responds to a Heated Political Moment     Four years ago, La Vía Campesina brought its peasant activists from around the world to Jakarta for its VI International Conference. The gathering was held in a padepokan, a Javanese center reserved for the teaching and exchanging of knowledge and
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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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Congo: More than 3,000 Killed in Kasai Region
By :Reuters
20 June 2017
Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence. Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the
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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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NUA Reporting in 2018 Crucial
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
11 May 2017
2018 reporting period will prove critical for New Urban Agenda, advocates say         Labels NAIROBI—Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments.   That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set
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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By :Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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Rule of Law and Women Food and Land Rights
By :IDLO
07 March 2017
We live in a world of abundance, yet ensuring food security remains challenging. Women are responsible for more than half of global food production. Yet they account for 70 per cent of the world’s hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition. Achieving food security is not only a question of ensuring
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By :Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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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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Palestine UNSR Urges SC to End Colonies
By :OHCHR
03 February 2017
West Bank: United Nations Special Rapporteur urges the security council to stop illegal settlements   GENEVA—United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security Council resolution 2334, which
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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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Why Pope Francis Keeps Reaching out to Mayors
By :Simone d`Antonio, Citiscope
27 January 2017
VATICAN CITY—When the Pope calls you to Rome, you go.   Dozens of mayors from around the world heeded the call in 2015, when Pope Francis invited them to the Vatican to discuss actions their cities could take against climate change and human trafficking. And it happened again last month, when Francis
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USA: 1st Trump Act Violates Housing Rights
By :Tom Cahill, U.S.Uncut
20 January 2017
In First Act as President, Trump Raises Mortgage Rates on Struggling Homeowners     After Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he delivered his inaugural address. Then he went to the White House, whereupon he stuck it to homeowners.   One of President Obama’s last acts as head of the executive branch was to
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Brazil: Eucalyptus War on Quilombo Lands
By :Luisa Torre and Patrik Camporez Macao, Al Jazeera
05 January 2017
Brazil`s quilombos face eucalyptus giant in land war. "They stole our forests and our water. We took our medicine from the forest. Now, they put police and dogs at our door."     ESPIRITO SANTO, Brazil—In Sape do Norte, in the far north of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 32 communities refer to the 111,000 hectares
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By :Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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UNSC Votes to End Israeli Settler Colonies
By :HIC-HLRN
24 December 2016
It was the first time in eight years that the UN Security Council had passed a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal construction of settler colonies in occupied Palestine. The vote came on Friday, following an unprecedented intervention of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that had U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "advising" Egyptian
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Portugal: Statement by the SRs on Water& Housing
By :UN news
13 December 2016
As the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing and the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we address you today at the conclusion of our joint official visit to Portugal, which we undertook at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 13 December
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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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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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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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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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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
By :HIC-HLRN
27 July 2016
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
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How Eviction Feeds Poverty
By :Nailah Morgan
11 July 2016
Sociologist and Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond spent a year living in Milwaukee’s inner-city neighborhoods studying the implications of poverty. Staying in rooming houses and trailer parks, he spent his days with tenants being evicted and the landlords leading the evictions. He conducted surveys and analyzed thousands of eviction records. The conclusion? Eviction
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UN Experts Insist on HR-based Habitat III
By :OHCHR
29 June 2016
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By :Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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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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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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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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UNCERD: Holy See Liable to Indigenous Peoples
By :Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group
15 January 2016
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has declared the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous Peoples for effects and the legacy of racist, colonial Papal Bulls and Doctrines. Geneva—As the result of a comprehensive parallel report and presentations by members of the Apache-Nde-Nnee Working
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HIC Takes on COP21
By :HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Nigeria: UNSR Urges Halt to Eviction Trend
By :OHCHR
23 November 2015
GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country. The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out
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The World`s Most-segregated Cities
By :Peter Geoghegan, The Guardian
28 October 2015
“Reclaim your community,” declared the posters. “Hipsters beware.” Pinned around London’s East End last month, they announced Fuck Parade, an anti-gentrification demonstration that culminated in an attack on a café selling bowls of cereal. Long the first port of call for cash-strapped new arrivals in the city—Irish, Jews, Bangladeshis and
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UNSR Reminds Govts. about Rights in Habitat III
By :OHCHR
22 October 2015
NEW YORK / GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, today has challenged governments to go further and commit to bold action to end homelessness and improve housing conditions on a global scale. “I am convinced we can end the scourge of homelessness
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The Hungary Games: Abusing Refugees
By :Kim Lane Scheppele, Politico
30 August 2015
How Hungary evades its obligations on migrants and refugees   The Hungarian government is building a fence on the border with Serbia to keep out the ever-increasing flow of refugees to Europe. But just look at a map. Serbia represents a tiny slice of Hungary’s meandering southern border. If desperate asylum-seekers have
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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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Fractured Continuity: Habitat II to Habitat III
By :Joseph Schechla, CitiScope
10 August 2015
Wading through the knowledge products of the current Habitat process highlights a failure to account for previous commitments. HIC-HLRN’s Joseph Schechla critiques the process and content of Habitat III against the criteria forged at Habitat II.     *  *  *   The substantive debate toward next year’s Habitat III conference is now warming up.
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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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Greece through Homeless Eyes
By :Nikolia Apostolou and Matina Pashali, Al Jazeera
17 July 2015
As Matina Pashali closed the door to her home behind her, she tried not to cry. She was in her early 50s – and homeless.   Carrying a suitcase that held all of her belongings, she began to walk.   She had no family to support her, and she did not know where to
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USA: Supreme Court Opposes Housing Bias
By :Aljazeera America, the Associated Press
25 June 2015
The Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof 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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Twiga Farm: Story of a Kenyan Land Grab
By :Leila van Rinsum, Pambazuka News
08 October 2014
Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.   On Tuesday,
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Islamic State Evicts Iraq farmers
By :Sophie Cousins, AlJazeera
29 July 2014
The group`s takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.   Qaraqosh—In the dark of night, on a farm about 30km southeast of Iraq`s second largest city, Mosul, Sabah Zura Sukkariyya woke to the sound of a truckload of gunmen arriving
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Documents (164)

Document Title

Publication Date

Nuremberg judgments

10 December 2018

ICTY judgments

10 December 2018

Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Campesinos y de Otras Personas que Trabajan en las Zonas Rurales

20 November 2018

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des paysans et des autres personnes travaillant dans les zones rurales

20 November 2018

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

02 July 2018

SDG Messages from Arab CSOs

24 April 2018

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

23 April 2018

Maastricht Guidelines on Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

26 January 2018

International sources on the concept and criteria of “landlessness”

31 December 2017

ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت الكبرى

17 November 2017

Right to the City Charter in Greater Beirut

17 November 2017

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

30 October 2017

التقرير النهائي للدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

30 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

Boston Tenants Fighting Displacement

02 September 2017

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

23 August 2017

Peace Block letter on Sur, Diyarbakır

19 August 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

Gains and Losses of Habitat III

09 July 2017

أبعاد حقوق الإنسان التي ينطوي عليها نقل السكان، بما في ذلك توطين المستوطنين، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/18

30 June 2017

تحديات الإقامة الكريمة في ظل ممارسات البلديات

15 June 2017

تقرير ورشة العمل الثالثة حول ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت

15 June 2017

Right to the city: Concepts & local level application

14 June 2017

Right to the city: Concepts & local level application

14 June 2017

Adequate Residency challenges &local government practices

14 June 2017

Local Government Role: legal mandate & practices

14 June 2017

Right to the City: Third workshop Report

14 June 2017

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

24 May 2017

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

05 May 2017

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Saudi Arabia, A/HRC/35/26/Add.3

28 April 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

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

24 January 2017

Permanent Mission of Turkey response to UN Special Rapporteurs

20 January 2017

حصيلة الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية على حقوق الأراض والسكن في المناطق الفلسطينية المحتلة

31 December 2016

Fact Sheet on Israeli Housing and Land Rights Violations during 2016

31 December 2016

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

23 December 2016

ملاحظات تمهيدية، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

الحكومات المحلية والمجتمعات المستضيفة تجاه أزمة اللاجئين، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

نماذج عملية للحق في المدينة، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

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

20 December 2016

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

20 December 2016

The Role of Municipalities and Local Practices (Arabic)

20 December 2016

دور المجتمع المدني وتطبيق الميثاق في لبنان

20 December 2016

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

20 December 2016

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

19 December 2016

Local Governments and Appointment of Trustees to Municipalities

11 October 2016

Local Governments and Appointment of Trustees to Municipalities

11 October 2016

Draft outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), A/CONF.226/4

29 September 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Final draft "New Urban Agenda" of 10 September 2016

10 September 2016

Queer Declaration calling for inclusion in Habitat 3

07 September 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

What Papua New Guinea Said

26 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Persons with Disabilities

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Older Persons

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Land

21 July 2016

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

19 July 2016

Statement by the Quartet Principals on the Release of the Quartet Report

01 July 2016

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

Growing Stress on Jordan by Council on Foreign Relations

17 March 2016

التوصية العامة رقم 34 بشأن حقوق المرأة الريفية

07 March 2016

Recommandation générale No 34 sur les droits des femmes rurales, CEDAW/C/GC/34

07 March 2016

Recomendación general núm. 34 (2016) sobre los derechos de las mujeres rurales, CEDAW/C/GC/34

07 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Comments on Habitat III Policy Paper Frameworks (overview)

31 January 2016

Comentarios de HIC a los Documentos Marco sobre Políticas de Hábitat III (resumen)

31 January 2016

The Global Crisis of Displacement and Evictions: A Housing and Land Rights Response

14 January 2016

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

18 November 2015

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في الأزمات الممتدة

15 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

Transforming the historical link between agricultural policy and inequality in Lebanon

01 September 2015

Le_Messager_14_08_2015

14 August 2015

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

07 August 2015

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

04 August 2015

Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le logement convenable en tant qu’élément du droit à un niveau

04 August 2015

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, A/70/270

04 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of Local Government

20 July 2015

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

15 June 2015

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Muthurwa Estates

11 May 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

المبادئ الخاصة بإستثمات الارشيدة في الزراعة واانظم الغذئية

18 October 2014

Small Farmer Uprisings and Rural Neglect in Egypt and Tunisia

30 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

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Kingdom of Spain

15 June 2014

Concept Paper for a FAO Inventory of Legal Norms Applied to Protracted Crises

12 August 2013

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

11 July 2013

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 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

Gwangju Declaration on Human Right City

17 May 2011

العراق: قانون هيئة دعاوي الملكية

09 March 2010

Law on compensating people affected by War Operations, Military accidental errors, and Terrorist Actions, Number 20 (2009)

28 December 2009

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

24 March 2009

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

“De Vancouver 1976 a Vancouver 2006: Una revisión critica desde la perspectiva no gubernamental”

01 October 2008

A Covenant of Dispossession and Genocide

15 July 2008

إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الشعوب الأصلية

02 October 2007

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones

02 October 2007

Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

02 October 2007

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Principios Básicos y Directrices sobre los Desalojos y el Desplazamiento Generados por el Desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

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

26 August 2007

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

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

21 November 2006

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 2006

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

16 May 2006

"Land, Territory and Dignity" Forum Declaration

09 March 2006

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

14 November 2004

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

14 November 2003

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

14 November 2003

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

05 May 2003

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

17 June 2002

House demolitions in `Isawiya neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem

14 February 2002

تدمير المنازل في قريةالعيسوية بالقدس المحتلة

14 February 2002

El Estatuto da la Ciudad (Lei nº 10.257/01) las directrices generales de la política urb

10 July 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

11 June 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

09 June 2001

The Investment Encouragement Act 1999 (Amended 2007)

22 July 1999

“Study on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations,” Final report by the Special Rapporteur, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20

22 June 1999

Gender and the Habitat Agenda: Engendering Our Human Settlements

01 April 1999

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

25 July 1998

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

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda, A/CONF.165/14

14 June 1996

Declaración de Estambul sobre los Asentamientos Humanos y Programa de Hábitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

La Déclaration d`Istanbul sur les etablissements humains et le Programme pour l`habitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

إعلان القدس: مشروع ميثاق حركة حقوق السكن الفلسطينية

29 May 1995

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

29 May 1995

The Addis Ababa Document on Refugees and Forced Population Displacements in Africa

10 September 1994

وثيقة أديس أبابا بشأن اللاجئين والتشريد القسري للسكان في أفريقيا

10 September 1994

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

30 June 1994

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

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

إبعاد حقوق الانسان اللتي تنطوي عليها نقل السكان، بما في ذالك التوطين والمستوطنين

06 June 1993

Agenda 21

14 June 1992

لجنة الحقوق الاقتصادية و الاجتماعية و الثقافية، التعليق العام رقم 4 "الحق في السكن"

13 December 1991

Comité des droits économiques, sociales et culturelles, "Le droit à un logement suffisant," Observation générale no 4

13 December 1991

الاتفاقية رقم 169 بشأن الشعوب الأصلية والقبلية في البلدان المستقلة

27 June 1989

Limburg Principles on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

06 June 1986

The situation in the Middle East, A/RES/37/123

14 December 1984

The Situation in the Middle East, A/RES/93/146

16 December 1982

The situation in the Middle East, A/RES/39/146

16 December 1982

The situation in the Middle East, A/RES/39/146

16 December 1982

Declaración de Vancouver

11 June 1976

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted 16 December 1966.

16 December 1966

The Zionist-Israel Juridical Claims to Constitute “the Jewish People” Nationality and to Confer Membership in It: Appraisal in Public International Law

01 January 1964

Déclaration universelle des droits de l`homme

10 December 1948

Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos

10 December 1948

UN Charter of the United Nations, adopted 26 June 1945

26 June 1945

ميثاق الأمم المتحدة

26 June 1945

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