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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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Kenya: AG Enjoined in Samburu Eviction Case
By :Joseph Wangui, The Nation
01 November 2017
Githu Muigai enjoined in Samburu eviction case     Attorney-General Githu Muigai has been enjoined in a case in which retired President Daniel Moi was sued by the Samburu community for transferring 17,105 acres (69,217,493.44 square meters) of their land in Laikipia North to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).   The Environment and Land Court
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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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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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Myanmar: At Least 480K Rohingya Flee
By :Reuters
08 September 2017
  UN: Rohingya Exodus to Bangladesh Exceeds 400,000       Bangladeshi leader seeks global help as Rohingya Muslims continue to flee Myanmar, overwhelming Bangladesh.       More than 400,000 majority-Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh, the United Nations says as Bangladeshi leader heads to the US to seek global help coping with the crisis.       Bangladesh has been
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The Cost of Land Grabbing in Mozambique
By :Burag Gurden, Pambazuka News
31 August 2017
The cost of land grabbing in Mozambique`s Tete Province     Tete Province is very rich in coal. An estimated 23 billion tons of mostly untapped coal lies beneath Tete. It is expected to become the region’s energy powerhouse built on coal and hydroelectricity. However, local farmer communities have been on the losing
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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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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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Nicaragua: Future Canal Threatens Mass Eviction
By :Amnesty International
03 August 2017
Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction     The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal
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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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Nigeria: Forced Evictions in Badia-East (Lagos)
By :Spaces for Youth Development and Social Change
15 June 2017
Spaces for Change NGO Staff Arrested, Released       LAGOS—A Task Force squad comprising demolition agents of the Lagos State Government and scores of heavily-armed security operatives invaded Badia-East this morning, Thursday, June 15, 2017. With the aid of bulldozers, sledge hammers, iron bars, and earth-moving equipment, they levelled all the structures in
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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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Brazil: Trump Tower Will Cause Forced Evictions
By :Clare Richardson, News.Vice
13 February 2017
RIO DE JANIERO – José Paulo Simplicio de Souza was devastated when the government forced him out of his home near the commercial center of Rio to make way for a luxury waterfront property three years ago. The 33-year-old food vendor’s sorrow later turned to disgust when he found out the
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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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Colombia: Seeking Justice from Chiquita Banana Wars
By :Matt Kennard and Nick MacWilliam, In These Times
27 January 2017
Chiquita made a killing from Colombia’s civil war. Will their victims finally see justice? A long-running case against the banana giant is moving forward in U.S. court.     Getting an interview with Anabel (not her real name) is not easy. In Colombia, witnessing paramilitary violence against your family generally means you keep
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Namibians Sue Germany for Land Grab, Genocide
By :Al Jazeera
06 January 2017
The Ovaherero and Nama people of Namibia launch lawsuit against Germany for alleged land theft and killing of 100,000 people more than 100 years ago.           Two indigenous groups in Namibia have filed a lawsuit against Germany, accusing it of genocide committed by colonial rulers more than a century ago.   The suit was filed
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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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Cameroon: OECD Inquiry into Complaint about WWF
By :Survival International
05 January 2017
In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)* has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process that until now has only been used for multinational businesses. Survival submitted the complaint in February 2016, citing numerous
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By :Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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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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ECJ Rejects Morocco`s Western Sahara Claim
By :Dominic Dudley, Forbes
21 December 2016
European Court of Justice dismisses Morocco`s claim to Western Sahara, throwing EU trade deal into doubt. The ruling on the bloc`s trade deals with Morocco means they do not apply to Western Sahara, which occupied territory is notable for its fish stocks, mineral extraction, agricultural exports and potential oil reserves.     Morocco’s
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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European Tenants vs. Wall Street Landlords
By :Liz Alderman, The New York Times
18 December 2016
Wall Street is Europe’s landlord, and tenants are fighting back.     DUBLIN—The Tobun family never missed a rental payment on their modest brick rowhouse in eight years. But in February, the couple, who have two young children, received a letter warning that they would have to leave their home when the lease
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Following the Money: Justice for Land Grabs
By :Natalie Bugalski and David Pred, Inclusive Development
16 December 2016
Following the Money: Illuminating the path to justice for global land grabs     This year, our organization, Inclusive Development International, launched the Follow the Money initiative – a new tool to fight land grabs and other corporate abuses.  It’s a simple idea, but we believe it has the potential to be
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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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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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Sanctuary Cities Steadfast Despite Trump Threats
By :teleSUR
11 November 2016
“We have to see what happens, but we’re not going to change our DNA because of politics,” —San  Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.   “Undocumented and unafraid!”   These were the defiant chants of protesters outside of San Francisco`s Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) office.   “(But) there is fear.
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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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Namibia: Land Grabbing Continues at Katima
By :Lugeretzia Kooper, Namibian News
09 November 2016
THE grabbing of council land at Katima Mulilo has increased due to the influx of people from rural areas to the town in search of employment opportunities, town mayor Regina Mwiya-Simataa said in a press release last Friday.   Although Mwiya-Simataa conceded that the council had been slow in delivering land to
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Italy: Romani Emergency Shelter Closed
By :Jonathan Lee, Elena Risi, ERRC
28 October 2016
A majority Roma shelter located at Via Amarilli in Rome will be officially closed by 31 October 2016. This comes after officials from Rome Municipality announced the closure and the subsequent eviction of the majority Roma shelter on the 5 October. Associazione 21 Luglio and the ERRC see this as
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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By :Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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England: Record Evictions by Private Landlords
By :Patrick Butler, The Guardian
28 September 2016
End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show     Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show.   The end of an assured shorthold tenancy
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Murder and Eviction: New Era of Global Land Rush
By :Oxfam international
26 September 2016
Millions of people face being displaced from their homes as new data shows land sales covering an area the size of Germany are now under contract, warns Oxfam. Seventy-five percent of the more than 1500 land deals sought over the last sixteen years now have contracts and their intended projects are getting
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Calais/Dunkirk Refugee Eviction Risks
By :Harriet King, IPF
15 September 2016
Calais and Dunkirk: Demolition and forced evictions from refugee camps will make things worse    “They seem to believe if they make the Calais jungle ‘disappear’ this will all go away. They do not have the means to compensate for the destruction of ten thousand homes—there isn’t nearly enough alternative accommodation.”   Breakthrough research,
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South African Court Halts Eviction
By :Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) Bulletin
14 September 2016
South African Constitutional Court orders “meaningful engagement” in urgent forced eviction   The South African Constitutional Court has extended the Olivia Road case to urgent forced evictions, requiring meaningful engagement between the local authority and tenants—or occupiers in this case—before eviction can be deemed constitutional under the right to housing.   The applicants, amounting
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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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World’s Indigenous People and Profit Enterprise
By :Elika Ansari, Undergroundreporter.org
22 August 2016
9 August 2016 marked the 12th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day pronounced by the U.N. to promote the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world, while also celebrating their contributions to environmental protection. Meanwhile, over a hundred indigenous men and women dressed in traditional garb marched in Baguio City, Philippines, in
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WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
By :Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net
08 August 2016
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By :Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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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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Obstacles to Development: Data on fragility, Conflict and Violence
By :Edie Purdie, World Bank Blog
13 July 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean have high homicide rates. Over half a million people were killed by intentional homicide in 2012, while in 2014 there were more than one hundred thousand battle-related deaths. Episodes of such violence and unrest can reverse development efforts and rapidly dismantle achievements built over a long
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How Eviction Feeds Poverty
By :Nailah Morgan
11 July 2016
Sociologist and Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond spent a year living in Milwaukee’s inner-city neighborhoods studying the implications of poverty. Staying in rooming houses and trailer parks, he spent his days with tenants being evicted and the landlords leading the evictions. He conducted surveys and analyzed thousands of eviction records. The conclusion? Eviction
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China: Profiting from Confiscated Tibetan Lands
By :Radio Free Asia
11 July 2016
In the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China is confiscating lands at a low price and then reselling at a profit to Chinese developers. Newly built apartments in these lands are then sold back at high prices to the Tibetans from whom the land was first taken. The
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India Mine Displaced 400 Adivasi Families
By :Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera
07 July 2016
The mine that displaced India`s indigenous people. About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine, but blasting and water contamination forced them to leave     The earth-shattering sound of dynamite welcomed us to the small village of Lath, which sits on the edge of an open-cast coal mine.
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MEQ Issues New Report, Maintains Old Inertia
By :HIC-HLRN
01 July 2016
In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet (MEQ) has issued its 2016 report today. The report issued by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
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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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Tibet: Farm Women Protest Loss of Their Land
By :RFA’s Tibetan Service
17 June 2016
Holding the Chinese national flag and carrying photos of Chinese national leaders, Tibetan farm women marched this week outside Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa to protest the confiscation by authorities of their farmland, sources in the region and in exile said. Over 100 women from Gachoe village in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s
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Standing up to TNC Land Grab in Sierra Leone
By :HLRN
16 June 2016
HLRN has joined over 40 civil society organizations to express deep concern over the impact of a monoculture agricultural project that involves the dispossession of the people living in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in Sierra Leone.   The project is the subject of an investment by SOCFIN Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.
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Brazil: Fundão Dam Devastation
By :Ingrid Fadnes, Al Jazeera
14 June 2016
MARIANA, Brazil—On November 5, 2015, the Fundao dam burst in the inland municipality of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian mining company Samarco, owned by two of the world`s biggest mining corporations, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, operated the dam.   Tcharly do Barmo Batista, a 23-year-old father,
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Choctaw v Climate Change: “The earth is speaking”
By :Emily Crane Linn, Al Jazeera
13 June 2016
In the United States, members of the indigenous Choctaw nation fight to reclaim their relationship with the land in a world without seasons.   Durant, Oklahoma—It`s nearly June. Every day, the Earth brings Darryl “Grey Eagle” Brown closer to the Sun, to heaven, to the Creator. That means it`s nearly time
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Brazil: Guarani & Kaiowá Face Forced Eviction
By :FIAN International
12 June 2016
With no access to their legitimate territory, the members of the Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka`i community will be prevented from exercising their fundamental rights as indigenous peoples, including feeding themselves adequately.   Despite  intensive and coordinated international action, the sentence by the 1st Federal Court of Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul has followed
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Nigeria: Herdsmen, Land Use and Human Rights
By :Spaces 4 Change
01 June 2016
Fulani herdsmen, herdsmen, hoodlums, intruders from Chad and neighbouring countries, or whatever appellation ascribed to their murderous activities, these names emit fumes of terror, anguish and fear. The fear they evoke is well founded. What started out as recurrent violent clashes between nomadic herdsmen and their host farming communities in
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Myanmar: Plan to Build Hydro-Power Dam
By :Sa Isue, Karen News
09 May 2016
In an effort to create more understanding on the proposed hydro-power dam on Baw Ka Hta River in Kyaukyi Township, the Karen National Union held a consultation meeting with community organizations on May 6 in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. The Baw Ka Hta hydro-power dam project, located in
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Myanmar: Human Rights Should Be "Top Priority"
By :Karen News
09 May 2016
Prominent human rights advocacy organization, Human Rights Watch calls for new civilian government to push for human rights reforms. In a statement released today, Human Rights Watch has called on the new National League for Democracy government to make human rights a “top priority.” Mr. Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights
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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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Italy: Stop Roma Eviction
By :Enrico Guida & Nicole Garbin, open society foundations.org
06 May 2016
Elena Petrache and her daughter Liliana have been living in Ex Cartiera, a dilapidated shelter for Roma in Rome’s industrial suburbs, since 2011. They share a small room, and Liliana’s daughter Denisa and her son share another. Until recently, the kitchens were outside in a courtyard, but in February they were
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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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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By :OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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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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4 Tibetan Land Defenders Get Suspended Sentence
By :Tibetan Center for Rights and Democracy
14 April 2016
Four Tibetan men have been given suspended jail sentences for petitioning against government confiscation of their land in Ka Bharma nomadic camp in Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) Township in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County, Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The four Tibetans are identified as Phurkho, Rinchen
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World Bank Accountability @ Spring Meetings
By :Oakland Institute
12 April 2016
World Bank Accountability on Forced Resettlements Must be a Priority at Its Spring Meetings                                                                                                             Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.   Between 2004 and 2013, nearly 3.4 million people were physically or economically
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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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Post-trauma: From Syria to Nepal
By :Kai Weise, The Himalayan Times
12 March 2016
Rehabilitation after a natural disaster consists of motivating the community to overcome destruction and reestablish their cultural environment and activities. A colloquium was recently held at the ICOMOS Secretariat in Paris on post trauma reconstruction. The focus was on dealing with the heritage that is being destroyed due to armed conflicts
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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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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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Habitat III Sins of Omission
By :Habitat for People - Not for Profit!
01 February 2016
Today, a movement of concerned partners engaged in the Habitat III preparations issued a public challenge to the organizers of the global process, calling on them to rethink the omissions and design flaws that narrow the Habitat III public debate and presuppose its outcomes. From the beginning of the deliberative and reporting
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DRC: Why Rush Inga3 Dam?
By :Ange Asanzi, International Rivers
26 January 2016
The proposed Inga 3 Dam project has been at the epicenter of all energy discussions pertaining to Africa in the past three years. Speculation and rumors abound, and secrecy has surrounded the project’s status. Then, late last year, the government of the DRC announced that the Inga 3 project is
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Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent
By :Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera
10 January 2016
Rights groups say 140 people killed in recent weeks as government moves forward with controversial development plans.   Wolonkomi, Ethiopia—Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.   The protests by members of the country`s largest ethnic group,
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Total Withdraws from Western Sahara
By :WSRW
21 December 2015
The French multinational oil company has announced that it is no longer pursuing oil search offshore Western. "More good news for the Saharawi people. We urge the remaining oil companies to follow suit," Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW) has stated.  "Total has informed the Moroccan authorities that it would not request
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Habitat III National Reporting Tool
By :HIC-HLRN
21 September 2015
Habitat III National Reporting Guidelines (merged with State obligations)   This Excel file attempts to merge the national Habitat III report outline proffered by UN-Habitat with the already-standing commitments of states and UN bodies at Habitat II (1996). For those following UN-Habitat`s advice, the left column leads with the agency’s reduced six
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New Extractionism in Occupied Western Sahara
By :WSRW
31 August 2015
Amid Saharawi protests, San Leon Energy has begun to drill an on-shore well in occupied Western Sahara on 21 August.   The El Aaiun-4 conventional well is located on the so-called Tarfaya licence, near Foum el Oued, just above Western Sahara`s capital city El Aaiun. The drilling rig, a Cabot 750
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Food Firms Back Plan to Stop Land Grabbing
By :Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
17 August 2015
TORONTO--Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory. Drafted by senior figures from Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola and other large firms, along with researchers from Oxfam, Global Witness and the other international organizations,
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German CSO Forum Addresses Habitat III
By :Forum on Environment & Development
31 July 2015
The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment and development. Its purpose is to coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development. It was strongly involved in the preparation and the civil society processes of the Habitat
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HIC Reviews Habitat III Issue Papers
By :HIC-HLRN
31 July 2015
Habitat International Coalition has just issued its compilation of inputs from Members and officers following their review of the Habitat III Issue Papers. The 22 thematic contributions from technical experts selected by the UN-Habitat/Habitat III Secretariat have been drafted as a framework for the debate leading up to the Third
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Myanmar: New Land Confiscation Report
By :Karen Human Rights Group
30 June 2015
Villagers in Karen areas of southeast Myanmar continue to face widespread land confiscation at the hands of a multiplicity of actors. Much of this can be attributed to the rapid expansion of domestic and international commercial interest and investment in southeast Myanmar since the January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the
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World Bank Group’s Compliance & Land
By :HIC-HLRN
30 June 2015
Private sector investment affecting land in developing countries often leads to disputes between companies and local communities over land rights and land use. Since 1999, the private-sector arms of the World Bank Group (WBG)—the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)—have had an accountability mechanism to
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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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Myanmar: Protests over Land Confiscation
By :Lun Min Mang, Myanmartimes.com
22 May 2015
Angry farmers are deserting the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in Bago Region, claiming their local MP broke a promise to help them get their land back. Yesterday, 170 USDP members in Nattalin Township, Bago Region, resigned en masse. Of more than 800 acres of farmland in Nattalin seized in
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Myanmar: Villagers Protest Hydropower Dam
By :Nan Wai Pyo Zar, Karen News
19 May 2015
The villagers from the Palet Wa region in Thandaung Township lost their homes and land to a hydro-power dam in Htantabin Township are protesting and demanding their lands are returned from the companies. More than a 100 villagers and representatives from community-based-organizations demonstrated at Thaukyekat No.2 site to staged a protest
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CFS Develops Protracted-crisis Policy
By :HIC-HLRN
01 May 2015
In October of this year, the Committee on Global Food Security is expected to adopt the new Framework of Action [to ensure] Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises. That global policy promises to usher in a new approach that formally operationalizes humanitarian, development and human rights principles combined to
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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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Documents (131)

Document Title

Publication Date

ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت الكبرى

17 November 2017

Right to the City Charter in Greater Beirut

17 November 2017

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

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

23 August 2017

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

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

30 June 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

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

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

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

19 December 2016

HIC-tionary of Key Habitat Terms

19 December 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Herramienta para la evaluation de impacto de desalojos

28 August 2016

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

28 August 2016

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

HIC comments on Habitat III draft of 27 July 2016

27 July 2016

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

24 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Displaced, Migrants and Refugees

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

The Role of Local Government in Addressing the Impact of Syrian Refugees: Jordan Case Study

03 June 2016

Sanctuary in the City: Beirut

01 June 2016

Déclaration Finale, Atelier de formation des Communautés Locales d’Inga sur La Quantification des conséquences du déplacement

29 April 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence

19 March 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence des luttes pour la terre et l`eau

19 March 2016

Growing Stress on Jordan by Council on Foreign Relations

17 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Making social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III

02 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

Cairo Declaration on Housing, and Sustainable Urban Development

22 December 2015

The Paris Agreement, FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

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

04 December 2015

Rapport National de contribution du Cameroun à Habitat III

30 November 2015

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

18 November 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام ٢٠٣٠، A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformer notre monde : le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

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

15 October 2015

Marco de Acción para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición durante Crisis Prolongadas (marco de acción del CSA)

15 October 2015

إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في الأزمات الممتدة

15 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

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

21 September 2015

Le_Messager_14_08_2015

14 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

Herramienta para los Informes Nacionales Paralelos de Hábitat III

03 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

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

28 May 2015

المجموعة الكاملة لتعليقات آلية المجتمع المدني على إطار عمل لجنة الأمن الغذائي العالمي

24 April 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

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

19 December 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Kenya

14 August 2014

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/HRC/25/54

30 December 2013

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

World Social Forum – Tunisia

04 July 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (English version)

21 May 2012

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

The continuing debate about urban bias: the thesis, its critics, its influence, and its implications for poverty reduction strategies. Progress in Development Studies, 10 (1)

18 July 2010

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

United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

13 September 2007

إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الشعوب الأصلية

13 September 2007

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

13 September 2007

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droitsdes peuples autochtones

13 September 2007

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

26 August 2007

المبادئ الأساسية والمبادئ التوجيهية بشأن عمليات الإخلاء بدافع التنمية والمهجرين، A/ HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

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

05 February 2007

المبادئ الأساسية والمبادئ التوجيهية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والترحيل بدافع التنمية

05 February 2007

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

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

16 May 2006

"Land, Territory and Dignity" Forum Declaration

09 March 2006

Housing and property restitution in the context of the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

رد المساكن والممتلكات في سياق عودة اللاجئين والمشردين داخلياً "المبادئ المتعلقة برد المساكن والممتلكات إلى اللاجئين والمشردين، E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

Principes concernant la restitution des logements et des biens dans le cadre du retour des réfugiés et autres personnes déplacées, E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (Arabic version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (English version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (French version)

20 June 2005

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

14 November 2004

"Prohibition of forced evictions," 2004/28

16 April 2004

Prohibition of forced evictions , 2004/28

16 April 2004

حظر الإخلاء القسري، 2004/28

16 April 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

Rebuilding from the Ruins, Listening to the Voices from Gujarat and Restoring People`s Rights to Housing, Livelihood and Life, A Report on Ethnic Conflict in Gujarat, India

30 January 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

Right to Adequate Housing in Occupied Territories of the World!

06 June 2001

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

05 September 2000

“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

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

22 June 1999

اللجنة الحقوق الاقتصادية و الاجتماعية و الثقافية، التعليق العام رقم 7 "حالة إخلاء المساكن بالإكراه"

20 May 1997

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment No. 7 "forced evictions"

20 May 1997

Observación general Nº 7, El derecho a una vivienda adecuada

20 May 1997

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

14 June 1996

HIC News, Vol. 2, No. 2

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

30 June 1994

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

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

16 June 1992

Agenda 21

14 June 1992

Population Transfer and International Law

12 January 1992

Realization of the right to adequate housing, A/RES/42/146

07 December 1987

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

14 December 1984

S/RES/520 (1982)

17 September 1982

S/RES/465 (1980)

01 March 1980

Letter of the State Department Legal Advisor, Mr. Herbert J. Hansell, Concerning the Legality of Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories

21 April 1978

Flood Control & Marine Pollution of Continental Origin, Institute of International Law, 55th Conference

17 August 1972

الاتفاقية الخاصة بوضع اللاجئين

28 July 1951

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