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Innovations in Land Administration
By :Zoe Tabary, Thomas Reuter Foundation
18 September 2020
From Indonesia to Puerto Rico, communities are using open source tools to help contain the coronavirus by mapping handwashing stations and those at risk.   The pandemic has underlined the importance of maps, that remain inaccurate and incomplete in many parts of the world, leaving more than one billion people “invisible,” activists
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Greece: Moria Camp Blaze, 13K Homeless
By :Jean Mackenzie, BBC News
10 September 2020
Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter The BBC`s Jean Mackenzie spent time speaking to people at the camp just six months ago and reflects on her experiences there   Fires have destroyed Greece`s largest migrant camp, an overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos, leaving nearly 13,000 people without
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Guatemala: Denouncing Land Defender Murders
By :HIC-HLRN
09 September 2020
So far in 2020, four farmer leaders have been murdered, and another one is missing. The organization also denounced the extrajudicial eviction of indigenous communities.     Guatemala`s government withdrew several institutions that enforced and veiled over land rights, such as the Secretariat for Agrarian Affairs (SAA), the Presidential Commission for the Coordination
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Court to Cape Town: “redress apartheid legacy”
By :Murray Williams, news24
31 August 2020
High Court sets aside R135m Sea Point school sale, frees land to address apartheid legacy   ·       The Tafelberg school property case has been running for five years. ·       Finally, the High Court has ruled, upholding the legal challenge by two not-for-profit organisations. ·       The sale of the land has now been reversed – much to
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Palestine: Join Al-Haq Law School Program (10/2020)
By :Al Haq
24 August 2020
Al-Haq International Law School Program, 12–22 October 2020   The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Sixth International Law Summer School Program for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty around international
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Palestine: Join Al-Haq Law School Program (10/2020)
By :Al Haq
24 August 2020
Al-Haq International Law School Program, 12–22 October 2020   The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Sixth International Law Summer School Program for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty around international
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Land Times issue 20
By :HIC-HLRN
08 August 2020
HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) welcomes you to its 20th issue of Land Times. This milestone edition emphasizes the role of civil society in identifying and remedying housing and land rights problems in the context of a global pandemic. Amid this protracted crisis, events and developments in the Middle
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Brazil: Resisting Pandemic Repossessions
By :Alexander Putti, CartaCapital
06 August 2020
On Monday, 10 August, representatives of urban and rural popular movements and parliamentary fronts for urban reform and human rights met virtually with the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, to ask for the vote on the bills 1975/2020 and 827/2020 that suspend the removal and reintegration actions
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Kashmir: Prolonged Settler Colonialism
By :Samreen Mushtaq and Mudasir Amin/The Polis Project
27 July 2020
India’s settler colonialism in Kashmir is not starting now, eliminating the natives is a process long underway   From controlling space to regulating movement, from land holdings to resource extraction, from neoliberal policies converging with colonial aims to memory erasures and intensive surveillance, the Indian state has been at it for long.
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Palestine/Israel: JNF Trees Dispossess Bedouin
By :Zafrir Rinat and Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz
14 July 2020
Israel pushing large tree planting in Naqab to disclaim lands to Bedouin     Israel is pushing through a plan to plant trees across a significant swath of the Negev in a bid to deny Bedouin residents from accessing the lands.   The plan is described as “agricultural planting” but local activists and human
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USA: Evictions Soon to Hit Black Renters Hardest
By :Renae Merle, The Washington Post
06 July 2020
Evictions are likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hard hit   Eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits are expiring, which will have a bigger effect on minority neighborhoods, experts say.     A backlog of eviction cases is beginning to move through the court system as millions of Americans
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USA: Coronavirus Evictions
By :John Oliver, HBO
02 July 2020
With evictions on the rise due to COVID-19, comedic actor and TV host John Oliver uses irony to discuss the long struggle to obtain and sustain adequate housing in the United States, why it’s gotten worse in recent months and how to prevent an impending crisis.     View the broadcast on YouTube:
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South Africa: Relocation Again in Alexandra TS
By :Dennis Webster, New Frame
29 June 2020
Relocation rears its head: Bringing de-densification home in Alexandra     The American poet GC Waldrep recently described gravity as “a debt … incurred by God”. In the Stjwetla shack settlement in Alexandra, Johannesburg, gravity is God-sent. Built around a series of small rivulets that flow down the western bank of the Jukskei River in the
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USA: A Coming ‘Avalanche of Evictions’
By :Sarah Mervosh, The New York Times
27 May 2020
An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Bearing Down on America’s Renters [i.e., in USA]   The economic downturn is shaping up to be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to be lower-income and work hourly jobs cut during the pandemic.     EUCLID, Ohio — The United States, already wrestling with an economic
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Kenya: Ruai Evictions, Why Now?
By :Ruai News
21 May 2020
Ruai Evictions : Is This Why Government Had To Do It Before September?       Renowned political commentator Allan Kibet has come out to claim that President Uhuru Kenyatta forcefully evicted the residents of Ruai and Kariobangi from the ` public` land so as to commence the construction of Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement
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USA: The Coming Eviction Crisis
By :Megh Wright, New York magazine
18 May 2020
Patriot Act Returns to Terrify You About an Eviction Crisis     Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix series, Patriot Act, returned last night with its first new episode since the pandemic began, and Minhaj wasted no time addressing the show’s new remote format: “Don’t think of this as a Netflix show compromising. Think of this as a YouTube video overachieving.”
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USA: Which States Protect from Eviction?
By :Dan Keating and Lauren Tierney, The Washington Post
29 April 2020
Which states are doing a better job protecting renters from being evicted during the coronavirus pandemic     For millions of renters who have lost income, rent day on May 1 is a looming disaster. A majority of the country’s 43.8 million renting households have lost at least some of their income in the coronavirus shutdown,
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Evicted Indigenous People in Manaus
By :Ignacio Amigo, Mongabay
29 April 2020
Evicted indigenous people in Manaus struggle to stay safe amid COVID-19 crisis     A group of about 400 indigenous people were displaced from an informal settlement on the outskirts of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon in February, reportedly in connection with drug trafficking issues in the area, despite previous promises to regularize
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Kashmir: Broken Supply Chains
By :Nazir Masoodi, NDTV
27 April 2020
Amid Lockdown, 3 Million Cartons Of Apples Lying In Kashmir Cold Storage Kashmir produces 22 lakh (2,200,000) metric ton of apple every year which is over 70 per cent of the country`s total production.     SRINAGAR—The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has badly hit apple farmers in Jammu and Kashmir. As the farmers are not
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One Species Responsible for COVID-19 - Us
By :Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio[1] and Peter Daszak[2]
27 April 2020
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)   COVID-19 stimulus measures must save lives, protect livelihoods, and safeguard nature to reduce the risk of future pandemics     There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are
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South Africa: Hsg Crisis, Eviction amid Lockdown
By :Kim Harrisberg, Thomon Reuters Foundation
24 April 2020
Evictions, power cuts heighten South Africa housing crisis amid lockdown   JOHANNESBURG—From demolished shacks to water and electricity shutoffs, South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown is worsening the country’s housing crisis, despite government orders to suspend evictions, residents and activists warned.   With many unable to work or pay rent since stay-at-home orders went into effect
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Guatemala: Evicting Maya Q’eqchi` amid COVID-19
By :Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
Violent attempt to evict Maya Q’eqchi villagers despite COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala   On 13 April 2020, private security forces suspected of working for Industria Chiquibul, S.A., an agribusiness engaged in the harvesting and extraction of palm oil, attempted to evict 200 indigenous peasant families from their homes in Tierra Blanca, municipality
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Palestine/Israel: CSOs Urge Prisoners’ Release
By :Civil society organizations
18 April 2020
On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Civil Society Calls for Urgent Release of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons     As we mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year, Palestinian prisoners and detainees face the additional threat of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Israeli prisons and detention centers. While governments around the world are
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Call to Protect Dalit Rights during Pandemic
By :International Alliance for Social Justice
16 April 2020
Global Call for Protecting Dalit Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic   We, the global alliance of Dalit organizations, strongly urge the Member-States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), United Nations, civil society, and donor agencies to provide immediate relief to poor Dalits and protect their basic human rights during
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COVID-19: Solidarity with Food Producers
By :HIC-HLRN, IPC
07 April 2020
The COVID19 crisis is rapidly expanding and deepening, highlighting and exacerbating existing inequalities including wealth, health, race and gender. In many countries it will develop into a deep social and economic crisis where the most vulnerable will again suffer the most – with no access to healthcare, losing their jobs
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Kashmir: Indian Residency Law Triggers Fury
By :Deutsche Welle
04 April 2020
New Delhi has announced a controversial new domicile law for the highly disputed Himalayan region. Experts and rights activists warn the move could renew tensions in the already restive Muslim-majority territory.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Hindu nationalist government has introduced a new set of laws for India-administered Kashmir, including a controversial
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South Africa: Evictions Despite Moratorium
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
29 March 2020
Evictions continue in Durban despite the national moratorium     The national government made a clear promise that there would be no evictions during the national shutdown implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, today, at around 12:30, Calvin Security returned to the Ekuphumeleleni settlement in Mariannhill, which falls under
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India: Migrants Marched Further to Margins
By :Aajeevika Bureau
29 March 2020
How the Lockdown Drove a Workforce on the Margins to Further Alienation   An incisive report highlights how a substantial workforce of 139 million internal migrant workers, invisible to the system, has been the hardest hit post-lockdown. Further, it lists the urgent measures needed to ensure a safe and dignified existence for
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UN Invites Corporate Capture of Food Systems
By :HIC-HLRN
23 March 2020
The UN has increasingly involved corporations in UN decision making, a trend made obvious in the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. This time, the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has formed an alliance with the corporate world—outside of the framework of UN Charter-based specialized agencies—to set the global agenda for further corporate capture of
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South Africa: Call for Solidarity amid Crisis
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
22 March 2020
Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis       Abahlali baseMjondolo has held small meetings with elected leaders in all the provinces where we have members to discuss the coronavirus crisis. The best available scientific information has been shared with our members. We have decided to suspend our entire programme
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COVID-19: We Need a Human Rights Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
17 March 2020
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised and responsible governments have enforced that we stay at home stay, frequently wash our hands often with soap and warm water, maintain social distancing and keep our immune system strong, these live-saving measures are impossible for vulnerable people
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HIC-HLRN: New Ways to Work with UN Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
ABU DHABI—At a networking event in the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF) to consider a new UN Habitat “Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development,” HIC-HLRN presented its contribution to the current discussion about the eventual methods and functions of UN Habitat’s partnership with civil society, local governments and authorities, and
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Brazil: President Opens Indigenous Land to Mining
By :Amazon Watch
06 February 2020
Illegal Bill to Permit Mining on Indigenous Territories Proposed by Bolsonaro to Brazil`s Congress   Yesterday, marking his 400th day in office, Brazil`s extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro proposed new legislation that would permit industrial mining, oil and gas projects, and hydroelectric dams on protected indigenous lands. The bill – which brazenly violates Brazil`s constitution
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Wealth Inequality, not Over-population Causes Climate Crisis
By :The Conversation
28 January 2020
Stop blaming population growth for climate change. The real culprit is wealth inequality. Consumption by the world’s richest 10% makes up half of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions. Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis   The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and
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20 Firms Emit a Third of All Carbon
By :Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
09 October 2019
New data show how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers     The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern
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We`re Celebrating 70th Human Rights Day
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Declaration on Human Rights Day and the Right to the City   We, social movements, civil society and local governments’ organizations are committed to social justice through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of all human rights related to habitat, including the Human Right to Adequate Housing, Land and the Right to the
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USA: Rep. Bill to Make Disabled Homeless
By :Updated by Dylan Matthews, Vox
22 June 2017
These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt   The actual policies contained in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican plan introduced on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, would help some Americans a lot. The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more,
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Brazil: Water Privatisation Imposed for Games
By :Corporate Europe Observatory
14 July 2016
Brazil’s new government imposes Rio water privatisation to pay for Olympic Games   A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country`s largest corporations, Brazil`s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help
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Hacia un Mecanismo Institucional para la participación de las Partes Interesadas en la Nueva Gobernanza de ONU Hábitat

12 February 2020

Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development

09 February 2020

نحو آلية مؤسسية لتشارك أصحاب المصلحة في حوكمة موئل الأمم المتحدة الجديدة

09 February 2020

Toward an Institutional Mechanism for Stakeholder Engagement in the New UN Habitat Governance

09 February 2020

Vers un Mécanisme Institutionnel d’Engagement des parties prenantes dans la Nouvelle Gouvernance d’ONU Habitat

09 February 2020

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

23 April 2018

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

HRHO Calendar, 2017-20

26 May 2017

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

24 January 2017

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

13 December 1991

Health principles of housing

30 June 1989

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