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Al Haq Announces 3rd Summer School
02 May 2017
Al Haq, a HIC Member organization in Palestine, has announced its third International Law Summer School for international post-graduate law students and legal researchers in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine on 08 August - 22 August 2017.   The fourteen-day summer school offers a curriculum covering the following topics:   • Al Haq’s mandate and

UNESCO Denounces Jerusalem Occupation
By: Al Jazeera
02 May 2017
On Israel’s Independence Day, the executive board of the UN education, science and cultural agency slams Israel for “persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem” and calls on the occupying power to end projects aimed at altering “character and status of the Holy City.”         UNESCO`s executive board has passed

UK: Social Sector Evictions on the Rise
By: Nora Uhrig, Shelter Scotland, Scottishhousingnews.com
25 April 2017
We have got used to hearing over recent years about the problems facing families and households struggling to afford the essentials, the growth of foodbanks and having to choose between heating and eating. About how the impact of stagnating incomes, cuts and restrictions in benefits are pushing households in Scotland

USA: Law-income Still Facing Evictions
By: Dan Adams, Prweb.com
24 April 2017
With the heat of the housing market continuing to climb across the United States, evictions continue to be a challenge for low-to-middle income individuals and families. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com opines: “Evictions are and will be an increasing challenge to the rental market across the country and

Turkish Govt. Seizes All Diyarbakır Churches
By: Nick Gutteridge, Daily Express (London)
22 April 2017
The Turkish government has seized six Christian churches in the eastern city of Diyarbakır.       President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakır in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.    The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a

Panel Probes Confusion over NUA Implementation
By: Gregory Scruggs, CItiscope
13 April 2017
Panel’s formation marks turning point in confusion over New Urban Agenda (NUA) implementation and monitoring     Almost six months after the United Nations adopted a new 20-year urbanization strategy, UN Secretary General António Guterres this week made his first official pronouncement on cities.   As part of the ongoing effort to reshape how urban issues

Nigeria: Thousands Displaced in Lagos State
By: Aljazeera, African Media center
10 April 2017
Thousands of people in Nigeria`s Lagos state were left homeless on Sunday after police stormed an informal fishing settlement and set fire to their homes, according to rights groups and residents. Community members of the Otodo Gbame riverine community said armed police fired bullets and tear gas indiscriminately, forcing them onto

Tokyo Homeless Evicted for 2020 Olympics
By: Adam Forrest, The Big Issue
04 April 2017
Authorities make arrests in a Tokyo park as construction begins for the 2020 Olympic Games   At least three people were forcibly removed from a park in Tokyo where homeless people have been protesting against building work going on in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.   There are plans to build four new skyscrapers

Keystone Pipeline Shuts down after Oil Leaks
By: Mike De Souza, National Observer
04 April 2017
Alberta-based TransCanada Corp has shut down its Keystone pipeline after crews spotted oil near a pump station in South Dakota, the company said in a statement on Monday.   The company, Canada`s second largest pipeline operator, said the "potential incident" was first reported on Saturday afternoon.   "TransCanada immediately began the process to shut

Ethiopia: World Bank Ignores Land Grabbing
By: Linda Flood, arbetet.se
03 April 2017
Stockholm — Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas, Swedish film director Joakim Demmer exposes the consequences of land grabbing, and holds the World Bank complicit. The chase for

Colombia: Forced Displacement of Families
By: CoDevelopment Canada
31 March 2017
Forced Displacements Leave Hundreds without Homes, Threaten Hundreds More. For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el

Solidarity Appeal against Tokyo Homeless Eviction
By: Various solidarity groups
30 March 2017
Urgent statement of protest against the total enclosure of Miyashita Park in Shibuya Ward     TOKYO—On 27 March 2017, Miyashita Park, in Shibuya Ward, was completely enclosed by a series of 3-meter-high steel panels. Since the end of last year, this park has served as a place to sleep for approximately 20

Myanmar: Restitution Properties, Peace
By: Norwegian Refugee Council, Displacement Solutions
29 March 2017
The question of housing, land and property (HLP) restitution has received increased attention over the past several years throughout Myanmar as the country continues to consolidate recent democratic gains and political reforms. This paper has been prepared in the spirit of paragraph 80 of the 2016 National Land Use Policy

Dangerous Liaisons: French Banks & Israeli Colonies
By: Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq
27 March 2017
Report reveals links between five French banks and insurance companies and the Israeli settlements     PARIS—Several organisations (Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq) are publishing a report today on French banks’ dangerous liaisons with the Israeli settlement enterprise. The report highlights

UN Probes Crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
By: Al Jazeera
24 March 2017
UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar. The investigators must provide a full report by next year.     The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya

New Landless Constituency
By: Hic-HLRN
23 March 2017
The number of people considered landless number in the hundreds of millions across all                regions. In India, for example, as many as 307 million rural people are considered landless. In Bangladesh, almost 4.5 million are landless. Landless People`s Movement of South Africa is composed of rural people and people

UN Official Quits over Israeli "Apartheid" Report
18 March 2017
A new report of the UN Economic and Social Council for Western Asia (ESCWA) has analyzed the institutionalized material discrimination that Israel practices against the Palestinian people as a form of apartheid. While this analysis is not new and has been upheld by numerous legal scholars, as well as UN

Trumps Public Housing “Death Budget”
By: Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner
16 March 2017
The Trump Administration draft budget calls for a $6 billion in resources to Housing and Urban Development. Such cuts are seen as part of long-term plan to de-fund public housing-benefits programs.     BOSTON—When President Donald Trump appointed neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson to head the federal Department of Housing and

Mobilization Call: 60 Years after Treaty of Rome
By: La Via Campesina
14 March 2017
For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in a Europe of the People and of Solidarity. We call on ECVC’s member organizations, allied groups, grassroots networks, and the whole peasant and food sovereignty movement in Europe to mobilize this 25 March – on the

Toward a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
By: La via Campesina
09 March 2017
The need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas is all the more urgent and evident in the 21st century. Despite years of campaigning for a better recognition and protection of the rights of peasants, displacements and criminalization continue affecting hundreds

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