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UAE: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London Property Empire
By: Harry Davies, The Guardian
21 October 2020
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is president of the United Arab Emirates – and one of London`s richest landlords, owning a multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most-expensive neighbourhoods.     The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond-upon-Thames appears to have little in common with
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3,000 Acres Grabbed by Israel
By: Middle East Monitor
16 October 2020
The Israeli occupation authorities are planning to confiscate almost 3,000 acres of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank in order to expand illegal Jewish settlements, Wafa news agency has reported. The Jordan Valley makes up about one third of the total area of the
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The World`s Rural Women and Food Days
By: HIC-HLRN
15 October 2020
Today, 15 October, is the World Day of Rural Women, which is immediate followed by World Food Day, 16 October.  On this occasion of dual commemoration, HLRN renews its commitment to study, monitor and document the human rights conditions of rural women and advocate for their equal rights to land
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Harvard Fund Involved in Land-grabbing Case
By: Caio de Freitas Paes / Translated by Roberto Cataldo
15 October 2020
In September, the court in Brazil’s Bahia state ruled that a company in which Harvard University’s endowment fund was invested had illegally acquired the land for a large farm in the Cerrado grasslands. The Gleba Campo Largo farm, spanning 140,000 hectares (346,000 acres), has for years been the focus of violent
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Palestinian Women in Gaza under Siege
By: Al Mezan Center For Human Rights
15 October 2020
On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, Al Mezan highlights the Center’s work with Palestinian rural women in the Gaza Strip and launches the materials from this collaboration, including a photo gallery and a fact sheet. During this collaboration, the rural women told Al Mezan about the
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South Africa: Official Extort Black Farmers
By: Dan Meyer,thesouthafrican.com
12 October 2020
The DA say that they have evidence that agriculture officials in Mpumalanga have solicited bribes from emerging black farmers.   Emerging black farmers in Mpumalanga are being harassed and threatened by officials within the province’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), allegedly due to the fact that they refuse
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Namibia: Court Evicts Endombo Residents
By: Obrien Simasiku, NewEralive.na
09 October 2020
OMUTHIYA - About 20 tenants of Endombo compound in Tsumeb suffered another blow after a failed attempt to have the High Court declare an order of eviction instituted by the landlord null and void. The tenants have been refusing to vacate the property despite having been served with numerous eviction notices
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Cameroon: Threatened to Extinction
By: Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Good Governance Africa
09 October 2020
Urbanisation and acculturation in Cameroon are eroding traditional conservation practices that helped maintain the equilibrium of the ecosystem. Armand Boui has a problem. The 57-year-old native of Mongonam in the Kadey Division of Cameroon – part of the species-rich Congo Basin – is jobless. He wasn’t always unemployed, and he is
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Hungary: Five Romani Families Forcibly Evicted
By: Bernard Rorke, ERRC
07 October 2020
Five Romani families were forced to leave their apartments on Tuesday morning (October 6), marking a definitive end to the moratorium on evictions during the pandemic. The eviction of five Romani families in the northeastern town of Nyíregyháza, which has left a total of 17 people homeless, was challenged by
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COVID Could Add 150mil Extreme Poor by 2021
By: World Bank
07 October 2020
COVID-19 to Add as Many as 150 Million Extreme Poor by 2021 Decades of progress have gone into reverse; ‘the worst setback that we’ve witnessed in a generation’. Eight out of 10 ‘new poor’ will be in middle-income countries   WASHINGTON— Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first
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USA: CSOs Urge Senate Reject SCotUS Pick
By: Over 150 organizations
06 October 2020
Following the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, over 150 justice organizations and movements, including advocates for the homeless and defenders of the human right to adequate housing, issued a letter urging the Senate to oppose her confirmation. While the nomination raises a broad
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New from HIC-HLRN: “A Pandemic of Violations”
By: HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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Land Rights of a Buddhist Monk
By: Mark S. Cogan, Geopoliticalmonitor.com
05 October 2020
During a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 2, Luon Sovath, a Buddhist monk and human rights activist was repeatedly interrupted by Cambodia’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, An Sokkhoeurn, who questioned the legitimacy of both Sovath’s status as a monk and his claims about land rights in Cambodia. During a meeting of the
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New from HIC-HLRN: "A Pandemic of Violations"
By: HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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China Threatens Christian Converts
By: Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor
03 October 2020
Communist authorities in southwestern China’s Yunnan province sent a notice to a village warning that any resident who converts to Christianity will face financial penalties or even the confiscation of their land. The notice sent to Huang Fei village in that province’s Yingjiang County, which is close to the China-Myanmar border,
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New: Customary Practices Dispossessing Women
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Customary Practices That Dispossess and Displace Women from Their Habitats     HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of a study of the impacts of customary practices on women’s housing, land and property rights in Kenya.   This study is a product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute (MI), Pamoja Trust (PT) and
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New: "Development" Dispossessing Women
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Incidents of Infrastructure Development That Dispossess and Displace People: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat   HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of an unprecedented assessment of impacts from infrastructure development on women in Kenya.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and HIC-HLRN on
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Kenya: Impoverishing Women with "Development"
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
HIC-HLRN has just published the results of a study on the impacts of infrastructure development that dispossesses and displace women in Kenya. The report is a baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat values at stake.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and
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Uzbeks Stlll Displaced 4 Months after Dam Collapse
By: Al Jazeera
23 September 2020
Syrdario Region, Uzbekistan – Some dams last a thousand years. But Sardoba collapsed on May 1 after just three years, its mighty waters washing away villages of more than 35,000 hectares (86,486 acres) of land in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Maria and her family escaped in the last moment before the waves
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500K Rural Tibetans Sent to Labor Camps in 2020
By: Helen Davidson, The Guardian and agencies
23 September 2020
In 2019 and 2020, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) introduced new policies to promote the systematic, centralized, and large-scale training and transfer of “rural surplus laborers” to other parts of the TAR, as well as to other provinces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the first 7 months
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