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West Bank Demolitions & Displacement (May 2018)
By: OCHA
20 June 2018
In May, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 34 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, almost the same as the monthly average of targeted structures in the first four months of 2018 and in 2017. A total of 43 people were displaced, the highest such monthly figure so far this
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Antarctica: 3 tn Tonnes of Ice Lost since 1992
By: Laurel Hamers, Science News
13 June 2018
Antarctica has lost about 3 trillion metric tons of ice since 1992. Ice loss is accelerating and that’s helped raise the global sea level by about 8 millimeters.     Antarctica is losing ice at an increasingly rapid pace. In just the last five years, the frozen continent has shed ice nearly
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Puerto Rico: Parasites in Paradise
By: Democracy Now
06 June 2018
Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria as it commemorates 120 years of US occupation (since 1898). In the ongoing post-disaster phase, the island Is becoming a “playground for the privileged,” where disaster-capitalist investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.   While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure
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UN Expert: USA Poor More Destitute under Trump
By: Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
02 June 2018
America`s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert     GENEVA—Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.   Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur
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Uganda: In Defence of Land Grabbing
By: Andrew M. Mwenda, Independent Uganda
28 May 2018
Our country has a new villain: the land grabber! In the popular imagination, this is a rich and powerful individual grabbing land from poor helpless victims. There are strong incentives for journalists, academics, politicians, activists, pundits, etc. to position themselves as champions of the poor masses against the rich and
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India: Smart Cities and Forced Eviction
By: Ankit Jha and Anand Lakhan, thewire.in
28 May 2018
The demolitions in Bhuri Tekri, without prior warning, took place just a week after the announcement of ‘Swachhta Sarvekshan 2018’, with the city retaining the number one rank in the list. To make cities beautiful, forced eviction of slum dwellers amid promises of resettlement have led to massive displacement of working
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Access to Land Critical to Meet SDGs
By: FAO
28 May 2018
28/05/2018 Bangkok, Thailand Addressing fairly the challenges of land tenure for hundreds of millions of people in Asia and the Pacific is a critical step that policy makers must take if the region is to meet the 2030 deadline for zero hunger and eradication of poverty, the Food and Agriculture Organization of
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Tibet: New Report “Access Denied”
By: International Campaign for Tibet
26 May 2018
ICT has published its latest report, "Access Denied." It’s a troubling yet necessary account of the full extent of China`s efforts to prevent news of human rights abuses in Tibet from getting out.   China’s government doesn’t want anyone to know that international journalists are being detained by police, as two New
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Tanzania: Maasai Losing Lands to Tourism
By: HIC-HLRN
25 May 2018
The indigenous Maasai people of Tanzania face appalling levels of human rights abuses, including intimidation, violent evictions, arrests, beatings, and starvation, by the Tanzanian government and some of the safari businesses that operate in the country, the Oakland Institute said today in a new report.     ·     In the past year, tens
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Another Mozambique Land Grab
By: Timothy A. Wise, Tufts University, Global Development and Environment Institute
23 May 2018
Growing Resistance: The Rise and Fall of Another Mozambique Land Grab     The rice fields of Xai-Xai, three hours up the coast from Maputo, are vast, coming into view as we descended onto the alluvial plain from the villages that dot the hills above. They stretch across the plains toward the Indian Ocean
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S.Korea: UNSR on Housing Calls `Shift`
By: OHCHR
23 May 2018
SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) –  United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noted that South Korea now has the
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Philippine: Tension Grips Eviction of 200 Families
By: Rey Galupo, The Philippine Star
23 May 2018
MANILA, Philippines — An operation to demolish the houses of around 200 informal settlers in Intramuros, Manila nearly turned violent as the residents opposed the demolition yesterday morning. Armed with an eviction order issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 7, a demolition team along with members of the Manila
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HIC-HLRN at UN Human Rights Council on Gaza
By: HIC-HLRN
18 May 2018
Statement by Habitat International Coalition Joseph Schechla, coordinator of Housing and Land Rights Network 28th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (90-second limit)   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   Israel’s latest atrocity against the Palestinian people epitomizes an unbroken chain of human rights abuses, and likewise flouts other legal regimes devised to uphold the
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95 CSOs Urge Human Rights Council Gaza Inquiry
By: CIHRS and 95 CSOs
17 May 2018
Enough is Enough: 95 civil society organizations call on the Human Rights Council to urgently launch a ‘Commission of Inquiry’ to investigate violence against protesters in Palestine     In light of the recent mass killing of civilians in occupied Palestine, the undersigned 95 organizations call on the UN Human Rights Council to
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US Opens Embassy, Israel Massacres 60 Palestinians
By: Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza)
14 May 2018
US Opens New Embassy, Israel Kills 57 Returners   14-05-2018 14:40   Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza)   Nakba Day Protests in Gaza: 57 Palestinians Killed and 2,000 injured, 70 in Critical Condition   14 May 2018   By 8pm local time (+2 GMT) on 14 May 2018, the Israeli forces had killed 57 protesters in the Gaza
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Land Ownership isn’t enough to Empower Women
By: Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, the Conversation.com
14 May 2018
In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is
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USA: 30K Older, Infirm Louisianans Face Eviction
By: Tina Burnside and Darran Simon, CNN
10 May 2018
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could face eviction from nursing and group homes     More than 30,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many in nursing or group homes, could lose their benefits due to proposed state cuts -- a situation that could force thousands to move. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary
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Ethiopia: New Deal with Iconic Land Grabber Karuturi
By: Anywaa Survival Organisation
07 May 2018
Reading, United Kingdom - The Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO) is outraged by recent news reports that the Ethiopian government is providing a new lease of lands to disgraced land grabber Karuturi Global Ltd.  Karuturi`s disastrous 300,000 hectares (ha) farm project in Ethiopia`s western Gambela region is the most vivid example of the Ethiopian government`s
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HICtionary Newly Updated
By: HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By: Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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