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Most South Africa Municipalities Don’t Deliver
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02 July 2019
Most South African municipalities not delivering for citizens     If the South African public were ever in doubt at the reasons for service delivery protests in townships and municipalities, a closer look should be taken at the municipal audit report released by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu who expressed concern at the financial mismanagement
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HIConcern over Treaty System Neglect
By: HIC-HLRN
21 June 2019
The Human Rights Treaty System has long been an island of depoliticized truth seeking within the UN Organization. However, over the years, participants in the UN’s Human Rights Treaty Bodies have grown accustomed to the scarcity of resources and capacity needed to maintain the robust monitoring of the treaty performance
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German Firm’s Crimes against Palestinians
By: Adri Nieuwhof Rights and Accountability
10 June 2019
German firm escalates its war crimes against Palestinians     German construction giant HeidelbergCement is expanding its plunder of Palestinian resources, a war crime punishable under German and international law.   HeidelbergCement operates a stone quarry in the occupied West Bank without permission of the Palestinians.   After exhausting the Nahal Raba quarry, the Israeli army has
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USA: 36,000 Homeless in Los Angeles
By: Sam Levin, The Guardian
04 June 2019
Los Angeles homeless population hits 36,000 in dramatic rise More than 59,000 people are homeless across county as housing crisis plagues California     Los Angeles has experienced a 16% increase in the homeless population over the last year, the latest sign of severe income inequality and a worsening housing crisis plaguing California.   There
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More US Jews Support Quitting WB Colonies
By: Judy Maltz, Haaretz
02 June 2019
Growing Number of U.S. Jews Support Evacuation of All West Bank Settlements, Survey Finds. AJC poll exposes deepening divide between American and Israeli Jews on issues like Trump`s policies and the importance of “caring about Israel.”     Fewer American Jews consider “caring about Israel” an important part of being Jewish, a
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Mexico: Minister Blames Climate Crisis on Neolibs
By: Jon Queally, Common Dreams
30 May 2019
Let`s be clear, says Mexico environment minister, “parasitic and predatory neoliberalism” to blame for climate crisis. "Human beings are not responsible for global warming," said Secretary Víctor Manuel Toledo Manzur, but elite capitalists and industry powerbrokers are.     In a scathing rebuke to the elite capitalists and politicians who largely control
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A New UN Habitat Stakeholder Compact
By: HIC-HLRN
30 May 2019
A group of stakeholder organizations in cooperation with UN Habitat have issued a vision statement for what they are calling a “new stakeholder compact” for implementing the New Urban Agenda (2016) in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals. On 30 May 2019, the stakeholders issued their declaration in a
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HRBA at UN Habitat Assembly
By: HIC-HLRN
29 May 2019
“Human Rights-based Approaches to Meeting Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda Targets for Women, Youth and Children” UN Habitat Assembly, 29 May 2019, 13:15–14:45, United Nations at Nairobi, Classroom 6   Featuring presentations by panelists from University of East London, UN Habitat, Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network, Huairou Commission,
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"People-centered Partnership" @ 1st UNHA
By: HIC-HLRN
28 May 2019
isions of People-centered Partnership”: HIC-HLRN at the first UN Habitat Assembly, Nairobi, May 2019     NAIROBI—On 27 May 2019, Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network organized a side event at the first UN Habitat Assembly (Nairobi) in collaboration with UN Habitat’s stakeholder Youth Caucus. The inter-active event sought to
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Zimbabwe Farmers Hawking to Survive
By: Jeffrey Moyo, IPS
28 May 2019
Zimbabwe’s Resettled Farmers Hawking Cigarettes to Survive     MARONDERA, Zimbabwe—Subsistence farmer Rogers Hove proudly brandishes a worn-out letter for his five-hectare piece of land he obtained from government following the chaotic land seizures from white commercial farmers over two decades ago. What matters most to him, he says, “is to see my
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World Bank’s Attack on Small Farmers
By: AfricaFocus Bulletin
27 May 2019
Editor`s Note:   “Enabling the Business of Agriculture,” promoted by the World Bank, and now enhanced with a new sub-indicator on land policy, is presented as a way to advance agricultural development, particularly in Africa. In reality, notes a new report from the Oakland Institute, it gives an additional push to a
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USA: HUD Discriminates against Transgender Homeless
By: Katy O`Donnell, Politico
22 May 2019
HUD moves to allow discrimination against homeless transgender people.  The proposal, included in the department’s spring rule list out Wednesday, contradicts a pledge that HUD Secretary Ben Carson made to lawmakers just yesterday.     The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to roll back protections for homeless transgender people by
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EU Partners with Israeli War-crime Financier
By: Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
21 May 2019
The European Union is expanding its partnership with Bank Leumi, a major financier of Israeli settler colonies on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.     The EU claims to oppose Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied territories, a war crime.   However, on Monday, Emanuele Giaufret, the EU ambassador in Tel Aviv,
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Kenya: Ex-president Fined €9 million for Land Grab
By: Brian Wasuna and Richard Munguti, Daily Nation
18 May 2019
Ex-president Moi ordered to pay widow Sh1bn [€8,853,030] for grabbed land     On 21 September 1983, former President Daniel arap Moi forcibly took over a 53-acre piece of land owned by ex-chief Noah Kipngeny Chelugui through a scheme that involved ordering lands officials to make the necessary transfers to register the property,
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HIC Urges Clarity on UN Habitat Civic Engagement
By: HIC-HLRN
17 May 2019
Habitat International Coalition has issued an open letter to UN Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohammed Sharif, calling for clarity in the intended—and indispensable—cooperation of civil society and other stakeholders with the reforming agency.   Since the UN Members States’ adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” as UN Habitat’s normative framework in 2016
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Ecuador: Waorani Block Big Oil Destruction
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16 May 2019
Amazon tribe wins lawsuit against big oil, saving millions of acres of rainforest     The Amazon Rainforest is well known across the world for being the largest and most dense area of woodland in the world. Spanning across nine countries, the Amazon is home to millions of different animal and plant species,
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Nigeria: 11 killed, Several Homes Destroyed
By: Francis Okoye, Leadership.ng
08 May 2019
No fewer than 11 persons including 4 soldiers have been killed while several houses and shops razed down when terrorists attacked a military base at Molai Community, an outskirts of Maiduguri . The incident which started at about 6:30pm on Tuesday and lasted for hours forced many residents at the
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South Africa Confronts Apartheid Land Legacy
By: Christopher Clark, The Atlantic
03 May 2019
ZOLANI, South Africa—On the outskirts of this overcrowded township in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, Phumlani Zota, a 32-year-old pig farmer, sifted through piles of waste in a refuse dump beneath the Langeberg mountains, filling a burlap sack with scraps of food for his livestock. “There is not enough land here,”
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USA: Inviting More Oil-spill Disaster
By: Associated Press
03 May 2019
Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules imposed after Deepwater Horizon explosion The new safety changes were sought by the industry but fiercely challenged by environmentalists. PORT FOURCHON LA—The Trump administration moved Thursday to give oil and gas companies more flexibility in meeting safety requirements imposed after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion,
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Al-Haq International Law Summer School 2019!
By: Al-Haq
30 April 2019
24 June–8 July 2019   Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Fifth International Law Summer School for post-graduate law students, legal researchers and professionals in the fields of international law and human rights. The training will take place over two weeks in Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territory
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