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UN Reports on Rakhine Living Conditions
By: HIC-HLRN
23 August 2017
After one year of consultations held across Rakhine State (Myanmar) and in other parts of the country and the region, the UN’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State submitted its final report to national authorities on 23 August.   The Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan, has put forward recommendations to surmount the
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HLRN Input to UN Treaty Body Review
By: HIC-HLRN
22 August 2017
AMMAN—The Regional Consultation for the Middle East and North Africa Region on the 2020 review of the United Nations Treaty Body System has concluded in Amman, Jordan, after convening for two days, on 21–22 August. The event was organized under a project bringing together Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression,
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Trump War to Extract Afghanistan Minerals
By: Michael Hughes, The Global Post
09 August 2017
Trump Strategy to Exploit Afghan Deposits Rests on Faulty Foundation     President Donald J. Trump has reportedly been at odds with his military chiefs over the way forward in Afghanistan because he is reluctant to waste more money on a war that the United States risks “not winning.”   Mr. Trump has, in fact,
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Nicaragua: Future Canal Threatens Mass Eviction
By: Amnesty International
03 August 2017
Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction     The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal
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Global Peasant Movement Convene at Bilbao
By: Huffington Post
28 July 2017
Global Peasant Movement Assesses and Responds to a Heated Political Moment     Four years ago, La Vía Campesina brought its peasant activists from around the world to Jakarta for its VI International Conference. The gathering was held in a padepokan, a Javanese center reserved for the teaching and exchanging of knowledge and
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No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
By: Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition
28 July 2017
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
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UNHRC Resolution Links Human Rights to NUA
By: Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
27 July 2017
UN resolution seen as key win for New Urban Agenda’s contentious rights language     A new resolution from the United Nations’ top human rights body is being lauded by supporters in part because it solidifies contentious new language included in last year’s New Urban Agenda strategy on sustainable urbanization.   The UN Human Rights
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City of Johannesburg Defies Court, Evicts 257
By: Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
19 July 2017
City of Johannesburg leaves 257 men, women and children out in the cold, despite court orders   The High Court has ordered the City of Johannesburg to accommodate 257 men, women and children who were yesterday evicted from Fattis Mansions at 66 Harrison Street, Johannesburg.   The residents of the property initially
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Trump’s Beautiful (Real Estate Money) Launderette
By: Michael Zeldin, CNN and various others
19 July 2017
Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database     It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department`s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   FinCEN`s mission is to
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USA: EPA Dumps, Drops Duties
By: The Indigenous Americans
15 July 2017
EPA Refuses to pay claims after mine spill dumps 3,000,000 gallons of toxic waste into water on Native American land   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to pay more than $1.2  billion in claims filed against it in response to the Gold King Mine spill, reported the Farmington Daily Times.   The EPA says the
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By: HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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Brazil: Indigenous Amazon Protectors v. Loggers
By: Chris Arsenault, Karla Mendes, Thomson Reuters Foundation
09 July 2017
Inside Brazil`s Indigenous Reserve 124, Chief Geraldo Apurina walks along a muddy footpath, past towering trees as yet untouched by Amazon loggers. Much of the land around the reserve has been cleared of trees. Grazing land for cattle now stretches as far as the eye can see from the highway,
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UNESCO: Hebron Palestine World Heritage
By: UNESCO/Peter Beaumont, The Guardian
07 July 2017
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow, has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) on 7 July 2017. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron/al-Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.   Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine)   The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town
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CSOs Denounce Brazil Urban Policy Regression
By: GPR2C
27 June 2017
Since the 1980s, Brazil has been developing its legal frameworks and structuring policies progressively to reflect the international agreements that protect human rights and address the inequalities of cities, which exclude millions of people from accessing adequate standards of living. All the steps forward, closely related to the organization and
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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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Congo: More than 3,000 Killed in Kasai Region
By: Reuters
20 June 2017
Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence. Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the
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Myanmar’ Karen Protest Harmful Thai Coal Mine
By: Inclusive Development
19 June 2017
Karen communities in Myanmar to Thai Rights Commission: Stop harmful coal mine     Representatives of indigenous Karen communities in Myanmar this week filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand alleging human rights violations resulting from the activities of Thai companies operating an open-pit coal mine. The Ban
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Mafia-like Networks
By: Djeralar Miankeol, dandc.eu
18 June 2017
In many developing countries, land grabbing takes place on a large scale, either for the purposes of mining or agriculture. This loss of land is disastrous for the affected village communities. Awareness of the problem is growing, however, and there are more and more tools and guidelines available to soften
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Nigeria: Forced Evictions in Badia-East (Lagos)
By: Spaces for Youth Development and Social Change
15 June 2017
Spaces for Change NGO Staff Arrested, Released       LAGOS—A Task Force squad comprising demolition agents of the Lagos State Government and scores of heavily-armed security operatives invaded Badia-East this morning, Thursday, June 15, 2017. With the aid of bulldozers, sledge hammers, iron bars, and earth-moving equipment, they levelled all the structures in
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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By: Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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