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India: By Court, Forced Evictions Illegal
By: Rina Chandran, thisisplace.org
20 March 2019
In a major victory for land rights campaigners, Delhi High Court ruled that forced evictions of slum dwellers without consultation or resettlement plans are illegal. The Delhi High Court has ruled that forced and unannounced evictions of slum dwellers without consultations or resettlement plans are illegal, striking a major victory for
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Mozambique & Zimbabwe: Idai "Massive disaster"
By: BBC News
20 March 2019
Cyclone Idai has triggered a "massive disaster" in southern Africa affecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the UN has said.     The region has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.   Mozambique`s President Filipe Nyusi called it "a humanitarian disaster of great proportion."   He said more
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USA: Court Challenge to Israel’s Colonies
By: Mairav Zonszein, The Nation
18 March 2019
In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel’s Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court The challenge comes in response to a case filed by Israeli settlers against Airbnb.     Randa Wahbe is a United States citizen with West Bank residency who is studying for a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, the 31-year-old
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Australia: Ngaliwurru & Nungali Native Title Ruling
By: RT
15 March 2019
Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case     Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.   The High Court of Australia ruled
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United Nations` Land and Conflict Guidance
By: HIC-HLRN
15 March 2019
Competition and control over land are among the common root causes and subjects of conflict, as well as the underlying factors hindering recovery and durable peace. Meanwhile, land has not been adequately treated in conflict management and resolution. At the same, the land and conflict nexus is only becoming more
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Crimea: Destroying Built Heritage, Erasing the Past
By: Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13 March 2019
“Closed for Destruction”: Russia is digging up 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace   Video footage has shown new details of Russia’s wanton destruction of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, with ordinary workers carrying out ‘excavation’ work, without any attempt to record and preserve artefacts found.   Edem Dudakov, the former head of the
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USA: Household Net Worth Plummets
By: Christopher Ingraham, Associate Press
10 March 2019
Household net worth falls by largest amount since the Great Recession, new Fed data shows   In this Tuesday, 6 March 2018, photo homes stack up in a neighborhood in San Jose, Calif. NerdWallet calculated affordability for 173 metropolitan areas by comparing the median annual household income and the monthly principal-and-interest
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US HUD Secretary: Either Fish or Get off the Pot
By: Hamza Shaban, The Washington Post
09 March 2019
HUD Secretary Ben Carson: “I’m not leaving, but I will resign. But maybe stay.”     Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was so moved by the people who approached him at an airport to thank him for his service and say they were sorry to see him go that he decided
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Sahel: Displacement Crisis
By: UN News
05 March 2019
Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns     The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday.   According to the
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ICJ Chagos Island Opinion: from Brexit to Chexit?
By: Marko Milanovic, European Journal of International Law blog
28 February 2019
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its Chagos Islands Advisory Opinion, and UK loses badly   The ICJ has ruled that Britain acted illegally when it imposed territorial controls on the Chagos Islands without the consent of Mauritius. The ruling may hinder US operations in Diego Garcia, where it holds an
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USA: Court Rules IFC Not Immune
By: Diane Desierto, European Journal of International Law blog
28 February 2019
SCOTUS decision in Jam et al v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) denies absolute immunity to IFC…with caveats     When it rains, it somehow pours.   February 2019 ended up being such a landmark month for international law adjudication. A day after the International Court of Justice released its landmark Chagos Advisory Opinion (finely discussed by
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Brazil: Tucano Land Defender Assassinated
By: Emtempo
27 February 2019
MANAUS—The 53-year-old Tucano chief, Francisco de Souza Pereira, was shot four days ago in the "Urucaia" indigenous community in the Nova Cidade neighborhood of Manaus. The crime occurred around 01:00 AM. Francisco was sleeping with his wife and a daughter when three hooded men invaded the house on Bahia Street.
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Vanishing Biodiversity Threatens Our Food
By: FAO
23 February 2019
The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day   FAO launches the first-ever global report on the state of biodiversity that underpins our food systems ROME—The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing
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Indian Court Orders Eviction of 1 Million Tribals
By: Rahul Bedi, The Telegraph
22 February 2019
Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of 1 million tribal forest dwellers   NEW DELHI—India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of over 1.1 million tribal and other traditional forest dwellers, after it recently rejected their ancient ownership claims on jungle land.   Experts estimate that the 20 February legal fiat could result in
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Petition to Stop Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone
By: Okland Institute
21 February 2019
Stop the criminalisation of land rights defenders! Oakland, CA—One month after violent incidents in the SOCFIN plantations in Sierra Leone leading to brutal repression by security forces, the death of two people and 15 people arrested, Sierra Leonean and international civil society organisations urge the government of Sierra Leone and the
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Mining Grabs Up Land in Central America
By: Edgardo Ayala, Inter press Service
19 February 2019
SAN SALVADOR, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) - Like an octopus, metals mining has been spreading its tentacles throughout Central America and dealing a blow to the region’s agriculture and natural ecosystems, according to affected villagers, activists and a new report on the problem. “Where the mining company is operating was land
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Fighting Displaces 100K in Burkina Faso
By: Reuters
19 February 2019
UN: Fighting, Instability Have Displaced 100,000 in Burkina Faso     GENEVA—More than 100,000 people have been displaced by factional fighting and lawlessness in Burkina Faso, most within the past two months, according to a U.N. report published Tuesday.   "Burkina Faso is, for the first time in its history, facing massive internal displacement,"
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Ireland: Gas Terminal Project Goes to EU Court
By: Ann O`Loughlin, Irish Examiner
15 February 2019
Shannon Estuary gas terminal project referred to European Court of Justice by the Irish High Court as it triggers the EU Habitats Directive.     The High Court has referred to Europe a number of questions relating to a five-year extension of planning permission for a liquid gas terminal on the Shannon Estuary. Mr
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Japan to Recognize Indigenous Ainu People
By: Japan Times/AFP-JIJI
15 February 2019
Japan’s Cabinet considers legislation recognizing the indigenous Ainu people for first time.     The government approved a bill Friday to recognize the country’s ethnic Ainu minority as an “indigenous” people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.   The Ainu people, many of whom live in northern Hokkaido, have long
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Palestine/Israel: Fake Justices
By: HIC-HLRN
13 February 2019
In early September 2018, after years of legal proceedings, the justices of Israel’s High Court determined there was no legal obstacle to demolishing the structures in the community of al-Khan al-Ahmar, located about two kilometers south of the Jerusalem-choking Kfar Adumim settler colony. The  Court delivered that conclusion as the
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