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EU Fisheries in Western Sahara "Unlawful"
By: WSRW
20 November 2019
Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr. Hans Corell (Sweden), has again criticized EU`s approach to fisheries practices in Western Sahara. The statements came in a speech delivered at the annual conference of The Belgian Society of international Law, in Brussels, 14–15
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India: Gov’t. Rethinks Vicious Forest Act
By: Ishan Kukreti, Down to Earth
18 November 2019
Government withdraws proposed changes to Indian Forest Act. Minister Prakash Javadekar said draft created misconception among people.     The Union government was withdrawing the officers’ draft of the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927 amendment, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Prakash Javadekar told reporters on November 15, 2019.   Inspector General of Forests (Forest
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UN Obliges Israel to Compensate Lebanon
By: Naharnet Newsdesk
15 November 2019
The U.N. on Friday voted in favor of obliging Israel to pay Lebanon compensations over the 2006 oil spill caused by its bombing of the seaside Jiye power plant. According to a tweet posted by MP Hagop Terzian, the U.N. decision obliges Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million in compensations. 158 member
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UN Report on Israeli Colonies Speaks Truth
By: Robert Fisk
14 November 2019
He’s a very tall man with bright eyes and a broad smile, and he holds out a great paw when he greets you. But Michael Lynk is no gentle giant. He may teach human rights law at the Western University in London, Ontario, but as the UN’s special rapporteur on human
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Report to UNCERD on Israeli Apartheid
By: Middle East Monitor
14 November 2019
Eight Palestinian, regional and international NGOs have submitted a substantial report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), ahead of the committee’s upcoming review of Israel’s next month. According to a statement published this week, the NGOs in question were Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Al-Haq,
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Turkey’s Conflict Aquaculture Exposed
By: WSRW
10 November 2019
Turkey has become the leading importer of fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara. The aquaculture company Gümüşdoğa turns the meal into valuable fisheries products for the European market.     On 6 November 2019, WSRW witnessed the arrival of the cargo vessel Derya Aytekin as it arrived at the port of Gulluk, Turkey.
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Major Victory for Ecuadoran Indigenous Peoples
By: DTE Staff
07 November 2019
Chinese company pulls out of contract to drill for oil in remote rainforest after protests by indigenous groups     Indigenous leaders from Ecuador’s Amazon declared victory on November 6, 2019, after revealing that the country’s government had granted a force majeure request by Andes Petroleum Ltd Ecuador to stop drilling in a rainforest concession
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Brazil: Loggers Murder Amazon Forest Defender
By: Aljazeera
03 November 2019
An indigenous forest defender has been killed and another wounded after they were ambushed by illegal loggers in Brazil`s Amazon forest, according to authorities.   Paulo Paulino Guajajara, a leader of an indigenous group seeking to protect the Arariboia indigenous reserve in Maranhao state from incursions, was shot in the face while on a
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Kenya: Village Struggles with Industrial Giant
By: Lotte Hughes and Daniel Lepariyo, The Star
01 November 2019
David v Goliath: A small village’s struggle with an industrial giant Known as Kambi Turkana to its largely Maasai neighbours, Lorropil has 47 residents, including Turkana, Samburu, Kikuyu, Il Chamus, Kisii and Kalenjin. Akiira Geothermal Ltd claims these destitute people are ‘squatters’ who have only recently moved onto the land in
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Pakistan: HIC Member Assaulted, Threatened
By: HIC-HLRN
31 October 2019
Human Rights Defender Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot threatened and physically assaulted     Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot, human rights defender and director of HIC Member organization has been attacked outside his home in Sindh Province, Pakistan. The mob of unidentified men attacking the defender accused him of inciting sectarian violence and committing blasphemy.   Dr.
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USA: Keystone Pipeline Leaks 383K Gallons
By: James MacPherson, Associated Press
31 October 2019
BISMARCK ND—TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in northeastern North Dakota, state regulators said Thursday.   Crews on Tuesday shut down the pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states after the leak was discovered said Karl Rockeman, North Dakota’s water
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UN Housing Expert Invites Your Comments
By: OHCHR
30 October 2019
The Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, invites States, UN agencies, NHRIs and civil society representatives to a consultation and discussion on the   “Guidelines for the implementation of the right to adequate housing”   which will be submitted as her final report to the forthcoming session of the
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Framing the Inquiry into Land Inequality
By: Arantxa Guereña and Marc Wegerif
30 October 2019
The International Land Coalition (ILC) has launched a research project on land inequality in the world, beginning with an exercise of framing the approach the many related complexities of land inequality. The result of that initial effort is a coherent framework for research and action with suggested themes and questions for
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Coastal Cities Sinking Faster than Predicted
By: HIC-HLRN
29 October 2019
Facing a flooded future, the world’s vulnerable coastal cities will undergo sea-level rise worse than previously understood, according to a new corrective report by Climate Central.   As a result of heat-trapping pollution from human activities, rising sea levels could within three decades will push chronic floods higher than land currently home
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Canada: B.C. to Align Laws with UNDRIP
By: Stephanie Wood, National Observer
24 October 2019
B.C. tables United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples bill today     British Columbia is the first province to begin legislating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a landmark international document on Indigenous rights.   The province is introducing a bill today that will ensure all provincial laws
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USA: Island Returned to Indigenous Owners
By: Julia Wick, Essential California, Los Angeles Times
22 October 2019
Eureka returns an island to a tribe nearly 160 years after a massacre     California is in a moment of long overdue reckoning with the state’s original sin: the blood-soaked treatment of the people who inhabited this land long before any white settlers ever dreamed of Manifest Destiny. In recent
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The Growing International Role of Cities
By: Georgetown Global Cities Initiative
15 October 2019
A new report explores the rising role of cities on the international diplomatic stage.  Produced by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in collaboration with the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative.     The growth and international clout of cities and sub-state actors has been unparalleled in recent decades. These players seek agency in
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Canada: Alberta’s Oil, Gas and Coal Scandal
By: Andrew Nikiforuk. TheTyee.ca
08 October 2019
Alberta’s energy regulator blasted for conflicts, mismanagement and misusing millions. It’s no surprise, say critics of agency responsible for regulating oil, gas and coal production.     Critics of the energy regulator’s performance on issues like cleanup of abandoned well say that reports the agency was mismanaged are no surprise.   Three separate Alberta government
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HIC-HLRN Report to CESCR on Israel
By: HIC-HLRN
19 September 2019
HIC-HLRN has submitted a parallel report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat, in advance of CESCR`s 66th Session on 2–3 October 2019, when the State of Israel will be reviewed. The catalyst for this particular
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HIC-HLRN Joins Partners on Israel`s CERD Review
By: HIC-HLRN
09 September 2019
Habitat International Coalition (HIC) – Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) has partnered with HIC Member organizations Al-Haq and BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (Palestine), as well as with Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) in submitting a joint report to the UN Committee on
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