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Women’s Land and Home--Uganda
By: HIC-HLRN and SSA:UHSNET
15 April 2019
How—and how much—housing and land rights violations affect women   Dispossession, forced eviction and other land and housing rights violations can have a more-significant and differentiated impact on women, given that women are often more social and economically vulnerable than men. This is particularly true, as women often start out from a
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Resident Revenge against Developers
By: George Hammond, Financial Times
11 April 2019
Rising house prices and rents have sparked protests in London, Berlin and New York. Residents show how citizens are taking on city developers.     BERLIN—Last Saturday, as the sun shone on thousands of Berliners gathered in Alexanderplatz, one placard stood out in the crowd. Written on it — beneath a grotesque cartoon
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Waorani People Sue for Survival against Big Oil
By: Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute
11 April 2019
Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed     On 27 February, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to march peacefully through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and,
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India’s Unrelenting Forced-eviction Crisis
By: HLRN-India
09 April 2019
New report highlights the unrelenting crisis of forced evictions, finds over 200,000 persons evicted in India in 2018. Over 114 houses demolished every day, 23 people evicted every hour.     On the eve of India’s General Elections, Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) held a press conference in New Delhi today
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Adjudicating HRAH in India
By: HLRN-India
09 April 2019
On the eve of India’s General Elections, Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) held a press conference in New Delhi today to release a new publication: Adjudicating the Human Right to Adequate Housing: Analysis of Important Judgments from Indian High Courts.   As documented by HLRN, India’s courts often have ordered
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India: Over11 million Face Eviction, Displacement
By: Rina Chandran, Reuters Foundation
09 April 2019
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 11 million people in India risk being uprooted from their homes and land as authorities build highways and airports and cordon off forests, activists said on Tuesday, undermining a government push to provide housing for all citizens by 2022. The estimate includes about 1.9
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India Court Orders Adivasi Evictions
By: Climate scorecard
07 April 2019
Spotlight Activity: Supreme Court Orders An Eviction of Indigenous Communities from Forest Areas In February this year, India’s apex court, while deciding on a case filed by hardcore wildlife conservation groups, ordered the eviction of millions of indigenous communities, known as tribals or Adavasis from the forests they have been abiding
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Human Right to Adequate Housing v. Blackstone L.P.
By: HLRN
26 March 2019
Today, UN Special Rapporteur on to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha held a press conference in Copenhagen to speak about letters that she and Surya Deva, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises jointly released to governments and corporations
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USA: Court Blocks More Wyoming Drills
By: Associated Press
21 March 2019
  BILLINGS, MT—A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration.       The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the
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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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