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Call for Inputs: Food and Protracted Crises
By :Civil Society and Indigenous People`s Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security
27 May 2020
The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA) in October 2015 after a three-year preparation and negotiation process with CFS actors. Civil society actors, via the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with
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Encuesta sobre seguridad alimentaria en crisis
By :El Mecanismo de la sociedad civil y los pueblos indígenas (MSC) para las relaciones con el CSA
27 May 2020
Petición de aportaciones para un informe independiente de la sociedad civil sobre la aplicación del Marco de acción para la seguridad alimentaria y la nutrición en crisis prolongadas   En octubre de 2015, el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial (CSA) de la ONU aprobo El Marco de acción para la seguridad alimentaria
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استبيان حول الأمن الغذائي في الأزمات
By :آلية المجتمع المدني والشعوب الأصلية للعلاقات مع لجنة الأمن الغذائي العالمي
27 May 2020
دعوة لتقديم إسهامات لتقرير مستقلّ لمنظّمات المجتمع المدني حول رصد استخدام وتطبيق إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في ظلّ الأزمات الممتدّة، الصادر عن لجنة الأمن الغذائي العالمي   أقرَّت اللجنة الأممية للأمن الغذائي العالمي إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في ظلّ الأزمات الممتدّة (إطار العمل) في تشرين الأوّل/أكتوبر، بعد تحضيرات
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Enquête sur la sécurité alimentaire dans les crises
By :le Mécanisme de la société civile et des Peuples autochtones (MSC) pour les relations avec le CSA
27 May 2020
Appel à contribuer à un rapport indépendant des OSC consacré à l’application du Cadre d’action du CSA pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées   En octobre 2015, le Comité la sécurité alimentaire mondiale (CSA) a approuvé Le Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des
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Israel Closes 10 Palestinian Water Wells
By :IMEMC & Agencies
26 May 2020
Israeli Authorities Order Ten Palestinian-owned Water Wells Closed       Israeli military authorities reportedly plan to shut down ten Palestinian-owned water wells, to the west of city Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank.   Local Palestinian sources in the al-Sawiya village in western Salfit, told media outlets including the Palestine WAFA News Agency, that
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مخلوق واحد یتحمل مسؤولیة انتشار كوفید-19، وھو أنفسنا
By :جوزیف سیتیل وساندرا دیاز وإدواردو بروندیزیو[1] والدكتور/ بیتر دازاك[2]
24 May 2020
التدابیر التحفیزیة المتعلقة بفیروس كوفید-19 یجب أن تنقذ الأرواح وتحفظ سبل العیش وتحمي الطبیعة من أجل تقلیل خطر انتشار الأوبئة في المستقبل       ھناك نوع واحد من المخلوقات یتحمل مسؤولیة انتشار وباء كوفید-19، ألا وھو أنفسنا. فمثلما ھو الحال في أزمتي المناخ والتنوع البیولوجي، عد الأوبئة الحالیة نتیجة مباشرة للنشاط البشري –
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Israeli Plan to Erase Green Line, Destroy Ecosystem
By :Zafrir Rinat, Haaretz
23 May 2020
Israel plans West Bank industrial zone that would `destroy` unique ecosystem     Settler leaders welcome the years-long planned move that would create urban continuity across the Green Line, while environmental activists warn of untold consequences   Israel’s Civil Administration, the branch of the military responsible for civilian matters in the West Bank, has been
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Kenya: Ruai Evictions, Why Now?
By :Ruai News
21 May 2020
Ruai Evictions : Is This Why Government Had To Do It Before September?       Renowned political commentator Allan Kibet has come out to claim that President Uhuru Kenyatta forcefully evicted the residents of Ruai and Kariobangi from the ` public` land so as to commence the construction of Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement
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Kashmir: Security Forces Burn, Loot Homes
By :Anees Zargar, NewsClick
20 May 2020
  Over Dozen Homes Burned, More Looted During Nawakadal Encounter, Allege Residents     The residents of the area alleged that the police looted cash, jewellery and other valuables from several homes in the dense locality of Kanimazar as they carried out the operation in the wee hours of May 19 to eliminate militants
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USA: The Coming Eviction Crisis
By :Megh Wright, New York magazine
18 May 2020
Patriot Act Returns to Terrify You About an Eviction Crisis     Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix series, Patriot Act, returned last night with its first new episode since the pandemic began, and Minhaj wasted no time addressing the show’s new remote format: “Don’t think of this as a Netflix show compromising. Think of this as a YouTube video overachieving.”
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Kenya: Over 100 Families Evicted in Ruai
By :Ian Omondi, Citizen Digital
16 May 2020
Over 100 families living in a disputed land in Ruai, Nairobi, were on Friday forced to spend the night in the cold after their houses were demolished. Speaking to Citizen Digital, some of the affected families said bulldozers arrived in the area around 9pm and they were ordered out of their
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Record Number of Land Conflicts in Brazil in 2019
By :Real World Radio
14 May 2020
There were five conflicts per day, representing a 23% increase from 2018, and 32 defenders murdered during the year. Throughout 2019, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) recorded 1833 conflicts in the countryside (averaging five per day), 23% more than in 2018. This is the highest number on CPT records in the
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Colombia: Evictions amid the Coronavirus
By :Peoples Dispatch
13 May 2020
Many question the motivation of the city government to evict the community amid the pandemic as they have been occupying the land for the last 20 years. On May 11, Colombian social movements and human rights organizations denounced the arbitrary, violent evictions of families in the Altos de la Estancia neighborhood
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Canada : Autochtones appellent à retour à la terre
By :Radio-Canada
11 May 2020
Des Autochtones appellent à un retour à la terre pour assurer leur alimentation   Des Premières Nations qui ont appelé leurs communautés à renouer avec la chasse et la pêche pour sécuriser leur approvisionnement alimentaire en ce temps de pandémie constatent un retour aux traditions ancestrales.   C`est le cas du chef national des
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World Distracted, Amazon Keeps Burning
By :Agence France-Presse
09 May 2020
With world distracted, the Amazon rainforest continues to burn   Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of this year, with 1,202 square kilometres of forest wiped out   That was a 55 per cent increase from the same period last year, and the highest figure for
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Brésil : Niveau record de la déforestation
By :franceinfo avec AFP – France Télévisions
08 May 2020
Cette déforestation est de 55% supérieure à celle de la même période de 2019   La déforestation a atteint un record entre janvier et avril en Amazonie brésilienne, selon des données officielles publiées vendredi 8 mai. D`après les images satellites de l`Institut brésilien de recherches spatiales, 1 202 km carrés de forêt ont disparu lors des quatre
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São Paolo: 50 familias desalojadas durante Covid-19
By :Telesur TV
07 May 2020
Desalojan a 50 familias brasileñas durante brote de Covid-19     Las fuerzas policiales brasileñas desalojaron este jueves a unas 50 familias en la localidad de Piricicaba, ubicada en Sao Paulo, la ciudad con mayores cifras de contagios y muertes por la Covid-19 en Brasil.   A pesar de la situación epidemiológica de Brasil, una
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Israel/Palestine: Whitewashing Land Theft
By :Akiva Eldar, Haaretz
06 May 2020
The Dark Side of Annexing the Jordan Valley: Whitewashing Land Theft The Israeli government has raised the theft of property ‘abandoned’ by Palestinians to an art form     The political uproar and strategic debate over annexing land in the West Bank under the coalition agreement have diverted attention from one of the largest
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KSA: Futuristic City “built on our blood”
By :Ruth Michaelson, The Guardian
04 May 2020
‘It’s being built on our blood’: the true cost of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn megacity   With an artificial moon and flying taxis, Neom has been billed as humanity’s next chapter. But beneath the glitzy veneer lies a story of threats, forced eviction and bloodshed   “The future has a new home,” proclaims the website.   “It’s
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Brazil: Ashaninka Win Case against Loggers
By :YaleEnvironment 360
01 May 2020
Indigenous group wins case over illegal tree logging     The Ashaninka indigenous community in Brazil has won a two-decade federal court dispute against illegal logging interests, receiving $3 million in compensation and an official apology from companies for cutting down thousands of mahogany, cedar, and other tree species in the Kampa do Rio Amônia
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Israel to Raze Palestinian Village amid Lockdown
By :Akram al-Waara, Middle East Eye
30 April 2020
While residents of the West Bank village of Bani Hassan have been under confinement, Israeli authorities are cracking down on construction in Area CWhen Ibrahim Issa and his neighbors saw an Israeli military vehicle driving through Qarawat Bani Hassan on Tuesday, they suspected it was just another ordinary patrol through
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Nicaragua: Assaults on Indigenous Lands
By :Oakland Institute
29 April 2020
Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution details the incessant violence facing the Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions, as evidenced by recent attacks against the Alal, Wasakin, and Miskitu communities, and provides in depth information about the actors involved—foreign gold mining firms, national and international actors in logging and cattle ranching industry,
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USA: Which States Protect from Eviction?
By :Dan Keating and Lauren Tierney, The Washington Post
29 April 2020
Which states are doing a better job protecting renters from being evicted during the coronavirus pandemic     For millions of renters who have lost income, rent day on May 1 is a looming disaster. A majority of the country’s 43.8 million renting households have lost at least some of their income in the coronavirus shutdown,
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Evicted Indigenous People in Manaus
By :Ignacio Amigo, Mongabay
29 April 2020
Evicted indigenous people in Manaus struggle to stay safe amid COVID-19 crisis     A group of about 400 indigenous people were displaced from an informal settlement on the outskirts of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon in February, reportedly in connection with drug trafficking issues in the area, despite previous promises to regularize
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Colombia: Ambientalista asesinado en Santa Marta
By :Magdalena, El Espectador
28 April 2020
  Alejandro Llinás, líder de la vereda Calabazo, era uno de los referentes del movimiento Colombia Humana en la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.     El ambientalista Alejandro Llinás, líder de la vereda Calabazo, fue asesinado en el área rural de Santa Marta. Hombres armados ingresaron a su finca y acabaron con su
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Get "Land Times" No. 19
By :HIC-HLRN
28 April 2020
While most of you are staying home, HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) offers you its 19th issue of Land Times, bringing you up to date on the struggles over land toward greater equity, spatial and distributive justice. While these struggles persist even in the best of times, this
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Kashmir: Broken Supply Chains
By :Nazir Masoodi, NDTV
27 April 2020
Amid Lockdown, 3 Million Cartons Of Apples Lying In Kashmir Cold Storage Kashmir produces 22 lakh (2,200,000) metric ton of apple every year which is over 70 per cent of the country`s total production.     SRINAGAR—The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has badly hit apple farmers in Jammu and Kashmir. As the farmers are not
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Palestine: Israel Evicts Family Amid Pandemic
By :Hagar Shezaf, Haaretz
27 April 2020
Israel Evicts Palestinian Family Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Despite Assurances   Israeli authorities vowed earlier this month that inhabited illegal dwellings would not be demolished or confiscated until the coronavirus crisis ends Top of Form Bottom of Form   Israeli authorities seized a mobile home near Jericho in the West Bank on April 23, leaving a family
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One Species Responsible for COVID-19 - Us
By :Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio[1] and Peter Daszak[2]
27 April 2020
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)   COVID-19 stimulus measures must save lives, protect livelihoods, and safeguard nature to reduce the risk of future pandemics     There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are
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Une seule espèce responsable de COVID-19 : La nôtre
By :Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz et Eduardo Brondizio[1] et Peter Daszak[2]
27 April 2020
Les mesures de stimulation liées au COVID-19 doivent sauver des vies, protéger les moyens de subsistance et sauvegarder la nature pour réduire le risque de futures pandémies     Une seule espèce est responsable de la pandémie de COVID-19 : la nôtre. Comme pour les crises climatiques et de biodiversité, les récentes pandémies
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نيوم - مدينة ليست ما يحلم به كل السعوديين
By :الجزيرة
26 April 2020
 "نيوم" مدينةبنسلمانالعملاقةليستمايحلمبهكلالسعوديين     في شريط مصور على تويتر، يظهر السعودي عبد الرحيم الحويطي، وهو يتلو وصيته من فوق سطح منزله بقرية الخريبة على ساحل البحر الأحمر في الركن الشمالي الغربي من المملكة، محتجا على الاختفاء المبرمج لهذه القرية الفقيرة القابعة بين أمواج خليج العقبة ورمال الصحراء.   ومن هذه الوصية، انطلقت صحيفة لوموند الفرنسية
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نيوم - مدينة ليست ما يحلم به كل السعوديين
By :الجزيرة
26 April 2020
 "نيوم" مدينةبنسلمانالعملاقةليستمايحلمبهكلالسعوديين     في شريط مصور على تويتر، يظهر السعودي عبد الرحيم الحويطي، وهو يتلو وصيته من فوق سطح منزله بقرية الخريبة على ساحل البحر الأحمر في الركن الشمالي الغربي من المملكة، محتجا على الاختفاء المبرمج لهذه القرية الفقيرة القابعة بين أمواج خليج العقبة ورمال الصحراء.   ومن هذه الوصية، انطلقت صحيفة لوموند الفرنسية
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South Africa: Hsg Crisis, Eviction amid Lockdown
By :Kim Harrisberg, Thomon Reuters Foundation
24 April 2020
Evictions, power cuts heighten South Africa housing crisis amid lockdown   JOHANNESBURG—From demolished shacks to water and electricity shutoffs, South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown is worsening the country’s housing crisis, despite government orders to suspend evictions, residents and activists warned.   With many unable to work or pay rent since stay-at-home orders went into effect
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Palestine: Israeli Settler Attacks Surge in Pandemic
By :B`tselem
23 April 2020
Israeli settlers exploit coronavirus to take over West Bank land with military backing: Violent attacks spike in April   Since the start of the corona crisis, Israeli settlers have ramped up attacks against Palestinians throughout the West Bank, with full state backing. The attacks have increased despite the movement restrictions, lockdowns and social distancing
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Guatemala: Evicting Maya Q’eqchi` amid COVID-19
By :Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
Violent attempt to evict Maya Q’eqchi villagers despite COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala   On 13 April 2020, private security forces suspected of working for Industria Chiquibul, S.A., an agribusiness engaged in the harvesting and extraction of palm oil, attempted to evict 200 indigenous peasant families from their homes in Tierra Blanca, municipality
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Guatemala: Desalojando los Maya Q`eqchi`
By :Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
MRG condena rotundamente el intento de desalojo forzoso de una comunidad Maya Q’eqchi pese a la crisis de COVID-19 en Guatemala   El 13 de abril de 2020, fuerzas de seguridad privadas que presuntamente trabajan para Industria Chiquibul, S.A., una empresa agroindustrial dedicada a la cosecha y extracción de aceite de palma,
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Palestine/Israel: CSOs Urge Prisoners’ Release
By :Civil society organizations
18 April 2020
On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Civil Society Calls for Urgent Release of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons     As we mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year, Palestinian prisoners and detainees face the additional threat of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Israeli prisons and detention centers. While governments around the world are
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Libérez les prisonniers/ères et détenu/es palestiniens
By :Organisations de la société civile
18 April 2020
En cette journée du prisonnier palestinien, la société civile appelle à la libération urgente des prisonniers/ères et détenu/es palestiniens des prisons israéliennes   En cette journée du 17 avril qui leur est consacrée, les prisonniers/ères palestiniens affrontent une menace supplémentaire avec l’apparition du risque de propagation du coronavirus (COVID-19) dans les prisons
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في يوم الأسير الفلسطيني: أفرجوا عنهم
By :مؤسسات المجتمع المدني
17 April 2020
في يوم الأسير الفلسطيني، المجتمع المدني يطالب بالإفراج الفوري عن الأسرى والأسيرات والمعتقلين/المعتقلات الفلسطينيين/الفلسطينيات في السجون الإسرائيلية (بيان مشترك)     تحل ذكرى يوم الأسير الفلسطيني هذا العام، في الوقت الذي يواجه فيه الأسرى والأسيرات والمعتقلون/ات الفلسطينيون/ات تهديدًا إضافيًا بانتشار فيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19) في السجون ومراكز الاعتقال الإسرائيلية. وبينما هناك دعوات لحكومات حول
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¡Libere a los prisioner@s palestin@s ahora!
By :Organisaciones de la sociedad civil
17 April 2020
En el Día de los Prisioneros Palestinos, la sociedad civil pide la liberación urgente de los presos y presas palestinos en las cárceles israelíes     Mientras conmemoramos otro año más el Día de los Prisioneros Palestinos, los presos, presas, detenidos y detenidas palestinos se enfrentan a una amenaza adicional con la propagación
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Perú: Propuestas de la SC frente al COVID-19
By :DESCO
16 April 2020
Propuestas urgentes al estado peruano para garantizar ciudades sostenibles y vivienda adecuada frente al COVID-19   La fragilidad de las ciudades en el Perú ha permitido la rápida propagación del COVID-19, confirmando que es un fenómeno principalmente urbano. Las precarias condiciones de salubridad, el hacinamiento, las desigualdades y pobreza urbana que limitan
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Call to Protect Dalit Rights during Pandemic
By :International Alliance for Social Justice
16 April 2020
Global Call for Protecting Dalit Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic   We, the global alliance of Dalit organizations, strongly urge the Member-States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), United Nations, civil society, and donor agencies to provide immediate relief to poor Dalits and protect their basic human rights during
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Impact of Souapiti Dam in Guinea
By :Human Rights Watch
16 April 2020
Guinea’s 450 megawatt Souapiti dam, scheduled to begin operating in September 2020, is the most advanced of several new hydropower projects planned by the government of President Alpha Condé. Guinea’s government believes that hydropower can significantly increase access to electricity in a country where only a fraction of people have
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BADIL Palestinian Rights Course
By :BADIL
10 April 2020
BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights   BADIL`s second International Mobilization Course: The Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, West Bank, Palestine, 17 July - 28 July 2020. This course is an opportunity for international advocates, activists, mobilizers, policy officers and interested individuals, to gain a deeper understanding of a human
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لاجئون سوريون بلبنان: بين كورونا والعَوَز
By :سعدى علوه، المفكرة القانونية
09 April 2020
شراء علبة بنادول يتسبّب بفتح تحقيق بلدي وطرد عائلة: اللاجئون السوريون عالقون بين كورونا والعَوَز     بينما كانت عائلة اللاجئ السوري بسّام حلّاق الذي أضرم النار بنفسه في البقاع تشيّع شهيد لقمة العيش والضائقة الاقتصادية، كان وزير الشؤون الإجتماعية رمزي مشرفية يعلن عن وجود “مليوني نازح سوري في لبنان” في اجتماع “مجموعة
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COVID-19: Solidarity with Food Producers
By :HIC-HLRN, IPC
07 April 2020
The COVID19 crisis is rapidly expanding and deepening, highlighting and exacerbating existing inequalities including wealth, health, race and gender. In many countries it will develop into a deep social and economic crisis where the most vulnerable will again suffer the most – with no access to healthcare, losing their jobs
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كوفيد-19، الحق في الصحة، والفصل العنصري الإسرائيلي
By :مؤسسات المجتمع المدني
07 April 2020
بيان مشترك نظام الفصل العنصري الإسرائيلي يقوض حق الفلسطينيين في الصحة في ظل جائحة كوفيد-19   تأتي مناسبة يوم الصحة العالمي هذا العام في ظل انتشار مرض فيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19) المستجد، الذي يجتاح العالم ويؤثر بشكل غير متكافئ على الرازحين تحت نير التمييز والظلم المؤسسي. فبالنسبة للفلسطينيين، دفع انتشار هذا المرض بنظام الفصل
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COVID-19, Right to Health and Israeli Apartheid
By :CSOs
07 April 2020
Joint Statement Israeli Apartheid Undermines Palestinian Right to Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic   This year we mark World Health Day as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to sweep across the globe, disproportionately impacting those subjected to situations of institutionalised oppression, discrimination, and injustice. For the Palestinian people, COVID-19 has brought to the
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COVID-19: Solidarité avec producteurs alimentaires
By :HLRN-IPC
07 April 2020
COVID-19 – Les producteurs alimentaires à petite échelle sont solidaires et se battront pour offrir une alimentation saine à tous     La crise COVID19 s’étend et s’approfondit rapidement, mettant en évidence et exacerbant les inégalités existantes, notamment en matière de richesse, de santé, de racisme et de genre. Dans de nombreux pays,
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COVID-19: Solidaridad con productores de alimentos
By :HLRN-IPC
07 April 2020
COVID-19 – Los productores de alimentos a pequeña escala se solidarizan y lucharán por llevar alimentos saludables a todos       La crisis de COVID19 se está expandiendo y agravando rápidamente, poniendo de relieve y exacerbando las desigualdades existentes en materia de riqueza, salud, racismo y género. En muchos países se convertirá en
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“Un mundo: juntos en el hogar” 18 de avril
By :OMS
07 April 2020
“One World: Together at Home” – Evento mundial virtual para homenajear y apoyar a los profesionales sanitarios que luchan contra la pandemia de COVID-19   “One World: Together at Home” – El programa especial que se difundirá a escala mundial el martes 18 de abril para homenajear y apoyar a los profesionales
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« Un monde uni : ensemble à la maison » 18 avril
By :OMS
07 April 2020
« Un monde uni : ensemble à la maison » : Ce concert exceptionnel sera retransmis en direct le samedi 18 avril pour rendre hommage au personnel soignant et le soutenir, avec des reportages au cœur de la vie des médecins, du personnel infirmier et de leurs familles dans le
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“One World: Together at Home” 18 April
By :WHO
07 April 2020
WHO and Global Citizen announce: `One World: Together at home` Global Special to support healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic   GENEVA/NEW YORK—“One World: Together at Home” global special to air on Saturday, 18 April 2020 in celebration and support of healthcare workers, broadcast to feature real experiences from
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عالم واحد - معاً بالبيت -- 18 نيسان/أبريل 2020
By :الشروق
07 April 2020
أعلن الدكتور تادروس ادهانوم، المدير العام لمنظمة الصحة العالمية- فى مؤتمر صحفي في جنيف مساء اليوم الاثنين بمشاركة عبر دائرة تليفزيونية للنجمة العالمية ليدى جاجا  [غاغا] وكذلك هيو ايفانز أحد قيادات صناعة الترفيه فى العالم- عن حفل عالمي سيبث على الهواء مساء يوم 18 إبريل الجاري لكل العالم تحت شعار
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Colombia: Desolojaron Cienes de Refugiados
05 April 2020
Cerca de 200 venezolanos migrantes son desalojados de albergue en Bogotá. Entre los migrantes desalojados hay niños, mujeres embarazadas y personas de la tercera edad. La acción la realiza la Alcaldía de Bogotá en medio de la emergencia por coronavirus en Colombia.     BOGOTÁ—Cerca de 200 venezolanos que habitan en un albergue del Distrito, en
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Kashmir: Indian Residency Law Triggers Fury
By :Deutsche Welle
04 April 2020
New Delhi has announced a controversial new domicile law for the highly disputed Himalayan region. Experts and rights activists warn the move could renew tensions in the already restive Muslim-majority territory.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Hindu nationalist government has introduced a new set of laws for India-administered Kashmir, including a controversial
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USA: Kushners Continue to Evict
By :Lee Fang, The Intercept
04 April 2020
Coronavirus hasn’t stopped Jared Kushner’s real estate empire from hounding tenants with debt collection, eviction lawsuits   Jared Kushner’s family real estate company, which owns and manages thousands of apartment units, continued its aggressive eviction practices and debt collection lawsuits as Americans wait for government relief. Well into the coronavirus crisis, which has led
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Brazil: Land Defender Zezico Guajajara Murdered
By :BBC World
01 April 2020
Zezico Guajajara, an Amazon Guardian has been shot dead on 31 March 2020     A member of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been killed by gunmen, authorities in the Brazilian state of Maranhão say.   The body of Zezico Guajajara, of the Guajajara tribe, was found near his village on Tuesday. He
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Palestine: Land Day (joint statement)
By :NGOs
30 March 2020
On Land Day, Civil Society Urges Accountability and the End to Israel’s Illegal Closure of Gaza   For the past two years,[1] Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip have gathered on a near-weekly basis to participate in the Great Return March demonstrations at the Gaza perimeter fence, calling for an end to
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فلسطين: يوم الأرض - بيان مشترك
By :مؤسسات المجتمع المدني
30 March 2020
المجتمع المدني يحث على مساءلة وإنهاء الإغلاق الإسرائيلي غير القانوني لقطاع غزة في يوم الأرض     على مدى العامين الماضيين،[1] تجمع الفلسطينيون في قطاع غزة المحتل بشكل أسبوعي تقريبا للمشاركة في مظاهرات العودة الكبرى عند السياج المحيط بغزّة، داعين إلى وضع حد وإنهاء الإغلاق الإسرائيلي غير القانوني لقطاع غزة، وإعمال حق اللاجئين
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South Africa: Evictions Despite Moratorium
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
29 March 2020
Evictions continue in Durban despite the national moratorium     The national government made a clear promise that there would be no evictions during the national shutdown implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, today, at around 12:30, Calvin Security returned to the Ekuphumeleleni settlement in Mariannhill, which falls under
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India: Migrants Marched Further to Margins
By :Aajeevika Bureau
29 March 2020
How the Lockdown Drove a Workforce on the Margins to Further Alienation   An incisive report highlights how a substantial workforce of 139 million internal migrant workers, invisible to the system, has been the hardest hit post-lockdown. Further, it lists the urgent measures needed to ensure a safe and dignified existence for
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India: Landlords Evicting Doctors
By :News18.com
26 March 2020
AIIMS Resident Doctor’s Association says many doctors forcibly evicted by landlords fearing coronavirus, stranded on roads. AIIMS has asked the government to issue an order prohibiting landlords and home-owners from evicting medical professionals working tirelessly amid the outbreak.     NEW DELHI—Several doctors and nurses at AIIMS have been forcibly evicted from their
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Kenya: Women Resist Custom for a Fair Share
By :David Muchui, The Nation
25 March 2020
Widows fight customs, biased laws denying them share of family wealth   In Summary   In Meru County and elsewhere, thousands of widows are at the mercy of ruthless in-laws and corrupt government officers. Human Rights Watch cites discriminatory laws and customs as some of the factors that continue to fuel the violation of women’s
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UN Invites Corporate Capture of Food Systems
By :HIC-HLRN
23 March 2020
The UN has increasingly involved corporations in UN decision making, a trend made obvious in the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. This time, the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has formed an alliance with the corporate world—outside of the framework of UN Charter-based specialized agencies—to set the global agenda for further corporate capture of
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South Africa: Call for Solidarity amid Crisis
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
22 March 2020
Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis       Abahlali baseMjondolo has held small meetings with elected leaders in all the provinces where we have members to discuss the coronavirus crisis. The best available scientific information has been shared with our members. We have decided to suspend our entire programme
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Liberia: New Land Law Partial Victory
By :Jennifer O’Mahony, Mongabay Series: Global Forests, Global Palm Oil
22 March 2020
New Land Law hailed as victory, but critics say it’s not enough     Areas allocated to rubber, oil palm and logging concessions cover around a quarter of Liberia’s total land mass. Liberian activists and the international community have warned that land disputes on oil palm concessions were becoming a time bomb for conflict
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ZA/Palestine: Apartheid 60 Yrs after Sharpeville
21 March 2020
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Time to Recognise and End Israeli Apartheid over the Palestinian People   21 March 2020   The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre under apartheid in South Africa, on 21 March 1960. At Sharpeville, police opened
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Bangladesh: Church Evicts Indigenous Families
By :Rajshahi, UCA News reporter
18 March 2020
Five families of ethnic indigenous Catholics are in a frustrating and helpless situation over an attempted eviction by a church’s officials in northern Bangladesh. Officials of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Musroil village of Rajshahi District have been pressuring the families to leave the land and property they have been living
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IPC on post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy
By :IPC
18 March 2020
Don’t let agribusiness take over the Post – 2020 Biodiversity Strategy     The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) delegation of small-scale food producers participated at the Second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Rome, from 24
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COVID-19: We Need a Human Rights Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
17 March 2020
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised and responsible governments have enforced that we stay at home stay, frequently wash our hands often with soap and warm water, maintain social distancing and keep our immune system strong, these live-saving measures are impossible for vulnerable people
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US Aid to Israel Razing Palestinian Homes
16 March 2020
House Democrats ask if Israel violating US aid restriction by using resources to demolish Palestinian homes.   More than 60 Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Donald Trump administration to clarify whether Israel uses American military equipment to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank, hinting that doing so could trigger military aid
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UN: New Study on Climate-change Impacts
By :Chinedum Uwaegbulam, The Guardian
16 March 2020
A wide-ranging UN climate report, released on last week, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, as well as on the health and wellbeing of the global population. The report, The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019, which
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W. Sahara Sues NZ Fund over “Blood Phosphates”
By :Ben Doherty, The Guardian
15 March 2020
West Saharan group takes New Zealand superannuation fund to court over `blood phosphate` Independence movement lodges documents in high court arguing $45bn fund invests in illegally mined fertiliser     The Western Sahara liberation movement has taken New Zealand’s superannuation fund to the country’s highest court over its investments in farms that use phosphate
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Syria: Reparation is a Key for Building Peace
By :Ibrahim Hamidi, Asharq Alawsat
15 March 2020
Sunday marks the ninth anniversary since the peaceful demonstrations kicked off in Syria calling for democracy. Today, regional and international players coexist in regime-run areas in an interlocking manner that could lead to a military clash at any moment while Syrians remain divided. The Russian and Turkish armies conducted joint patrols
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Syria: Reparation is a Key for Building Peace
By :Ibrahim Hamidi, Asharq Alawsat
15 March 2020
Sunday marks the ninth anniversary since the peaceful demonstrations kicked off in Syria calling for democracy. Today, regional and international players coexist in regime-run areas in an interlocking manner that could lead to a military clash at any moment while Syrians remain divided. The Russian and Turkish armies conducted joint patrols
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Kashmir: India to "Reclaim" Encroached Land
By :Safwat Zargar, scroll.in
15 March 2020
The Jammu and Kashmir government [under Indian occupation] plans to reclaim at least 1 lakh [100,000] hectares of encroached state land and village commons by the end of this month. About 65% of this land falls in the Jammu division of the newly created Union Territory, revenue department officials told
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“Slumlord Millionaire” Jared Kushner (review)
By :Jude Dry, IndieWire
12 March 2020
The Most Shocking Discoveries about ‘Slumlord’ Jared Kushner in Netflix’s “Dirty Money.” The president`s son-in-law is the subject of Alex Gibney`s docuseries, in an episode titled "Slumlord Millionaire."     Throughout his filmmaking career, documentarian Alex Gibney has made it his business to expose egregious abuse of power at the hands of the moneyed; from
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Kenya: 500 Taita Taveta Families to Be Evicted
By :Brian Ocharo, The Nation
12 March 2020
More than 500 families are now facing eviction from land said to belong to former assistant minister Basil Criticos. This comes after Mr Criticos renewed his plans to repossess the 1,000 hectares of land in Taita Taveta County which he claims was illegally allocated to the residents. The former Taveta MP on
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S. Sudan: Clashes Threaten Peace Agreement
By :The East African
10 March 2020
South Sudan thought it was attaining peace last week but it may now have to deal with erupting ethnic clashes in some parts of the country. Even before the revitalised transitional government of national unity (R-TGoNU), which was formed out of a peace deal by President Salva Kiir, First Vice President
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S. Sudan: Clashes Threaten Peace Agreement
By :The East African
10 March 2020
South Sudan thought it was attaining peace last week but it may now have to deal with erupting ethnic clashes in some parts of the country. Even before the revitalised transitional government of national unity (R-TGoNU), which was formed out of a peace deal by President Salva Kiir, First Vice President
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Focus on COVID-19 in Slums
By :Annie Wilkinson, Institute of Development Studies
10 March 2020
The impact of COVID-19 in informal settlements – are we paying enough attention?     As we in the global North brace ourselves for the coronavirus pandemic we are being told to wash our hands (for 20 seconds!) and self-isolate if sick. But what if you cannot do either of those things? One
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Indígenas resisten desalojo en Sao Paulo
By :La Nación/AFP
10 March 2020
Indígenas resisten orden judicial de desalojo en Sao Paulo     SAO PAULO—Unos 200 indígenas guaraníes junto a otros manifestantes se negaban este martes a salir de un terreno donde se construyen edificios de viviendas en el norte de Sao Paulo, alegando que la obra causó la tala de cientos de árboles en
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W. Sahara: EU Justifies Fishing Occupied Waters
By :WSRW
05 March 2020
Before voting on the new EU-Morocco fish deal in 2018, extending into occupied Western Sahara, several EU Member States asked for legal advice that would determine their vote. WSRW today publishes that influential legal opinion, which appears to miss the ball entirely.     Why WSRW publishes the legal opinion   The consultation exercises that
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New Tool: "Lo—TEK" Indigenous Technologies
By :Sala Elise Patterson, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
03 March 2020
First-ever compendium of indigenous technologies provides a powerful toolkit for climate-resilient design     The design field is at an inflection point. It must challenge its repertoire, rethink technology, and begin to see biodiversity as a building block of urban environments. Julia Watson’s lush and meticulous new book, Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, provides
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New Tool: "Lo—TEK" Indigenous Technologies
By :Sala Elise Patterson, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
03 March 2020
First-ever compendium of indigenous technologies provides a powerful toolkit for climate-resilient design     The design field is at an inflection point. It must challenge its repertoire, rethink technology, and begin to see biodiversity as a building block of urban environments. Julia Watson’s lush and meticulous new book, Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, provides
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Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara
By :(SPS)
02 March 2020
Geneva, 2 March 2020 - An appeal to the UN Human Rights Council was launched, at a meeting in Geneva organized by the "Geneva Group in Support of Western Sahara" (GGSSO), to send commissions of inquiry into the occupied territories of Western Sahara and to act upon the serious violations
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India: Muslims and Sikhs End 10-year Land Dispute
By :Aditya Menon, The Quint
29 February 2020
Grateful for Sikhs’ help, Muslims end Saharanpur land dispute     Muslims and Sikhs in Western Uttar Pradesh`s Saharanpur have brought an end to a 10-year-old land dispute.   The dispute involved a plot of land adjoining a Gurdwara not far from Saharanpur railway station. The Gurdwara committee had purchased the land for expanding the
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Missouri Farmer Wins $265m Monsanto/BASF Claim
By :Carey Gillam, Sierra
25 February 2020
Missouri Farmer Wins $265 Million Verdict against Monsanto. Jury finds that, because of dicamba, a peach farmer is going out of business     A Missouri peach farmer notched a rare courtroom victory this month, defeating the former Monsanto Co. and chemical giant BASF in the first of what is expected to be
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UN: A Call to Human Rights “Action”
By :HIC-HLRN
25 February 2020
At the opening of this 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, on 24 February 2020, Secretary-General António Guterres finally issued a formal initiative to consolidate human rights action in the fourth year of his five-year term. The much-welcome initiative bears the title The Highest Aspiration: A Call to
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Uganda: Thousands Homeless for Land Privatization
By :Bill Oketch, Daily monitor
25 February 2020
More than 35,000 people from 20 villages are homeless after being evicted from about 9,300 acres of land in Kiryandongo District to pave way for large scale farming. No one seemingly knows the exact year when the government allegedly gave the land to agricultural companies for large scale farming. The government says
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India: Evictions in Honor of Trump Visit
By :Avinash Nair, The Indian Express
18 February 2020
Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to India, officials serve 45 families in Gujarat slum with eviction notices. The move comes just days after the AMC began building a wall allegedly to cover the Saraniyavas or Dev Saran slum on a route that the US President is likely to take while
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900,000 Displaced in Syria since December
By :France 24 with AFP and REUTERS
18 February 2020
`A horrifying new level`: UN says 900,000 displaced in northwest Syria since December – 100,000 more than previously reported – as the Syrian army said it had retaken dozens of towns in Aleppo province.      A Russian-backed Syrian regime offensive in northwest Syria has displaced 900,000 people since the start of December and babies
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USA: New SWATs Pursue Sanctuary City Migrants
By :Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times
14 February 2020
Border patrol will deploy elite tactical agents to sanctuary cities.Agents from a special tactical team that normally confronts smugglers on the border are being sent to sanctuary cities across the country.     The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation
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L’ONU : 112 entreprises et leurs crimes dans les colonies
By :CNCD 11.11.11
12 February 2020
La base de données des entreprises impliquées dans les colonies israéliennes enfin rendue publique     Reportée depuis mars 2017, la publication de la base de données des entreprises impliquées dans les colonies israéliennes a enfin eu lieu ce mercredi 12 février. Elle était demandée de longue date par de nombreuses organisations belges
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Watch: The Heart of Nuba
By :Storyville Global, BBC World
12 February 2020
For thirty years, Omar al-Bashir, the former president of Sudan, waged a brutal and bloody war on his own people. This program filmed before al-Bashir was ousted, features Dr. Tom Catena a U.S. doctor and missionary who has been working in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan (South Kordofan) for over
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الأمم المتحدة: قائمة بـ112 شركة تتعاون مع الاستعمار
By :مفوضية الأمم المتحدة السامية لحقوق الانسان
12 February 2020
جنيف—أصدر مكتب حقوق الإنسان التابع للأمم المتحدة تقريرا، اليوم، عن  الشركات والكيانات التجارية التي تقوم بأنشطة محددة تتعلق بالمستوطنات الاسرائيلية في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة وذلك بناءا على طلب من مجلس حقوق الإنسان في قراره الصادر ‏في مارس من عام 2016 والذي كلف المكتب بإصدار قاعدة بيانات للشركات التجارية التي لها
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Saluting L.A.`s Ancestral Lands at the Oscars
By :Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter
10 February 2020
Taika Waititi may have left some viewers wondering about the history behind the Tongva, the Tataviam and the Chumash tribes when he mentioned the groups while presenting the Academy`s honorary prizes during the 2020 Oscars on Sunday night….   While introducing the winners of the Academy’s honorary prizes, including Native American actor
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Bolsonaro`s Ambiguous Amazon Plan
By :Luciana Coelho and Gustavo Uribe, Folha de São Paulo
10 February 2020
Bolsonaro`s Proposed Amazon Plan Is Vague and Uncertain. Officials improvised the proposed project on eve of Davos event to appease critics.     SÃO PAULO and BRASÍLIA—Bolsonaro`s finalized his plan for the Amazon right before the World Economic Forum in Davis, Switzerland. The government wanted to alleviate investor doubts about the government`s inaction in forest
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Israel Blocks Palestinian Produce Exports
By :Juan Cole, Common Dreams
10 February 2020
Israeli blocking of Palestinian exports to Jordan shows reality of apartheid that the Kushner plan seeks to consolidate. That Israel can stop Palestinian-Jordanian trade demonstrates conclusively that Palestine is not a free agent, but is rather an Occupied territory, and that all the power rests in the hands of the
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HIC-HLRN: Modelos de trabajo con ONU-Hábitat
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
ABU DHABI — En un evento de redes en el 10º Foro Urbano Mundial (FUM) para considerar un nuevo “Mecanismo de participación de las partes interesadas para el desarrollo sostenible” de Hábitat de las Naciones Unidas, HIC-HLRN presentó su contribución a la discusión actual sobre los posibles métodos y funciones
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شبكة الموئل: لتعاون جديد مع موئل الأمم المتحدة
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
أبو ظبي - في أثناء فعالية للتشبيك، في المنتدى الحضري العالمي العاشر (WUF 10)، للنظر في تصور آلية لإشراك أصحاب المصلحة من أجل التنمية المستدامة ضمن هيكل موئل الأمم المتحدة،، قدمت شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن - التحالف الدولي للموئل، مساهمتها في تلك المناقشة الراهنة، حول الأساليب والوظائف اللاحقة لموئل الأمم
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HIC-HLRN: New Ways to Work with UN Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
ABU DHABI—At a networking event in the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF) to consider a new UN Habitat “Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development,” HIC-HLRN presented its contribution to the current discussion about the eventual methods and functions of UN Habitat’s partnership with civil society, local governments and authorities, and
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HIC-HLRN : Nouveaux travail avec l`ONU Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
ABU DHABI - Lors d`un événement de réseautage au 10e Forum urbain mondial (FUM) pour examiner un nouveau «mécanisme d`engagement des parties prenantes pour le développement durable» d`ONU Habitat, HIC-HLRN a présenté sa contribution à la discussion actuelle sur les éventuelles méthodes et fonctions d`ONU Habitat. partenariat avec la société
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Israel blocks Palestinian Agri exports
By :Middle East Monitor
08 February 2020
Israel has escalated a trade war with the Palestinians by stopping their agricultural exports through Jordan, Palestinian Agriculture Minister Riyal al-Attari said on Saturday. Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) opened a new front in their decades-long conflict with a trade dispute that began in October and has escalated over the
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Pope Turns Vatican Palace into Homeless Shelter
By :Kathleen N. Hattrup, Aleteia
07 February 2020
The majestic building is just right for those who will “inherit the kingdom of God.”     Back in November, Pope Francis blessed a project that he dubbed the “Palace of the Poor,” a refurbished Calasanziane convent dating back to the early 1800s. The palace still carries the name of the Roman family
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Brazil: President Opens Indigenous Land to Mining
By :Amazon Watch
06 February 2020
Illegal Bill to Permit Mining on Indigenous Territories Proposed by Bolsonaro to Brazil`s Congress   Yesterday, marking his 400th day in office, Brazil`s extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro proposed new legislation that would permit industrial mining, oil and gas projects, and hydroelectric dams on protected indigenous lands. The bill – which brazenly violates Brazil`s constitution
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Brasil: Presidente abre tierra indigena a la minería
By :Infobae, con información de AFP
06 February 2020
Jair Bolsonaro firmó un proyecto de ley que abre las tierras indígenas a la minería. El proyecto, que debe ser aprobado por el Congreso, fue calificado como un “sueño” por el mandatario brasileño.   El presidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, firmó este miércoles un polémico proyecto de ley que abre las tierras
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ETOs: German Cement Giant in Occupied Land
By :Al Haq and SOMO
04 February 2020
The German extraction industry giant, HeidelbergCement is implicated in cross-border organized violations of international law in Palestine.     AMSTERDAM/RAMALLAH—The German multinational HeidelbergCement is complicit in the pillaging of natural resources from the Nahal Raba quarry in the occupied West Bank, with serious human and environmental rights violations against Palestinians, a new report by SOMO and Al-Haq
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‘Parasite’: Homes Play Characters in Oscar Winner
By :Karen Idelson, Variety
03 February 2020
Haunted houses are always full of hidden passageways, secret rooms and a story or two about someone who used to live there who disappeared or died under mysterious circumstances. The Park house in “Parasite” is no exception to that rule.   It was first imagined by director Bong Joon Ho as a
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Navajo Pres. Sides with Kit Carson on Palestine
By :The Red Nation
02 February 2020
Navajo Nation President Nez Sides with Kit Carson on Palestine   The [president of the] Navajo Nation’s partnership with Zionist organizations raises historical questions.   Black men fighting for their freedom once drenched the earth with the blood of white men. We know this history. At the same time, our grandfathers carried guns against
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U.S. Revives Military Land Mine Use
By :Robert Burns, Associated Press
31 January 2020
United States President Donald Trump authorizes a shift to wider U.S. military use of land mines, after much of the world has banned their use.     WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Friday canceled an Obama-era prohibition on the use of anti-personnel land mines outside of the Korean peninsula. With potential future conflict with
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U.S. Farm Bankruptcies Hit an Eight-year High
By :P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters
30 January 2020
CHICAGO—U.S. farm bankruptcy rates jumped 20% in 2019 - to an eight-year high - as financial woes in the U.S. agricultural economy continued, in spite of massive federal bail-out funding, according to federal court data.   According to data released this week by the United States Courts, family farmers filed 595 Chapter
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South Africa: Women’s Landmark Property Rights Ruling
By :Kim Harrisberg, Thomson Reuters Foundation
29 January 2020
For black women married before 1988, the husband owned all matrimonial assets and could sell them without consulting his wife - until a landmark win this month overturned the law     JOHANNESBURG—Facing destitution when her marriage broke down, 72-year-old Agnes Sithole went to court to challenge a sexist law - and won
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How Chevron Crushes an Environment Defender
By :Sharon Lerner, The Intercept
29 January 2020
How the Environmental Lawyer Who Won a Massive Judgment against Chevron Lost Everything   Last August, during the second-hottest year on record, while the fires in the Amazon rainforest were raging, the ice sheet in Greenland was melting, and Greta Thunberg was being greeted by adoring crowds across the U.S., something else happened
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Criminal Conspiracy of the Century
By :HLRN
28 January 2020
In joint presentations, US President Donald Trump and pro tem Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed the long-anticipated/-dreaded “deal of the century” today in a White House ceremony. The entitled “Peace to Prosperity” document is now available for scrutiny. The plan, echoing the South African vision of Grand Apartheid, seeks
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Wealth Inequality, not Over-population Causes Climate Crisis
By :The Conversation
28 January 2020
Stop blaming population growth for climate change. The real culprit is wealth inequality. Consumption by the world’s richest 10% makes up half of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions. Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis   The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and
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Malawi: Men Still Grab Women`s Land, Despite Law
24 January 2020
Malawi men continue to grab land from women - official   Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development director of administration Duncan Chione has said the new land law, which came into effect in 2018, is still facing resistance because men continue to grab land from women.   The official made the remarks in
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Nigeria: Mass Evictions, Protests as Housing Crisis Mounts
By :Libby George, Reuters
24 January 2020
Mass evictions prompt protests as Nigerian housing crisis mounts     LAGOS—The men in naval uniforms charged into the Nigerian waterfront village of Okun Glass in the morning, chased out the residents, then called in the bulldozers.   De facto village leader, 75-year-old Dauda Musa, said he fled as the men fired guns into the
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Trump Removes More Environmental Safeguards
By :Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press
23 January 2020
Trump Administration set to remove protections against water pollution     WASHINGTON—The Trump administration appears ready to move ahead with its plan to remove protections for some of the nation’s millions of miles, streams and arroyos, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks.   The changes, promised by President Donald Trump in his first
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States Urge Spain to Respect Saharawi Rights
By :Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW)
22 January 2020
As a matter of extraterritorial human rights obligation, Namibia and East-Timor have today recommended Spain to respect the Saharawi people`s right to free, prior and informed consent before any exploitation of Western Sahara`s natural resources.   Spain today went through its third Universal Periodic Review, a peer review in the
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Real Estate Tax Options in the Arab State
By :Amr Adly, Bloomberg
22 January 2020
Property taxes are the Arab world’s low-hanging fruit. Levies on real estate can help governments deliver social justice and jobs without hurting the investment climate.     Under increasing pressure from restive populations that are demanding economic opportunity and social justice, many governments in the Middle East and North Africa are keen to speed
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Peru: Indigenous Win Amazon Oil Battle
By :Maria Cervantes, Reuters
22 January 2020
Peruvian indigenous group wins suit to block oil exploration in Amazonian region   LIMA—A Peruvian judge ruled that the government exclude an indigenous region of the Amazon near the border with Brazil from any oil exploration and exploitation, a legal group said on Wednesday, in a win for native communities that have
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At WEF, Greta Nails It
By :Democracy Now and BBC
21 January 2020
The words of 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, addressing world leaders today at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. She spoke just after President Trump addressed the Forum, touting U.S. economic prowess, but
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ICC: Pre-trial Palestine Probe Pleads Plus Pages
By :ICC-CPI-20200121-PR1508
21 January 2020
Situation in Palestine: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber rules on Prosecutor’s request for an extension of the page limit     Today, 21 January 2020, the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") rendered a decision on the Prosecutor`s `Application for extension of pages for request under article 19(3) of the
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France : Les inégalités gagnent du terrain
By :SudOuest.fr.
21 January 2020
41 milliardaires et 9,8 millions de pauvres : en France, les inégalités gagnent du terrain. A la veille de l’ouverture du Forum économique de Davos, Oxfam a dévoilé son rapport sur les inégalités. Pour l’ONG, la France est touchée par une crise profonde.     Chaque année, avant le forum économique de Davos
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UN Landmark Case for Climate-displaced
By :Amnesty International
20 January 2020
UN landmark case for people displaced by climate change      In a ground-breaking asylum case, a UN human rights body has ruled that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering deportation of asylum seekers, said Amnesty International today.    Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific nation of
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Remunicipalizing Our Cities
By :Dan Hancox, The Guardian
19 January 2020
From sparkling water fountains to better waste services and lower drug prices, cities are showing the benefits of remunicipalisation In 2015, a strident editorial appeared in Global Water Intelligence, a trade magazine for the water industry, under the title: Exorcising the “R” word. “It would be a travesty,”
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CSOs Blast UN’s Corporate Take-over
By :FIAN and various CSOs
16 January 2020
WEF takeover of UN strongly condemned. With the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos around the corner, hundreds of CSOs reiterate condemnation of the partnership between the corporate world with the UN.     As corporate executives fly into Davos for the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF),
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La capture de l’ONU par le FEM condamnée
By :Organisations de la societ
16 January 2020
La prise de contrôle par le FEM de l’ONU fortement condamnée par les organisations de la societé civile   Alors que la réunion annuelle du Forum économique mondial à Davos approche à grands pas, des centaines d’organisations de la société cibile réitèrent la condamnation du partenariat entre le secteur privé et l’ONU.   Alors
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Captura del FMAM de la ONU condenada
By :Organizationes de la sociedad civil
16 January 2020
Condena firme a la absorción de la ONU por parte del FEM   Con el encuentro anual del Foro Económico Mundial en Davos a la vuelta de la esquina, cientos de OSC reiteran su condena al acuerdo estratégico entre el mundo empresarial y la ONU.   A pocos días para del arranque en Davos
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Palestine: Judaizing Nature
By :Tovah Lazaroff, Khaled Abu Toameh
15 January 2020
In Area C battle, IDF approves 7 Israeli West Bank nature reserves. Defense Ministry says it`s the first approval of Israeli nature reserves in the West Bank`s Area C since the 1994 Oslo Accords.     Israel approved the creation of seven Israeli nature reserves in Area C of the West Bank, just
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Outrage over Siemens Backing Adani Coal
By :Deutsche Welle
13 January 2020
Climate Activists Outraged as Siemens Backs Adani Coal Mining Project in Australia   Siemens has announced it will remain involved in a controversial coal mining project in Australia, despite massive environmental criticism as the country continues to be ravaged by bushfires.   The German engineering conglomerate has a contract worth roughly €18 million ($20 million) which requires
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Tribute to Ghanimat Azhdari
By :Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal
10 January 2020
‘She was absolutely adored’: Iranian scientist spent her life fighting for indigenous voices in conservation.   Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This
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The Future of Africa`s Food Security
By :Busani Bafana, Inter Press Service
09 January 2020
IBADAN, Nigeria—Africa will starve or survive on expensive food imports because it is not growing new farmers, research shows. And the challenge remains among researchers, policy makers, public and private sector actors to get African youth interested in agriculture on a continent where a growing number of people go to
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OpT: 2019 House Demolitions
By :B`tselem
06 January 2020
Israeli house demolitions spiked in 2019 compared to previous years   Irael demolished a record number of homes in East Jerusalem in 2019, also setting a record for homes demolished by their own owners on Israel’s orders. The number of homes Israel demolished in the rest of the West Bank, both over
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Defying ICC, Israel Annexes Jordan Valley
By :Noa Landau, Haaretz
05 January 2020
Despite Hague Warnings, Israeli Panel to Discuss Annexing the Jordan Valley. Sources tell Haaretz that reviewing the issue is meant to show that Israel has not abandoned the idea due to international pressure     An Israeli committee will convene Sunday to discuss the annexation of the Jordan Valley despite a warning by
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Israel Razes Home on New Year`s Day
By :Sondus Ewies and Mustafa Abu Sneneh, Middle East Eye
01 January 2020
Israel demolishes newly built houses of Palestinian families on New Year`s Day. Al-Khalaileh families shocked to wake up and be told army had started to demolish their two houses in East Jerusalem.     Israeli forces demolished two houses 0n Wednesday belonging to Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem,
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NW Syria: > 235K Flee Homes in Two Weeks
By :Gul Tuysuz and Tara John, CNN
27 December 2019
More than 235,000 people fled their homes in northwest Syria in the past two weeks, UN says     Istanbul—Nearly a quarter of a million people in northwest Syria have been displaced over the past two weeks due to an escalation of violence in Idlib province, the country`s last major opposition bastion, the United Nations has
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New York Evictions Down, Thanks to Voters
By :Mara Gay, The New York Time
26 December 2019
The rent protections passed by the newly Democratic State Senate are working.       This spring, New York State enacted the strongest tenant protections in a quarter century. Already, they have made a difference in the lives of thousands of New York City residents.   Since the law took effect in June, landlords have tried
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Israel Displaces 9K Palestinians since 2010
By :Natasha Roth-Rowland, +972 mag
24 December 2019
Israel’s occupation forces have displaced over 9,000 Palestinians in a decade of West Bank demolitions. The Israeli demolition regime in the West Bank and East Jerusalem also has destroyed over 6,000 Palestinian structures, displacing thousands of Palestinians over the past decade — over half of whom are children and minors.       Israeli
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USA: ½ Million Homeless at Christmas
By :Alan Macleod, Mint Press News
23 December 2019
This Christmas, over half a million persons in the United States will struggle with homelessness. The U.S. government estimates ending homelessness would cost around $20 billion, less than the amount spent on Christmas decorations that people in the U.S., who appears to have little appetite to address the growing social
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UN to Reveal Complicit-corporation Database
By :Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews
22 December 2019
Israeli sources say the list, delayed on multiple occasions due to U.S. pressure, the UN Human Rights Council is to publicize at the end of January. The United States has threatened the body with dire consequences if any U.S. companies are harmed as a result. Several prominent Israeli and international
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UN to Reveal Complicit-corporation Database
By :Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews
22 December 2019
Israeli sources say the list, delayed on multiple occasions due to U.S. pressure, the UN Human Rights Council is to publicize at the end of January. The United States has threatened the body with dire consequences if any U.S. companies are harmed as a result. Several prominent Israeli and international
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Netherlands: The Right to Climate Protection!
By :Lukas Schulze, Buzzfeed News
20 December 2019
People have a fundamental right to be protected from climate change, a landmark court ruling says. The Dutch Supreme Court`s decision could have huge repercussions for how other countries tackle rising emissions.     The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled Friday that the government must take urgent action on climate change to
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إسرائيل: هيئة أممية حقوقية تجد الفصل العنصري
By :شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن والحق
20 December 2019
ترحب منظمات حقوق الإنسان الفلسطينية والإقليمية والدولية الموقعة على البيان باعتماد لجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بالقضاء على التمييز العنصري، يوم الجمعة، 12 كانون الأول 2019، لملاحظاتها الختامية بشأن إسرائيل، والتي تُبرز للمرة أخرى وجود سياسات وممارسات إسرائيلية فصل العنصري بحق الشعب الفلسطيني على جانبي الخط الأخضر. حيث تعكس الملاحظات الختامية
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Israel: UN Rights Body Finds Apartheid
By :HIC-HLRN and Al-Haq
19 December 2019
Palestinian, regional, and international human rights organisations welcome CERD finding of Israeli policies and practices of racial segregation and apartheid on both sides of the Green Line     Palestinian, regional, and international human rights organisations welcome the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) adoption of its Concluding
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Palestine: Israel Fragments Rural Bethlehem
By :OCHA
19 December 2019
More than 85 per cent of Bethlehem Governorate is designated as Area C, the vast majority of which is off limits for Palestinian development. The majority of Bethlehem’s land reserves allocated for Israeli military and settler use.     Basheer Sous, President of the Beit Jala Farmers’ Society, owns several plots of land
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Syria: Desperation after Idlib Displacement
By :Mohammed Adow, Aljazeera
14 December 2019
Syrians struggling after barely escaping last rebel-held province.   The bombardment of Idlib province by Syrian army artillery and Russian air raids has led to the significant displacement of people.   Syrians who have fled their homes in the last remaining rebel-held area describe the offensive as indiscriminate, with shells hitting homes and hospitals.   Many of the
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Brazil: New Decree to Support Land Grabs
By :Sputnik News
12 December 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signs a decree giving title to smallholder farmers, but may encourage land grabbing.     President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree on Tuesday that will allow tens of thousands of small farmers finally to earn title to the land they cultivate, fulfilling a campaign promise to the agricultural sector
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India: Protesting > 40K Trees Cut for Mine, Police Crack Down
By :Newsclick Report
12 December 2019
India: Talabira Odisha: Over 40,000 trees removed to pave way for Adani’s Mine. Heavy police force is present on the site to completely cordon off the region. Activists are terming the removal of the trees as a grave violation of community forest rights.     The green lungs of industrial Odisha’s Sambalpur are
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Afghanistan: Urban Planning, Warlords & No Census
By :Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation
11 December 2019
After decades of conflict and no up-to-date census, the Afghan capital is grappling with urban planning and infrastructure     KABUL—Like any other mayor of a booming city, Kabul Mayor Ahmad Zaki Sarfaraz worries about traffic congestion, affordable housing and water shortages, but with an added wrinkle: he has no idea how many
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Canada: Town Dies amid Environmental Changes
By :Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
10 December 2019
Closing down: aging residents, falling fish stocks spell end for Canadian town. A tiny town in Canada is closing down, with residents in the tight-knit community packing their belongings and making the final preparations to shutter their homes   TORONTO—Perched along Canada`s windswept North Atlantic coast, the town of Little Bay Islands
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Brazil: 2 Indigenous Guajajaras Murdered
By :Rosa Gauditano, Survival International
09 December 2019
Last Saturday, December 7, two indigenous Guajajara men were shot to death and two others injured. The shots were fired by occupants of a vehicle on the side of a road through Cana Brava Indigenous Land. This attack comes just over a month after the murder of Paulo Paulino Guajajara,
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Kashmir: A Land without Internet
By :Peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu
08 December 2019
In a land without Internet, the communication blackout is forcing young entrepreneurs out of Kashmir Valley. With the Internet blackout stretching for more than 120 days in Jammu and Kashmir, start-ups that began with much fanfare are closing down. Peerzada Ashiq reports on young Kashmiri entrepreneurs who are leaving behind
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South Korea: Neighborhoods Rallying before Death
By :Isaiah Winters, Gwangju News
06 December 2019
Lost in Gwangju   Every year in Korea, autumn foliage treats us to one last gasp of life before the bleak onset of winter. I can’t help but liken this to cases of terminal lucidity, when patients on their deathbeds regain a fleeting clarity of expression before suddenly passing away. In much
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‘Amazon Completely Lawless’: Bolsonaro’s 1st Year
By :Matt Sandy. The New York Times
05 December 2019
Deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest, an important buffer against climate change, has soared under President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.     RIO DE JANEIRO—When the smoke cleared, the Amazon could breathe easy again.   For months, black clouds had hung over the rainforest as work crews burned and chain-sawed through it. Now the rainy
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Amazonía: `no hay ley’: el primer año de Bolsonaro
05 December 2019
Con el actual gobierno de Brasil ha aumentado la deforestación en la selva tropical más grande del mundo, crucial para atenuar el impacto del cambio climático.     RÍO DE JANEIRO — Cuando se dispersó el humo, la Amazonía pudo volver a respirar con facilidad.   Durante meses,unas nubes negras se cernían sobre el bosque
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Amazonía: `no hay ley’: el primer año de Bolsonaro
05 December 2019
Con el actual gobierno de Brasil ha aumentado la deforestación en la selva tropical más grande del mundo, crucial para atenuar el impacto del cambio climático.     RÍO DE JANEIRO — Cuando se dispersó el humo, la Amazonía pudo volver a respirar con facilidad.   Durante meses,unas nubes negras se cernían sobre el bosque
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UN: Israeli Occupation Cost Palestine $48 billion
By :James Reinl, Mondoweiss
03 December 2019
Israeli military checkpoints and barriers around the West Bank and Gaza doubtless restrict the flow of goods and labor to farms and businesses and serve to choke off the fledgling $14.7bn Palestinian economy.   This week, the United Nations attempted to put a figure on exactly how much the occupation was costing
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New UN Resolutions support Palestine
By :United Nation Press
03 December 2019
The General Assembly today adopted five resolutions on the question of Palestine and the Middle East, including one calling on Member States not to recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regards to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations. Through the terms of the text titled
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New UN Resolutions support Palestine
By :United Nation Press
03 December 2019
The General Assembly today adopted five resolutions on the question of Palestine and the Middle East, including one calling on Member States not to recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regards to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations. Through the terms of the text titled
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13 Countries Vote against Pro-Palestine
By :Times of Israel
03 December 2019
States led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Palestinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin. Over a dozen countries on Tuesday abruptly changed their voting pattern at the United Nations in Israel’s favor, opposing an annual resolution expressing support for a pro-Palestinian
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13 Countries Vote against Pro-Palestine
By :Times of Israel
03 December 2019
States led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Palestinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin. Over a dozen countries on Tuesday abruptly changed their voting pattern at the United Nations in Israel’s favor, opposing an annual resolution expressing support for a pro-Palestinian
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Palestine: Jerusalem Home Demolitions Soar
By :Judith Sudilovsky, +972 mag
01 December 2019
On 5 November, Muatasem Abbasi became a statistic.   His home in Silwan, which he shared with his parents, joined the ranks of the 155 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem the Jerusalem municipality has demolished so far this year, as of November 14. The reason: it had been built without a permit.   Abbasi, whose home was built in
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Israel Begins Biggest E. Jerusalem Colony
By :Nir Hasson, Haaretz
27 November 2019
Work has begun on the expansion of the Nof Tzion settlement in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber, which, upon completion, will make it the largest Jewish settlement within a Palestinian neighborhood in the city.   Expanding settlement of Nof Tzion is surrounded by the large Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber.
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US Farmers: `They`re trying to wipe us off the map`
By :Alana Semuels, TIME
27 November 2019
Small-scale farmers in the United States are nearing extinction      For nearly two centuries, the Rieckmann family has raised cows for milk in this muddy patch of land in the middle of Wisconsin. Mary and John Rieckmann, who now run the farm and its 45 cows, have seen all manners of ups
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Palestine: Settlers Torch Sebastia Olive Trees
By :Palinfo
26 November 2019
A horde of Jewish settlers set fire to a Palestinian-owned olive grove at an early morning hour on Tuesday in the archeological area of Sebastia town, northwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Sebastia mayor Mohamed Azem told WAFA news agency that the vigilance of local residents and
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Call for Proposals: Homes, Housing & Human Rights
By :Student Organizers at Trent University
24 November 2019
13th Annual Community Movements Conference Homes, Housing, and Human Rights  January 31 - February 1, 2020 Peterborough, Ontario     On behalf of Trent Students affiliated with the International Development Studies program and the Student Association for International Development (SAID), we would like to invite you to participate in our 13th annual
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London: 150 Homeless Die in Streets, 2018
By :Mark Blunden, The Independent
21 November 2019
The Homeless Fund: Nearly 150 people ‘with hope in their lives’ dead in one year in London. Recent church services commemorated all those lost to London`s homelessness crisis     Nearly 150 people are known to have perished sleeping rough last year – the average age for women to die was 43, nearly
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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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Palestine: Urgent Call from Gaza under Fire
By :Jabaliya al-Nazih Municipality, Gaza Strip
17 November 2019
During the time while Palestinian people are preparing themselves to hold a legislative elections, the Israeli occupation has launched a new aggressive attack against Gaza people. This attack leads to the martyrdom and the wound of hundreds of innocent civilians. In addition, it leads to the destruction of dozens of
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Palestine: Urgent Call from Gaza under Fire
By :Jabaliya al-Nazih Municipality, Gaza Strip
17 November 2019
During the time while Palestinian people are preparing themselves to hold a legislative elections, the Israeli occupation has launched a new aggressive attack against Gaza people. This attack leads to the martyrdom and the wound of hundreds of innocent civilians. In addition, it leads to the destruction of dozens of
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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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Finland Ends Homelessness
By :Kathrin Glösel, Kontrast.at
14 November 2019
Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need     In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling, without any preconditions. Thus, 4 out of 5 people affected make their
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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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MENA Socialist Feminists on Popular Uprisings
09 November 2019
Statement by MENA Socialist Feminists and Allies on the Popular Uprisings in the Region   8 November 2019    In all the ongoing struggles in the region, the most progressive demands have been raised by women participants who oppose patriarchy and do not separate social justice from women’s emancipation. In order for the 2019 uprisings to
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Brazil: The Life and Death of the Guajajara
By :Carol Marçal, The Guardian
08 November 2019
It is not news that the Brazilian government has been failing to protect Indigenous lands and Indigenous rights. But due to ever-increasing invasion of their territories by land grabbers, loggers and even drug traffickers, the Indigenous Peoples from several groups in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil decided to
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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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Israel Turns Palestinian Village into Settler Park
By :Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz
25 October 2019
Israel Is turning an ancient Palestinian village into a national park for settlers   The unbelievable story of a village outside Jerusalem: from its destruction in 1948 to the ticket issued last week by a parks ranger to a descendant of its refugees, who had the gall to harvest the fruits of
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Israel-destroyed Palestinian J’lem Homes in 2019
By :Yumna Pate, Mondoweis
25 October 2019
Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday.   More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians, 127 of them minors.   Of the homes that were destroyed, 39
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UN Expert: Ban Israeli Products from Colonies
By :AFP
24 October 2019
UN expert calls for ban on Israeli products from settlements: “The international community has a responsibility and a legal obligation to compel Israel to completely end its occupation and remove barriers to self-determination for the Palestinians.”     UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories called Wednesday for
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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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Senégal : Malick Gaye dit « baisser le taux d’intérêt »
By :Le Qoitidien
21 October 2019
Libre echange avec Malick Gaye, architecte spécialiste en développement urbain : «Pour les 100 mille logements, baisser le taux d’intérêt à 1%»     L’architecte Malick Gaye, spécialiste en développement urbain à Enda Tiers monde, épluche les limites et contraintes du projet de construction de 100 mille logements sociaux que le gouvernement veut
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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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20 Firms Emit a Third of All Carbon
By :Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
09 October 2019
New data show how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers     The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern
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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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Quiet, Cruel Population Transfer in Hebron Hills
By :Gideon Levy and Alec Levac, Ha’aretz
27 September 2019
Demolition of Palestinian homes – last week’s excuse was to create Israeli “nature reserves,” this week a “firing zone” – causes now-homeless Mahmoud Hamamdi to ask, “Who is the terrorist: the one who builds a house or the one who demolishes a house?”     It’s obvious from the pink walls, the colored
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Call to Annex Jordan Valley Spurs Ruinous Rampage
By :Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz
20 September 2019
Down in the Jordan Valley, the cruel wheels of the Israeli occupation keep on turning. Shortly after Netanyahu announced his plan to annex the Jordan Valley, the Israeli authorities arrived at hilltop olive groves owned by Palestinians there, and destroyed them, days before the planned harvest     Two days after Prime Minister
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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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تقرير مشترك أمام لجنة مناهضة التميز
By :HIC-HLRN
11 September 2019
شارك التحالف الدولي للموئل- شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن، مع منظمتين من أعضاء التحالف- مؤسسة الحق، ومركز بديل- الفلسطيني لمصادر حقوق المواطنة واللاجئين – بالإضافة إلى مركز القاهرة لدراسات حقوق الإنسان، في تقديم تقرير مشترك، أمام لجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية باتفاقية القضاء على التمييز العنصري، تناولت قائمة موضوعات اللجنة بشأن التقارير
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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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Adani Coal Takes Native Land as Oz Burns
By :Ben Doherty, The Guardian
31 August 2019
While Queensland extinguishes native title over Indigenous land to make way for Adani coalmine   Palaszczuk government did not announce decision Wangan and Jagalingou people say makes them trespassers on their own land     The Queensland government has extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou country for the proposed Adani coalmine in
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Condemnation of Forced Eviction in Cotonou
29 August 2019
The Benin Federation of Slum / Informal Settlement Residents joins hands with sister movements from the Slum Dwellers International (SDI) movement across Africa to condemn the recent forced eviction of thousands of residents of Wxlacodji beach community in Cotonou. We further call on the Benin Government to engage with our
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Condamnation du Déguerpissement à Cotonou
29 August 2019
La Fédération des Habitants des Zones de Taudis / Bidonvilles en République du Bénin rejoint d’autres mouvements affiliés au mouvement Slum Dwellers International (SDI) en Africaine pour condamner le récent déguerpissement qui a eu lieu dans la communauté de Xwlacodji plage à Cotonou. Nous appelons le gouvernement béninois à concerter
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What`s Destroying the Amazon?
By :Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay News
23 August 2019
Since 1978 over 750,000 square kilometers (289,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. Why is Earth`s largest rainforest being destroyed?   For most of human history, deforestation in the Amazon was primarily the product of subsistence farmers who cut down trees to produce
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Brazil: Amazon on Fire
By :CBS News
21 August 2019
On Monday afternoon, the City of São Paulo, Brazil, went dark — but it wasn`t some strange cosmic event. Powerful winds carried the smoke from forest fires burning nearly 1,700 miles away, reported the BBC. Almost 73,000 fires have been detected by Brazil`s space research center INPE, according to Reuters. It`s a
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Fact-finding in Kashmir
By :News 18
15 August 2019
`Real Situation Quite Different`: Activists Report Claim Situation Kashmir `Not Normal`. Noted economist Jean Dreze and activists Maimoona Mollah, Kavita Krishnan and Vimal Bhai travelled to various parts of Kashmir on 9–13 August to assess the ground situation after special status to Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn.     NEW DELHI—Deserted streets, worried
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Nagaland Raises National Flag
By :The Hindu
14 August 2019
‘Naga national flag’ hoisted across Naga-inhabited areas on ‘Independence Day’     GUWAHATI, Assam—The influential Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Wednesday hoisted the ‘Naga national flag’ to celebrate the 73rd ‘Naga Independence Day’ across the Naga-inhabited areas, including Myanmar.   On 14 August 1947, leaders belonging to various Naga tribes came together to unfurl their
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Britain: Austerity Kills Homeless Person Every 19 Hours
By :Welfare Weekly Editor
14 August 2019
 A homeless person dies every 19 hours in austerity Britain. Services are failing to protect homelessness people, say campaigners.     Shocking new research has revealed that a homeless person is dying every 19 hours in austerity Britain, as campaigners call for more to be done to protect some of the most vulnerable
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USA: New Rule to Make Residents Homeless
By :Carey L. Biron, City
13 August 2019
`We will become homeless`: U.S. residents fear housing rule change could force them out of homes. The rule change could make an entire household ineligible for social housing if a single member is undocumented, say experts.     WASHINGTON - Fears are mounting across the United States over a proposal by President Donald
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IPCC Agrees with Indigenous Peoples
By :Indigenous peoples
12 August 2019
A statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land from Indigenous Peoples and local communities* from 42 countries spanning 76% of the world’s tropical forests     Finally, the world’s top scientists recognize what we have always known.   We—Indigenous Peoples and local communities—play a critical role
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#StandTogetherNow
12 August 2019
In 2015 world leaders signed historic agreements – the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the broader 2030 Agenda to push for a more just and sustainable world by 2030. These inter-linked agendas promised to transform the world, to end poverty, to reduce inequality, ensure peace and combat climate
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انتهاكات الإسرائيلية في فلسطين: 1 –7 أغسطس
By :المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الانسان
12 August 2019
الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية تتواصل في الارض الفلسطينية المحتلة، من 1 أغسطس 2019  إلى 7 أغسطس 2019     ·    إصابة (72) مدنياً، منهم (30) طفلاً، و(3) نساء إحداهن مسعفة، وصحفيان، في قمع مسيرات العودة شرق قطاع غزة   ·    إصابةمدنييْن في الضفة الغربية   ·    اعتقال (91) مواطنًا، منهم (9) أطفال خلال (65) عملية توغل في
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IPCC Report on Land Use: Seven Things to Know
By :Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
08 August 2019
Frances Seymour of World Resources Institute explains how the UN report confirms the importance of protecting forests in global strategies to fight climate change     The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems has just been released. One thing you
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الأردن: بيان دبين حول تبوير الأراضي الزراعية لأغراض تجارية
By :جمعية دبين، عمان
07 August 2019
بيان حول قرار رئاسة الوزراء القاضي بتغيير صفة استعمال الأراضي الزراعية في وادي الأردن. رفضت جمعية دبين للتنمية البيئية التفريط في مساحات من غور الأردن، وتغير صفة استعمالها ضمن القرارات الأخيرة التي اتخذها مجلس الوزراء مع نهاية شهر تموز، يوليو 2019 الماضي، والقاضي بتغيير صفة استعمال الأراضي الواقعة داخل حدود التنظيم
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المنطقة "ج"و نهب ما تبقى من أراضي الضفة ومواردها
By :الوحدة الإخباري
04 August 2019
يخشى المزارع الفلسطيني خليل عمر فاتوني، ضياع أرضه التي ورثها عن والده في قرية حارس المحاذية لمستوطنة أرئيل الصهيونية شمالي الضفة الغربية، كما حدث لغيرها من الأراضي المحاذية لبؤر الاستيطان الاحتلالي، نظراً لكونها غير موثقة عبر سجل "الطابو" (سند الملكية)، ما جعلها مهددة أكثر من غيرها نظراً لوقوعها ضمن دائرة
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PHROC Rebukes Donor States over UNRWA Cuts
By :Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
04 August 2019
Palestinian Refugees must not suffer the consequences of alleged misconduct. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) criticizes funding cuts to UNRWA over ethics evaluation.   PHROC: Support UNRWA and Ensure Refugee Rights under International Law   A ten-page report was issued by the ethics office of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
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EU Now Funds Israel’s Destruction of Palestine
By :David Cronin, Rights and Accountability
02 August 2019
The European Union is financing Israeli bodies that oversee home demolitions and other crimes against the Palestinian people.      Two years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was heard complaining that the European Union was “crazy” for attaching “political conditions” to its relations with Israel. By the prime minister’s yardstick, matters have become less “crazy” since then:
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Women Speak out on Land Rights
By :ESCR-Net
02 August 2019
Women articulating shared positions and advancing collective action on land and natural resources   In recent years, coordinated by the Working Group on Women and ESCR, grassroots women leaders have been articulating shared positions and advancing collective action on land and natural resources; most recently, via a second exchange and a series
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Israeli Forces Raze Ra’s al-Ahmar Hamlet
By :The Palestinian Information Center
30 July 2019
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raze tents, structures of Ra’s al-Ahmar in Palestine’s Jordan Valley.     JORDAN VALLEY—The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning demolished tents and structures belonging to Palestinian citizens in Ras al-Ahmar hamlet of the northern Jordan Valley. Local official Mu`taz Bisharat said that a bulldozer escorted by
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عصابة لنهب العقار في 3 ولايات بالجزائر
By :حبيبة محمودي، موقع النهار
30 July 2019
اهتزت وزارة المالية على وقع فضيحة من العيار الثقيل بطلها امرأة تشغل منصب مديرة جهوية لمسح الأراضي. حيث قامت بتحويل أملاك الخاصة للدولة وأخرى ملكا لخواص باسم أفراد عائلتها على مدار ثماني سنوات كاملة. إن كان الشعب الجزائري قد اعتاد على إطلاق تسمية «مدام دليلة» على كل من تسول له نفسه
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US Vetoes Israel Colony Rebuke
By :Toi Staff, timesofisrael.com
25 July 2019
Security Council statement pushed by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa said move ‘undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for just and lasting peace’ The United States on Wednesday reportedly blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council to issue a formal condemnation of Israel’s demolition of
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عدن وتسونامي نهب الأراضي
By :الجنوب اليوم | خاص
24 July 2019
صاعدت جرائم البسط على أراضي الدولة واراضي المواطنين في مدينة عدن لتتصدر قائمة الجرائم المتعددة التي تشهدها المدينة في ظل الانفلات الأمني المهيب الذي تشهده المدينة منذ أربعة أعوام ، وقالت المصادر أن منطقة الممداره بمديرية الشيخ عثمان شهدت اليوم قيام مسلحين بالبسط على أرضية كبيرة مخصصة كمقبرة، تزامنا مع
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Palestine: Israeli Troops Raze Scores of Homes
By :Aljazeera
22 July 2019
Israel begins demolishing Palestinian homes near separation wall, as hundreds of Israeli troops move into Sur Baher village and begin knocking down scores of Palestinian homes.   Hundreds of Israeli troops, accompanied by bulldozers, have begun demolishing homes in the Palestinian village of Sur Baher despite Palestinian protests and international criticism.   Residents of the
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Indonesian Women Fight Land Grabbing
By :Civita Patriana, Forestpeople.com
17 July 2019
One night in 2013, in East Borneo, the family of Lusang Arang was surprised by an unexpected visitor at their home. The visitor’s arrival at midnight was not the only thing that surprised the family; what he brought was even more startling: a large bag full of cash. Lusang Arang’s
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RCEP Trade Deal to Intensify Asia Land Grabs
By :GRAIN
12 July 2019
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed mega-trade agreement that involves 10 countries of Southeast Asia and six of their trading partners.[1] If adopted, it will be the biggest trade deal in the world. RCEP will not just change rules on the export and import of goods and services;
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Israel Evicts Another Palestinian Family
By :Press TV
11 July 2019
Israeli forces have evicted a Palestinian family from their home in East Jerusalem al-Quds near the Old City after a court battle that stretched for more than two decades. An Israeli court ruled on Wednesday in favor of the Israeli Elad foundation, which seeks to increase settler presence in the mainly
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التطبيع والتغول على الأراضي الفلسطينية
By :جمال غيث، فلسطين أونلاين
07 July 2019
أعطى "مؤتمر البحرين" وما تركه من تطبيع عربي الاحتلال الإسرائيلي الضوء الأخضر للتغول على أراضي المواطنين "الخاصة"، وشرعنة قوانين عنصرية لنهبها، مع معرفة الاحتلال أن ذلك يخالف كل الأعراف والقوانين الدولية، وفق رأي مختصين في شؤون الاستيطان. وكانت صحيفة "هآرتس" العبرية قد كشفت الأحد الماضي أن محكمة الاحتلال العليا أصدرت قرارًا
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US Duty Free Support Israeli Settlements
By :Bel Trew, The Independent
06 July 2019
Exclusive: Falic family poured over a million dollars into Psagot winery, a controversial settlement enterprise monitors say ‘wine-washes’ theft of Palestinian land, threatening hopes of peace A family of American duty free tycoons that own hundreds of airport stores across the US invested over a million dollars in a controversial Israeli
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US Duty Free Support Israeli Settlements
By :Bel Trew, The Independent
06 July 2019
Exclusive: Falic family poured over a million dollars into Psagot winery, a controversial settlement enterprise monitors say ‘wine-washes’ theft of Palestinian land, threatening hopes of peace A family of American duty free tycoons that own hundreds of airport stores across the US invested over a million dollars in a controversial Israeli
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Most South Africa Municipalities Don’t Deliver
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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A New Wave of Demolitions by Israeli Court
By :Press TV
22 June 2019
The Supreme Court of Israel has reportedly approved plans for the demolition of 100 Palestinian apartments units on the southeastern outskirts of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on the grounds that they have been built close to the separation wall that snakes across occupied Palestinian territories and isolates large swathes of
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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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Jerusalem: Israeli Court Orders Settler Take-over
By :Nir Hasson, Haaretz
19 June 2019
Israeli court evicts Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home, lets settlers take over. The Siyam family`s appeal to retain control over their house in the Silwan neighborhood is rejected by the court in favor of the right-wing Elad Association.     The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday ordered the eviction of a Palestinian
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إسرائيل تستولى على المزيد من أراضي الأوقاف
By :أ ش أ، بوابة الشروق
19 June 2019
قال الأمين العام للهيئة الإسلامية المسيحية لنصرة القدس والمقدسات حنا عيسى، إن المسيرة السياسية وما رافقها من اتفاقيات لم تؤد لوضع حد للاستيلاء على الأراضي ووقف الاستيطان، بل على العكس تماما، حيث قامت إسرائيل بتكثيف سياساتها الاستيلائية على الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة". وأضاف عيسى ، في بيان صحفي، اليوم الأربعاء "أن الاستيطان
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Israel Razes J’lem Homes, 550 Palestinians Homeless
By :Middle East Monitor
14 June 2019
Israeli authorities are pressing ahead with plans to demolish an entire Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, human rights NGO B’Tselem reported, which will leave 550 homeless.   Wadi Yasul, located between the neighbourhoods of Abu Tur and Silwan, is home to 72 Palestinian families.   According to B’Tselem, the Jerusalem Municipality has “issued
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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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Palestine: NGOs Watch, Work with New Gov`t.
By :Ahmad Melhem, al-Monitor
07 June 2019
In the absence of the Legislative Council, nongovernmental organizations will help evaluate the new Palestinian government, its transparency and its efforts to improve communication with the public.     RAMALLAH, West Bank—A coalition of 70 nongovernmental organizations is monitoring the performance of the new Palestinian government to gauge its social accountability in the absence
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المجتمع المدنيّ يطلق حملة لمساءلة الحكومة الفلسطينية
By :أحمد ملحم، المونيتور
07 June 2019
في ظلّ غياب المجلس التشريعيّ... مؤسّسات المجتمع المدنيّ تطلق حملة لمساءلة الحكومة ومراقبة أدائها. أطلقت مؤسّسات المجتمع المدنيّ في الضفّة الغربيّة حملة لمساءلة الحكومة ومراقبة أدائها، خلال أوّل مئة يوم من عملها، بالتزامن مع خطّة الطوارئ التي أطلقتها الحكومة، لقياس مدى التغيير في عمل الوزارات.     رام الله – الضفّة الغربيّة: أطلقت
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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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How Israel Prevented ’48 Villagers’ Return
By :Yotam Berger, Haaretz
01 June 2019
Archival documents reveal how Israel prevented Palestinian Arabs from returning to villages they fled in 1948, chiefly by razing their structures and planting dense forests where village destruction and depopulation took place.     Israel lifted its military rule over the state’s Arab community in 1966 only after ascertaining that its members could
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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
Visions of People-centered Partnership”: HIC-HLRN at the first UN Habitat Assembly, Nairobi, 27 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
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Arab States at UN Habitat Assembly
By :HIC-HLRN
28 May 2019
NAIROBI—At the first United Nations Habitat Assembly to convene under the new governance structure of UN Habitat, states and stakeholders convened at Nairobi on 27–31 May 2019. There, on 28 May 2019, the Arab States organized a regional group meeting ostensibly to discuss how to implement the New Urban Agenda
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EU: €3 million for Palestine Refugees in Syria
By :UNRWA
28 May 2019
The European Commission is providing €3 Million to support Palestine Refugees in Syria     The European Commission is providing EUR 3 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to provide emergency cash assistance to the conflict-affected Palestine refugees in Syria.   This generous contribution will ensure that UNRWA continues to respond
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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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Syria: Deliberate Assaults Displace 180,000 in Idlib
By :Amnesty International
17 May 2019
Amnesty International insists Security Council must address crimes against humanity in Idlib     The Syrian government, supported by Russia, is carrying out a deliberate and systematic assault on hospitals and other medical facilities in Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said today, as it shared harrowing new testimony from shattered medical workers in
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Ecuador: Waorani Block Big Oil Destruction
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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Gaza Crisis: UN Warns 1 Million May Starve
By :Bel Trew/The Independent
09 May 2019
UN says 1 million Palestinians could go hungry as it warns of ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’ More than 1,700 people in Gaza may also be forced to have amputations due to UN funding crisis     Gaza is on the verge of a “humanitarian catastrophe” and 1 million Palestinians could soon go hungry, the United
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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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Gaza: $1,000 for Victims of Destroyed Homes
By :Khaled Abu Toameh, the Jerusalem Post
08 May 2019
Israel “destroyed dozens of installations, workshops, shops and media offices, in addition to agricultural fields and greenhouses,” he added. Some 100 housing units were destroyed during Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip during the last round of fighting, a senior official in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave said on Tuesday. Naji Sarhan,
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Israel Destroyed 130 homes, Damaged 700
By :MENAFN - Palestine News Network
07 May 2019
PNN/ Gaza/Deputy Housing Minister in Gaza Naji Sarhan said that 130 residential apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially destroyed in the three day Israeli strikes on Gaza. In a statement, Sarhan said that the emergency staff of the ministry started their evaluation of the targeted buildings since the
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On Demolitions, UN tells Israel: ‘This must stop’
By :Yumna Patel, Mondoweiss
04 May 2019
Demolitions spike in East Jerusalem, and UN officials call on Israel: ‘This must stop’     Amid a spike in the Israeli government’s demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem, UN officials are calling for an immediate halt to the practice, which they condemned as a “discriminatory” violation of international law.   According to
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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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Puerto Rico : desplazamiento y recuperación
By :Lyvia N. Rodríguez Del Valle, Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña
03 May 2019
Comunidades y sus aliados de 17 países visitan Puerto Rico para conocer el Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña y celebran conferencia sobre recuperación, titularidad y desplazamiento     SAN JUAN—En el marco de la Jornada de Intercambio Internacional sobre Gestión Comunitaria y Tenencia de la Tierra, ayer se llevó a
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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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UN Bringing Land Justice to the People
By :UN News Service
29 April 2019
Justice can be hard to come by in countries hit by conflict. To ensure that communities can settle disputes, and see criminals lawfully punished, UN peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court exists. This may be because court buildings have been destroyed due to conflict, or because
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UN Bringing Land Justice to the People
By :UN News Service
29 April 2019
Justice can be hard to come by in countries hit by conflict. To ensure that communities can settle disputes, and see criminals lawfully punished, UN peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court exists. This may be because court buildings have been destroyed due to conflict, or because
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Tibet: China Imprisons Local Land Defenders
By :Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)
28 April 2019
Nine Tibetans sentenced up to 7 years in prison under China’s “organised crime” crackdown   A notice issued in February 2018 by the Tibet Autonomous Region Public Security Department had criminalised various human rights activities such as local activists espousing causes like economic freedom, right to livelihood, environmental protection, cultural freedom (Article
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DRC: Failed Agro-Industrial Park Model
By :Oakland Institute and HLRN
25 April 2019
The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle: The Failure of Agro-Industrial Parks in DRC is a new report of the Oakland Institute that exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the establishment and collapse of
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Global Risks of Oil and Gas Overinvestment
By :Global Witness
24 April 2019
Overinvestment in oil and gas creates risks for investors, regardless of whether the world is effective in tackling climate change. Either investors face assets being stranded as demand for fossil fuels falls in a transition to a low carbon economy, or the overinvestment contributes to excess emissions from fossil fuels,
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Gazan Entrepreneur Finds Hope in Hardship
By :Rory Quick, MEMO
23 April 2019
The young founder of two innovative projects believes that the Gaza Strip needs entrepreneurs and innovators who fight daily challenges.     GAZA CITY—Talking to Majd Mashharawi in Amman’s Books@Cafe, it is clear that she is used to making difficult decisions. She explains that when she was 18, her father gave her a choice: Either
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South Africa: Land Reform Report Rejected
By :Mfuneko Toyana; editing by Kirsten Donovan, Reuters
19 April 2019
JOHANNESBURG--South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s push to reduce rural poverty and quell growing anger over unequal access to property faces further delays after a member of an advisory panel on the issue on Friday rejected key aspects of the plan. Land ownership is a controversial and emotive issue in South Africa
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Palestinians Rebuild after Israel Razes Village 143x
By :Middle East Monitor
18 April 2019
‘We will rebuild’, Palestinians say as Israel demolishes village for 143rd time   Israeli bulldozers demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-1Araqib in the Naqab Desert for the 143rd time yesterday.   Locals reported that Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police forces, demolished residential structures and tents of al-`Araqib villagers, leaving women, children and
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Israeli Court OKs Razing 500 Palestinian Homes
By :Nir Hasson, Haaretz
16 April 2019
Supreme Court Okays Demolition of 500 Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem, rejects families’ appeal that Jerusalem Municipality left them no choice but to build illegally.     The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Palestinians from the Wadi Yetzol section of East Jerusalem’s Silwan, allowing the demolition of 500 houses built without
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USA: Seattle, Insurgent Sanctuary
By :Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones
15 April 2019
Seattle’s Mayor Had the Perfect Response to Trump’s Threat to Send Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities: “The president’s threats won’t intimidate me.”   On Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration was seriously considering sending undocumented immigrants caught along the border to sanctuary cities around the country as a way to punish Democrats
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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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Libya: Haftar Attacks Displace Thousands
By :Rim Taher and Imed Lamloum, AFP
12 April 2019
Battles intensify around Libya capital as thousands displaced. UN reports 146 have been killed and between 8,000 and 9,500 are displaced.     Tripoli—Forces answering to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar battled units that back Tripoli`s unity government on the edge of the capital Friday, days into a new round of conflict that has
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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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Palestine: 5K More Units in oPt Colonies
By :Yotam Berger, Haaretz
31 March 2019
Israel to Approve Over 1,400 Housing Units in West Bank Settlements. In addition, the Civil Administration is expected to advance approval for some 3,500 more housing units in Jewish settlements Top of Form Bottom of Form   The Civil Administration is expected to discuss and give final approval for the construction of over
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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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جدل حول الاستيلاء على أراضي في كركوك
By :القدس العربي
19 March 2019
بغداد ـ «القدس العربي»: اتهم مدير زراعة كركوك، مهدي مبارك، أمس الأحد، محافظ كركوك، راكان الجبوري بدعم مساعي «العرب الوافدين» إلى المحافظة في الاستيلاء على الأراضي الزراعية التابعة للأكراد في منطقة ليلان، مشيراً إلى أن وزارة الزراعة الاتحادية قطعت جميع المساعدات عن الفلاحين الأكراد بهدف إجبارهم على ترك أراضيهم. وقال،
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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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Palestine: Nicomachean Ethics of Colonizers
By :Yoana Gonen and Moral Minority, Haaretz
02 March 2019
Readers ask Haaretz: “A Friend Is Moving to a Home Built on Stolen Palestinian Land. Is It Immoral to Help?” In other words, should you help a good friend move to an illegal settler colony home? Haaretz`s ethical adviser has an answer, but limit the dilemma to colonization in 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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USA: Providing Homes Cheaper than Homelessness
By :Matthew Iglesias, Vox
20 February 2019
The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes. Addressing housing directly is cheaper than relying on cops and emergency rooms.   Even as the national economy continues its slow-but-steady pace of improvement, data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in December revealed a small
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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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Post-capitalism: Life within Environmental Limits
By :Dr Samuel Alexander and Professor Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne
19 February 2019
Capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet means the economic system we take for granted could end soon. If so, transformative and sustainable change must come from grassroots action     It may seem as though capitalism has always been a part of the Western world, but that’s not true. Although the
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Palestine: Israel Evicts Quds Palestinians for Settlers
By :AP
17 February 2019
Israel clears Palestinians from Jerusalem home claimed by settlers. The Palestinian family members had lived there since the 1960s.     JERUSALEM/AL-QUDS—Israeli police on Sunday evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem`s Old City, after the supreme court ruled Jewish claimants were the rightful owners.   An AFP photographer
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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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Zim: CSOs Pose Resolving Govt Displacements
By :Tatenda Chitagu, newsday
13 February 2019
The Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM), a member of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), has slammed government over planned displacements of thousands of villagers across the country and urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to walk his talk over the irreversibility of the land reform programme.   HIC is an independent international coalition
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Beyond Fueling Land Grabs
By :Fredrick Mugira, Pulitzer center
13 February 2019
CRISIS KAGADI - Kaswa is a small village along river Muzizi, 285 kilometers west of Kampala, in Kagadi district. Up to 17 hectares of this village sit on a site that will, in the next three years, be a power dam. Villagers on this portion of the village are part of the
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No Land No Future for Young
By :Oxfam International
13 February 2019
Over 260 young people have been left without land after a land grab in Curuguaty, Paraguay. 37,572 people asked President Horacio Cartes to give the farming families of Curuguaty the land they demand. The world has re-acted and now President Cartes must act. He must give the families the land
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West Bank Demolitions, Displacement-January 2019
By :OCHA
12 February 2019
In January, 40 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli authorities, almost the same as the monthly average recorded in 2018, displacing 44 people and otherwise affecting some 200 others. One of the demolitions took place on punitive grounds and the remaining occurred due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which
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EU-Morocco Fishery Accord Violates Law—Again
By :The Greens-European Free Alliance
12 February 2019
EU-Morocco fisheries agreement violates international humanitarian law and denies self-determination of Western Sahara people.     Today, Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the planned fisheries agreement between the European Union and Morocco. The vast majority of the catches under this agreement are however to take place to the waters
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Zim: Govt to Evict 1,000 Resettled Villagers
By :Tatenda Chitagu, Newsday
10 February 2019
About 1,000 families from Sikato resettlement in Masvingo West constituency are facing an uncertain future after being served with seven-day eviction notices to vacate the land which they occupied at the height of the land reform programme in 2000.       The families, from seven villages; Muza, Chikutuva, Manunure, Makasva, Banga, Sithole and
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AU Summit on Displacement Crisis
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2019
Already 55 years ago, the Organization of African States was born with the purpose of peace and unity in what is now the African Union (AU), the largest regional organization on earth. This year, the 32nd regular annual AU summit at Addis Ababa (10–11 February 2019) focuses on another distinguishing
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Iraq: Mosul’s Hazardously Slow Recovery
By :John Davison, Place
04 February 2019
No plan for Mosul: chaos and neglect slow Iraqi city`s recovery. Residents fear IS could exploit growing resentment.     MOSUL—The demolition of a wrecked building in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul where Islamic State (IS) used to execute men they said were gay is already in its third month.   Homeless boys who
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Gaza, Palestine: 45th Great March, 98 Wounded
By :Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Ref: 13/2019
03 February 2019
On the 45th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wound 98 civilians, including 15 children, 4 women; 2 of them paramedics, and 1 journalist   On Friday afternoon, 01 February 2019, in use of excessive force against peaceful protesters on the 45th Friday of the Great
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South Africa: Militarizing Repression in Durban
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo
03 February 2019
Statement of Abahlali baseMjondolo   Last week, the news was full of reports on the arrival of three of the four Casspirs (mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles) that have been ordered by the eThekwini Municipality.  We first heard about the order of the Casspirs in 2017, when it was reported that the
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Naqab “Largest Land Grab since 1948”
By :Whitney Webb, Mint Press News
01 February 2019
“Largest Land Grab since 1948” — Israel to expel 36,000 Palestinians from Naqab   Given the Israeli state’s rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers “violators” and “squatters,” accusing them of illegally occupying “state lands.”     TEL AVIV—According to an Israeli media report, the Israeli government
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Israel/Palestine: Tourism Accommodates War Crime
By :HIC-HLRN
31 January 2019
The Israeli colonies in occupied Palestine constitute a war crime and crime against humanity. They form elements of the serious crime of population transfer, as codified in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, and which previously was prosecuted at the International Military Tribunals at Nuremburg and Tokyo. The
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Israel/Palestine: Ending TIPH May Breach Oslo
By :MEMO
31 January 2019
Member nations call on Israel to renew TIPH mandate. Norway says Israel’s removal of international observers from Hebron may breach Oslo Accords.     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to dismiss international observers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron may breach the Oslo Accords, a Norwegian minister has said. “The one-sided
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Eating within Planetary Proportions
By :HLRN
30 January 2019
The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health has convened 37 of the worlds’ leading scientists to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet within the limits of our global ecosystem. Their conclusions contribute to the specificity needed to align human behavior with the goal of sustaining the human
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USA: Most Citizens in 3rd World Conditions
By :Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist
30 January 2019
A study by an MIT economist shows that the United States of America has regressed materially to a third-world nation for most of its citizens.     America divided: This concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, [U.S.] Americans
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India: Refugees Get Land Titles
By :Rina Chandran,Thomson Reuters Foundation
29 January 2019
Refugees in India`s West Bengal get land titles amid citizenship row.   India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out refugee rights and state responsibilities to protect them.     BANGKOK—Authorities in India`s West Bengal state have given land titles to about 30,000 refugees who have lived in settlement
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Brazil: Another Mining Dam Disaster
By :Associated Press
28 January 2019
Search for Brazil dam survivors renews as death toll hits 58     BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was
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Israel/Palestine: ACAP Holds 18th Annual Conference
By :ACAP
28 January 2019

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World Bank Schemes to Privatize the Commons
By :Oakland Institute
24 January 2019
The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons details how the Bank’s prescribes reforms, via a new land indicator in the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, promotes large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of agribusinesses in the developing world. This new indicator is
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Palestinian Rejects $100m Israeli Bid on His Home
By :Middle East Monitor
19 January 2019
Palestinian rejects $100m Israel offer to buy his Hebron home. "I will reject all the money on earth. I will not betray my land or my people. Money is fine, but only when it is clean," says Abdul Raouf al-Mohtaseb.   19 January 2019   A Palestinian from Hebron has rejected a $100 million
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Vietnam: Church & Gov`t. Clash over Demolitions
By :Rina Chandran, TiVi Tuần-san
17 January 2019
Land conflicts have risen in Vietnam since the Communist Party launched economic reforms in the 1980s     BANGKOK—The demolition of about 100 homes near Ho Chi Minh City, including one owned by the Catholic Church, has pitted the church against authorities in the latest such dispute over land in the Communist Party-ruled
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HLRN on Israel’s ICESCR Treaty Review
By :HIC-HLRN
17 January 2019
HIC’s Housing and Land Right Network formally has submitted commentary on Israel’s current periodic report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on that state party’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The current periodic review covers the period since Israel’s
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إسرائيل أمام لجنة الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية
By :HIC-HLRN
17 January 2019
قدمت شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن-التحالف الدولي للموئل رسمياً تعليقاتها على التقرير الدوري الإسرائيلي للجنة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بالحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية، بشأن مدى التزام الدولة الطرف بتنفيذ العهد الدولي للحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية. ويتناول الاستعراض الدوري الحالي الفترة منذ استعراض إسرائيل تقريرها الثالث للعهد في عام 2014. ويغطي تقرير شبكة حقوق
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USA: Homelessness Rising, Even in Utah
By :Gregory Scruggs, Place
10 January 2019
Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row, the increase has been particularly noticeable in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY—Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping
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Land Grabbing Worsens Climate Change
By :Fredrick Mugira, Annika Mcginnis, Pulitzer center
10 January 2019
In Uganda, there were at least 17 “land grabs” since 2000 with contracts totaling 74,831 hectares of land, according to Land Matrix data. A new report has linked land grabbing to worsening climate change, calling on governments to secure community land rights to protect the world’s natural resources such as “forests”
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USA: Gov`t. Shutdown Could Evict Millions
By :Jeff Andrews, Curbed
07 January 2019
Funding for HUD’s rental assistance programs would lapse if shutdown drags on     Entering its third week, and with no end in sight, the partial federal government shutdown is putting millions of low-income tenants who depend on funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at risk.   On January 4, HUD
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Haiti: Social Production in Canaan
By :Jacob Kushner, Place
07 January 2019
In Haiti`s city-without-a-government, residents want land titles, taxation. Without titles, residents risk losing any investment they make and cannot use their property as collateral.     CANAAN, Haiti—On a street of rocks and white dust in the centre of one of the world`s newest cities, Alisma Robert pointed to an array of electric
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China: Land Reforms Must Be Grounded in Law
By :Ren Qiuyu Caixin global
25 December 2018
China is making new progress in revising its Land Administration Law. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is set to deliberate on proposed amendments to the Land Administration Law and other draft legislation during its seventh meeting from Dec. 23-29. At the same time, it will also discuss
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S A: Reviews Land-Expropriation Bill
By :Linda Ensor, BusinessDay
24 December 2018
The draft Expropriation Bill gazetted by public works minister Thulas Nxesi last week for public comment was a disappointment and would not accelerate land reform, the Land Access Movement of SA (Lamosa) said. It believes the proposed legislation lacks justice and provides no equity for homeland dwellers. Lamosa, a federation of rural
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Zuma Complicit in Zimbabwe Land Grabs
By :Chris Bateman, Biznews
19 December 2018
CAPE TOWN — They say it takes a strong constitution to become a country’s president, but it also takes a strong Constitution to bring to account an almost omnipotent president. Or former president, shall we say. One who came to believe that he could get away with almost anything once
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Palestine-Israel: Spatial/Racial Injustice
By :Middle East Monitor
15 December 2018
The follow two brief articles update legislative developments in Israel, forming a continuum of deepening Israeli apartheid, laid bare in the Nation-State Basic Law of July 2018. See the background in the Related Articles linked below, or search this website with key word “Knesset.”     Knesset Approves 200 Communities Where Arabs Are
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Leading Landless Women
By :Fredrick Mugira,Pulitzer center
13 December 2018
Up to 10.3 million hectares of land has been acquired by investors from individuals, communities and governments in the 11 Nile basin countries since 2000. That is according to Land Matrix, a global and independent land monitoring initiative. Apart from private investors, Land Matrix data shows that several countries outside of
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Celebramos 70° Día de los Derechos Humanos
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Declaración por el Día de los Derechos Humanos y el Derecho a la Ciudad   Nosotros, los movimientos sociales, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los gobiernos locales estamos comprometidos con la justicia social a través de la promoción, defensa y cumplimiento de todos los derechos humanos relativos al hábitat, incluyendo
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Célèbrons 70e Journée des Droits de l’Homme
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Déclaration à l’occasion de la Journée des Droits de l’Homme et le Droit à la Ville   Nous, mouvements sociaux, organisations de la société civile et des gouvernements locaux, sommes engagé-e-s auprès de la justice sociale par la promotion, la défense et la réalisation de tous les Droits de l’Homme liés à
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We`re Celebrating 70th Human Rights Day
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Declaration on Human Rights Day and the Right to the City   We, social movements, civil society and local governments’ organizations are committed to social justice through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of all human rights related to habitat, including the Human Right to Adequate Housing, Land and the Right to the
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نحتفل بذكرى 70 للإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
إعلان بشأن اليوم العالمي لحقوق الإنسان والحق في المدينة   نتعهد نحن، الحركات الاجتماعية، ومنظمات المجتمع المدني وكذلك الحكومات المحلية، بتحقيق العدالة الاجتماعية، وذلك من خلال تعزيز كافة مبادئ حقوق الإنسان المتعلقة بالموئل والدفاع عنها وإنفاذها، ومن بينها حق الإنسان في السكن الملائم، والأرض، وكذلك الحق في المدينة، في كل منطقة
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Israeli Settlers Destroyed 800K Olive Trees since 1967
By :IMEMC
28 November 2018
Israeli settlers, with IDF complicity, have destroyed 800,000 olive trees since 1967   Palestinians who rely on olive harvests for their livelihood have been terrorized by Israeli settlers since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. Settlers, often guarded or assisted by Israeli military, destroy trees and equipment, steal large quantities of
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Palestine/Israel: ACAP/Mossawa Train in HRAH
By :ACAP
28 November 2018
Professional workshops to promote the human right to adequate housing (HRAH) and land   In 2018, the Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP) and the Mossawa Center organized several events aimed at providing public committees and women`s and youth groups with the professional, organizational and administrative mechanisms to develop and strengthen
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Palestine/Israel: Demolishing Naqab Bedouin
By :NCF
28 November 2018
The human right to adequate housing is recognized in the international law system, enshrined in treaties already ratified by the State of Israel. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) stresses that this is right should be interpreted broadly, so as to include the right to live
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Israel Court OKs Evicting 700 Jlem Palestinians
By :Middle East Monitor
22 November 2018
The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition submitted by 104 Palestinians against claims by a right-wing Israeli organisation paving the way for 700 Palestinians to be forced from their homes, Haaretz reported.   The 700 Palestinians, who make up 70 families, have been going through a legal battle to protect their
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إسرائيل تجلي مئات الفلسطينيين بالقدس
By :الخليج أونلاين
22 November 2018
المحكمة العليا تقر بإجلاء مئات الفلسطينيين بالقدس  الخليج أونلاين 22-11-2018 صدّقت المحكمة العليا للاحتلال الإسرائيلي على إجلاء مئات الفلسطينيين من منازلهم في بلدة سلوان، جنوبي المسجد الأقصى، لمصلحة مستوطنين يهود. وقالت هيئة البث الإسرائيلية (الإذاعة العبرية)، اليوم الخميس: إن المحكمة العليا "صدّقت على إجلاء 700 فلسطيني من منازل في سلوان، رغم تأكيدها أن
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وفاة صالح باصرة: حذر من تقسيم اليمن بعد نهب الاراضي
By :شهارة نت
22 November 2018
حذر مؤخرا من تقسيم اليمن وعرف بتقريره عن نهب الاراضي.. وفاة الاكاديمي ” صالح باصرة “     عمان – توفي مساء امس الإثنين، السياسي والاكاديمي اليمني الدكتور صالح باصرة بعد معاناته مع المرض .   باصرة وهو من مواليد مدينة المكلا عام 1952 ، توفي في المملكة الأردنية بعد ان غادر اليها قبل شهرين
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الجمعية العامة تعتمد الإعلان الأممي لحقوق الفلاحين
By :HIC-HLRN
20 November 2018
نيويورك-  اعتمدت اللجنة الثالثة التابعة للجمعية العامة لأمم المتحدة مشروع من شأنه أن تقره الجمعية العامة حول إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الفلاحين وغيرهم من العاملين في المناطق الريفية. ويضمن هذا التصويت بأن ذلك الإعلان سيدخل ضمن إصدار لاحق لمجموعة الصكوك الدولية لحقوق الإنسان. وقد تم اعتماد القرار رقم A/C.3?73/L.30 بتصويت
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UN Peasants’ Rights Declaration Adopted in GA
By :HLRN
20 November 2018
NEW YORK—The  UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) passed a draft that would have the Assembly adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas.  This vote assures that the Declaration will enter the next edition of Human Rights:
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USA: More HUD Tenants Now Living in Squalor
By :Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler, Hannah Rappleye and Stephanie Gosk. NBC News
15 November 2018
Under Ben Carson, more families live in HUD housing that fails health and safety inspections While HUD Secretary Ben Carson pledged to fix low-income housing, the number of properties cited for health and safety violations has been on the rise.     HARTFORD CT—The mold started in the basement. But it soon spread to
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40-yr Struggle: Rights to Housing, Land and City
By :Álvaro Puertas Robina, Thomas Reuters Foundation
12 November 2018
Are our global property rights still guaranteed? 40 years of global struggle for rights to housing, land and the city     Gentrification, forced evictions, lack of access to housing -  these are all concepts familiar to us. They pose serious and real threats in all corners of the world and can violate
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Baltimore: 1st Major City to Ban Water Privatization
By :Rianna Eckel, Food & Water Watch
07 November 2018
We all need safe food and clean water.     BALTIMORE MD—Baltimore voters made history today by voting in favor of passing ballot question E, a city charter amendment that bans privatization of the city’s water and sewer systems. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to ban water privatization earlier this year. As
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نفوق مئات الآلاف من الأسماك في الفرات الأوسط
By :عادل فاخر، إينا نيوز
03 November 2018
نفوق مئات الآلاف من الأسماك في الفرات الأوسط والأسباب مجهولة     بغداد—بعدان تفاجئ الصيادون وأصحاب أحواض تربية الأسماك والسكان المحليون في محافظة بابل جنوب بغداد، في نفوق مئات الآلاف من الأسماك بشكل مفاجئ، أكدت وزارة الصحة العراقية إن فرق الرقابة الصحية تتابع حالة نفوق الأسماك في المحافظة, كما تتابع بدقة باعة الأسماك
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Iraq: Massive Fish Death in Middle Euphrates
By :Marwa Osman, American Herald Tribune
03 November 2018
Fishermen, fishpond owners and local residents in Babylon Province, south of Baghdad, are in shock as hundreds of thousands of carp fish suddenly died in the Middle Euphrates.  This distressing news comes after major water pollution already had taken its toll on Iraq once this year, as around 100,000 people
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CAR: 10K Displaced in Batangafo
By :Medecins sans frontier
02 November 2018
NEW YORK—Following clashes on Wednesday between armed groups in Central African Republic (CAR), more than 10,000 people fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the compound of a hospital in Batangafo supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).   Violent clashes between armed groups in
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Israeli Settler Effluent on Qalqiliya School
By :Middle East Monitor
02 November 2018
Israel settlers dump sewage on Palestinian school in Qalqiliya   Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday.   The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions.   Principal
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Stop Land Grabs – Declaration
By :Frans Ari Prasetyo and People’s Alliance Against Eviction, Social Project.ca
30 October 2018
Declaration of the Social Movements: Ten Peoples’ Principles Against Land Grabs, Evictions and Neoliberalism “Let a New World be born in Bandung for a genuine land reform, not land grabs!” — Bandung-Indonesia, September 24, 2018. The world order of the 21st century has changed, as colonialism and imperialism mutate into many faces.
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Land Rights, Companies and Social Justice
By :Chris Jochnick, SSIR.org
24 October 2018
In 2004, the Newmont Mining Corporation hired me to investigate human rights accusations facing its gold mine operation in Peru, despite the company feeling like it had done everything right. It got the necessary government approvals, made legal land purchases, and launched various philanthropic initiatives, yet widespread protestscontinued to disrupt its efforts. After meeting
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USA: 14-Year-long Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Continues
By :Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
24 October 2018
A 14-Year-Long Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Verges on Becoming One of the Worst in US History     An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst
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Lebanon: Evicting Syrian Refugees
By :Nora Stel and Anke van der Meijden, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
24 October 2018
This article is based on a forthcoming policy paper examining the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the eviction of Syrian migrants and refugees from Riyak, Lebanon in 2017, in light of recent developments encouraging Syrian refugees to return to their home country.     Lebanon’s Eviction of Syrian Refugees and the Threat of
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Liberia: New Law Affirms Customary Land Tenure
By :James Yarsiah, Rights + Resources Initiative
23 October 2018
On 19 September, Liberian President George Manneh Weah signed into law the Land Rights Bill (LRB), a landmark piece of legislation that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their customary lands and gives customary land the same standing as private land in Liberia.   This historic victory sets
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Germany: Refugee Housing Crisis & Black Market
By :Morgan Meaker, Place
22 October 2018
Germany`s housing crisis fuels black market for refugees. Activists are concerned that a shortage of housing in Germany is hindering refugee integration     MUNICH--Firas swapped civil war in Syria for a chaotic refugee camp in Germany. Now he wants a home.   Since January 2016, the 28-year-old graduate has lived in three different refugee
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بيان المحكمة الجنائية الدولية بخصوص فلسطين
By :المحكمة الجنائية الدولية
17 October 2018
بيان المدعية العامة للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية، فاتو بنسودا، بخصوص الحالة في فلسطين   أتابع بقلق الإخلاء المقرر لتجمع بدو الخان الأحمر بالضفة الغربية. فقد بات الإجلاء بالقوة الآن وشكيا على ما يبدو، وكذلك احتمالات زيادة التصعيد والعنف.   ويجدر التذكير، بوجه عام، بأن إلحاق تدمير واسع النطاق بالممتلكات من دون ضرورة عسكرية وعمليات نقل
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Statement of the ICC on Palestine
By :ICC
17 October 2018
Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the Situation in Palestine   I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and with it the prospects for further escalation and
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Déclaration de la CPI concernant Palestine
By :CPI
17 October 2018
Déclaration du Procureur de la Cour pénale internationale, Fatou Bensouda, concernant la situation en Palestine   Je suis de près, non sans préoccupation, l`expulsion programmée de la communauté bédouine de Khan al-Ahmar, en Cisjordanie. Une évacuation par la force semble désormais imminente, ce qui génère des risques d’aggravation de la situation et
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Ethiopia Takes Land Back
By :Chiamaka Ihekwoaba, the nerve africa
01 October 2018
Ethiopia has revoked a total of 412.6 hectares of land held by investors, including Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi for failure to create jobs and develop the city, as promised when the lands were awarded to them, head of Addis Ababa Land Bank Tesfaye Tilahun told the Voice of
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Ethiopia Repossesses Failed Investors’ Land
By :Chiamaka Ihekwoaba, TheNerveAfrica
01 October 2018
Ethiopia takes land back from investors who promised jobs and failed     Ethiopia has revoked a total of 412.6 hectares of land held by investors, including Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi for failure to create jobs and develop the city, as promised when the lands were awarded to them, head of
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CDH adopte la Déclaration des droits des paysans
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
Le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU adopte une résolution en faveur de la Déclaration des droits des paysans à Genève     GENÈVE—Après dix-sept ans de négociations, longues et ardues, les paysans et autres personnes travaillant dans les zones rurales ne sont plus qu’à un pas de la Déclaration des Nations
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Declaración sobre derechos campesin@s apruebada
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
El Consejo de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas aprueba la resolución relativa a la Declaración sobre los derechos de las y los campesinxs en Ginebra     GINEBRA—Tras 17 años de largas y arduas negociaciones, los y las campesinas y otras personas que trabajan en las zonas rurales se encuentran a un
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UNHRC Adopts Peasant Rights Declaration
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva     GENEVA—Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local
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oPt Area C: Development as Resistance
By :Ahmad El-Atrash, al-Shabaka
27 September 2018
Israel’s Stranglehold on Area C: Development as Resistance     Israel’s efforts to tighten its grip on the West Bank have been unprecedented since the current Israeli cabinet formed in 2015. Last year, for instance, witnessed the highest number of tenders for Israeli settlement construction, with more than 3,100 government proposals issued for
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Abandonnez le projet hydroélectrique Inga 3 !
By :Organisations de la societé civile en RD Congo
24 September 2018
La  République Démocratique du Congo devrait plutôt s’investir à développer à l’intérieur de son territoire des Pools énergétiques conformes à ses ambitions d’émergence à l’horizon 2030.     Boma – Lubumbashi,  Déclaration de Cinq organisations de la société civile impliquées dans la gouvernance des ressources naturelles du Kongo Central et de l’ex –
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Colau salva a las familias contra desahucio
By :El Pais
24 September 2018
Colau consigue que se queden en casa el 16% de las familias en riesgo de desahucio   La alcaldesa subraya el esfuerzo de los ayuntamientos en vivienda y amenaza con "llevar los casos al ministerio de Fomento"     El gobierno de la alcaldesa de Barcelona, Ada Colau, está haciendo un esfuerzo insólito por luchar
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Apartheid in the Continuum of Israeli Legislation
By :Maan
24 September 2018
The Follow-up Committee raises the dangers of the "Nation-State Law" in Geneva     GENEVA—Adelegation from the Higher Follow-up Committee of the Arab community in the country recently participated in a central international symposium at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.   The seminar focused on the "Jewish Nation-State Law" and its dangers to Palestinian
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الفصل العنصري في ديمومة التشريعات الإسرائيلية
By :معاً
24 September 2018
  لجنة المتابعة تطرح مخاطر "قانون القومية" في جنيف     جنيف—شاركوفد من لجنة المتابعة العليا للجماهير العربية في البلاد، مؤخرا في ندوة دولية مركزية في مجلس حقوق الإنسان في جنيف.   وتمحورت الندوة حول "قانون القومية اليهودية" ومخاطره على الحقوق الوطنية الفلسطينية عبر طرفي الخط الأخضر، بحضور العشرات من السفراء العرب والأجانب في جنيف.   وجاءت الندوة
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Israel: Churches, Mosques Vandalized…with Impunity
By :Yotam Berger and Nir Hasson, Haaretz
24 September 2018
53 mosques and churches vandalized in Israel since 2009, but only 9 indictments filed. The many unsolved crimes are a question of police priorities, says head of monitoring group. “Without a doubt, they aren’t looking hard enough.”     Over 50 Christian and Muslim sites have been vandalized in Israel and the West
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Israel Imposes Khan al-Ahmar Ultimatum, Deadline
By :TRT World
23 September 2018
Israel gives Palestinian Bedouin villagers until month end to leave to allow Israel to demolish the village of Khan al Ahmar and relocate its 180 residents, Bedouins who scrape a living by raising sheep and goats, to a site 12 kilometres away, near the Palestinian village of Abu Dis and
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Canada: Mass Eviction in Ottawa!
By :Jillian Kestler-D`Amours, AlJazeera
21 September 2018
Heron Gate mass eviction: `We never expected this in Canada` About 150 homes in one of Ottawa`s most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months     OTTAWA—Binto Mohamed hasn`t had a good night`s sleep since May. That`s when she received a letter telling her that her family
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Side event at Human Rights Council 39th session
By :HIC-HLRN
17 September 2018
In the context of the 39th Human Rights Council session and its agenda items 3, 7 and 9, focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples, the right of peoples to self-determination, human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, and forms of racism and racial discrimination, Habitat International Coalition
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USA: From Sanctuary Cities to “Freedom Cities.”
By :Adam Edelman, NBC News
15 September 2018
The crackdown on sanctuary cities gives birth to “freedom cities.” Advocates for undocumented immigrants believe they`ve found a new — and legal — way to skirt deportation efforts.     If Attorney General Jeff Sessions is waging war to dismantle sanctuary cities, imagine how he feels about "freedom cities."   Austin, Texas, became the
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EU Warns Israel: Razing Khan al-Ahmar War Crime
By :Noa Landau, Haaretz
13 September 2018
European Parliament warns: Eviction, demolition of Khan al-Ahmar would be a war crime. Resolution passed on Thursday calls EU to demand compensation from Israeli government for aid funds invested in the West Bank Bedouin village, demands cessation of “policy of threats of demolition.”     The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling
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Letter from Iraq — The End of Eden
By :Alexander Dziadosz, Harpers Magazine
11 September 2018
  Climate change comes to the cradle of civilization   On a blistering morning in July 2017, Ghazi Luaibi rose before dawn and set out in a worn black sedan from his home in Zubair, a town of concrete low-rises in southern Iraq. He drove for a while along sandy roads strewn with
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Israel Court OKs Khan al-Ahmar Destruction
By :Yotam Berger and Jack Khoury, Haaretz
05 September 2018
Justices state that the main issue is not whether the eviction can be executed, but where to relocate the residents. Meanwhile, the UN calls on Israel to cease demolitions, which `are against international law.`     The High Court of Justice denied a petition on Wednesday that had been filed by the
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USA: Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Over-ruled
By :Mihir Zaveri, The New York Times
05 September 2018
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on the streets when there is no shelter available is a form of cruel and unusual punishment that violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court said this week.   The case stems from two ordinances in Boise, Idaho, that make it a crime to sleep or camp
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India: Questioning “Smart-city” Wisdom
By :Rina Chandran, place
03 September 2018
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale   India`s $7.5 bln plan to turn 100 urban centres into Smart Cities by 2020 does not address structural issues and ignores the needs of low-income and marginalised groups, experts say   LAVASA, India—When David Cooper and his wife were looking for somewhere
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Brazil: PT Promises to Resume Housing Scheme
By :Rede Brasil Actual
23 August 2018
São Paulo—At a press conference in João Pessoa, the vice presidential candidate on the plank of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Thursday that, if elected, one of the goals of a possible PT government would be to resume the Minha Casa Minha (My House My Life)
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USA: In Search of Eviction Data
By :Daniela Aiello, Lisa Bates, Terra Graziani, Christopher Herring, Manissa Maharawal, Erin McElroy, Pamela Phan, and Gretchen Purser, Shelterforce.
22 August 2018
Eviction Lab Misses the Mark: By not working with existing housing justice organizations, the high profile organization undercounts evictions and misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses.     There is perhaps no more influential and popular book on poverty and housing at the moment than Matthew Desmond’s
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Ecuador: Chevron to Pay for Environmental Damage
By :Mongabay
14 August 2018
Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, Constitution Court rules   The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that
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Israel Takes Palestinian Farmland for ‘gardening’
By :Alternative Information Center
14 August 2018
Palestinians say that Israeli authorities in Jerusalem barred them from tending to their plants in the area targeted for confiscation.   On 10 August 2018, the Israeli municipality in occupied East Jerusalem notified the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan of an impending land confiscation project. Flyers hung by Israeli authorities identify dozens of
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Bangladesh: Last Six Marma Families Evicted
By :The Dailystar.net
09 August 2018
The indigenous communities of Bandarban live on in fear as their ancestral land continues to be grabbed by influential people. Once inhabited by 42 families, the Saingya Marma Para of Bandarban in southeast Bangladesh has been subject to land grabbing for long. There were a only six families remaining till middle
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Israel: Resisting New Apartheid Law
By :Maan News Agency
08 August 2018
Israeli Arabs launch High Court challenge to apartheid law amid warning to justices by Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked.     JERUSALEM—Members of the High Follow-up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel announced on Tuesday the launch of their own struggle against the controversial Nationality Law, demanding its cancellation.   The High Follow-up Committee
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Evicted Apaa Residents Accuse UN of Neglect
By :Witness radio
07 August 2018
Gulu. Hundreds of locals who have for the last one month camped at the UN premises in Gulu Municipality seeking its intervention over the ongoing evictions in Apaa Village, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District have accused UN officials of neglect. The locals say since July 11 when they issued a letter to
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Myanmar: Struggles against Grabbing Fortress
By :Rina Chandran, reuters
06 August 2018
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saw Ma Bu’s family has lived in the mountainous forests of Myanmar’s Kayin state for generations, farming and fishing in the Salween river, even as a decades-long armed conflict raged in the region. Now, he says, they fear their way of life is under threat as
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Jerusalem: Counting the Cost of Occupation
By :Ahmad Jaradat and Amalya Dubrovsky, Alternative Information Center
05 August 2018
  Three Israeli policies target Palestinian economic life in Jerusalem: the expulsion and banning of the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce; the separation barrier; and high municipal taxes.   Innumerable political challenges stand in the way of the development of a healthy economy for Palestinians in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem. Under the shaky status of “permanent
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CSO Contributions Undermined at HLPF
By :Lynn Wagner, Civicus
03 August 2018
Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF. Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. Governments should be mindful of their commitments
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Tanzania: Losing the Serengeti
By :The Oakland Institute
02 August 2018
OAKLAND CA—Today, the Oakland Institute releases Kuipoteza Serengeti, Ardhi Ya Wamasai Iliyopaswa Kudumu Milele, a Kiswahili translation of the report Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever.   Based on field research, never publicly-seen-before documents, and an in-depth investigation into Tanzania’s land laws, the report reveals how Tanzania’s
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Israel Destroys >2K of Palestine’s Trees since May
By :Yotam Berger, Haaretz
01 August 2018
More than 2,000 trees in West Bank Palestinian villages destroyed in two months. According to B`Tselem, in one incident near Hebron, 700 vines were damaged. So far, 10 suspects have been arrested, all of whom have been released.   Please pardon the prolific use of passive voice (الفاعل المجهول) in this article.
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Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
By :Jillo Kadida, The Star
01 August 2018
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
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Expropriation Does Not Equal Land Reform
By :Elmien du Plessis, News24
01 August 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday night announced that the ANC plans to go ahead with expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa explained that the "ANC reaffirms its position that the Constitution provides for radical transformation both of society and the economy", and that a proper reading of the Constitution "enables the state to
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Progress in Land Indicators
By :Oumar Sylla and Everlyne Nairesiae
30 July 2018
This July is the first time the United Nations will review the progress made towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 15, which is about Life on Land. Each goal will be reviewed about every four years until 2030.   The reviews will be based on the 10 indicators countries agreed on, that assess change in
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Laos: “Substandard construction” Causes Dam Collapse
By :Kocha Olarn, Sandi Sidhu and Ben Westcott, CNN
27 July 2018
Minister says “substandard construction” caused Laos dam to collapse. 25,000 people evacuated.    The collapse of Laos dam that triggered massive flooding and devastation was due to "substandard construction," the country`s Minister of Energy and Mines said Thursday.   According to the state-run Laos News Agency, Minister Khammany Inthirath told reporters at a news
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New UN Habitat Deputy Appointed
By :UN-Habitat
25 July 2018
Secretary-General Appoints Victor Kisob of Cameroon Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme     United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Victor Kisob of Cameroon as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). He succeeds Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda, to whom
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Kenya: Kibera Demolitions Begin
By :Julius Otieno, Star; Josphat Thiong`o, Standard Digital
24 July 2018
Anguish as houses demolished to pave way for Kibera link road   23 July 2018   Julius Otieno, Star   Human rights activists have accused Kenya Urban Roads Authority of violating the agreement that would have seen victim of Kibera evicted in a humane way.   The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has in this regard called
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Uganda: Amuru Land Grab Apaa Village Evictions
By :Minbane.wordpress.com
20 July 2018
That the Northern Uganda have been in deep end of the stick in many eyes is evident, by how lax the state has been to take care of their needs and their rights. That can now be proven by the forceful evictions from land in Apaa Village in Amuru District/Adjumani
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Ecuador: Chevron a pagar por contaminación
By :Isabela Ponce, Mongabay Latam
13 July 2018
Corte Constitucional de Ecuador exige que Chevron pague por contaminación ambiental en la Amazonía   Casi 25 años después de que 30 000 personas demandaran a Chevron─antes Texaco─por afectación de sus fuentes hídricas y territorios en Lago Agrio en la provincia amazónica de Sucumbíos, la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador ordenó el pago
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HIC-HLRN Joins Arab CSOs’ SDG Message
By :Arab CSOs
09 July 2018
Messages from Civil Society to the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2018 and the High Level Political Forum 2018   On the occasion of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, HIC-HLRN is participating with Arab civil society organizations (CSOs) to play a positive role in the discourse
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Palestine: Israel’s Demolishing Khan al-Ahmar
By :Akram Al-Wa`ra, Mondoweiss
05 July 2018
Despite international condemnations, Israel prepares to demolish Khan al-Ahmar   KHAN AL-AHMAR, occupied West Bank, Palestine—Scenes of destruction and despair spread over the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, as armed Israeli forces arrived at the village’s entrance with bulldozers.   The nightmare that the village’s 200 residents had feared for over
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Syria: Old Slums, New Urbanist Battleground
By :Aron Lund, IRIN News
04 July 2018
Dispossession or development? The tug of war over Syria’s ruined slum dwellings. The government has chosen formerly besieged rebel areas as the first for reconstruction     With about a third of Syria’s housing and half its medical facilities damaged or destroyed, rebuilding is sorely needed. But major international donors refuse to fund reconstruction as
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Banksy Hits Heart of Immigrant-destination Paris
By :Linda Hervieux, NBC News
29 June 2018
New Banksy street art appears across Paris, taking aim at refugee crisis. The city struggle to respond to the migrant influx, with hundreds sleeping in makeshift tent camps.     PARIS — Banksy painted a live elephant in Los Angeles, unleashed 200 rats in a London gallery, and embellished a portrait of
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Vacancy announcement - Programme Officer
By :HIC-HLRN
28 June 2018
Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is an international collective of civil society organizations, social movements and individuals that mobilizes and advocates, defends and promotes the full implementation and enforceability of the human rights of homeless, evicted, displaced, landless and inadequately housed people and communities, including those under occupation, in urban and
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Iraq: 70,000 Date Palms to Baghdad
By :Ulf Laessing, Thomas Reuters Foundation
27 June 2018
Iraq to plant 70,000 date palms to revive once legendary crop     KERBALA—Iraq is to plant 70,000 date palms south of Baghdad, hoping to revive production of a crop it was famed for across the Middle East.   The country once produced three-quarters of the world’s dates but now accounts for just 5
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West Bank Demolitions & Displacement (May 2018)
By :OCHA
20 June 2018
In May, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 34 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, almost the same as the monthly average of targeted structures in the first four months of 2018 and in 2017. A total of 43 people were displaced, the highest such monthly figure so far this
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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Israeli (Military) Destruction Order 1797
By :Corey Sherman, Alternative Information Center
16 June 2018
Military Order 1797 will go into effect next week, allowing the Israeli Military Commander to summarily destroy Palestinian structures - including those provided as humanitarian assistance - with virtually no legal recourse available to those whose homes will be destroyed. No access to justice and no protection from grave breaches
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Israelis Protest Home Sale to Arab Family
By :Noa Shpigel, Haaretz
14 June 2018
Dozens of Israelis demonstrate against home sale to Arab family for second straight day   Former mayor joined protest: “the residents of Afula don`t want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and it`s their right. This is not racism.”     About 150 residents of the northern city of Afula demonstrated on Wednesday
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Antarctica: 3 tn Tonnes of Ice Lost since 1992
By :Laurel Hamers, Science News
13 June 2018
Antarctica has lost about 3 trillion metric tons of ice since 1992. Ice loss is accelerating and that’s helped raise the global sea level by about 8 millimeters.     Antarctica is losing ice at an increasingly rapid pace. In just the last five years, the frozen continent has shed ice nearly
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Lebanon’s Splendid Mountains Fleeting
By :Robert Fisk, The Independent / @indyvoices
08 June 2018
Lebanon`s mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?   “We had a court order for the quarries to stop but after five days the trucks came back and the local police facilitated them”     TARSHISH (central Lebanon)—Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction
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Puerto Rico: Parasites in Paradise
By :Democracy Now
06 June 2018
Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria as it commemorates 120 years of US occupation (since 1898). In the ongoing post-disaster phase, the island Is becoming a “playground for the privileged,” where disaster-capitalist investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.   While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure
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RDC: Plus d’inquiétude à Inga 3
By :société civile congolaise, Communique de presse N°003/01/2018
06 June 2018
Les Organisations de la Société Civile, œuvrant dans le suivi du projet Grand Inga et Inga 3 particulièrement en République Démocratique du Congo, ont appris à travers les médias que : « le chargé de mission du Chef de l’Etat en charge de l’ADPI (Agence pour le développement d’Inga-RDC), Bruno
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Israel`s Top Court Vets New Colony Law
By :AFP/al-Monitor
03 June 2018
Israel`s Supreme Court on Sunday met in an expanded panel of nine justices to consider striking down a law on settlements so contentious that the attorney general refuses to defend it.   The law, allowing expropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settlers, triggered an outpouring of condemnation from around the world
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UN Expert: USA Poor More Destitute under Trump
By :Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
02 June 2018
America`s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert     GENEVA—Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.   Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur
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Uganda: In Defence of Land Grabbing
By :Andrew M. Mwenda, Independent Uganda
28 May 2018
Our country has a new villain: the land grabber! In the popular imagination, this is a rich and powerful individual grabbing land from poor helpless victims. There are strong incentives for journalists, academics, politicians, activists, pundits, etc. to position themselves as champions of the poor masses against the rich and
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India: Smart Cities and Forced Eviction
By :Ankit Jha and Anand Lakhan, thewire.in
28 May 2018
The demolitions in Bhuri Tekri, without prior warning, took place just a week after the announcement of ‘Swachhta Sarvekshan 2018’, with the city retaining the number one rank in the list. To make cities beautiful, forced eviction of slum dwellers amid promises of resettlement have led to massive displacement of working
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Access to Land Critical to Meet SDGs
By :FAO
28 May 2018
28/05/2018 Bangkok, Thailand Addressing fairly the challenges of land tenure for hundreds of millions of people in Asia and the Pacific is a critical step that policy makers must take if the region is to meet the 2030 deadline for zero hunger and eradication of poverty, the Food and Agriculture Organization of
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Syria: Law 10 to Obstruct Refugee Return
By :Yalibnan
27 May 2018
A harsh new property law implemented by the Syrian government effectively deprives thousands of people displaced by the ongoing conflict of their homes and lands and potentially destroys evidence of war crimes it has committed, Amnesty International said today. Passed in 2012, Legislative Decree 66 allows the Syrian government to demolish informal settlement
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سوريا: القانون رقم 10 يعيق عودة اللاجئين
By :بي بي سي
27 May 2018
اهتمت صحف عربية بالجدل الذي أثاره دخول قانون، أقرته الحكومة السورية بهدف تخطيط المناطق التي تأثرت بالنزاع الدائر على أراضيها، حيز التنفيذ. ورأى العديد من الكتاب أن القانون الجديد سيؤدي إلى صعوبة عودة اللاجئين إلى سوريا، لكن البعض الآخر رأي في المقابل أن هذا التشريع يهدف لتنظيم المدن السورية التي تأثرت
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Tibet: New Report “Access Denied”
By :International Campaign for Tibet
26 May 2018
ICT has published its latest report, "Access Denied." It’s a troubling yet necessary account of the full extent of China`s efforts to prevent news of human rights abuses in Tibet from getting out.   China’s government doesn’t want anyone to know that international journalists are being detained by police, as two New
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Tanzania: Maasai Losing Lands to Tourism
By :HIC-HLRN
25 May 2018
The indigenous Maasai people of Tanzania face appalling levels of human rights abuses, including intimidation, violent evictions, arrests, beatings, and starvation, by the Tanzanian government and some of the safari businesses that operate in the country, the Oakland Institute said today in a new report.     ·     In the past year, tens
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Syria: Conflict Reshuffles the Demographic Map
By :Maya Gebeily and Rouba El Husseini, AFP
25 May 2018
Seven years of war and massive displacement have redrawn Syria`s demographic map, erecting borders between the country`s ethnic, religious, and political communities that will be hard to erase. Displaced Syrians, analysts, and rights defenders have described to AFP a divided country where regime opponents have been driven out, minorities stick closer
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Israeli Court OKs Razing Palestinian Village
By :Middle East Eye and agencies
24 May 2018
Israeli court authorises demolition of Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar. Community will most likely be relocated next to landfill in Abu Dis, a rundown West Bank suburb of East Jerusalem     Ignoring the pleas of European governments and senior US politicians, Israel`s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favour of demolishing a
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مدخلة شفهية للتحالف في الجلسة الخاصة بفلسطين
By :شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن
24 May 2018
بيان التحالف الدولي للموئل جوزيف شكلا، منسق شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن الجلسة الخاصة رقم 28 لمجلس حقوق الإنسان  شكراً سيادة الرئيس. تجسد الممارسات الوحشية الإسرائيلية الأخيرة ضد الشعب الفلسطيني سلسة من متواصلة من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان، ولكنها بالمثل تخالف أنظمة قانونية أخرى تم وضعها لدعم النظام المشترك بين الدول. رغم ذلك، فتلك الأحداث هي
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Another Mozambique Land Grab
By :Timothy A. Wise, Tufts University, Global Development and Environment Institute
23 May 2018
Growing Resistance: The Rise and Fall of Another Mozambique Land Grab     The rice fields of Xai-Xai, three hours up the coast from Maputo, are vast, coming into view as we descended onto the alluvial plain from the villages that dot the hills above. They stretch across the plains toward the Indian Ocean
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S. Korea: UNSR on Housing Calls for `Shift`
By :OHCHR
23 May 2018
SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) –  United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noted that South Korea now has the
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Philippine: Tension Grips Eviction of 200 Families
By :Rey Galupo, The Philippine Star
23 May 2018
MANILA, Philippines — An operation to demolish the houses of around 200 informal settlers in Intramuros, Manila nearly turned violent as the residents opposed the demolition yesterday morning. Armed with an eviction order issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 7, a demolition team along with members of the Manila
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HIC-HLRN at UN Human Rights Council on Gaza
By :HIC-HLRN
18 May 2018
Statement by Habitat International Coalition Joseph Schechla, coordinator of Housing and Land Rights Network 28th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (90-second limit)   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   Israel’s latest atrocity against the Palestinian people epitomizes an unbroken chain of human rights abuses, and likewise flouts other legal regimes devised to uphold the
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95 CSOs Urge Human Rights Council Gaza Inquiry
By :CIHRS and 95 CSOs
17 May 2018
Enough is Enough: 95 civil society organizations call on the Human Rights Council to urgently launch a ‘Commission of Inquiry’ to investigate violence against protesters in Palestine     In light of the recent mass killing of civilians in occupied Palestine, the undersigned 95 organizations call on the UN Human Rights Council to
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US Opens Embassy, Israel Massacres 60 Palestinians
By :Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza)
14 May 2018
US Opens New Embassy, Israel Kills 57 Returners   14-05-2018 14:40   Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza)   Nakba Day Protests in Gaza: 57 Palestinians Killed and 2,000 injured, 70 in Critical Condition   14 May 2018   By 8pm local time (+2 GMT) on 14 May 2018, the Israeli forces had killed 57 protesters in the Gaza
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Land Ownership Isn’t Enough to Empower Women
By :Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, The Conversation.com
14 May 2018
In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is
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USA: 30K Older, Infirm Louisianans Face Eviction
By :Tina Burnside and Darran Simon, CNN
10 May 2018
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could face eviction from nursing and group homes     More than 30,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many in nursing or group homes, could lose their benefits due to proposed state cuts -- a situation that could force thousands to move. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary
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Ethiopia: New Deal with Iconic Land Grabber Karuturi
By :Anywaa Survival Organisation
07 May 2018
Reading, United Kingdom - The Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO) is outraged by recent news reports that the Ethiopian government is providing a new lease of lands to disgraced land grabber Karuturi Global Ltd.  Karuturi`s disastrous 300,000 hectares (ha) farm project in Ethiopia`s western Gambela region is the most vivid example of the Ethiopian government`s
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HICtionary Newly Updated
By :HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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Gaza: Israel Voids Human Rights in “State of War”
By :HIC-HLRN (from multiple agencies)
04 May 2018
Israel’s “state of war” argument that human rights law doesn`t apply to Gaza protests     © AP Photo / Adel HanaIn the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces opened fire with tear gas and live bullets today, as Palestinians continued mass protests against Israel’s occupation. The latest crackdown came one day after a Palestinian
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By :Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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Sudan: State Land Grabs Fuel Sudan’s Crisis
By :Ayin in South Kordofan,Mail Guardian
04 May 2018
Al-Noor Othman, a farmer in Sudan’s South Kordofan province, was hoping for a good harvest. He had bills to pay.  His father needed glaucoma surgery on his left eye and he was saving up for his wedding. But there would be no harvest that season. “One cloudy morning [in 2008], I saw
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UE : Fin du monopole des multinationales agricoles ?
By :Flehetna (Tunisie)
02 May 2018
UE : Fin du monopole des multinationales agricoles, les agriculteurs bio pourront bientôt vendre leurs propres grains     La nouvelle loi votée par le Parlement européen et autorisant la « reproduction végétale de matériel hétérogène biologique » entrera en application prochainement …. Elle serait sur le point de rompre avec le monopole
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UE : Fin du monopole des multinationales agricoles ?
By :Flehetna (Tunisie)
02 May 2018
UE : Fin du monopole des multinationales agricoles, les agriculteurs bio pourront bientôt vendre leurs propres grains     La nouvelle loi votée par le Parlement européen et autorisant la « reproduction végétale de matériel hétérogène biologique » entrera en application prochainement …. Elle serait sur le point de rompre avec le monopole
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New York 1st SDG Progress-reporting City
01 May 2018
New York City will become the first city in the world to report directly to the United Nations on the status of its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the High-Level Political Forum this July. The publication will be called a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), modeled after the
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Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
By :The Editors of Moving Forward
01 May 2018
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
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30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
By :Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
30 April 2018
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
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USA: Forgotten Hurricane Harvey Devastation
By :Daniel J. McGraw, Next City
30 April 2018
Houston got the press (and most of the funds), but the Category 4 storm made first, devastating landfall in coastal Port Aransas and Rockport. How rebuilding has forced these beach towns to confront a housing crisis.     The smallish, three-bedroom, blue-green house in the middle of Port Aransas is rather ordinary. Built
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War Savages Ancient Sites in Yemen and Iraq
By :Andrew Lawler, Science
30 April 2018
MUNICH—A new front has opened in the destruction of archaeological heritage in the Middle East. Across northern Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (IS) group devastated antiquities during its reign of terror starting in 2014, pulverizing classical statues such as those of Palmyra in Syria and bulldozing a 3000-year-old ziggurat
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Palestine: Universal Reminder on Land Day
By :Houssem Ben Lazreg, Tesbih Habbal, The Conversation.com
29 April 2018
In an excerpt from the poem entitled The Last Speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the White Man, the prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish draws an analogy between Palestinians and Native American nations who were forced to live in diaspora in their own land. He addresses the colonizer: “You who come from beyond the
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Palestine: Israeli Forces Kill 3 Return Protesters
By :Middle East Eye
28 April 2018
Israeli forces kill 3 as youth urged to join Great March of Return protests. Organisers dedicate Friday demonstration to “revolutionary youth” as Israeli forces wound at least 7 journalists covering the protests.     At least three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as thousands of Palestinians participated in the fifth Friday of
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HIConcern over SDG Land Indicators
By :Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN
27 April 2018
Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network welcomes the SDGs and their performance indicators as a complement to development efforts that uphold the integrity of the UN Charter and the UN System built on three purposeful pillars: (1) peace and security, (2) progressive development and (3) human rights. We
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India: Land Rights for 1947 Partition Displaced
By :Rina Chandran, place
27 April 2018
The Indian State of Maharashtra grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years ago. Refugees in Maharashtra were housed in about 30 government-owned "camps" or colonies across the state, with limited rights to sell or redevelop their homes     BANGKOK - Refugees in India`s western state of Maharashtra
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الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
23 April 2018
أصدرت شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن دراستها الجديدة "الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى: تقييم السياق في ضوء أزمة اللاجئين والنازحين". يقدم هذا التقييم نظرة نقدية في الحوكمة المحلية في بيروت الكبرى، وهي مدينة تشكلت إلى حد بعيد بالهجرة البشرية عبر تاريخها وتتميز بها، وتعاني في الآونة الأخيرة من النزوح بسبب
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احتجاج على الارض المراد استملاكها لخط الغاز الإسرائيلي
By :المدينة نيوز
22 April 2018
وقفة احتجاجية بإربد رفضا لاستملاك أراض لمد أنبوب الغاز     عمان- الغد- نظمت لجنة مقاومة التطبيع والقضايا القومية في نقابة المهندسين ظهر امس اعتصاماً في محافظة اربد، احتجاجا على استملاك وزارة الطاقة لأراضي مواطنين ونقابات لغايات مد أنبوب الغاز، المتفق على استيراده من إسرائيل.   وحسب تصريح للجنة، فقد شارك في الاعتصام، الذي اقيم
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New Zealand: 10 Reasons to Return the Waitara Lands
By :Vivian Hutchinson and Carl Chenery, The Spinoff.com
21 April 2018
Taranaki are expected to host next year’s national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be fully resolved. The first national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars (Te Pūtake o te Riri) was held last month in Northland. The
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Gaza: 4th Friday of Great March of Return
By :PCHR
20 April 2018
For the fourth Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against peaceful Palestinian civilians, killing four civilians, including a child, and wounding 274, including 41 children, six women and one journalist, and raising death toll to
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USA: Trump Orders Air-quality Rules Degraded
By :Ledyard King, USA TODAY
20 April 2018
President Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules he says suffocates industry. EPA director Scott Pruitt confirmed that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to roll back Obama-era power-plant environmental-protection regulations.     WASHINGTON—President Trump`s latest effort to boost the nation`s manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality
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لبنان: إطلاق مرصد السكن
By :استوديو أشغال عامة
20 April 2018
بعد ثلاث سنوات من العمل المتواصل على موضوع السكن والتحوّلات العمرانية في أحياء بيروت، يطلق "استوديو أشغال عامة" مرصداً للسكن يهدف الى جمع البحوث وبناء المناصرة وطرح البدائل من أجل تعزيز الحق في السكن في لبنان. يمثّل المرصد صلة وصلٍ بين الباحثين والعاملين الاجتماعيين والخبراء، متيحاً مجالاتٍ جديدة للنشاط المدفوع بالمعرفة والهادف الى
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Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees
By :Human Rights watch
20 April 2018
(Beirut) – At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 57-page report, “‘Our Homes
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Five Alarming Land Grabbing Cases
By :iwgia.org
19 April 2018
Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year`s The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples. In many countries forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of conservation, development
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UN Reaffirms Indigenous Peoples` Land Rights
By :UN News
16 April 2018
In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.” But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added. “Law enforcement is inadequate or
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Indonesia: NGOs Call for Action on Indigenous Lands
By :Stephen Then, Star online
16 April 2018
MIRI: About 30 social activist groups nationwide have issued a joint declaration urging political parties from both the ruling government and opposition parties to give more attention to resolve land right woes affecting indigenous communities. The non-governmental bodies from Sarawak, Sabah and the peninsula held a dialogue here and issued the
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By :The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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Kashmir: Land Dispute behind Girl’s Rape, Murder
By :Aijaz Hussain and Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press
12 April 2018
Rape and murder of Kashmiri – girls in religious policy     SRINAGAR (Indian-occupied Kashmir)—The girl, just 8 years old, grazes the ponies of her family on a cold January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods
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USA: Time for Change - Race & Homelessness
By :Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, SPARC and National Alliance to End Homelessness
11 April 2018
In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in [the United States of] America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness.   Homelessness is not colorblind. People of color are dramatically more likely than their White counterparts to
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Israel Continues Killing the Right of Return
By :Associated Press
06 April 2018
Nine killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest, as toll rises to 31     KHUZAA, GAZA STIRP—Israeli troops killed nine men on Friday in the second mass protest in as many weeks along Gaza’s volatile border, as Palestinians torched piles of tires to create a smoke screen to block the view
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Great Return March: For Dignity
By :Ahmad Abu Rtemah, The Nation
06 April 2018
With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity   The Nakba is not a just a memory, it is an ongoing reality. We can accept that we all must eventually die; in Gaza, the tragedy is that we don’t get to live.     KHAN YUNIS—Over the past eight days, tens
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China Mining Co. Destroys Mozambique Village
By :Ghana News
01 April 2018
Mozambique’s coastal village on the brink of extinction from irresponsible Chinese mining company. Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood that left 290 people homeless, while Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety, denying village residents reparation for their losses.     An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique
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CSOs Demand Probe of Israeli Land-Day Killings
By :Adalah and Al Mezan
31 March 2018
Adalah, Al Mezan demand immediate criminal investigation of Israeli killings in Gaza on Land Day. Israeli military officials publicly stated in advance of the protests that the army would employ weapons and tactics that violate international – and even Israeli – law.     Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Adalah –
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يوم الأرض: سقط 17 في 2018، كما سقط 6 في 1976
By :العربية.نت
30 March 2018
فلسطين تخرج بـ"مسيرة العودة".. وإسرائيل تقتل المتظاهرين. الاحتلال نشر 3 آلاف جندي في محيط قطاع غزة.. وأوامر بإطلاق الرصاص الحيّ.     تدفق آلاف الفلسطينيين، الجمعة، قرب الحدود بين غزة وإسرائيل في مسيرة احتجاجية أطلق عليها #مسيرة_العودة، فيما حصلت مواجهات مع قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، أدت إلى مقتل 7 فلسطينيين وإصابة المئات.   وخرج عشرات الآلاف
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Land Day: 17 Fallen in 2018, as the 6 in 1976
By :Al-Arabiya net
30 March 2018
In Palestine, "the Return March" is emerging, and Israel is killing the demonstrators. Three thousand occupation soldiers deployed in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip with orders to fire live bullets. Thousands of Palestinians marched Friday near the border between Gaza and Israel in a protest march called
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Israel: Who Says It’s Not Apartheid?!
By :Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye
29 March 2018
Israeli town freezes new housing project to stop entry of Palestinian citizens. But the mayor insists he’s not racist. If this happened in Alabama there would be uproar. In Israel, it’s the norm.     How would you describe a white town in a southern state in the United States that froze
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Jordan: Taking Citizens’ Land for Israeli Pipeline
By :Mohammad Ersan, al-Monitor
29 March 2018
Members of the Jordanian Bar Association are readying lawsuits to challenge land expropriations for the construction of a pipeline for natural gas from Palestine`s “Leviathan field” occupied by Israel.   Israel and Jordan governments are working to connect pipelines at the al-Sheikh Hussein border crossing to transport gas from the
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الأردن: الحكومة تعتزم استملاك أراضي لصالح إسرائيل
By :محمد عرسان، "المونيتور"
29 March 2018
الحكومة الأردنيّة تعتزم استملاك أراضي مواطنين لمدّ خطّ الغاز مع إسرائيل. بدأت إسرائيل عملياتها لإنشاء البنية التحتية لخط الغاز الأردني-الإسرائيلي، بالقرب من الحدود الأردنية الشمالية، في وقت نشرت فيه الحكومة الأردنية إعلانا في الصحف اليومية تعلم فيه أصحاب أراض باستملاكها لغايات مد الخط، الذي يأتي ضمن اتفاقية بين الطرفين لتوريد
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USA: Alaska Natives Continue Land Fight
By :Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
27 March 2018
Alaska’s landless communities continue fight for land     Representatives of five Southeast Alaska communities continue their fight for recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. But they’re still facing opposition.     It’s been almost a half-century since Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created more than 200 corporations with land,
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Smallholder Farmers` Rights are Women`s Rights
By :Barbara Adams, Global Policy Watch
20 March 2018
Most farms in developing and least developed countries are small, generally plots of less than two hectares of land. Smallholder farmers manage over 80% of the world’s estimated 500 million small farms and provide over 80% of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, contributing significantly to poverty reduction
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Israel Cuts Fresh Water Supplies to Gaza
By :Middle East Monitor
20 March 2018
Israel has been cutting drinking water supplies for the Gaza Strip since last Wednesday, Quds Press reported on Monday. The move was made without any prior notice being given.   “Mekorot, the Israeli water supplier, told us last Wednesday that they would cut water for a couple of hours for maintenance purposes,”
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أحتجاجاً ضد أنبوبة الغاز الإسرائيلية في الأردن
By :عمون
19 March 2018
متضررون من استملاكات "الغاز الإسرائيلي" يوكّلون محامين       عمون - أوكل العشرات من أصحاب الأراضي المتضررين من مشروع الخط الناقل للغاز الطبيعي المستورد من إسرائيل، محامين لتسجيل دعاوى قضائية تطالب بتعويضات عادلة، بعد صدور قرار مجلس الوزراء بالموافقة على استملاكات الأراضي التي أعلنتها وزارة الطاقة في الصحف المحلية لـ344 دونما واستئجار 611
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Zimbabwe: Youths Face Eviction from Chegutu Mine
By :Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
13 March 2018
Over 6,000 members of the Danangwe District Youth in Mining Cooperative (DDYMC) in Chegutu East face an uncertain future after mining firm, Breckridge Investments ordered the artisanal miners to stop operations at Giant Mine.   The miners have been carrying out mining activities at Giant Mine, 10km north of Chegutu town since
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IPC for Food Sovereignty Meets
By :Masifundise.org
12 March 2018
On 12 March 2018, the General Meeting of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) has started in Cape Town.  The IPC Sovereignty is an autonomous and self-organised global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organizations and grass root/community based social movements to advance the Food Sovereignty
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Beirut: A City-zenship Approach to Refugees
By :Mona Fawaz, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
08 March 2018
Toward a City-zenship Approach to Urban Refugees     There is growing evidence that the distinction between individuals tagged with the “refugee” label and other vulnerable groups is often slim, particularly in urban contexts. Indeed, most urban refugees live in dilapidated and precarious urban neighborhoods that they share with impoverished nationals, migrant
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
07 March 2018
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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DR Congo: Terror in Ituri
By :Thijs Van Laer, Congo Research Group
05 March 2018
Over sixty people killed, thousands of houses burned down and more than 100,000 displaced people, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. Those are the consequences so far of the violence in the northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December 2017. The violence marks a counterpoint to
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Palestine: Statistics on Demolition Houses from 2006-2018
By :Btselem
05 March 2018
From 2006 until 28 Feb. 2018, Israel demolished at least 1,328 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem), causing 5,979 people – including at least 3,025 minors – to lose their homes. In Palestinian communities unrecognized by the State of Israel, many which are facing the threat of expulsion, Israel repeatedly demolishes residents’ homes.
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South Africa: Confiscating White Farmers` Lands
By :The Independent
01 March 2018
South Africa‘s parliament has passed a motion that could lead to the seizure of land from white farmers without paying them compensation. Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the constitution would allow expropriation of land without any financial
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India: A New Report on Forced Eviction
By :HLRN- India
28 February 2018
At a press conference held in Delhi on 23 February, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India released a new study titled, `Forced Evictions in India in 2017: An Alarming National Crisis.` The study presents data and findings on forced evictions in urban and rural India in the year 2017. Primary and secondary research
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India: A New Report on Forced Eviction
By :HLRN- India
28 February 2018
At a press conference held in Delhi on 23 February, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India released a new study titled, `Forced Evictions in India in 2017: An Alarming National Crisis.` The study presents data and findings on forced evictions in urban and rural India in the year 2017. Primary and secondary research
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1st Arab Conference on Land Governance
By :HIC-HLRN
28 February 2018
Dubai Land Department announces the conclusion of the first Arab land governance conference     The conference, organized in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-HABITAT, the League of Arab States and the Arab Surveying Association, was attended by more than 300 participants, representing several regional and international bodies.   Dubai
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المجتمع المدني لضمان الحقّ في الغذاء والتغذية
By :البناء (بيروت)
24 February 2018
منظمات المجتمع المدني في شمال أفريقيا والشرق الأدنى: لضمان حقّ المهمشين وذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة في العمل     أشارت منظمات المجتمع المدني، لمنطقة شمال أفريقيا والشرق الأدنى التي اجتمعت في بيروت خلال الفترة الممتدة ما بين 19-21 شباط 2018، بدعوة من منظمة الفاو، وباستضافة جمعية غايا في إطار تعزيز دور المجتمع المدني
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DRC Violence Displaces Thousands of Children
By :VoA
24 February 2018
Thousands of Children Displaced by Ethnic Violence in DRC’s Ituri Province. GENEVA—The U.N. children’s fund reports at least 90,000 children have been forced to flee their homes in the face of escalating inter-communal violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province. Ituri’s Djugu territory in northeastern D.R.C. has been the
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CSOs Ensuring the Right to Food and Nutrition
By :al-Bina` (Beirut)
24 February 2018
Civil society organizations in North Africa and the Near East: to ensure the right of the marginalized and people with special needs to work     Civil society organizations (CSOs) of North Africa and the Near East, meeting in Beirut on 19–21 February 2018, were invited FAO and hosted by the GAIA Association
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CSOs: "No Hunger on Earth as of Today"
By :HIC-HLRN
22 February 2018
We, the civil society organizations of the Near East and the North Africa region, gathering in Beirut from 19 to 21 February 2018 at the invitation of FAO and hosted by the GAIA Association to develop the contribution of civil society to the 34th FAO Regional Conference to be held
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لمنظمات المجتمع المدني "لا جائع بعد اليوم"
By :شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن
22 February 2018
نحن منظمات المجتمع المدني، لمنطقة شمال افريقيا والشرق الادنى المجتمعون في بيروت خلال الفترة الممتدة ما بين 19 إلى21 شباط/فبراير 2018 بدعوة من منظمة الفاو، وباستضافة جمعية غايا  لتعزيز مساهمة المجتمع المدني في لدورة 34 لمؤتمر الفاو الاقليمي والذي سيعقد في بيروت خلال نيسان/ابريل 2018. إن منطقة شمال افريقيا والشرق الأدنى
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Settler Leader Thanks Trump for Colony Surge
By :Associated Press
20 February 2018
Settler Leader Yaakov Katz says West Bank settlement population has grown twice as fast as Israel`s overall population, and calls for the end of the two-state solution     The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel`s overall population last year, a settler leader
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Peru: Shipibo-Konibo Forced from Forest to Slum
By :Jack Guy, Editing by Anastasia Moloney and Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
20 February 2018
Forced from rainforest, Peruvian tribe faces new woes in Lima slum     LIMA—Wedged between the rubbish-choked Rimac River and lanes of traffic belching fumes, the Cantagallo slum in downtown Lima is a far cry from the Amazon rainforest land that the Shipibo-Konibo people were forced to flee two decades ago.   Hundreds of
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Homeless and Hungry in Paris
By :Sevenbilliontoday
17 February 2018
Of Emmanuel Macron`s many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.   The president gave himself until the close of 2017 to end rough-sleeping once and for all - but a midnight stroll through Paris shows
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Jerusalem Palestinians Want to Vote
By :Nir Hasson, Haaretz
15 February 2018
Despite Official Boycott, Over Half of East Jerusalem`s Palestinians Want to Vote in City Elections   As despair over the chances of a two-state solution grows, calls grow within the community to participate in municipal elections, in order to reduce the inequality between the city`s western and eastern parts     Almost 60
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Jerusalem Palestinians Want to Vote
By :Nir Hasson, Haaretz
15 February 2018
Despite official boycott, over half of East Jerusalem`s Palestinians want to vote in city elections   As despair over the chances of a two-state solution grows, calls grow within the community to participate in municipal elections, in order to reduce the inequality between the city`s western and eastern parts     Almost 60
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Zimbabwe: Probe into State Land Sales Begins
By :Felex Share, The Herald (Harare)
15 February 2018
The Commission of Inquiry into the sale of state land in and around urban areas since 2005 begins work on Monday as government moves to investigate and ascertain actors in allocations, occupation and use of the land.   The Commission, chaired by Justice Tendai Uchena, will conduct the inquiry over the next
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Kenya: Eviction Threats against Sengwer Continue
By :Chris Lang, Redd monitor
15 February 2018
The Sengwer indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest in the western highlands of Kenya continue to face threats of violence and evictions. The latest round of violent evictions started at the end of December 2017. The evictions, carried out by the Kenya Forest Service, are supposedly in the name of
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Canada: Trudeau’s New Indigenous Rights Initiative
By :John Paul Tasker, CBC News
14 February 2018
Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people “We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,” PM says     Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a fundamental rethink of how the federal government recognizes Indigenous rights and title, vowing to work
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Peru: Chaparrí Land Defender Tortured, Killed
By :Dan Collyns, The Guardian
14 February 2018
José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas murdered for opposing land traffickers seeking to clear land in the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, say local witnesses     A criminal gang involved in land trafficking has tortured and murdered a community leader in northern Peru, according to his wife and local villagers who witnessed the killing.   José Napoleón Tarrillo
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USA: Tenants Say Trump Budget "Dead on arrival"
By :NAHT
13 February 2018
HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump’s 2019 Budget “Dead on Arrival”     Elected leaders of the national US tenant union today demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, released on February 12.     “Trump’s budget will push millions of people from their homes; starve seniors, children and
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Not Just a Condition, but Cause of Poverty
By :A U.S. Catholic interview
13 February 2018
Being evicted isn’t just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause, says Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" (Crown Books). While much research and conversation has been devoted to other poverty-related topics such as nutrition, education, and violence, the Princeton sociologist
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Chile: Pobladores en frente al desalojo en Antofagasta
By :Observatorio Ciudadano
12 February 2018
Pobladores solicitan a la Presidenta Bachelet intervenir ante desalojo ilegal de macrocampamento Balmaceda en Antofagasta   La medida fue impuesta por la Gobernación Provincial fuera del ámbito de sus atribuciones y comunicada de forma intempestiva el pasado 12 de enero, sin publicación en el Diario Oficial como exige la ley, por lo
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RDCongo : crise de transparence du Inga 3
By :société civile congolaise, Communique de presse N°002/01/2018
09 February 2018
« Retrait pur et simple des ordonnances de L’ADPI-RDC »   La Société Civile a appris en date du 09 Janvier 2018 par voie de presse (RTNC), la promulgation par le Chef de l’Etat de l’ordonnance N°004/018 portant dispositions complémentaires relatives au statut, à l’organisation et au fonctionnement de l’Agence pour
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France: Equality Law Fails, Roma Evictions Increased
By :ERRC
08 February 2018
Paris, Budapest 6 February 2018: In the last year 11,309 Romani people were evicted from their homes in France, the majority of which (8,161) were forcefully evicted by authorities. A further 2,055 left their homes before the arrival of authorities, under pressure of an imminent eviction. Last year saw a 12% increase
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Pakistan: Lahore City Evicts Slum Dwellers
By :Zeena T. Hashmi, The Nation (Karachi)
07 February 2018
LDA’s forced eviction of Model Town slum dwellers is shocking, but not surprising. No one with a shred of shame can imagine such a thing happening in any democracy; but this is how the Lahore Development Authority works.       For the dwellers at Sector M, Model Town Extension, there have been many
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UN: Israel to Demolish 50 West Bank Schools
By :Days of Palestine
06 February 2018
Dozens of Palestinian schools are at risk of being demolished by Israel, the UN has warned, leaving children in the occupied territories even more vulnerable. “Children as young as seven would be left without schools if Israel carries out its demolitions,” UN official said.     At least 45 schools are now facing demolition by
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Coca-Cola, Nestlé Privatizing Guarani Aquifer
By :Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory
05 February 2018
Coca-Cola and Nestlé to privatize the largest reserve of water in South America     Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are allegedly in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and
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South Africa: The Great Land Grab Cover-up
By :Michelle Hay, Land and Accountability Research Center
05 February 2018
The great land grab cover- up: how the government is helping chiefs and mining companies to steal your land     You’re sitting at home, minding your own business, reading the news on your phone. If you are part of an unfortunate 30% of the population, you could, at any time, get a
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Pakistan: Empowering Sindh’s Landless Farmers
By :Amin Ahmed, Dawn
05 February 2018
$5m project aims to empower Sindh’s landless farmers     An internationally funded project was launched in Sindh last week in an attempt to improve land tenancy for landless farmers.   Landless farmers (or haris) in the province usually have access to land as tenants through paperless agreements between them and landlords. Without having any
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Germany: Coalition Talks Focus on Housing Crisis
By :Michelle Martin, Andreas Rinke, Reuters
04 February 2018
German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor     More than four months after a national election, Europe’s largest economy and pre-eminent power-broker is in political paralysis, causing concern among investors and partner countries that policymaking on issues such as Britain’s looming departure from the European Union
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Tanzania: Gov`t Seeks to Demolish 1,200 Homes
By :IPPMedia.com
02 February 2018
Advice given by World Bank to government officials against demolishing over 1,200 houses between Ubungo and Kimara suburbs of Dar es Salaam to pave way for a six-lane highway has saved them from losing their houses. The over 8,000 residents who had already been served with letters by Tanzania Roads Agency
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USA: Trump`s Utah Land Grab Begins
By :Fred Hamble, act.tv
02 February 2018
Trump`s ”Gold Rush” style land grab in Utah begins today     The Trump regime`s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of public land in Utah last year will kick off a Wild West-era land claim process starting on Friday.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, on Friday
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Somalia: Another Forced Eviction of IDPs
By :Radio Ergo
02 February 2018
Somali authorities have destroyed another IDP camp in Mogadishu hosting more than 1,000 families recovering from the prolonged drought, according to witnesses. The camp, Kalkaal, in the city’s Deynile district, had been home for about seven months to families fleeing Lower Shabelle region, wracked by drought and clan conflict. Faadumo Ali Guled,
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England: Locals` Concern over Home Demolition
By :Jo Taylor and Nic Rigby, BBC
27 January 2018
Genesis Housing Association is considering the future of Alexandra Court in Southend, which could see it torn down and a new block built in its place with double the number of flats. One woman spoke of her dismay after being told it was her "home for life." Genesis has assured tenants they
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South Africa Shouldn’t Copy Mugabe’s Land Reform
By :Economist.com
25 January 2018
Of the many grievances from South Africa’s decades of white rule, the theft of land still smarts more than most. The “Natives Land Act” of 1913 set aside 90% of the country for whites, who made up less than a third of its people. Over the next eight decades a
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China’s OBOR Project Dispossesses, Displaces Tibetans
By :David Brewster, Inside Policy
24 January 2018
China’s Belt and Road Initiative will result in important strategic consequence for the countries of South Asia, writes David Brewster. But its impact on China itself should not be ignored.   In geopolitical terms, South Asia has long functioned like an island, nominally attached to Eurasia but not really part of it.
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India: Landless Farmers to Access Land
By :Prabhudatta Mishra, Financial Express
24 January 2018
Landless cultivators to be farmers too! Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 cr currently excluded   Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 crore currently excluded.     Over 14 crore (140 million) households who cultivate on land owned by others under a formal lease agreement or even under a
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Rubbish Tide on Lebanon’s Shore
By :Al Jazeera
23 January 2018
Storm carries massive rubbish pile to shores of Lebanon     BEIRUT—Large amounts of rubbish have washed ashore on beaches north of the Lebanese capital as a result of a heavy storm, reigniting debate about the rubbish crisis that has for years plagued the country.   According to local media, the rubbish had been collecting near
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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By :ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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England: MPs Debate Israel`s oPt Demolitions
By :ICAHD
19 January 2018
Thank you to the many members and supporters who lobbied their MPs ahead of the December 2017 debate in the UK Parliament Westminster Hall. ICAHD UK provided extensive briefing documents to help MPs and constituents formulate the key arguments against settlements and house demolitions. The full debate can be read online. Stephen Kinnock
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GHRC Calls for Halt to Violations in Palestine
By :Wafa.ps
19 January 2018
GENEVA--The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Idriss Jazairy appealed to the international community, and in particular the Arab and Muslim community, "to join forces and act in concert in order to halt the violations of Palestinians human rights." Ambassador Jazairy said during a
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Canada to Monitor Its TNC Conduct Abroad
By :Nicole Mordant, Reuters
18 January 2018
Canada said on Wednesday it is creating an independent watchdog to monitor and investigate claims of human rights abuses by its companies operating abroad, describing it as the first initiative of its kind in the world.   The body, which will initially target the mining, oil and gas, and garment sectors, will
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Czechia: Roma Forcibly Evicted in Brno
By :Michaela Pa , Brno Daily
17 January 2018
About a year ago, one hundred families living in houses owned by a private company on Bratislavská, Vlhká and Francouzská streets were informed that their rent leases will not be renewed. In response, the desperate tenants and citizens’ initiative “Chceme bydlet!” organized a street demonstration.   After intense negotiations between the firm
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Tunisia: Protests against IMF Chokehold
By :Jihen Chandoul, The Guardian
17 January 2018
The IMF has choked Tunisia. No wonder the people are protesting   Since the 2011 uprising, the IMF – backed by the G8 – has imposed economic reforms on Tunisia, at a cost to ordinary people     Tunisia has been facing protests across the country at price and tax rises since 3
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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OPT: A New Report on Demolition Homes
By :Chaska Katz, ICAHD
15 January 2018
During the month of December 2017, 9 structures have been demolished in the West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem), affecting 58 people- out of whom 33 are children. Ten people were displaced due to the demolitions, four of whom were children. More then half of the demolitions this month happened in
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South Africa: Another Abahlali Comrade Fallen
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
12 January 2018
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Another Comrade Has Fallen in the Struggle for Land     Our movement has been facing a lot of brutality in the last three months. On 19 November our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation in Lamontville, Sibonelo Mpeku, was kidnapped and murdered. On 17 December 2017 Soyiso Nkqayini
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Somalia: > 5K IDP Homes Evicted, Destroyed
By :Xinhua and Somalia NGO Consortium
11 January 2018
3,000 School Children Affected by Forced Evictions in Mogadishu     Somalia NGO Consortium Statement below     MOGADISHU—The UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children said on Thursday that recent unannounced forced evictions of families and destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Somali capital Mogadishu have impacted over 3,000 school
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Philippines: Demolition Looms for 200 Households
By :Antoinette O. Marquito, Philstar
09 January 2018
CEBU, Philippines — About 200 families in Sitio Tangke, Barangay Mambaling will lose their homes after the court ordered the demolition of their houses because the owner will utilize the lot. The demolition started yesterday and there was no resistance or commotion. But Janny Anter, president of Panaghugpong-Kadamay, a homeowners’ association in
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Western Sahara: EU Eyes New Fishing Deal
By :Western Sahara Resources Watch
08 January 2018
Not awaiting the EU Court of Justice`s verdict on the legality of the current fisheries protocol with Morocco over its inclusion of Western Sahara`s waters, the EU Commission is already thinking out loud about its successor deal.   According to a statement issued today by the EU`s Fisheries department (DG MARE), the
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USA: Water Security v. Energy Independence
By :Jennifer Veilleux, Center for Humans and Nature
04 January 2018
In late 2016, I attended government-to-government meetings in Rapid City, South Dakota, between several Plains Tribal Government representatives and US Federal Government officials. I listened to a tribal elder testify that her young grandson was hospitalized with an E. coli infection caused by hydraulic fracturing water contamination in her community
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New UN Declaration on Peasant Rights
By :Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN India/Open Global Rights
04 January 2018
A new UN declaration could finally protect rural and landless peoples. The UN has drafted a groundbreaking declaration that has the potential to protect the human rights of peasants, rural workers and landless people. There is room, however, to strengthen its provisions.           Despite their significant contributions to food security, sustainable development,
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ONU: Nueva declaración sobre derechos de campesinos
By :Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN India/Open Global Rights
04 January 2018
Una nueva declaración de la ONU podría proteger por fin a las poblaciones rurales y sin tierra. La ONU redactó una declaración innovadora que podría proteger los derechos humanos de los campesinos, los trabajadores rurales y las poblaciónes sin tierra. Sin embargo, hay margen para fortalecer sus disposiciones.     A pesar de
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USA: Charges against Homeless Feeder Dropped
By :Gloria Tatum, with Mathew Chares Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (APN)
23 December 2017
ATLANTA—On Thursday, 14 December 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people in Atlanta for at
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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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South Africa: Constitution-based Land Restitution?
By :Alet Janse van Rensburg, news24
20 December 2017
ANC`s land expropriation decision an admission of its own failures   The ANC’s decision at its national conference to go ahead with the expropriation of land without compensation is an admission of its own failure to pursue real land distribution, experts say.   The ruling party announced on Wednesday evening that its committee on
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Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions
By :MST and Via Campesina
14 December 2017
An aggressive attack is being waged against Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement, in the northern State of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country. In Marabá, located in the
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China: Beijing House Demolitions Spark Rare Street Protests
By :Emily Feng and Charles Clover, Financial Times
12 December 2017
Aggressive Chinese eviction methods fuel anger among residents forced from rented homes   Fear and cold stalk the streets of Feijia, a north-eastern suburb of Beijing that is to be largely demolished on Friday, leaving hundreds of migrant families potentially homeless in winter. Leaflets scattered across Feijia’s main street depict photos of masked
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Learning Journey on Agroecology in Lebanon
By :HIC-HLRN
28 November 2017
HIC-HLRN was invited to participate to the Learning Journey on Local Solidarity Partnerships for Agroecology in Lebanon from 22 to 25 November 2017, organized by Urgenci, the international network for community supported agriculture with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Learning Journey
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Save Our Village from Israeli Bulldozers
By :Nasser Nawajaa, spokesman of Susiya village
26 November 2017
‘Israel wants to demolish our village. With the help of the international community, we won’t let them’ Our village Susiya, located in the south Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank, is in immediate threat of demolition. The only way to stop the demolition is through international pressure. On 22 November
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مواجهات مع مواطنين الجريف بسبب مصادرة الأراضي
By :السودان اليوم
24 November 2017
تجددت المواجهات بين الشرطة السودانية، ومواطنو ضاحية “الجريف شرق” بالعاصمة الخرطوم. وسقط عدد من الجرحى في المواجهات التي تبلغ ذروتها نهاية الاسبوع وفي ايام العطل الرسمية. ويرفض مواطنو الجريف مساعي الحكومة لانتزاع اراضي تخصهم وتطل على النيل. وتتذرع الحكومة بامتلاكها الارض، وبممارسة الاهالي لنشاطات تجارية غير مصدقة “كمائن الطوب”. واندلعت مواجهات مسلحة بين الشرطة
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اسرائيل تخطط لمصادرة المزيد من اراضي الضفة
By :عرب 48
23 November 2017
يعمل المستشار القضائي للحكومة الإسرائيلية، أفيحاي مندلبليت، على مصادرة أراض فلسطينية خاصة، وذلك بهدف ترخيص 1048 وحدة سكنية، على الأقل، في المستوطنات المقامة على أراضي الضفة الغربية المحتلة.ونقلت صحيفة "هآرتس" عن مصدر إسرائيلي رفيع في هيئات إنفاذ سلطة القانون أن مندلبليت يعتقد أن المحكمة العليا سوف تلغي القانون الذي يسمح
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By :Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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South Africa: Three Murders in Sisonke Village
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
21 November 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Three people were murdered in Sisonke Village, in Lamontville, on Sunday, including our chairperson in the area Sibonela Mpeku.   Our members gave Sisonke Village its new name on 13 July 2014 and our branch was launched there on 9 November 2014. During that year we issued statements noting
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Myanmar: At Least 800K Rohingya Flee
By :Reuters
17 November 2017
The following article series follows the Rohingya flight as it has grown since August 2017. According to UN OCHA, As of 4 October 2017, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily. Before this crisis began, the country was already hosting a verified population
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Israeli Court OKs Colonies for “public purpose”
By :Bethan McKernan, The Independent
16 November 2017
 Israeli settler colonies in Palestine’s West Bank can use private Palestinian land for “public use,” says Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, agreeing with Supreme Court ruling legalising road to “wildcat” West Bank colony partially built on private Palestinian land        Private land owned by Palestinians in the West Bank can be seized by
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Tribute to Patterson Kuria Gathuru
By :HLRN
15 November 2017
Our colleague and friend, Patterson Kuria Gathuru, left us on 15 November 2017. He is known to us as the Habitat International Coalition’s co-member on the IPC, advocating the issues and human rights of the urban food-insecure constituency. Many of you also know him as an IPC colleague in this
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Nigeria: 30K Evicted, Defying Court
By :Amnesty International
14 November 2017
Deadly mass forced evictions make life misery for waterfront communities   Over 30,000 forcibly evicted from settlements in Lagos state in defiance of court orders 11 people unlawfully killed and at least 17 missing after violent evictions by security forces and unidentified armed men 300,000 others are under threat of further forced evictions Evicted residents
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Germany: Merkel`s Housing Crisis
By :Rebecca Pinnington, Express (London)
14 November 2017
Germany is facing a shocking housing crisis with 1.2 million people expected to be living in homeless shelters by 2018.     The Federal Homeless Association estimates the current number of homeless people in the country totals around 860,000.   That figure is expected to rise another 40 per cent to 1.2 million by the
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Land Forum VI: More CSO Problem-solving Capacity
By :HIC-HLRN
10 November 2017
Civil society across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is now more capable to use international standards to solve local problems related to land and natural resource management. An indicator of this progress is the recent "Land Forum" held in Tunis from 25 to 27 October 2017.   The sixth
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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By :Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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Kenya: AG Enjoined in Samburu Eviction Case
By :Joseph Wangui, The Nation
01 November 2017
Githu Muigai enjoined in Samburu eviction case     Attorney-General Githu Muigai has been enjoined in a case in which retired President Daniel Moi was sued by the Samburu community for transferring 17,105 acres (69,217,493.44 square meters) of their land in Laikipia North to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).   The Environment and Land Court
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بلدة خطلة تطالب بإبطال الإستيلاء على المياه
By :توفيق أبو سماقة، صحيفة الرأي
01 November 2017
يطالب أهالي بلدة خطلة (35 كم غربي المفرق) و عددهم (40) منزل، وزارة المياه و الرّي بضرورة ابطال استيلاء أحد المواطنين في المنطقة على نبعة ماء ( نبعة أم كريمة ) تقع ضمن المنطقة كونها المصدر الوحيد للشرب بالنسبة لأهالي المنطقة. و يقول عادل السيلاوي أحد مواطني المنطقة،إن النبعة تسمى ب(نبعة
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التوسّع في الاستثمار الزراعيّ... تحدّ جديد أمام مصر
By :أية أمان، المونيتور
01 November 2017
القاهرة – منذ أن رفعت الولايات المتّحدة الأميركيّة العقوبات الاقتصاديّة عن السودان في 6 تشرين الأوّل/أكتوبر، كان ملف التوسّع في الاستثمار الزراعيّ في الأراضي السودانيّة حاضراً بقوّة في استراتيجيّة حكومة الخرطوم، وهو ما عكسته التصريحات الأولى لوزير الدولة للاستثمار السودانيّ أسامة فيصل الذي أكّد فيها أنّ الاستثمار في الزراعة والأمن
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HIC-HLRN Hosts 6th MENA Land Forum in Tunis
By :HIC-HLRN
25 October 2017
On 25–27 October 2017, HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network will organize the 6th round of its Land Forum for the Middle East/North Africa in Tunis.    This time, the periodic HIC Middle East/North Africa event will be the first-ever civil-society effort dedicated to building capacity for implementing, monitoring and evaluating
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انعقاد منتدى الأرض السادس في تونس
By :HIC-HLRN
25 October 2017
نظمت شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن- التحالف الدولي للموئل، بالتعاون مع منظمة الأغذية والزراعة (الفاو)، الدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا وذلك في الفترة من 25 إلى 27 أكتوبر 2017، في العاصمة تونس.   وكانت الدورة الأخيرة لتلك الفعالية هي أول جهد مكرس لبناء قدرات المجتمع المدني لتنفيذ ورصد وتقييم
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EU States Demand Israel Pay Demolition Costs
By :Barak Ravid, Haaretz
19 October 2017
Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.   A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter,
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USA: GOP Enables Arctic Drilling
By :Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News
18 October 2017
GOP lawmakers open door to arctic drilling     WASHINGTON—Tucked into the budget bill the Senate is likely to pass this week is a provision that could quietly open the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a controversial issue that has been the subject of fierce debate in
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Turkey: Environmentalists Murdered
By :Jonathan Watts. The Guardian
18 October 2017
`The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey. The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits.   Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs
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EPA: Puerto Ricans Resorts to Toxic Water
By :MSN News
15 October 2017
EPA says Puerto Rico residents resorted to contaminated water at Dorado Superfund site
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New Report: India`s Farm Widows
By :HLRN-India and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development
15 October 2017
Report on farm widows of Maharashtra highlights human rights violations recommends urgent state intervention to prevent social and economic exclusion   NEW DELHI—A study released today by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) India (New Delhi), and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development (Nagpur) reveals the acute vulnerability of farm widows
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South Africa: Residents Challenge Eviction
By :Mohammed Jameel Abdulla, The Daily Vox
14 October 2017
Residents of Fattis Mansions on the corner of Jeppe and Harrison Street in the Johannesburg CBD were forcefully evicted by close to 200 Red Ants on Wednesday. The eviction, which affected dozens of people, started at 7am and proceeded well into the afternoon. Residents’ belongings were pulled from the building
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South Africa: Repression in Durban
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
04 October 2017
Cato Manor residents say eThekwini Municipality carried out brutal and illegal evictions Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA. Press Statement   The Movement of Abahlali baseMjondolo continues to face serious and unlawful repression by the ANC led municipality in Durban. Right now, the community in Cato Manor right now are trying to collect all the
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UPR Outcomes on Morocco
By :OHCHR
21 September 2017
The Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcomes of Morocco, while the participating States evade the kingdom’s occupation of Western Sahara. However, in the May 2017 full review, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Norway, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay and Zimbabwe raised the occupation, self-determination and other human
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Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines
By :Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines (ICBL)
19 September 2017
On 18 September 2017, Algeria celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty by destroying its last antipersonnel landmines. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines congratulates Algeria for fulfilling treaty obligation.   Algeria had reported retaining 5,970 antipersonnel landmines for training purposes, permitted under Article 3 of the Mine Ban Treaty. After
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Quest for the Right to the City in Asia
By :Paulista Surjadi, Kota Kita (Indonesia) and Chandan Kumar, ActionAid India.
15 September 2017
Asia is the biggest and most populous continent, also home to some of the fastest growing countries in the world such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The continent consists of 48 countries and over 4 billion people, or half of the world’s total population. With this fact, it is
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African Struggles for the Right to the City
By :Allan Cain and Agnes Midi
15 September 2017
Africa has some of the world’s most unequal cities.1 Informal settlements in African cities, and the struggles that are fought in their defense, are evidence of deep-rooted exclusion.2 They have inherited colonial segregated planning laws that are socio-economically exclusive, resulting in cement cities and slums. In many African former colonial
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Tunisia: TuNur Energy Grab
By :Hamza Hamouchene, Open Democracy
09 September 2017
Another case of energy colonialism: Tunisia’s Tunur solar project   The unrestricted flow of cheap natural resources from the global south to the rich industrialized north, maintains a profoundly unjust international division of labour.     When we hear about news of renewable energy projects, one must be forgiven for thinking that it’s
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Food Companies Threaten Environmental Activists
By :Oxfam International
07 September 2017
Despite committing to deforestation-free supply chains, the top 10 food and beverage companies lack policies to protect the activists and communities caring for the environment from intimidation, threats and attacks, according to a new Oxfam report.   Commercial farming of some everyday food ingredients, like soy and palm oil, are driving massive
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Peru: Six Land Defenders Shot Dead
By :Dan Collyns, The Guardian
07 September 2017
The victims were targeted by a criminal gang who wanted to use their lands to grow lucrative palm oil, according to local indigenous leaders     Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative palm oil trade, according
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Israel: Court Protects Racist Land Governance
By :Adalah and ACRI
06 September 2017
Adalah and ACRI say Supreme Court ruling allows Israeli government to delegate land-use authorities to a body with racially discriminatory policies against Arab citizens.   Court okays Israeli gov’t transfer of land-use authorities to World Zionist Organization`s Settlement Division, which advances interests of Jewish citizens only.     * * *   The Israeli Supreme Court
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UN on Yemen: An “entirely man-made catastrophe”
By :OHCHR
05 September 2017
Yemen: An “entirely man-made catastrophe” – UN human rights report urges international investigation   GENEVA—Human rights violations and abuses continue unabated in Yemen, along with unrelenting violations of international humanitarian law, with civilians suffering deeply the consequences of an “entirely man-made catastrophe”, according to a UN human rights report published on
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HIComment on UN-Habitat Review
By :HIC-HLRN
05 September 2017
In advance of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on 5 and 6 September 2017, HIC and HLRN have reviewed the High-level Independent Panel assessing the performance and capacity of UN-Habitat and posing recommendations for its future. The Panel’s report considers UN-Habitat performance and capacity from four angles, including
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India: What Exactly Is a Smart City?
By :Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Scroll-in
04 September 2017
What exactly is a smart city? The Indian government does not want you to know. It thwarted the Bureau of Indian Standards’ plan to fix clear criteria for defining a smart city, and came out with a fuzzy ‘Liveability Index’ instead.     Are the urban centres selected by the Union government
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السودان: (780) ألـف هكتـار لتركيـا
By :موقع حريتنا سودان
04 September 2017
كشف تقرير منظمة قرين (GRAIN) عن نهب الاراضى الزراعية (Land grabbing) عن ضخامة الاراضى السودانية التى تم الاستيلاء عليها العام الماضى . وأوضح التقرير ان من بين الاراضى التى خصصت لمستثمرين اجانب فى عام 2016وحده , (780) ألف هكتار للادراة التركية العامة للأعمال الزراعية – الهكتار يساوى 2.4 فدان – ،
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India: `Demolition Man` Becomes Minister
By :Sneha Mary Koshy, edited by Anindita Sanyal, NGTV
03 September 2017
`Great surprise, thrilled,` says bureaucrat-turned Minister KJ Alphons. Induction of former bureaucrat KJ Alphons in the ministry is expected to ensure representation from Kerala.     NEW DELHI—A "thrill" and a "surprise" - that`s how KJ Alphons, the former bureaucrat from Kerala, has described his selection as one of the new members of
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The Cost of Land Grabbing in Mozambique
By :Burag Gurden, Pambazuka News
31 August 2017
The cost of land grabbing in Mozambique`s Tete Province     Tete Province is very rich in coal. An estimated 23 billion tons of mostly untapped coal lies beneath Tete. It is expected to become the region’s energy powerhouse built on coal and hydroelectricity. However, local farmer communities have been on the losing
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Israel/Palestine Weaponizing Archeology
By :Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew
31 August 2017
From the Zionism’s earliest days in the late 1800s until the present, Israel’s battle has always been about land, but for some the issue goes much deeper—literally. What is underground is as valuable as what is above ground, and the battle has been raging for years.   The battle is over ancient
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How Israeli Citizens Become Landless, Stateless
By :Farah Najjar, Al Jazeera English
31 August 2017
Palestinian lawmakers, residents say an Israeli policy rendering thousands of Bedouins stateless is “blatantly illegal.”     Israel has been gradually stripping thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from various villages in the southern Negev region of their citizenship status, claiming that they had been granted nationality in error – a move residents and legislators
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ماذا فعل آل سعود بمكة وآثار المسلمين؟
By :نيويورك تايمز
31 August 2017
بيت “خديجة” زوجة الرسول تحول إلى مراحيض وبيت “أبي بكر” أصبح فندقاً.. ماذا فعل آل سعود بمكة وآثار المسلمين؟       عندما زار مالكوم إكس مكة المكرمة عام 1964، كان مسحورًا بما رأى!. لقد وجد المدينة “قديمة قدم الزمان”، وكتب أن التوسعة التي كانت قد بدأت بشكل جزئي في ذلك الوقت، ستجعل
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UN Finance-for-development Reform
By :Jomo Kwame Sundaram, IPS
30 August 2017
KUALA LUMPUR—Growing global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development. Yet, the new mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past four decades have not been adequate to the growing challenges of coherence and coordination
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Tanzania: Forced Evictions of Loliondo Maasai
By :Chris Lang, Conservation Watch
30 August 2017
“Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo, Tanzania”: Urgent Alert from the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs     The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) last week put out a short report about the violent evictions of Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo, Tanzania.   According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and
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Anatomy of ISIL in the Middle East
By :Joseph Schechla,* Pambazuka News
29 August 2017
  Most concerned observers and analysts have deplored the phenomenon known as ISIL, a movement in the Middle East asserting a particularly abominable form of governance that deviates majestically from the norms of international law and world order, while calling itself a “state.” The prevalence of ISIL has wide-ranging consequences and
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Houston Drowning—in Its Freedom from Regulations
By :Steve Russell, Newsweek
28 August 2017
We do value our freedom here in Texas. As I write from soggy Central Texas, the cable news is showing people floating down Buffalo Bayou on their principles, proud residents of the largest city in these United States that did not grow in accordance with zoning ordinances.   The feeling there was
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فلسطين: قرية الولجة تقاوم نكبة الهدم والتهجير القسري
By :موقع نوى
27 August 2017
إنّها قصّة حزينة، ومأساوية، حين يتجمّع عشرات الأطفال في ساحة قريتهم الصغيرة، حاملين بأيديهم لافتات احتجاج ضدّ هدم أحلامهم وذكريات الفرح التي تعجّ بمنازلهم. لم يكن هؤلاء الأطفال يدركون المعنى الحقيقي للنكبة والتهجير القسري، إلا بعد انضمامه لمجالس العائلات والمخاتير في ديوان "الولجة" ليلامسوا  نحو 14 "إخطار" يقضي بهدم منازلهم
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Rohingya `Clearance,` Despite UN Demands
By :Graeme Acton, Radio New Zealand (RNZ)
26 August 2017
The Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Myanmar`s Rakhine State has urged the National League for Democracy government to grant birth certificates and citizenship to Rohingya children born there.   The commission was created last year by the new NLD administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi, following a violent flare-up of tensions
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Turkey: More Destruction of Sur, Diyarbakır
By :HIC-HLRN
25 August 2017
HLRN has received updated reports from local sources about the ongoing demolitions and forced evictions in the remaining neighborhoods of Sur District, Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey.   The focus now is on the present situation in Alibey and Lalepaşa neighborhoods. For more information on the context, consult the latest report on Sur
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Italy: Rome Police Evict, Beat Refugees
By :Human Rights Watch
25 August 2017
ROME—Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in
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USA: Seniors Suffer with Reverse Mortgages
By :Jenifer McKim, The Washington Post
25 August 2017
More seniors are taking loans against their homes—and it’s costing them     As she was getting on in years and her resources dwindled, Virginia Rayford took out a special kind of mortgage in 2008 that she hoped would help her stay in her three-bedroom Washington rowhouse for the rest of her life.
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Israel Fined al-Araqib after Its Demolition
By :Middle East Monitor
24 August 2017
After demolishing a Palestinian village in the Negev, an Israeli court has ordered residents of al-Araqib village to pay the government for the cost of bulldozing their homes. Six residents of the village which is “unrecognized” by the Israeli state in southern Israel have been asked to pay a total
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Indonesia: Criticism of Wiwitan Confiscation
By :The Jakarta Post news
24 August 2017
The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) have criticized a plan by the Kuningan District Court to confiscate customary land belonging to the traditional Adat Karuhan Urang (AKUR) Sunda Wiwitan faith in Cigugur district, West Java, which was slated for Thursday. PGI noted that the seizure was too rash and would destroy
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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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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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La CPI : Reparations pour Tombouctou
By :Coalition for the Criminal Court
22 August 2017
La CPI ordonne des réparations pour la destruction à Tombouctou     Le 17 août, la CPI a rendu sa troisième ordonnance de réparation à ce jour, concernant le premier cas et déclaration de culpabilité de l’enquête du procureur de la CPI au Mali. Les juges de la CPI ont trouvé Ahmad al-Faqi
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Israel Says Land Theft `Benefits Palestinians`
By :Maan
22 August 2017
BETHLEHEM--The Israeli government defended the legality of the outpost “Regularization law” at the Israeli Supreme Court on Monday, and said that the expropriation of Palestinian-owned land would benefit Palestinians because they would receive financial compensation for it, reportedly describing Palestinian laws prohibiting the sale of land to Israelis as "racist." The
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السودان: أراضي النيل الأبيض منهوبة من قبل المتنفذين
By :صحيفة الراكوبة
20 August 2017
جبل أولياء: الراكوبة على الرغم من تأكد القضاء العسكري من عدم ملكية القوات المسلحة تاريخياً لتلك البقعة من الأرض إلا أن وزارة الدفاع وضعت يدها في عهد وزيرها الأسبق الفريق ركن مهندس عبد الرحيم محمد حسين على تلك الأرض بحجة أنها تملكها، مما دفع بوزير العدل السابق عوض الحسن النور
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Palestine: 47 Dunams Confiscated in Hebron-Area
By :Ma
16 August 2017
Israeli authorities confiscated at least 47 dunams (12 acres) of lands in al-Thahiryeh village, south of Hebron city, in the southern occupied West Bank for alleged military purposes, locals told Ma’an on Wednesday.  Al-Thahiryeh mayor Ratib al-Sabber told Ma’an that locals were surprised last Sunday when an Israeli confiscation order was
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Tunisian President Seeks Gender-equal Inheritance
By :al-Arabiya English
13 August 2017
Tunisian president said that inheritance is not a religious matter, but rather a matter for human beings   In a speech on the occasion of the National Women’s Day, the Tunisian President announced the formation of a committee to study the issue of individual rights and to activate them further and
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Saudi Arabia: Security Forces Seal Eastern Town
By :Human Rights Watch
13 August 2017
Awamiya Residents Caught in Crossfire, Lack Essential Services     Saudi security forces have surrounded and sealed off the predominantly Shia town of Awamiya in July 2017 as they confronted an armed group hiding in a historic neighborhood slated for demolition, Human Rights Watch said today.   The violence in the Eastern province, which began
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RDCongo : manque de transparence du Inga 3
By :Plusieurs OSCs
10 August 2017
Les organisations de la société civile fustigent le manque de transparence dans la réalisation du projet Inga     Les Organisations de la Société Civile œuvrant dans le secteur de la gouvernance des ressources naturelles, et de la promotion et protection des droits humains en République Démocratique du Congo, sont très préoccupées par
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Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Farms
By :Middle East Monitor
09 August 2017
Jewish settlers burn Palestinian farms in Nablus   Jewish settlers burnt scores of acres of Palestinian farms on Tuesday in the neighbourhood of `Aqraba to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Quds Press has reported. According to a member of the Anti-Israeli Wall Committee in `Aqraba, the extremist
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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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28 Palestinian Homes under Order of Demolition
By :Sheren Khalel, Mondoweiss
07 August 2017
Fifteen children in tattered clothing gathered, one on top of the other, on an old couch outside their family home in al-Walaja, a small village just outside Bethlehem city. The kids were between the ages of two and 10, laughing and playing among themselves, excited for the group of visitors
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إخطار بهدم 23 منزلا في شرق القدس
By :شبكة فلسطين الاخبارية
03 August 2017
القدس/PNN- أخطرت قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، اليوم الخميس، 23 عائلة فلسطينية تقطن في حي الفهيدات البدوي شرق بلدة عناتا شمال شرق القدس المحتلة، بهدم منازلها، وأمهلت السكان 72 ساعة فقط للاعتراض على القرار. وبرّر الاحتلال إخطارات الهدم بأن المنطقة التي بها المنازل تقع على الشارع الفاصل والواصل للمعسكر القريب من المنطقة “عناتوت”،
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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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Nicaragua: El canal amenaza desalojo masivo
By :Amnesty International
03 August 2017
El futuro del país en venta. El canal amenaza a miles de personas con el desalojo forzoso     El gobierno de Nicaragua debe dejar de anteponer los negocios al futuro del país y de su pueblo, dijo hoy Amnistía Internacional en un nuevo informe que analiza un acuerdo secreto que llevará a
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فلسطين: إطلاق منصة الكترونية للمخططات الهيكلية
By :شبكة فلسطين الاخبارية
02 August 2017
رام الله- أطلقت وزارة الحكم المحلي وبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للمستوطنات البشرية، اليوم الأربعاء، منصة الكترونية للمخططات الهيكلية المعدة بالتعاون مع التجمعات الفلسطينية في المناطق المسماة “ج”. وتهدف المنصة الالكترونية إلى توفير معلومات محدثة عن المخططات الهيكلية والتي تم إعدادها بالشراكة مع التجمعات الفلسطينية في المناطق المسماة “ج”، بالاضافة إلى توفير معلومات
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الحق في المدينة، ما العمل
By :الحوار المتمدين
30 July 2017
الحق في المدينة ترجمة الحوار المتمدن نعيشُ في عصرٍ أخذت فيه مُثُل حقوق الإنسان، سياسيًا وأخلاقيًا، وسط المسرح مستقرًّا لها، إذ أنَّ الطاقات تُستَنفذ لتأكيد أهميتها للسعي نحو صُنْعِ عالمٍ أفضل. ولكن هذه المفاهيم المتداولة يندر أن تتحدى جوهريًا مَنطِقيّ السوق الليبرالي والنيوليبرالي المُهيمِنيْن أو حتى الأنماط السائدة للقانونية وأنشطة الدولة.
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الحق في المدينة، ما العمل
By :الحوار المتمدين
30 July 2017
الحق في المدينة ترجمة الحوار المتمدن نعيشُ في عصرٍ أخذت فيه مُثُل حقوق الإنسان، سياسيًا وأخلاقيًا، وسط المسرح مستقرًّا لها، إذ أنَّ الطاقات تُستَنفذ لتأكيد أهميتها للسعي نحو صُنْعِ عالمٍ أفضل. ولكن هذه المفاهيم المتداولة يندر أن تتحدى جوهريًا مَنطِقيّ السوق الليبرالي والنيوليبرالي المُهيمِنيْن أو حتى الأنماط السائدة للقانونية وأنشطة الدولة.
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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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Palestine/Israel: Further Dividing Jerusalem
By :Jonathan Lis and Nir Hasson, Haaretz
25 July 2017
New Knesset bill would allow parts of Jerusalem to be transferred to a new Israeli local authority. Sponsored by Education Minister Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Elkin, the bill, breaks taboo over talk of the city`s division and would allow Arab neighborhoods to be split off from the city     Education
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W. Sahara/Morocco: Gdeim Izik Eviction Trial Flawed
By :Amnesty International
19 July 2017
Verdict in Sahrawi trial marred by failure to adequately investigate torture claims     A court today convicted 23 Sahrawi activists over deadly clashes in Western Sahara after failing to exclude evidence tainted by allegations of torture during the trial hearings, said Amnesty International.   Early this morning the Rabat Court of Appeals sentenced the
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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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Palestine: Israel Grants 99.7% of Land to Settlers
By :Isabel Kershner, The New York Times
17 July 2017
In the West Bank, Israel “grants” 99.7% of Palestinian public-land to colonial Jewish settlers.     JERUSALEM — Over five decades in control of the West Bank, Israel has marked out hundreds of thousands of acres as public land, and it has allocated almost half of them for use.   But only 400 of those
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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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IOF Seize Palestinian Solar Panels, Dutch Protest
By :Janene Pieters, NL Times
30 June 2017
Dutch protest Israeli seizure of Palestinian solar panels they funded in West Bank. Netherlands` Foreign Ministry requested Israel return equipment it confiscated, valued at over 40,000 euros. Israeli occupation forces even failed to issue demolition orders in advance.     Israel demolished a Dutch development project consisting of 96 solar panels and other
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USA: Court Frees World Bank from Liability
By :MAAS, EarthRights Initiative
27 June 2017
WASHINGTON and MUNDRA, GUJARAT—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is entitled to “absolute immunity” from lawsuits brought by communities harmed by IFC projects, in Budha Ismail Jam v. IFC. The case against the IFC, the World Bank
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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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Israel Starts New Colony for Trump Aide Visit
By :Peter Beaumont, The Guardian
23 June 2017
Israel begins work on first settlement in 25 years as Jared Kushner flies in     Netanyahu announces ground breaking at Amichai that will house 300 hardline settlers from illegal outpost of Amona     Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced the beginning of building work on the first new Jewish settlement in the
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Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security
By :Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service
22 June 2017
BUENOS AIRES—In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security in a not-so-unlikely future.   These figures, and the warning,
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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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تونس: إخلاء مخيم الشّوشة لأجل منطقة تجارة حرة
By :موزاييك
19 June 2017
تتم الآن عملية إخلاء مخيم الشوشة ببن قردان باستعمال القوة العامة وبحضور أمني وعسكري مكثف. وأظهر عدد من الأفارقة المقيمين بالمخيم والبالغ عددهم حوالي 40 شخصا تعنتا.   ويشار إلى أن مكان المخيم سيشهد انطلاق أشغال انجاز منطقة للتبادل الحر والتي أعلن عنها رئيس الحكومة وشدد على ضرورة الإسراع في انطلاق الأشغال
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Tunisia: Shusha Refugee Camp Evicted for FTZ
By :Mosaïque
19 June 2017
The eviction of al-Shusha camp in Ben Qardan is now being carried out using public forces amid an intensive security and security presence. Some 40 Sub-Saharan Africans living in the camp ermain intransigent. The site of the camp will witness the launch of the work of the free trade
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Another Israeli Land Grab in Syria
By :Russian Insider
19 June 2017
Israel has used the war in Syria to solidify its claim to the Golan Heights     For the last five years, Israel has been providing money, weapons, logistical support and even direct military assistance to "moderate rebels" with the goal of creating an Israeli-controlled "buffer zone" to ensure that the Israeli-occupied Golan
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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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Western Sahara: Ruling against Plunder
By :WSRW
15 June 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place.       A panel of judges in South Africa ruled today
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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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Iran: Land Confiscation in Ahwaz
By :Faisal Alahwazi, Ahwazi Center for Human Rights
15 June 2017
According reliable source quoted that The Iranian Environment Department in the city of Haweyzah west of Ahwaz capital, has confiscation at least 66 hectares of an Ahwazi citizen ‘s agricultural land of a by a recent Iranian ruling. “We have been offering these lands’ file to the Iranian authorities from some
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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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Western Sahara: Ruling against Plunder
By :WSRW
15 June 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place.       A panel of judges in South Africa ruled today
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China Evicts More Tibetan Nomads for “Development”
By :RFA
15 June 2017
Tibetan nomads forced from resettlement towns to make way for development     Tibetan nomads previously forced from traditional grazing lands in a state-directed resettlement scheme in Qinghai are now being told to go back, as authorities begin to target their current homes for development as tourist centers and housing for government employees,
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Trump`s Budget: Homeless in the USA
By :Oakland Institute
14 June 2017
If approved by [the United States] Congress, this budget would make massive cuts to Medicaid and welfare programs. It would drive millions of people off food stamps, with a 25 percent cut to a program that provides a vital lifeline to accessing food for some 42 million Americans, many of
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Breaking Bad: Saskatchewan’s Prairie Loss
By :Trevor Herriott
14 June 2017
“Grassland being broken in substantial acreages is just not an issue.”  —Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, Western Producer, 26 September 2013 According to Stats Canada (Table 004-0203 - Census of Agriculture, land use, every 5 years), Saskatchewan lost 2,068,246 acres of “natural land for pasture” in the
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HIC, CSOs Brace for NUA Implementation
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 June 2017
    Civil society taking strategic ‘breath’ amid pause on New Urban Agenda     NAIROBI—For the global urban movement, the dust is still settling from last year’s global Habitat III summit, the one time every two decades that the world’s attention turns to its cities.   The October approval of the New Urban Agenda, a 20-year
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HIC, CSOs Brace for NUA Implementation
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 June 2017
    Civil society taking strategic ‘breath’ amid pause on New Urban Agenda     NAIROBI—For the global urban movement, the dust is still settling from last year’s global Habitat III summit, the one time every two decades that the world’s attention turns to its cities.   The October approval of the New Urban Agenda, a 20-year
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Irrawaddy Farmers Claims their Confiscated Land
By :Salai Thant Zin, IrrawaddY Division
14 June 2017
Farmers in Irrawaddy Division’s Myaungmya Township demanded the divisional government return more than 200 acres of land confiscated, and subsequently abandoned, by Myanmar’s military to its original owners, at a press conference on Tuesday. Light Infantry Battalion No. 93 of Myanmar’s Tatmadaw confiscated 249 acres of cashew plantations from 32 local
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منتدى غزة الزراعة الحضرية تعزز المنتجات الوطنية
By :منتدى غزة الزراعة الحضرية
13 June 2017
منتدى غزة للزراعة الحضرية يدعم باتجاه إصدار سياسيات وطنية لحماية منتجات وطنية     عقد منتدى غزة للزراعة الحضرية وشبه الحضرية اليوم الثلاثاء اجتماعه النصف سنوي في مدينة غزة بمشاركة مجموعة من الخبراء الزراعيين المحليين والدوليين وممثلين عن قطاعات مختلفة. وناقش الاجتماع السياسات والإجراءات الحكومية التي تساهم في تمكين حماية المنتجات الزراعية
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Gaza Urban Agriculture Promotes National Products
By :Gaza Urban Agriculture Platform
13 June 2017
Gaza Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) Supports National Policies to Protect National Products   During the  semi-annual meeting of Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) meeting on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of National Economy announced governmental policies and procedures that will enable the protection
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Turkey: Diyarbakır’s co-Mayors on Trial
By :UCLG
12 June 2017
Next 20 June, the trial against the arrested Co-Mayor of our member city of Diyarbakır, Gültan Kışanak, will take place under a context of state of emergency in Turkey. According to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the UN Office of the High
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Turquie: Solidarité avec les co-maires de Diyarbakır
By :UCLG
12 June 2017
Le 20 juin prochain, le procès contre Gültan Kışanak, co-maire de notre ville membre de Diyarbakır, se déroulera dans un contexte d`état d`urgence en Turquie. Selon le Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux et le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l`homme, cette détention est contraire aux normes relatives
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Turquía: Solidaridad con los co-alcaldes de Diyarbakır
By :UCLG
12 June 2017
El juicio contra la alcaldesa detenida de nuestra ciudad miembro de Diyarbakır, Gültan Kışanak, tendrá lugar el próximo 20 de junio en un contexto de estado de emergencia en Turquía. De acuerdo al Congreso de Autoridades Locales y Regionales del Consejo de Europa y a la Oficina del Alto Comisario
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India’s “Smart-city” Mission and Human Rights
By :HLRN-India
09 June 2017
Report on India’s Smart Cities Mission Highlights Serious Human Rights Concerns   A study released in New Delhi on 9 June 2017, by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, brings to light several human rights issues related to India’s much publicized Smart Cities Mission (SCM), which aims to create 100 ‘smart cities’ in
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USA: House Passes Bank-deregulation Bill
By :Jeff Stein, Vox
08 June 2017
The House just passed the biggest bank deregulation bill in a generation     On Thursday, Capitol Hill was consumed by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. But just after the high-profile hearing played out in the Hart Senate Office Building, House Republicans passed a mammoth, 580-page bill that would do more to
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USA: BP Oil-spill Lawyer Now @ EPA
By :Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
07 June 2017
Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer as Top Environmental Attorney     President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intention to nominate Jeffrey Bossert Clark—who defended BP in lawsuits surrounding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and challenged the Obama administration over greenhouse gas rules on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—to
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Guatemala: Desplazados, refugio en México
By :Kaos. México
05 June 2017
Emergencia Humanitaria por desplazamiento forzado en Guatemala. Refugio de facto en México   Se hace un llamado a la sociedad en general, organizaciones civiles, colectivos y medios de comunicación para que difundan esta situación a efecto de recabar víveres y artículos de primera necesidad que puedan ser trasladados al Albergue La 72
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لبنان: شبهات فساد حول " مياه عين الزرقة"
By :الهام برجس، المفكرة القانونية
02 June 2017
مليون دولار أميركي هو المبلغ الإضافي الذي صرفه مجلس الجنوب في مشروع مياه عين الزرقة في البقاع الغربي، والذي قدرت كلفته الأساسية ب ـ20 مليون دولار. يتبين من التقرير الذي نشرته جمعية "سكر الدكان" عبر موقعها الإلكتروني وجود "مخالفات فادحة واكبت تنفيذ مشروع مياه عين الزرقة أدت الى قيام شبهات
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Kenya: Victory for Ogiek in African Court
By :Minority Rights Group
26 May 2017
Huge victory for Kenya’s Ogiek as African Court sets major precedent for indigenous peoples’ land rights   Minority Rights Group International (MRG) wholeheartedly applauds an historic judgment from the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights in Arusha today in favour of the Ogiek community of Kenya. Following an eight-year legal battle, the Court
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UNSRs: Saudi Demolition Violates Human Rights
By :OHCHR
24 May 2017
Saudi Arabia’s use of force and demolitions in the al-Masora (al-Masawara ) neighborhood violates human rights The following press release from three UN human rights Special Rapporteurs addresses the Saudi Arabian government’s demolition of the historic neighborhood of al-Masora (al-Masawara), in the village of al-Awamiya as the action causes
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Israel Razes al-Araqib Village for 113th Time
By :Patrick Strickland, Al jazeera
18 May 2017
An estimated 80,000 Bedouins live in unrecognised villages in the Naqab region without basic infrastructure or services.     Israeli police forces have destroyed a Palestinian village in the Naqab region of the country`s south for the 113th time since 2010, displacing its residents and flattening its few still-standing structures.    Heavily armed officers as
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مصر: تقريرعن التهجير القسري لأقباط العريش
By :المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية
18 May 2017
"موتٌ مُعلَنٌ" تقرير تحليلي عن وقائع القتل والتهجير القسري بحق أقباط العريش     "سرد وقائع موت معلن" هو عنوان رواية للكاتب الكولومبي جابرييل جارثيا ماركيز، المعروف بأسلوبه المنتمي إلى عالم الواقعية السحرية. وتحكي الرواية عن أخوين اضطرا إلى الإقدام على جريمة قتل بدافع الشرف. ولم يألُ الأخوان جهدًا في نشر الخبر بين
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Egypt: Copt Families Complain of Neglect
By :al-Masry al-Youm
15 May 2017
Coptic families displaced to Port Said complain of neglect    Coptic families displaced from North Sinai to Port Said have issued a statement on their living situations after leaving their hometown.   “We are the families displaced from al-Arish to Port Said in February. We are living inside small rooms inside the youth
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NUA Reporting in 2018 Crucial
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
11 May 2017
2018 reporting period will prove critical for New Urban Agenda, advocates say         Labels NAIROBI—Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments.   That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set
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Turkey: Kurds Forced to Leave Historic Diyarbakır
By :AFP- Ekurd.net
02 May 2017
Diyarbakir-Amed, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Residents of Turkey’s historic Sur district in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir were forced to evacuate their homes by Monday as the violence-wracked region undergoes restoration. The district in southeastern province has been hit by clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants for over two
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Al Haq Announces 3rd Summer School
02 May 2017
Al Haq, a HIC Member organization in Palestine, has announced its third International Law Summer School for international post-graduate law students and legal researchers in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine on 08 August - 22 August 2017.   The fourteen-day summer school offers a curriculum covering the following topics:   • Al Haq’s mandate and
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UNESCO Denounces Jerusalem Occupation
By :Al Jazeera
02 May 2017
On Israel’s Independence Day, the executive board of the UN education, science and cultural agency slams Israel for “persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem” and calls on the occupying power to end projects aimed at altering “character and status of the Holy City.”         UNESCO`s executive board has passed
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اليونسكو تؤكد اعتبار إسرائيل محتلة للقدس
By :الجزيرة
02 May 2017
اليونسكو تُصوّت باجتماع مغلق لصالح تأكيد قرارتها السابقة باعتبار إن سيادة إسرائيل على القدس "باطلة ولاغية"     جددت منظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والثقافة والعلوم (اليونسكو) في قرار جديد اليوم اعتبار إسرائيل محتلة للقدس.   وأفاد مراسل الجزيرة أن أعضاء المجلس التنفيذي لليونسكو صوتوا -في جلسة خاصة ومغلقة بمقر المنظمة في باريس- لصالح تأكيد القرارات السابقة للمنظمة باعتبار
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Palestine: Prisoner`s Living Conditions
By :HLRN
02 May 2017
On the occasion of the Palestinian prisoners’ ongoing hunger strike, we remind readers that persons incarcerated and deprived of their freedom also have the human right to adequate housing. Their steadfastness is inextricable from the wider struggle of the Palestinian people to defend and recover their land from foreign colonization.
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India: Landless Women Attacked in Odisha
By :Ranjana Padhi, The Wire
02 May 2017
The powers that be in Sipasarubali, Odisha work to take over forest land to build a beach resort, villagers who are trying to fight them are under attack.     Puri, Odisha: On April 28, a friend and I went to Gola and Gopinathpur villages in Odisha to meet activists who, in the early 1990s, had
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تركيا: إخلاء أكراد من منازلهم في ضاحية بديار بكر
By :الوطن نيوز، وكالات أ.ف.ب
01 May 2017
أجبر بعض سكان الوسط التاريخى لمدينة ديار بكر التركية الاثنين على مغادرة منازلهم بعد أن اعلنت السلطات عزمها على ترميم هذه المنطقة التى تضررت كثيرا خلال الاشتباكات الأخيرة بين قوات الأمن التركية والمتمردين الأكراد، وتعتبر ديار بكر "عاصمة" جنوب شرق تركيا حيث غالبية السكان من الاكراد. وتؤكد السلطات التركية انها تريد
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25,000 Colony Units in Jerusalem
By :Middle East Monitor
29 April 2017
Israel to build 25,000 new settler colony units in Jerusalem     For two years, the Israeli government has been planning to build 25,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem, an Israeli minister with knowledge of the plans revealed on Thursday.   Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant told the Israeli television Channel 2 on Thursday
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UK: Social Sector Evictions on the Rise
By :Nora Uhrig, Shelter Scotland, Scottishhousingnews.com
25 April 2017
We have got used to hearing over recent years about the problems facing families and households struggling to afford the essentials, the growth of foodbanks and having to choose between heating and eating. About how the impact of stagnating incomes, cuts and restrictions in benefits are pushing households in Scotland
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US: Low-income Tenants Still Face Evictions
By :Dan Adams, Prweb.com
24 April 2017
oWith the heat of the housing market continuing to climb across the United States, evictions continue to be a challenge for low-to-middle income individuals and families. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com opines: “Evictions are and will be an increasing challenge to the rental market across the country and
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Panel Probes Confusion over NUA Implementation
By :Gregory Scruggs, CItiscope
13 April 2017
Panel’s formation marks turning point in confusion over New Urban Agenda (NUA) implementation and monitoring     Almost six months after the United Nations adopted a new 20-year urbanization strategy, UN Secretary General António Guterres this week made his first official pronouncement on cities.   As part of the ongoing effort to reshape how urban issues
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Tunisia: Jemna Land Struggle
By :Hamza Hamouchene, Open Democracy
13 April 2017
At Tunisia`s Jemna Oasis is an inspiring North African land struggle. Jemna is a beacon of hope for a Tunisia and needs to be supported, celebrated and emulated for the sake of its people and for our sake.     Over the past several years, the people of Jemna, a region in
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Nigeria: Thousands Displaced in Lagos State
By :Aljazeera, African Media center
10 April 2017
Thousands of people in Nigeria`s Lagos state were left homeless on Sunday after police stormed an informal fishing settlement and set fire to their homes, according to rights groups and residents. Community members of the Otodo Gbame riverine community said armed police fired bullets and tear gas indiscriminately, forcing them onto
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Tokyo Homeless Evicted for 2020 Olympics
By :Adam Forrest, The Big Issue
04 April 2017
Authorities make arrests in a Tokyo park as construction begins for the 2020 Olympic Games   At least three people were forcibly removed from a park in Tokyo where homeless people have been protesting against building work going on in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.   There are plans to build four new skyscrapers
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Keystone Pipeline Shuts down after Oil Leaks
By :Mike De Souza, National Observer
04 April 2017
Alberta-based TransCanada Corp has shut down its Keystone pipeline after crews spotted oil near a pump station in South Dakota, the company said in a statement on Monday.   The company, Canada`s second largest pipeline operator, said the "potential incident" was first reported on Saturday afternoon.   "TransCanada immediately began the process to shut
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Ethiopia: World Bank Ignores Land Grabbing
By :Linda Flood, arbetet.se
03 April 2017
Stockholm — Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas, Swedish film director Joakim Demmer exposes the consequences of land grabbing, and holds the World Bank complicit. The chase for
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Hints of Disaster Found under Dead Sea
By :Zafrir Rinat, Haaretz
01 April 2017
Hints of disaster have been found under the Dead Sea bed as scientists find evidence of severe droughts in dry periods between two ice ages, warn of local ramifications of global warming.     Scientists have discovered evidence deep below the Dead Sea bed of severe droughts that took place 10,000 years
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Kuwait: Fishermen without Homes
By :Abdulnasser Al-Aslami Al-Seyassah Staff, Arab Times
01 April 2017
KUWAIT CITY, April 1: In a shocking move, thousands of fishermen yesterday were evicted from their living quarters in Sharq after the rents for the month of April were paid. The authority behind the eviction order gave the excuse that it wants to remove the quarters. Fishermen decried the move, saying
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Colombia: Forced Displacement of Families
By :CoDevelopment Canada
31 March 2017
Forced Displacements Leave Hundreds without Homes, Threaten Hundreds More. For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el
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Solidarity Appeal against Tokyo Homeless Eviction
By :Various solidarity groups
30 March 2017
Urgent statement of protest against the total enclosure of Miyashita Park in Shibuya Ward     TOKYO—On 27 March 2017, Miyashita Park, in Shibuya Ward, was completely enclosed by a series of 3-meter-high steel panels. Since the end of last year, this park has served as a place to sleep for approximately 20
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Myanmar: Restitution Properties, Peace
By :Norwegian Refugee Council, Displacement Solutions
29 March 2017
The question of housing, land and property (HLP) restitution has received increased attention over the past several years throughout Myanmar as the country continues to consolidate recent democratic gains and political reforms. This paper has been prepared in the spirit of paragraph 80 of the 2016 National Land Use Policy
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Refugees and Displacement in the Middle East
By :Marc Lynch, Laurie Brand
29 March 2017
The Middle East has experienced a dramatic flood of refugees and forced migration over the last fifteen years. The UN High Commission on Refugees reports more than 16 million refugees and 60 million displaced persons around the world today, including asylum seekers and the internally displaced. The wars in Syria
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Liasons dangereuses : Banques & colonies illégale
By :Association France Palestine Solidarité́, CCFD – Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT et Al-Haq
27 March 2017
Un rapport dévoile les liens entre cinq banques et assurances françaises et les colonies israéliennes     PARIS—Plusieurs organisations (Association France Palestine Solidarité́, CCFD – Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT et Al-Haq) publient aujourd’hui un rapport sur « Les liaisons dangereuses des banques et assurances françaises avec la colonisation israélienne ».
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Dangerous Liaisons: French Banks & Israeli Colonies
By :Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq
27 March 2017
Report reveals links between five French banks and insurance companies and the Israeli settlements     PARIS—Several organisations (Association France Palestine Solidarité, CCFD - Terre Solidaire, Fair Finance France, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, CGT and Al-Haq) are publishing a report today on French banks’ dangerous liaisons with the Israeli settlement enterprise. The report highlights
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UN Probes Crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
By :Al Jazeera
24 March 2017
UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar. The investigators must provide a full report by next year.     The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya
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Lebanon: Israel`s Maritime Zone Law Means War
By :Nati Yefet, Globes
23 March 2017
Lebanese parliament spokesman Nabih Berri said that Israel`s proposed law on the energy-rich disputed waters could trigger a war.   The speaker of the Lebanese parliament Nabih Berri claims that the maritime zone law that Israel is formulating, and includes declaring some 860 square kilometers of disputed waters as Israeli territory, could
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New Landless Constituency
By :Hic-HLRN
23 March 2017
The number of people considered landless number in the hundreds of millions across all                regions. In India, for example, as many as 307 million rural people are considered landless. In Bangladesh, almost 4.5 million are landless. Landless People`s Movement of South Africa is composed of rural people and people
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مؤتمر دولي يؤكد أن الحق في الأرض لا يسقط بالتقادم
By :وكالة وفا للأنباء
22 March 2017
شدد مؤتمر "فاقدي الأرض"، الذي اختتم أعماله مساء اليوم الأربعاء في تونس العاصمة على رفضه للإجراءات التوسعية والعدوانية الإسرائيلية. وقد التأم المؤتمر لمدة يومين، بمشاركة ممثلي 12 دولة من بينها فلسطين، حيث ناقش عددا من القضايا في المنطقة من ضمنها تطورات القضية الفلسطينية. وأكد المؤتمر في توصياته التي ستعرض على
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مؤتمر دولي يؤكد أن الحق في الأرض لا يسقط بالتقادم
By :وكالة وفا للأنباء
22 March 2017
شدد مؤتمر "فاقدي الأرض"، الذي اختتم أعماله مساء اليوم الأربعاء في تونس العاصمة على رفضه للإجراءات التوسعية والعدوانية الإسرائيلية. وقد التأم المؤتمر لمدة يومين، بمشاركة ممثلي 12 دولة من بينها فلسطين، حيث ناقش عددا من القضايا في المنطقة من ضمنها تطورات القضية الفلسطينية. وأكد المؤتمر في توصياته التي ستعرض على
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UNSR Report on Human Rights in Palestine
By :Telesur
20 March 2017
US furious over another scathing UN report on Israeli abuses. Just days after a UN report accusing Israel of apartheid was pulled because of US pressure, another UN body issued a new criticism.     A United Nations rights expert issued a scathing report criticizing Israel’s policies Monday, just a few days after
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ولي عهد البحرين: لليهود حق مقدّس في أرض فلسطين
By :نبأ
19 March 2017
قال ولي عهد البحرين سلمان بن حمد ال خليفة، لدينا خطة لحل الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي، فلليهود الحق الإلهي في "أرض إسرائيل".   وأوضح ولي عهد البحرين لجريدة الشرق الأوسط، "في خطة لحل الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي، نحن على استعداد لبناء جزيرة اصطناعية في المياه الدولية حتى نتمكن من استقبال الفلسطينيين هناك."        وتابع، "يجب
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UN Official Quits over Israeli "Apartheid" Report
By :HIC-HLRN
18 March 2017
A new report of the UN Economic and Social Council for Western Asia (ESCWA) has analyzed the institutionalized material discrimination that Israel practices against the Palestinian people as a form of apartheid. While this analysis is not new and has been upheld by numerous legal scholars, as well as UN
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Trumps Public Housing “Death Budget”
By :Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner
16 March 2017
The Trump Administration draft budget calls for a $6 billion in resources to Housing and Urban Development. Such cuts are seen as part of long-term plan to de-fund public housing-benefits programs.     BOSTON—When President Donald Trump appointed neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson to head the federal Department of Housing and
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فلسطين: التهجير كعقاب جماعي منذ الاحتلال الأولى
By :هاشم حمدان، موقع عرب48
15 March 2017
كشفت مجموعة من الوثائق الإسرائيلية في أرشيف الجيش الإسرائيلي، أفرج عنها بمناسبة مرور 50 عاما على حرب 1967، أن سياسة التهجير وهدم البيوت كان أدوات عقابية منذ الأيام الأولى للاحتلال، وإن اختلفت الذرائع والمبررات. وكشفت وثيقة سرية وضعت في الخامس عشر من حزيران/ يونيو 1967، في وزارة الخارجية الإسرائيلية، قرارا بتهجير
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فلسطين: الاحتلال يدمر أراضي و محاصيل النقب
By :قاسم بكري، موقع عرب 84
15 March 2017
واصلت السلطات الإسرائيلية ممارساتها واعتداءاتها ضد المواطنين العرب في النقب، حيث قامت بحرث آلاف الدونمات وإبادة المحاصيل الزراعية التي تعود للمواطنين بحجة أنها أرض تابعة للدولة! وواصلت الجرافات الإسرائيلية التابعة لما يسمى `دائرة اراضي إسرائيل`، صباح اليوم الأربعاء، إبادة المحاصيل الزراعية للعرب في النقب، في الوقت الذي تواصل لجان التنظيم والبناء
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Mobilization Call: 60 Years after Treaty of Rome
By :La Via Campesina
14 March 2017
For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in a Europe of the People and of Solidarity. We call on ECVC’s member organizations, allied groups, grassroots networks, and the whole peasant and food sovereignty movement in Europe to mobilize this 25 March – on the
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لبنان: قضية اللاجئون في عرسال و دور البلدية
By :الهام برجس، المفكرة القانونية
10 March 2017
غياب المرجعية الفعلية للبلديات في إدارتها لأزمة اللجوء السوري كانت الفرضية الأكثر ترجيحاً لتبرير التناقضات بين البلديات. وقد عزز لقاء "المفكرة القانونية" مع مستشار وزير الداخلية خليل جبارة صحتها. إلا أن المقابلات التي تجريها "المفكرة" مع بلدية تلو الأخرى، تبين مدى التفاوت في الظروف فيما بينها بالنسبة لهذا الملف. الأمر الذي يزيد،
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Toward a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
By :La via Campesina
09 March 2017
The need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas is all the more urgent and evident in the 21st century. Despite years of campaigning for a better recognition and protection of the rights of peasants, displacements and criminalization continue affecting hundreds
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Toward a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
By :La via Campesina
09 March 2017
The need for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas is all the more urgent and evident in the 21st century. Despite years of campaigning for a better recognition and protection of the rights of peasants, displacements and criminalization continue affecting hundreds
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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By :Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By :Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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USA: Carson Calls Slaves “Immigrants”
By :USA Today
07 March 2017
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking Monday to HUD employees.   "That`s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for
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Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
By :Osprey Orielle Lake, Emily Arasim, Common Dreams
07 March 2017
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good. Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to
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Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
By :Osprey Orielle Lake, Emily Arasim, Common Dreams
07 March 2017
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good. Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to
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Rule of Law and Women Food and Land Rights
By :IDLO
07 March 2017
We live in a world of abundance, yet ensuring food security remains challenging. Women are responsible for more than half of global food production. Yet they account for 70 per cent of the world’s hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition. Achieving food security is not only a question of ensuring
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Rule of Law and Women Food and Land Rights
By :IDLO
07 March 2017
We live in a world of abundance, yet ensuring food security remains challenging. Women are responsible for more than half of global food production. Yet they account for 70 per cent of the world’s hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition. Achieving food security is not only a question of ensuring
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By :Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By :Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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Rebuilding Gaza from Its Ashes
By :Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera
04 March 2017
Palestinian inventor hopes to help rebuild Gaza using Green Cake, a new type of brick made of coal and wood ash.   Gaza City—People initially laughed and told her she would fail, but 22-year-old civil engineering graduate Majd Masharawi persisted - and after more than a year of experimenting, she believes she
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India: Demanding Compensation for Acquired Land
By :La Via Campesina
02 March 2017
Since 21 November 2016, farmers in Lahurmau village of Kanpur, whose lands were acquired to build a Nyveli-owned thermal power plant, have been staging an indefinite strike by the banks of Yamuna river. These farmers from neighbouring eight villages allege that the construction at the site have already begun even before
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India: Demanding Compensation for Acquired Land
By :La Via Campesina
02 March 2017
Since 21 November 2016, farmers in Lahurmau village of Kanpur, whose lands were acquired to build a Nyveli-owned thermal power plant, have been staging an indefinite strike by the banks of Yamuna river. These farmers from neighbouring eight villages allege that the construction at the site have already begun even before
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
02 March 2017
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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Bali Meeting Tackles Oceans’ Plastic Pollution
By :Al Jazeera
26 February 2017
UNEP and Indonesia launch campaign to solve global issue of massive amounts of plastic ending up in oceans.     NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia—The sun is peeking from over the horizon, greeting early morning beach-dwellers to the sounds of crashing waves, the feel of tropical humidity and the sight of an entire beach
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Cambodia: Land Grabs, Defender Jailed
By :Prak Chan Thul and Alisa Tang, The Japan Times
25 February 2017
Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist   PHNOM PENH—Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.   Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for
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Palestine: New Demolitions for Settlement Road
By :Aseel Jundi, Al-Jazeera News
21 February 2017
Hundreds of Palestinians will be made homeless to build a road that will only serve Israeli settlements. Hundreds of Palestinians in the Jabal al-Mukaber area of occupied East Jerusalem say they are living in a state of anxiety and fear as Israeli occupation authorities begin excavations for the "American road" project,
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South Africa: Vengeful Burning of Migrant Homes
By :Lynsey Chutel, QZ.com
21 February 2017
African migrants in South Africa are in fear for their lives—again   Once again, there are signs of growing xenophobia in South Africa. Despite the lives lost in previous waves of violence, the country has still not learned this painful lesson.   It’s a familiar escalating narrative: vigilante groups accuse foreign migrants of local
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USA: Tenants Mobilize for 2018 People`s Budget
By :HIC-HLRN
20 February 2017
In the United States, the 2016 Democratic Party Platform featured stronger-than-ever language that seemed to embrace most of the substantive recommendations that the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) proposed that year: increased funding for vouchers, public housing repairs, fair housing, although without specific dollar recommendations. In preparing for the
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Engineer Women Recycle Gaza`s Concrete
By :Mondoweiss
20 February 2017
An all-female team of engineers in Gaza have invented an affordable new way to produce concrete from the leftover rubble of homes destroyed during the last war in Gaza. And the four women behind the project–Nour Buhaisi, Aya Abu Hashish, Rahma Ashour, and Angham Elmadhoun–are challenging stereotypes along the way.   The women
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Pennsylvania: 1st Fracking-related Earthquakes
By :Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front
18 February 2017
Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity.   In April 2016,
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Brazil: Land Regularization at Risk
By :Brazilian civil society
17 February 2017
Deconstruction of Land Regularization in Brazil: Presidential Act No.759/2016     This open letter is meant to summon social movements and all those who believe in Urban and Rural Reform to demand Brazilian Federal Government to withdraw Provisional Presidential Act No.759/2016 from Congress and stop the voting process. Instead, the government should promote a large-scale
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Pope: Indigenous People Sovereign in Their Lands
By :David Hill, The Guardian
15 February 2017
Pope says indigenous people must have final say about their land   Francis echoes growing body of international law and standards on the right to "prior and informed consent."     In the 15th Century papal bulls promoted and provided legal justification for the conquest and theft of indigenous peoples’ lands and resources worldwide
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UAE Plans 1st City on Mars by 2117
By :Gulf News
14 February 2017
The Mars 2117 project aims to transport people to the Red Planet and establish the first mini city     DUBAI—The UAE will build the first city on Mars as part of the 2117 Mars project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.   The Mars 2117 Project was announced by His
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Indonesia: Crisis of Bukit Duri Residents
By :Edith Koesoemawiria, Mongabay
13 February 2017
JAKARTA — Six weeks after the last of the Bukit Duri evictees moved into their new dwellings here in the Indonesian capital, the atmosphere was friendly but painful. Some tenants told jokes at the food stall in the parking lot. The cook, also a former Bukit Duri resident, had initially
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Brazil: Trump Tower Will Cause Forced Evictions
By :Clare Richardson, News.Vice
13 February 2017
RIO DE JANIERO – José Paulo Simplicio de Souza was devastated when the government forced him out of his home near the commercial center of Rio to make way for a luxury waterfront property three years ago. The 33-year-old food vendor’s sorrow later turned to disgust when he found out the
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Palestine: British Imperialism & Zionism
By :Spencer Irvine, Accuracy in Academia
10 February 2017
The Modern Language Association held a panel discussion of professors who were critical of Zionism and Israel and sympathetic of the Palestinian effort to create a Palestinian state. The four professors focused on the origins of the Balfour Declaration and the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.   Nabil Matar, a
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Philippines: 15K Homeless after Manila Slum Fire
By :RT
09 February 2017
A massive blaze at an overcrowded slum in the Philippines capital of Manila, has left at least 15,000 people homeless.   The fire swept through the shanty town after breaking out in the Parola Compound near the city’s port late Tuesday night. It raged for 10 hours into Wednesday morning, according
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Report: Forced Evictions Fuel Land Disputes
By :Kieran Guilbert, Rights Resources
09 February 2017
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forced evictions of local communities from their lands by foreign companies fuel around two-thirds of land ownership disputes across Africa, often sparking strikes or violence which can prove costly to investors, activists said on Thursday. Pushing people off their land drives more conflict over land rights
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Report: Land Rights in a Turbulent World
By :Rights and Resources Initiative
09 February 2017
Acknowledgment that insecure land rights among the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities contribute to conflict, discourage investment, and impede progress on global goals of sustainable development, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation is growing. In 2016, this consensus found a powerful new ally: major institutional investors are beginning to
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Palestine: Activist Farmer is Murdered
By :La Via Campesina
09 February 2017
The Union of Agricultural Work committees (UAWC) and its agricultural committees strongly condemn the murder of the Palestinian farmer, Suleiman Hammad, 85 years old, after an Israeli settler on Wednesday, 8th February, 2017 had run over him on the 60 bypass road near Al-Khader village, southern Bethlehem while he is
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Yemen in Food Crisis: Death by Bombing or Hunger
By :Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in al-Hudaydah, The Guardian
08 February 2017
Yemen`s food crisis: "We die either from bombing or from hunger"    Conflict has driven Yemen to the brink of famine. Few areas have been hit harder than al-Hudaydah, where many people are now bereft of hope     AL-HUDAYDAH—Broom-maker Taie al-Nahari is kneeling on the sand, shirtless, outside his thatched hut in al-Qaza village
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Palestine: IOF Prevent Farmers Till Their Land
By :Amira Hass, Haaretz
08 February 2017
One family`s lawyer reached out 12 times to the Israeli authorities so that the farmers could coordinate access to their almond grove, but to no avail. Despite a 2006 High Court ruling, military commanders in the West Bank are not facilitating access for two Palestinian farming families  north of Ramallah to
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France Evicted 10 K Roma onto Streets (2016)
By :European Roma Rights Centre
07 February 2017
More than 10,000 Roma were subjected to forced evictions by French authorities last year, with over 6 in 10 Romani families experiencing forced eviction. The annual report released by the European Roma Rights Centre and the Ligue des droits de L’Homme shows that more than half of the recorded evictions took
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Israel`s Colony Bill `Big Step towards Annexation`
By :Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera
06 February 2017
Israel`s settlement bill `big step towards annexation` Israeli politicians hope their pro-settlement agenda would be favoured by the Trump administration.     Occupied West Bank—The Israeli Knesset has advanced controversial legislation that, if approved, would lead to a host of illegal settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land being legalised retroactively.   The so-called "Regulation Bill",
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Palestine: IOF targets Palestinians Fishermen, Farmers
By :PNIC
04 February 2017
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday morning opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and farmers in Gaza Strip.  According to local sources, Israeli forces stationed along the eastern border of Gaza opened their machinegun fire at Palestinian farmers. No injuries were reported during the shooting attack. Meanwhile, Israeli war boats opened fire at
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Morocco Harnesses the Sun’s Power
By :Danielle Douglas, Al Jazeera
03 February 2017
New $9bn solar plant has been praised for its great potential, but some locals say they are being left in the dark.   OUARZAZATE, Morocco—The southern sun bakes down upon Morocco`s 580-megawatt solar plant, in line to be the largest in the world upon its completion in 2018.   This $9bn plant, known as
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Palestine UNSR Urges SC to End Colonies
By :OHCHR
03 February 2017
West Bank: United Nations Special Rapporteur urges the security council to stop illegal settlements   GENEVA—United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security Council resolution 2334, which
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Nigeria: 100 Structures Demolished in Ladipo
By :Monsuru Olowoopejo, Vanguard
03 February 2017
About 100 shops and other structures within Jakande Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, have been razed and hundreds of traders displaced when a demolition squad from the Lagos State Government stormed the estate, to restore sanity alleged sanity to the complex. The demolition came three months after the State Government, which the Secretary
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البيان لمؤتمر مبادرة التضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي
By :مبادرة التضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي
02 February 2017
متضامنون مع المجتمع المدني العراقي في نضاله اللاعنفي في مواجهة الظلم والتطرف   السليمانية—وسط إحتفال ناشطات ونشطاء مبادرة التضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي (ICSSI)، والمنتدى الاجتماعي العراقي والمجموعة التأسيسية للمنتدى الاجتماعي الكوردستاني، إختُتم وبنجاح كبير، مؤتمر المبادرة الدولية السادس والذي تخصص في موضوعة التضامن مع المجتمع المدني في العراق في نضاله ضد
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Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference 2017
By :Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative
02 February 2017
The Sixth Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative concluded on 18 January 2017, at Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Following is the participants’ final Declaration, reflecting their demands and solidarity in the struggle against injustice and extremism.   Solidarity with Iraqi Civil Society in Its Nonviolent Struggle against Injustice and Extremism   Activists
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EU’s Biggest Pension Funds Invest Big in Colonies
By :Mikkel Bahl, Hanan Chemlali & Kristoffer Marslev, Danwatch
31 January 2017
Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invested in illegal Israeli settler colonies.   Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines
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This Month Israel Razed 143 Palestinian Homes
By :Middle East Monitor
31 January 2017
An official Palestinian committee announced on Sunday that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished 143 Palestinian homes this month, Arab48.com has reported. The figure is double the number of homes destroyed by the Israelis in January 2016.   The Anti-Israeli Settlement and Wall Committee said that occupation forces carried out most of the
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IMF-Jordan Increase Public Debt amid Refugee Crisis
By :Brettonwoods Project
31 January 2017
New IMF loan programme to Jordan agreed with gendered conditions, while civil society express concerns about human rights and impacts on the lives of women.   In August 2016, the IMF board approved a three-year $723 million Extended Fund Facility arrangement for Jordan, with about $72.3 million available for immediate disbursement. The
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New Israeli Bill Legalizes More Land Theft
By :Jonathan Lis and Sharon Pulwer, Haaretz
30 January 2017
Israel`s ruling coalition tries to push back vote on legalizing seizure of Palestinian land.  Coalition chairman says the bill, sponsored by Netanyahu, will be brought for a final vote on Tuesday, but Likud members say the vote will take place on Monday.     Israel`s ruling coalition is seeking to postpone a
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Why Pope Francis Keeps Reaching out to Mayors
By :Simone d`Antonio, Citiscope
27 January 2017
VATICAN CITY—When the Pope calls you to Rome, you go.   Dozens of mayors from around the world heeded the call in 2015, when Pope Francis invited them to the Vatican to discuss actions their cities could take against climate change and human trafficking. And it happened again last month, when Francis
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Colombia: Seeking Justice from Chiquita Banana Wars
By :Matt Kennard and Nick MacWilliam, In These Times
27 January 2017
Chiquita made a killing from Colombia’s civil war. Will their victims finally see justice? A long-running case against the banana giant is moving forward in U.S. court.     Getting an interview with Anabel (not her real name) is not easy. In Colombia, witnessing paramilitary violence against your family generally means you keep
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“Sanctuary Cities” Defy Trump Threats
By :Spencer Buell, Boston Daily
25 January 2017
Boston, Somerville mayors defiant after trump’s sanctuary city orders. Marty Walsh and Joe Curtatone say they won’t back down amid threats of federal funding cuts.     Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curatone took a stand against Donald Trump Wednesday after the president announced a blockbuster executive order to target so-called
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Algerian & U.S. Firms Sign $300m Farming Deal
By :Farmlandgrab.org
25 January 2017
Algerian firm signs $300 million farming deal with U.S. group     An Algerian company has signed a deal with a U.S. group to set up agricultural projects worth $300 million in the North African country as it seeks to reduce dependence on imports, Algeria`s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.   Under the deal,
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Palestine/Israel: New Wave of Colonies Approved
By :Isabel Kershnerjan, The New York Times
24 January 2017
Emboldened by Trump, Israel approves a wave of West Bank settler colony expansion     JERUSALEM—In a pointed act of defiance against international pressure, Israel on Tuesday approved a huge new wave of settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.   The announcement made clear that just a few days into the Trump presidency, the
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Los incendios forestales en Chile
By :BBC Mundo
24 January 2017
Las fotos satelitales que muestran la dimensión ambiental de los incendios forestales en Chile     Estas imágenes, captadas por el satélite Terra de la Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés) de Estados Unidos, muestran la extensión de los incendios forestales que comenzaron hace una
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Trump Can’t Force Cities to Deport
By :Erwin Chemerinsky, Annie Lai and Seth Davis, The Washington Post
22 January 2017
Cities and public universities are exercising their constitutional authority when they declare themselves “sanctuaries” in response to Donald Trump’s vow to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants upon taking office next month. Trump has threatened to force state and local governments to implement his deportation policies, including by taking
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USA: 1st Trump Act Violates Housing Rights
By :Tom Cahill, U.S.Uncut
20 January 2017
In First Act as President, Trump Raises Mortgage Rates on Struggling Homeowners     After Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he delivered his inaugural address. Then he went to the White House, whereupon he stuck it to homeowners.   One of President Obama’s last acts as head of the executive branch was to
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Bishops to Christians: “Oppose Israeli Colonies”
By :Catholic News Service
19 January 2017
JERUSALEM—Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, said bishops from the U.S., Canada and Europe.   “This de facto annexation of land not only undermines the rights of Palestinians in areas such as Hebron and East Jerusalem but, as the U.N. recently recognized, also imperils
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fb Zuckerberg Sues to Take Native Hawaiian Land
By :Nathan Wellman, U.S. Uncut
19 January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg is suing to force native Hawaiians off their ancestral land to build an island resort     Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ended 2016 by suing hundreds of people native to Hawaii, apparently so that he can have 700 acres of land all to himself.   The billionaire’s lawsuit, filed on 30 December, was
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Palestine: Gaza Opens New Desalination Plant
By :UNICEF State of Palestine
19 January 2017
EU and UNICEF inaugurate Gaza’s largest seawater desalination plant.   Gaza—Today the European Union and UNICEF officially inaugurated the largest seawater desalination plant built in the Gaza Strip so far.    The €10 million plant, funded by the European Union, has the capacity of producing 6,000 m3 of potable water daily to provide
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Israel/Palestine: 3 Dead in Naqab Demolition
By :i24news and Negev Coexistence Forum
18 January 2017
  Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in home demolition. Man rams car at police, killing one. Police shoot driver dead. Four other Palestinians wounded, including one Member of Knesset, as Israeli police conduct demolition raid in the Negev desert village of Um Al Hiran.           UMM AL-HIRAN, Naqab—Two people have died and several
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World Bank’s Agriculture Initiative Criticized
By :Brettonwoods Project
18 January 2017
Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative. In mid-January, 157 organisations and individuals sent a letter to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim calling for the termination of the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative (EBA, see Bulletin May 2014,
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Mexico: Expelled Christians Forced to Live in Wine Cellar
By :World Watch Monitor
17 January 2017
A year after seven Christian families were forced from their homes in a village in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, the 30 Christians are currently being housed in a wine cellar. Following their eviction on 26 January 2016, based on the results of a popular vote in which almost 2,000 residents elected
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Egypt: Court Blocks Egyptian-Saudi Island Deal
By :Nour Youssef, NY Times
16 January 2017
CAIRO—An Egyptian court on Monday upheld a ruling that said the government cannot transfer control of two key Red Sea islands to its main financial backer, Saudi Arabia, deepening a rift between the two Middle Eastern countries. The alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two of the most influential Sunni countries in the world, has been tense for over
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USA: Trump Calls for More Drilling, Taps Protest
By :Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, Reuters
15 January 2017
US President-elect Donald Trump taps a well of protest with his calls for more oil and gas drilling in the country`s national parks     President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.   The
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Israel/Palestine: 11 Qalansuwa Homes Razed
By :PIC
13 January 2017
In Qalansuwa, a Gelilee village occupied by Israel since 1948, Israeli government forces demolished the homes of 11  Palestinian Arab families in one day. The pace of home demolitions accelerated recently, and is expected to increase despite the consequent gross violation of human rights and other international law norms with
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USA: Will HUD Benefit Trump?
By :Allan Smith, businessinsider
12 January 2017
At the Senate hearings vetting US President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned proposed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson over whether he could guarantee that money distributed by HUD will not enrich President-elect Donald Trump. He failed that fundamental ethical test, apparently unable to
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Sri Lanka: Clashes over Land in China Port Deal
By :abc.net.au
07 January 2017
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.   Key points: Clash takes place as Prime Minister attends
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Namibians Sue Germany for Land Grab, Genocide
By :Al Jazeera
06 January 2017
The Ovaherero and Nama people of Namibia launch lawsuit against Germany for alleged land theft and killing of 100,000 people more than 100 years ago.           Two indigenous groups in Namibia have filed a lawsuit against Germany, accusing it of genocide committed by colonial rulers more than a century ago.   The suit was filed
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Brazil: Eucalyptus War on Quilombo Lands
By :Luisa Torre and Patrik Camporez Macao, Al Jazeera
05 January 2017
Brazil`s quilombos face eucalyptus giant in land war. "They stole our forests and our water. We took our medicine from the forest. Now, they put police and dogs at our door."     ESPIRITO SANTO, Brazil—In Sape do Norte, in the far north of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 32 communities refer to the 111,000 hectares
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Cameroon: OECD Inquiry into Complaint about WWF
By :Survival International
05 January 2017
In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)* has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process that until now has only been used for multinational businesses. Survival submitted the complaint in February 2016, citing numerous
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Palestine/Israel: Colonies to Grow under Trump
By :Griff White, The Washington Post
03 January 2017
SHILOH, West Bank—Through eight years of escalating criticism from the world’s most powerful leader, Israeli construction in these sacred, militarily occupied hills never stopped.    Thousands of homes were built. Miles of roadway. Restaurants. Shopping malls. A university.   Here in Shiloh, a tourist center went up, with a welcome video in which the biblical figure
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فلسين: هدم منشآت سكنية وزراعية بجبل البابا
By :ديلي 48
02 January 2017
في إنتهاك جديد يضاف إلى مسلسل هدم البيوت وتشريد العائلات البدوية، قام موظفو إدارة الاحتلال اليوم الخميس، بهدم ثلاثة بيوت سكنية وبركسين للماشية شرق بلدة العيزرية في القدس المحتلة، وتشريد نحو 15 نفرا. حيث قامت قوات الاحتلال بحصار البيوت السكنية والشروع في هدمها بإستخدام آلياتها دون سابق إنذار. وذكر رئيس لجنة تجمع
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New Year Message: Remembering Palestine
By :Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN
01 January 2017
As the world embarks on the New Year 2017, after crowning a series of global policy summits by adopting a new agenda at Habitat III (October 2016),[1] we turn our attentions to implementing, monitoring and evaluating the performance of a new layer of norms. That new standard coexists beside other
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الحق الفلسطيني بالسكن والأرض في نهاية عام 2016
By :مركز أبحاث الأراضي / جمعية الدراسات العربية
31 December 2016
من خلال رصده لحق الإنسان في السكن والأرض في فلسطين طوال عام 2016، ووفّر مركز أبحاث الأراضي / جمعية الدراسات العربية العبارة التالية في نهاية العام:     عام انقضى بكل ثقله على الشعب الفلسطيني.. عام انطلقت فيه مخالب الاحتلال تمزيقاً لأرضنا وهدماًَ لمساكننا.. وانتهاكاً لحقوق إنساننا الفلسطيني صاحب الأرض وصاحب الحق.   عام تجلى
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Palestinian Right to Land and Housing in 2016
By :Land Research Center / Arab Studies Society
31 December 2016
Monitoring the human right to land and housing in Palestine through 2016, the Land Research Center / Arab Studies Society has offered the following statement at the end of the year:     A year of heavy burden on the shoulders of Palestinians just passed, a year in which the Israeli occupation forces
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Egypt: Approving Islands Transfer to KSA?
By :Al Jazeera and agencies
30 December 2016
Cairo court yet to issue final ruling but agreement to transfer two islands already sent to parliament for ratification.     Egypt`s government has approved a controversial deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, according to state television.   The agreement has been sent to parliament for ratification, according to reports
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By :Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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UNSC Votes to End Israeli Settler Colonies
By :HIC-HLRN
24 December 2016
It was the first time in eight years that the UN Security Council had passed a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal construction of settler colonies in occupied Palestine. The vote came on Friday, following an unprecedented intervention of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that had U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "advising" Egyptian
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Perú: Un escándalo de la tierra y el obispo
By :Andy Livise, ÚTERO.PE
23 December 2016
Este nuevo escándalo con bandas criminales es lo único que le faltaba al Sodalicio para terminar de hundirse     El Sodalicio acaba de cumplir el sueño de uno de sus fundadores, Luis Fernando Figari: hacerse conocido a nivel internacional. La cadena Al Jazeera, basada en una impresionante investigación de Daniel Yovera y bajo la
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Perú: Un escándalo de la tierra y el obispo
By :Andy Livise, ÚTERO.PE
23 December 2016
Este nuevo escándalo con bandas criminales es lo único que le faltaba al Sodalicio para terminar de hundirse     El Sodalicio acaba de cumplir el sueño de uno de sus fundadores, Luis Fernando Figari: hacerse conocido a nivel internacional. La cadena Al Jazeera, basada en una impresionante investigación de Daniel Yovera y bajo la
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By :HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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Canada, U.S. Ban Arctic Drilling, Bind Trump
By :Andrew Beatty, AFP
21 December 2016
President Obama announced on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he tried to nail down an environmental legacy that cannot quickly be reversed by Donald J. Trump.   The Obama Administration had given conditional
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Homelessness: Not Just a Christmas Crisis
By :The Guardian
21 December 2016
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis. The following is an editorial     For a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities such as Crisis and the volunteers they recruit tries to offer something like festive cheer for thousands of people who might otherwise have been sleeping
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ECJ Rejects Morocco`s Western Sahara Claim
By :Dominic Dudley, Forbes
21 December 2016
European Court of Justice dismisses Morocco`s claim to Western Sahara, throwing EU trade deal into doubt. The ruling on the bloc`s trade deals with Morocco means they do not apply to Western Sahara, which occupied territory is notable for its fish stocks, mineral extraction, agricultural exports and potential oil reserves.     Morocco’s
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HIC`s Lamba Earns Human Rights Award
By :HIC-HLRN
20 December 2016
On World Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016, civil society organisations across Kenya gathered to honor human rights activists in the annual human rights awards, which were held at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi. Hundreds attended the event, including diplomats and generations of human rights activists. The awards were coordinated
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Jerusalem: Sub Laban Case Still in Court
By :Charlotte Silver, Rights and Accountability
20 December 2016
Notorious Jerusalem eviction case back with Israel’s high court   JERUSALEM—Resolution to the long-running eviction case against a Palestinian family from their home in the Old City of Jerusalem is no nearer after settlers rejected a compromise proposed by Israel’s high court on 19 December.   Last February, the high court agreed to hear
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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Mexico: Ranchers, Indigenous Contest Land
By :Tracy Barnett, Thomas Reuters Foundation
19 December 2016
Both sides say the government is responsible for the dispute in Mexico`s Sierra Madre mountain range - but the government won`t get involved     LA YESCA, Mexico—Audelina Villagrana has run her ranch in Mexico`s Western Sierra Madre Mountains on her own since the death of her husband 23 years ago, herding livestock,
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European Tenants vs. Wall Street Landlords
By :Liz Alderman, The New York Times
18 December 2016
Wall Street is Europe’s landlord, and tenants are fighting back.     DUBLIN—The Tobun family never missed a rental payment on their modest brick rowhouse in eight years. But in February, the couple, who have two young children, received a letter warning that they would have to leave their home when the lease
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USA: Albuquerque Helps Homeless & Saves Money
By :Colin Woodard, Politico
18 December 2016
How Albuquerque figured out how to really help its homeless population. And save money in the process.   ALBUQUERQUE—Under a cloudless desert sky, David Kelhoyoma, a Marine veteran who help liberate Kuwait City during the first Gulf War, roamed the top of a city landfill, stuffing stray bits of plastic into a
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World Bank: Gaza Water Crisis, Irreversible Damage
By :Amira Haas, Haaretz
18 December 2016
The World Bank acknowledges there is a water crisis in the Gaza Strip, but it blames overpumping—not the Israeli occupation. For information of Israel’s preemptive pumping of Gaza’s aquifer, see Sustainable Management of the West Bank and Gaza Strip Aquifers (SUSMAQ) report المياه العابرة للحدود (2004) and map Land Times/أحوال
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Palestine: Military Training as a Displacement Tool
By :Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign
17 December 2016
In the West Bank’s Wadi al-Malih, Palestinian farmers and residents are experiencing Israel’s military training as a tool of displacement.     Israeli policies of holding military training in the middle of populated areas continues and has, once again, cost farmers their livelihoods. Every year the military organizes large-scale military training on the
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Following the Money: Justice for Land Grabs
By :Natalie Bugalski and David Pred, Inclusive Development
16 December 2016
Following the Money: Illuminating the path to justice for global land grabs     This year, our organization, Inclusive Development International, launched the Follow the Money initiative – a new tool to fight land grabs and other corporate abuses.  It’s a simple idea, but we believe it has the potential to be
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Israeli Amona Outpost Settlers Brace for Eviction
By :Al Jazeera
15 December 2016
Fear of violence rises as residents of illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank reject relocation offer.   The Jewish settlers of the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied West Bank have rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily, defying a court order and raising fears of violence.   A High Court ordered the
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Iraq: Restoring Occupation-ruined Agricultural
By :Dahlia Wasfi, Mint Press News
15 December 2016
Iraq’s agricultural industry has been pillaged and its farmers devastated, but it’s still free of GMO seeds. When a video clip of a 2008 presentation on Iraq’s seed industry went viral earlier this year, Dr. Dahlia Wasfi was inundated with questions and concerns from thoughtful viewers. Here, she provides clarifications
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Portugal: Statement by the SRs on Water& Housing
By :UN news
13 December 2016
As the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing and the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we address you today at the conclusion of our joint official visit to Portugal, which we undertook at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 13 December
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Mosul Dam Collapse Warnings
By :Barbara Bibbo, Al Jazeera
11 December 2016
Mosul Dam’s collapse “will be worse than a nuclear bomb.” Warnings by scientists and environmentalists about an imminent collapse are dismissed by Iraqi officials as far-fetched.     As Iraqi forces continue their military operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), another
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Brazil: Social Rights under Siege
By :CESR, CONECTAS and INESC
10 December 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next
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Land Rights Defender Killings Tripled in 2016
By :PANAP
10 December 2016
2015 had been the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders who are struggling to protect land, forests and rivers from privately interested takers. But, in 2016, roughly 16 land rights advocates have been killed each month from January through November.     PENANG, Malaysia—Advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific
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India: Over 1500 Evicted Forcibly
By :HIC-HLRN
09 December 2016
Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, strongly condemns the forced eviction and demolition of 250–300 homes in Kishangarh, Delhi during the winter. A 10-year old settlement that houses between 250 and 300 families, Ward Number 2 in Kishangarh is located between Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj, near Jawaharlal Nehru University in
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USA: Gullah Geechee Still Fighting for Their Land
By :Brian Wheeler, BBC News
05 December 2016
The Gullah Geechee community, descendants of West African slaves in South Carolina are fighting to prevent their land from being confiscated and auctioned. Can they save a traditional way of life that has survived for the one and half centuries since emancipation?     The first Lillian Milton knew about it was when
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East Jerusalem: Palestinians at Risk of Eviction
By :OCHA
30 November 2016