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Court to Cape Town: “address apartheid spatial planning legacy”
By :Murray Williams, news24
31 August 2020
High Court sets aside R135m Sea Point school sale, frees land to address apartheid legacy   ·       The Tafelberg school property case has been running for five years. ·       Finally, the High Court has ruled, upholding the legal challenge by two not-for-profit organisations. ·       The sale of the land has now been reversed – much to
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India: Turning 170K-ha Forest to Coal
By :Hannah Ellis-Peterson, The Guardian
08 August 2020
India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields   Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous population     Over the past decade, Umeshwar Singh Amra has witnessed his homeland descend into a battleground. The war being waged in Hasdeo Arand, a rich and
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Land Times issue 20
By :HIC-HLRN
08 August 2020
HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) welcomes you to its 20th issue of Land Times. This milestone edition emphasizes the role of civil society in identifying and remedying housing and land rights problems in the context of a global pandemic. Amid this protracted crisis, events and developments in the Middle
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2019 Deadliest Year for Land Defenders
By :Al Jazeera
29 July 2020
`More dangerous every day`: Land rights defenders killings surge Colombia and the Philippines account for more than half those killed in 2019, with Indigenous people at greatest risk.At least 212 people were killed last year while defending their land from being taken over by industry, Global Witness said on Wednesday, making
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Zimbabwe to Compensate White Farmers $3.5b
By :Reuters/SABCNews
29 July 2020
Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers     The agreement signed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State House offices in Harare showed white farmers would be compensated for infrastructure on the farms and not the land itself, as per the national constitution.   Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in
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Battir, Palestine: Settlers Invade World Heritage Site
By :Yuval Abraham, +972 mag
29 July 2020
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site Palestinians in the West Bank agricultural village of Battir are encountering armed Israeli settlers trying to push them off their land.     Khaled and Miriam Muammar live in Battir, an agricultural village in the occupied West Bank, just
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USA: Esselen Tribe Regains Land after 250 Years
By :Mario Koran, The Guardian
28 July 2020
Northern California Esselen tribe regains ancestral land after 250 years The tribe purchased the 1,200 acre ranch near Big Sur as part of a $4.5m deal and will use it for educational and cultural purposes     The Esselen Tribe of Monterey county now owns a small piece of their ancestral land along California’s
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Zimbabwe Land Commission Pushes Joint Land Titles
By :Patrick Chitumba, Chronicle
21 July 2020
Commission pushes for joint land ownership     The Zimbabwe Land Commission has urged couples to ensure that ownership of their land reflects that it is jointly owned to protect the remaining spouses, especially women from being displaced in the event of death.   Surviving spouses can now inherit land if its ownership is registered
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Western Sahara: NGOs Appeal to UNSC
By :GSGPPHRWS
16 July 2020
  NGOs –– Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Western Sahara Open letter to the President of the UN Security Council H.E. Mr. Christoph Heusgen   Your Excellency,   Having followed the discussion at the high-level open debate held on 7 July on the theme "Peace operations and human rights," the 214
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Palestine/Israel: JNF Trees Dispossess Bedouin
By :Zafrir Rinat and Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz
14 July 2020
Israel pushing large tree planting in Naqab to disclaim lands to Bedouin     Israel is pushing through a plan to plant trees across a significant swath of the Negev in a bid to deny Bedouin residents from accessing the lands.   The plan is described as “agricultural planting” but local activists and human
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USA: Judge Shuts Down Dakota Access Pipeline
By :Amy R. Sisk, Bismarck Tribune
06 July 2020
A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is conducted of the project opposed by environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.   The move was requested earlier this year by Standing Rock and three other Sioux tribes in the Dakotas who fear environmental harm from
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Urban Farming Benefits in Nairobi
By :Carolyn Fry, CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems
03 July 2020
Understanding Nairobi’s urban agriculture sector helps to enhance equality and climate resilience Food makes up almost half of trading in the vibrant informal sector of Kenya`s capital city. Every day, farmers, processors and traders sell goods that are either locally generated or brought in from up-country. An estimated 250,000 households generate
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UNHCHR Urges Israel Halt Annexation Plans
By :OHCHR
29 June 2020
Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warning “shockwaves will last for decades”     GENEVA—The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday added her voice to the wave of international and national calls on the Government of Israel not to proceed with its plans to illegally annex
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USA: Bison Returning to Indigenous Lands
By :Return to Now
19 June 2020
Bison Return to Lakota Reservation in South Dakota for First Time in 150 Years   Now that bison have repopulated national parks, the extra are being given back to Native Americans Around 400 bison will be transferred from a national wildlife refuge in Colorado to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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Report to UNCERD on Israeli Apartheid
By :Middle East Monitor
14 November 2019
Eight Palestinian, regional and international NGOs have submitted a substantial report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), ahead of the committee’s upcoming review of Israel’s next month. According to a statement published this week, the NGOs in question were Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Al-Haq,
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Turkey’s Conflict Aquaculture Exposed
By :WSRW
10 November 2019
Turkey has become the leading importer of fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara. The aquaculture company Gümüşdoğa turns the meal into valuable fisheries products for the European market.     On 6 November 2019, WSRW witnessed the arrival of the cargo vessel Derya Aytekin as it arrived at the port of Gulluk, Turkey.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kashmir: Land Grab and Political Disempowerment
By :Subodh Varma, News Click
11 August 2019
  Land Grab, Political Disempowerment Are Twin Pillars of J&K Changes       Pursued through repressive clampdown, cloaked in rhetoric of ‘development’.           Buried deep within the new law that divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, lie provisions that reveal the real intent of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government. These changes, affecting political
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trump War to Extract Afghanistan Minerals
By :Michael Hughes, The Global Post
09 August 2017
Trump Strategy to Exploit Afghan Deposits Rests on Faulty Foundation     President Donald J. Trump has reportedly been at odds with his military chiefs over the way forward in Afghanistan because he is reluctant to waste more money on a war that the United States risks “not winning.”   Mr. Trump has, in fact,
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Nicaragua: Future Canal Threatens Mass Eviction
By :Amnesty International
03 August 2017
Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction     The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal
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Global Peasant Movement Convene at Bilbao
By :Huffington Post
28 July 2017
Global Peasant Movement Assesses and Responds to a Heated Political Moment     Four years ago, La Vía Campesina brought its peasant activists from around the world to Jakarta for its VI International Conference. The gathering was held in a padepokan, a Javanese center reserved for the teaching and exchanging of knowledge and
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No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
By :Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition
28 July 2017
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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EU Aid Rewards Western Sahara Occupation
By :WSRW
24 November 2016
For the second year in a row, the Moroccan government has spent most of the EU`s fish sector support on the development of the fishing industry in occupied Western Sahara. And the EU was fully aware of it.   Under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, entered into force in July 2014, Morocco
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Nigerian King Sues Shell in London
By :Alice Ritchie, Phys.org
22 November 2016
Nigerian tribal king Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi has flown to London for a High Court hearing in which lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills   King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community
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Sierra Leone: Land Grabbing of Forests
By :Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya, Standard TimePress
10 November 2016
Land grabbing around the Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve is presently intensifying primarily for housing purposes.  The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security is directly responsible for the protection of forests in the country and through the dedicated collaboration of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone as focal
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Namibia: Land Grabbing Continues at Katima
By :Lugeretzia Kooper, Namibian News
09 November 2016
THE grabbing of council land at Katima Mulilo has increased due to the influx of people from rural areas to the town in search of employment opportunities, town mayor Regina Mwiya-Simataa said in a press release last Friday.   Although Mwiya-Simataa conceded that the council had been slow in delivering land to
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Uganda: Reject State-organised Land Grabbing
By :Kizza Besigye, Daily Monitor
08 November 2016
Grabbing with Impunity A significant portion of my 2016 presidential campaign underscored the need for immediate actions to halt the land-grabbing scourge. Land grabbing, here refers to large-scale land acquisitions, mainly, by foreign agribusiness invest ors, or the extraction industry—that are often preceded by grabbing of the land by government (including
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Myanmar: Kayin Farmers Fighting Land Grabs
By :Su Phyo Win and Myat Nyein Aye, Myanmar Times
04 November 2016
Kayin State villagers are losing their land and are routinely persecuted through threats, arson and arbitrary arrest if they attempt to fight the unlawful seizures, according to a report released by an international rights group yesterday. Around 70 percent of the people in Kayin State rely on land for their livelihood,
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Stop European Money Fueling Land Grabs
By :Peter Drury, Global Witnesses
04 November 2016
Around the world, companies and speculators are engaged in a frantic rush for land. Millions of hectares are being bought up, citizens violently turfed off their land and critical ecosystems irrevocably damaged, in order to feed growing demand for fuel, food and raw materials. At its worst, this is fatal. According
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US: Protests of Native Community on Water
By :Mary Annette Pember, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork
28 September 2016
Benjamin Conrad, 20, only brings out his grandfather’s war bonnet for special occasions. Today was such a day. Conrad of the Northern Arapaho, Choctaw and Creek tribes joined about 300 water protectors in a peaceful direct action opposing continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River near the
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Sri Lanka: Land Grab, Eviction of Fisherfolk
By :Oxfam International
26 September 2016
In 2010, 350 families of farmers and fisherfolk living in Paanama, a coastal village in the east of Sri Lanka, were forcibly and violently evicted from lands they had cultivated and lived on for over forty years. These lands were taken over by the military to establish camps, and they
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ICC to Pursue Land Grabs as Series Crimes
By :HIC-HLRN
15 September 2016
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has declared that it would start treating cases involving the illegal exploitation of natural resources, misuse and illegal dispossession of lands and environmental destruction as serious crimes.   The Hague-based Court made the announcement in a policy document released today by the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
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Chile: Heavy Price of Water Privatization
By :Daniel Gallagher, the Gaurdian
15 September 2016
When it comes to water, Chile is failing its citizens. In Santiago, the nation’s capital, millions of people are regularly left without running water for days at a time and experts are warning of water scarcity to come across the country astemperatures rise and glaciers retreat. “What we need is a transformation away from the private model
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Native Americans Block Oil Pipeline Construction
By :Matt Agorist, The free though project.com
21 August 2016
The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a
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Kenya: Save School from Evictor
By :Victoria Green, thestar.co.ke
08 August 2016
The governance of land, the most lucrative asset in Kenya, has become an impediment to the economic, political, and social development of Kenya and Kenyans. Large scale corruption in land governance is highlighted daily, from unfortunate family disputes to allegations of land grabbing by former officials and recently, Presidents. Public institutions,
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WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
By :Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net
08 August 2016
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
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Hunger a Weapon of War in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria
By :Isabel Malsang, AFP, reliefweb.int
07 August 2016
While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in "severe food insecurity", two UN agencies
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By :Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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A Forgotten Population
By :Nirma D. Bustamante, MD, P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH and Christian Arbelaez, EM resident
04 August 2016
As the recipient of the 2015 EMRA Global Health Initiative Award and as the senior teaching assistant of Post-conflict Colombia and Public Health: A Project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Collaboration with the Universidad de Antioquia, I had the pleasure of working directly with the
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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
By :HIC-HLRN
27 July 2016
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
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To Farm or Not to Farm? This Is the Question
By :Baher Kamal, Inter Press Services
19 July 2016
The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world’s steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as
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UN: Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security
By :UN News Center
18 July 2016
Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week. Farming is globally the most significant driver of deforestation, but promoting a more positive interaction between agriculture and forestry can build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food systems,
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Africa: Property Rights Still Wretchedly Insecure
By :The economist
16 July 2016
COSMAS MURUNGA was always proud to show off his mud-walled home, set in a clearing on the wooded slopes of Mount Elgon; to explain how his people coexisted with, and cared for, the forest and its wildlife on the border with Uganda. But that home is no more, burnt to
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Brazil: Water Privatisation Imposed for Games
By :Corporate Europe Observatory
14 July 2016
Brazil’s new government imposes Rio water privatisation to pay for Olympic Games   A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country`s largest corporations, Brazil`s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help
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China: Profiting from Confiscated Tibetan Lands
By :Radio Free Asia
11 July 2016
In the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China is confiscating lands at a low price and then reselling at a profit to Chinese developers. Newly built apartments in these lands are then sold back at high prices to the Tibetans from whom the land was first taken. The
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U.S. Congress Mulls Lifting Protection of Commons
By :Matt Lee-Ashley and Jenny Rowland, ThinkProgress
10 July 2016
Congressional proposal would create a Texas-sized “Republic of Cliven Bundy”   Cliven Bundy may be in jail, but he still has friends in Congress.   The U.S. House of Representatives next week is expected to vote on a proposal that would exempt 48 counties, primarily in the West, from the law that has been
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India Mine Displaced 400 Adivasi Families
By :Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera
07 July 2016
The mine that displaced India`s indigenous people. About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine, but blasting and water contamination forced them to leave     The earth-shattering sound of dynamite welcomed us to the small village of Lath, which sits on the edge of an open-cast coal mine.
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MEQ Issues New Report, Maintains Old Inertia
By :HIC-HLRN
01 July 2016
In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet (MEQ) has issued its 2016 report today. The report issued by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
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HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
By :HIC-HLRN
28 June 2016
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By :Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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USA: Pennsylvania Town Defeats Nestlé
By :Alexis Bonogofsky, Truthout
16 June 2016
Pennsylvania’s Kunkletown defeats Nestlé`s attempt to privatize its water   Eric Andreaus, a hydrogeologist and spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America, stood up during a monthly Eldred Township meeting in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, on 8 June 2016, and announced that Nestlé was abandoning its plans to extract 73 million gallons of water
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Brazil: Fundão Dam Devastation
By :Ingrid Fadnes, Al Jazeera
14 June 2016
MARIANA, Brazil—On November 5, 2015, the Fundao dam burst in the inland municipality of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian mining company Samarco, owned by two of the world`s biggest mining corporations, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, operated the dam.   Tcharly do Barmo Batista, a 23-year-old father,
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Choctaw v Climate Change: “The earth is speaking”
By :Emily Crane Linn, Al Jazeera
13 June 2016
In the United States, members of the indigenous Choctaw nation fight to reclaim their relationship with the land in a world without seasons.   Durant, Oklahoma—It`s nearly June. Every day, the Earth brings Darryl “Grey Eagle” Brown closer to the Sun, to heaven, to the Creator. That means it`s nearly time
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Zimbabwe Diamond-displaced Villagers Seek Help
By :Reuters
13 June 2016
Zimbabwe Villagers Displaced by Diamond Mining Seek Government Help. More than 1,000 families were moved from their village in 2009.     MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Villagers relocated to a sprawling government-owned farm complex in eastern Zimbabwe to make way for the nation’s biggest diamond field are hoping that President Robert Mugabe’s move to take control
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Brazil: Guarani & Kaiowá Face Forced Eviction
By :FIAN International
12 June 2016
With no access to their legitimate territory, the members of the Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka`i community will be prevented from exercising their fundamental rights as indigenous peoples, including feeding themselves adequately.   Despite  intensive and coordinated international action, the sentence by the 1st Federal Court of Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul has followed
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“Luminous Fog” Makes Milky Way Disappear
By :Nicola Davis, The Guardian
11 June 2016
It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, according to a new global atlas of light pollution.   The study found 60% of those living in the EU and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glow of
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New Policy on Smallholders` Market Access
By :CFS
09 June 2016
The Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) convened from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy. Building on the outcomes of the 2015 High-Level Forum on
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Food Experts: “Adopt Agroecology, or Fail”
By :IPES-Food
02 June 2016
BRUSSLES/TRONDHEIM—Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition.   The solution is to diversify agriculture and reorient it around ecological practices, whether the starting point is
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Nigeria: Herdsmen, Land Use and Human Rights
By :Spaces 4 Change
01 June 2016
Fulani herdsmen, herdsmen, hoodlums, intruders from Chad and neighbouring countries, or whatever appellation ascribed to their murderous activities, these names emit fumes of terror, anguish and fear. The fear they evoke is well founded. What started out as recurrent violent clashes between nomadic herdsmen and their host farming communities in
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India: Water to Flow Free for Urban Poor
By :Express News Service
25 May 2016
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the heat wave has staged a comeback, the Odisha Government on Tuesday waived water connection charges for BPL households in urban area in its bid to overcome drinking water woes. The move will mean water supply will now be provided free of cost to poor families across
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Counting Costs in Congo
By :HIC-HLRN
01 May 2016
This week in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thirty community leaders and field researchers from the villages of the Inga Valley met to consider their fate in view of the planned Inga3 project that proposes to inundate their communities. Organized locally by Association Droit et Developpement (ADEV) the communities’
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"Right to the City" Movement Goes Global
By :Francesca Perry, The Guardian
19 April 2016
Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?   From the Taksim Square and Nuit Debout protests to bank takeovers in Barcelona and women’s workshops in Delhi, the pressure for more inclusive cities is mounting. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?   On
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4 Tibetan Land Defenders Get Suspended Sentence
By :Tibetan Center for Rights and Democracy
14 April 2016
Four Tibetan men have been given suspended jail sentences for petitioning against government confiscation of their land in Ka Bharma nomadic camp in Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) Township in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County, Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The four Tibetans are identified as Phurkho, Rinchen
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World Bank Accountability @ Spring Meetings
By :Oakland Institute
12 April 2016
World Bank Accountability on Forced Resettlements Must be a Priority at Its Spring Meetings                                                                                                             Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.   Between 2004 and 2013, nearly 3.4 million people were physically or economically
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Israeli Plunder of Palestinian Homes “Concerns” U.S.
By :David Alexander, Reuters
02 April 2016
Crackdown on what Israel claims is illegal construction has already pitied Jerusalem against the EU, who funds some of the structures.   JERUSALEM—The United States is "concerned" about Israel`s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions
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Iranians Buying up Land in War-torn Syria
By :Sirwan Kajjo and Mario Ritter, Voice of America
27 March 2016
Iran’s government wants its builders to buy up property in Shi-ite majority neighborhoods of Syria’s capital, Damascus. It is also asking construction workers to go to Syria. This information comes from construction industry officials in Tehran and Iranian experts. Iranian analyst Fariborz Saremi said owning real estate gives Iran more control over Syria
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Struggle in the City for Tibetan Nomads
By :Benjamin Haas, AFP
23 March 2016
ABA (OCCUPIED TIBET)—By mid-morning, Lobsang’s leather cowboy hat is askew, his black robes dishevelled, and his breath stinks of booze. Once a nomad herder roaming the high Tibetan plateau, instead he stumbles around his sparse new concrete house.   For decades he and his wife grazed yaks and sheep, living a life
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African New Habitat Agenda Priorities
By :Ahmed Mansour Ismail and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye
23 February 2016
HABITAT III Africa Regional Meeting “African Priorities for the New Urban Agenda” Land and African Sustainable Urbanization, side event organized by GLTN Abuja, Nigeria, 23 February 2016 Summary prepared by Ahmed Mansour Ismail (HIC-HLRN) and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye (Institute of Land Administration)   Mr Ernest Aubee, ECOWAS (as moderator) introduced the panelists and further emphasized
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Kochs Funding Bundy Land-seizure Agenda
By :Jenny Rowland and Matt Lee-Ashley, ThinkProgress
13 February 2016
The ultra-conservative billionaire Koch brothers are now funding the Bundy land-seizure agenda   The political network of the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch signalled last week that it is expanding its financial and organizational support for a coalition of anti-government activists and militants who are working to seize and sell America’s
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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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USA: Ten Facts about Flint
By :Michael Moore, MichaelMoore
30 January 2016
On his site, U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore writes a public letter "10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will." Read his letter below and follow the link to sign and share the accompanying petition.   FLINT MI—News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached
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Oregon Land Stand-off Ends in Arrests, 1 Dead
By :Evan Perez and Holly Yan, CNN
27 January 2016
Oregon occupation has fatal consequences. Long-time settler family member Ammon Bundy, other protesters arrested in Oregon; LaVoy Finicum killed.   BURNS OR—The weeks-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon suffered two major blows when protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested and another key figure was killed.   Bundy and
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USA: Obama OKs Atlantic & Arctic Drilling
By :Oceana
27 January 2016
The Obama Administration Announces Plans to Open Atlantic & Arctic to Offshore Drilling   Washington DC—Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. The plan, which covers all potential leasing from 2017 to 2022, includes parts of the
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USA: Oregon Land, “Rightful Owners”
By :Burns Paiute Tribe, et al
15 January 2016
Please find below US press coverage of the ongoing, multidimensional land dispute in Oregon, USA. Follow the links below for a review of competing views.   Crackpots in Cowboy Hats, and in Congress Whose Land Is It Anyway? "We were here first.” Eastern Oregon once had a Malheur Indian Reservation. Guess what happened. Native American Tribe Says Oregon Armed
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UNCERD: Holy See Liable to Indigenous Peoples
By :Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group
15 January 2016
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has declared the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous Peoples for effects and the legacy of racist, colonial Papal Bulls and Doctrines. Geneva—As the result of a comprehensive parallel report and presentations by members of the Apache-Nde-Nnee Working
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Total Withdraws from Western Sahara
By :WSRW
21 December 2015
The French multinational oil company has announced that it is no longer pursuing oil search offshore Western. "More good news for the Saharawi people. We urge the remaining oil companies to follow suit," Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW) has stated.  "Total has informed the Moroccan authorities that it would not request
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Morocco: EU Court Annuls Trade Agreement
By :WSRW
10 December 2015
BRUSSELS—The European Court of Justice has this morning ordered the annulment of a trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union since it includes the territory of Western Sahara. "A landmark decision in the history of the occupation of Western Sahara," states Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW).   The judgment was
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Keeping up the Fight against TNCs
By :FIAN
10 December 2015
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, FIAN International releases its annual publication, ‘Right to Food Journal’. The publication puts under the spotlight the increasing influence of transnational corporations over policy-making, as well as its detrimental impact on the realization of the human right to food and nutrition. Termed as “corporate
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Tibet: Climate Change Challenges China Policies
By :ICT
10 December 2015
As the world’s leaders meet in Paris this week for critical climate change talks, new findings by the International Campaign for Tibet reveal that Tibet’s fragile environment, which is warming faster than anywhere else, is of critical global importance. But almost unnoticed by the rest of the world, China’s policies
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COP21: Land & Water Convergence Speaks
By :Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
08 December 2015
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles” stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis. This alliance of struggles has delivered its message to the COP21 currently meeting at Paris. Their statement follows.   The
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HIC Takes on COP21
By :HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Habitat III National Reporting Tool
By :HIC-HLRN
21 September 2015
Habitat III National Reporting Guidelines (merged with State obligations)   This Excel file attempts to merge the national Habitat III report outline proffered by UN-Habitat with the already-standing commitments of states and UN bodies at Habitat II (1996). For those following UN-Habitat`s advice, the left column leads with the agency’s reduced six
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New Extractionism in Occupied Western Sahara
By :WSRW
31 August 2015
Amid Saharawi protests, San Leon Energy has begun to drill an on-shore well in occupied Western Sahara on 21 August.   The El Aaiun-4 conventional well is located on the so-called Tarfaya licence, near Foum el Oued, just above Western Sahara`s capital city El Aaiun. The drilling rig, a Cabot 750
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HIC Reviews Habitat III Issue Papers
By :HIC-HLRN
31 July 2015
Habitat International Coalition has just issued its compilation of inputs from Members and officers following their review of the Habitat III Issue Papers. The 22 thematic contributions from technical experts selected by the UN-Habitat/Habitat III Secretariat have been drafted as a framework for the debate leading up to the Third
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World Bank Group’s Compliance & Land
By :HIC-HLRN
30 June 2015
Private sector investment affecting land in developing countries often leads to disputes between companies and local communities over land rights and land use. Since 1999, the private-sector arms of the World Bank Group (WBG)—the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)—have had an accountability mechanism to
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Human Rights Cities Meet at Gwangju
By :HIC-HLRN
17 May 2015
Gwangju, Republic of Korea—The Human Rights City of Gwangju, Republic of Korea played host to the 5th World Human Rights Cities Forum 2015, 15–18 May 2015. The gathering convened under the theme “Toward a Global Alliance of Human Rights Cities for All,” showcased the Asian experience of democratic governance, while
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Libya: NATO Targeted Water Infrastructure
By :Nafeez Ahmed, Ecologist
14 May 2015
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country`s water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people
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Do RAI Principles Meet the Task?
By :Sylvia Kay, rightingfinance
06 May 2015
On 15 October 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”)   In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes
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California Oil Industry Fowls Ground Water
By :Center for Biological Diversity
04 May 2015
The oil industry is dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into California’s clean-water aquifers.   Recently revealed documents show that California regulators allowed oil companies to drill more than 2,400 illegal injection wells for waste disposal or oil production into protected aquifers, including many with water clean enough to drink.   This
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CFS Develops Protracted-crisis Policy
By :HIC-HLRN
01 May 2015
In October of this year, the Committee on Global Food Security is expected to adopt the new Framework of Action [to ensure] Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises. That global policy promises to usher in a new approach that formally operationalizes humanitarian, development and human rights principles combined to
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The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By :Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of
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Twiga Farm: Story of a Kenyan Land Grab
By :Leila van Rinsum, Pambazuka News
08 October 2014
Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.   On Tuesday,
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Islamic State Evicts Iraq farmers
By :Sophie Cousins, AlJazeera
29 July 2014
The group`s takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.   Qaraqosh—In the dark of night, on a farm about 30km southeast of Iraq`s second largest city, Mosul, Sabah Zura Sukkariyya woke to the sound of a truckload of gunmen arriving
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Palestine, Tibet Reps Draft Peace Charter
By :Tibet Office (Paris)
19 August 2005
Paris—Lourdes, one of the world’s most prominent Christian pilgrimage sites, hosted the Peace Day on 14 August. In tow with UNESCO`s initiative of Peace Manifesto and the opening of the Culture of Peace Decade, the city has been organising events aimed at promoting peace among the nations and peoples since
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Documents (176)

Document Title

Publication Date

Tools to Remedy Israeli Apartheid: Reconstituting the UN Special Committee against Apartheid and the UN Centre against Apartheid

01 September 2020

International sources on the concept and criteria of “landlessness”

05 July 2020

Arguments Raised in Amici Curiae Submissions in the Situation in the State of Palestine before the International Criminal Court

29 April 2020

Interpreting the Human Right to Land within ICESCR

03 April 2020

Palestine/ZA: Sharpeville 60 Years on, Apartheid Continues

22 March 2020

Statement on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the Situation in Palestine, and seeking a ruling on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction

20 December 2019

Land Inequality Framing Document

30 October 2019

What Sort of Humanitarian Aid for Western Sahara

19 September 2019

Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

06 September 2019

Revue Nationale Volontaire sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable en Mauritanie

13 July 2019

WLH Kampala Workshop Report

14 May 2019

Al-Haq International Law Summer School 2019!

30 April 2019

Situation in the State of Palestine, ICC-01/18

30 April 2019

Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

17 January 2019

Transmission letter to Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

17 January 2019

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas

20 November 2018

Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Campesinos y de Otras Personas que Trabajan en las Zonas Rurales

20 November 2018

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des paysans et des autres personnes travaillant dans les zones rurales

20 November 2018

HIC’s role in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty: Representing the Urban Constituency

02 July 2018

Rapport d’inventaire des biens des communautés locales de Mvuzi 3, Lubuaku, Lundu et Kilengo à Inga

06 June 2018

SDG Land Indicators presentation

27 April 2018

الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى: تقييم السياق في ضوء أزمة اللاجئين والنازحين

23 April 2018

العدالة الانتقالية وحقوق الأرض والسكن في اليمن: محافظة تعز نموذجا

28 February 2018

إعلان دبي بشأن حوكمة الأراضي في الدول العربية

26 February 2018

"No hunger on earth as of today"

21 February 2018

International sources on the concept and criteria of “landlessness”

31 December 2017

Final Report of the Sixth Session of the Land Forum in MENA

30 October 2017

التقرير النهائي للدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

30 October 2017

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

SDG 6

18 July 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

Gains and Losses of Habitat III

09 July 2017

General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities

23 June 2017

Report of fourth “Sanctuary in the City: Beirut” Workshop Beirut

24 May 2017

Report of fourth “Sanctuary in the City: Beirut” Workshop Beirut May 2017

05 May 2017

Tunisia: Jemna Oasis Land Struggle

13 April 2017

The Right to Adequate Food Seminar: Promoting accountability of food security actions to the people most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition

24 January 2017

حصيلة الانتهاكات الإسرائيلية على حقوق الأراض والسكن في المناطق الفلسطينية المحتلة

31 December 2016

Fact Sheet on Israeli Housing and Land Rights Violations during 2016

31 December 2016

HIC-HLRN Statement on Security Council Resolution 2334

28 December 2016

بيان للتحالف الدولي للموئل –شبكة حقوق الأرض والسكن بشأن قرار مجلس الأمن رقم 2334

28 December 2016

Resolution on Israeli settler colonies, S/RES/2334 (2016)

23 December 2016

Resolution on Israeli settler colonies, S/RES/2334 (2016) Ar

23 December 2016

Draft outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), A/CONF.226/4

29 September 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Persons with Disabilities

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Land

21 July 2016

Restoring Human Rights and Habitat to the Habitat III Process and New Habitat Agenda

19 July 2016

Statement by the Quartet Principals on the Release of the Quartet Report

01 July 2016

CFS Recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

09 June 2016

Déclaration Finale, Atelier de formation des Communautés Locales d’Inga sur La Quantification des conséquences du déplacement

29 April 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence

19 March 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence des luttes pour la terre et l`eau

19 March 2016

Growing Stress on Jordan by Council on Foreign Relations

17 March 2016

General recommendation No. 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women

07 March 2016

التوصية العامة رقم 34 بشأن حقوق المرأة الريفية

07 March 2016

Recommandation générale No 34 sur les droits des femmes rurales, CEDAW/C/GC/34

07 March 2016

Recomendación general núm. 34 (2016) sobre los derechos de las mujeres rurales, CEDAW/C/GC/34

07 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Comentarios de HIC a los Documentos Marco sobre Políticas de Hábitat III (resumen)

31 January 2016

Cairo Declaration on Housing, and Sustainable Urban Development

22 December 2015

The Paris Agreement, FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

اتفاق باريس، FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

"Building Climate-resilient Societies," HIC statement to COP21

04 December 2015

"Key Issues and Recommendations," Housing in the City We Need UTC

18 November 2015

Application des décisions prises par la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les établissements humains (Habitat II) et renforcement du Programme des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains (ONU-Hab

17 November 2015

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام ٢٠٣٠، A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformer notre monde : le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées (CSA-CDA)

15 October 2015

Marco de Acción para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición durante Crisis Prolongadas (marco de acción del CSA)

15 October 2015

إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في الأزمات الممتدة

15 October 2015

Stakeholder Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Sudan

21 September 2015

Transforming the historical link between agricultural policy and inequality in Lebanon

01 September 2015

Papel de la administración local en la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos, A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le logement convenable en tant qu’élément du droit à un niveau

04 August 2015

Herramienta para los Informes Nacionales Paralelos de Hábitat III

03 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of Local Government

20 July 2015

HIC Comments to the HRC-AC Local government and human rights draft report

15 June 2015

البيان الختامي من المؤتمر الثاني للحق الفلسطيني في الأرض والسكن: عيش بكرامة...وحق بالوجود

28 May 2015

"Toward a Global Alliance of Human Rights Cities for All II," Gwangju

17 May 2015

المجموعة الكاملة لتعليقات آلية المجتمع المدني على إطار عمل لجنة الأمن الغذائي العالمي

24 April 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

إتفاق حول إعلان مبادئ حول سد النهضة الإثيوبي العظيم

23 March 2015

Renaissance Dam Agreement on Declaration of Principles

23 March 2015

الخطوط التوجيهية الطوعية لضمان الاستدامة لمصائد الأسماك صغيرة النطاق في سياق الأمن الغذائي والقضاء على الفقر

03 March 2015

Habitat II Evaluation Criteria

03 March 2015

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

المبادئ الخاصة بإستثمات الارشيدة في الزراعة واانظم الغذئية

18 October 2014

Small Farmer Uprisings and Rural Neglect in Egypt and Tunisia

30 September 2014

“Self- Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet”

01 September 2014

تقرير المقررة الخاصة المعنية بحق الإنسان في الحصول على مياه الشرب المأمونة وخدمات الصرف الصحي: البعثة إلى الأردن

05 August 2014

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation: Mission to Jordan

05 August 2014

إعلان مسقط الوزاري حول المعاهدة الدولية بشأن الموارد الوراثية النباتية للأغذية والزراعة

21 September 2013

Concept Paper for a FAO Inventory of Legal Norms Applied to Protracted Crises

12 August 2013

ETOs and Situations of Conflict, Occupation and War: Applying the Maastricht Principles

11 July 2013

ETOs and Situations of Conflict, Occupation and War: Applying the Maastricht Principles

11 July 2013

High Level Expert Forum on Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises Report (September 2012)

14 September 2012

Gwangju Declaration on Human Right City

17 May 2011

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa

01 September 2010

Report of SR related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation Mission to Egypt July 2010

05 July 2010

Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City

01 July 2010

السكن في مصر بين العشوائية والتحضر الرث

22 May 2010

العراق: قانون هيئة دعاوي الملكية

09 March 2010

Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa

03 July 2009

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

A Covenant of Dispossession and Genocide

15 July 2008

Water as a Human Right for the Middle East and North Africa

15 June 2008

إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الشعوب الأصلية

02 October 2007

Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones

02 October 2007

Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

02 October 2007

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Principios Básicos y Directrices sobre los Desalojos y el Desplazamiento Generados por el Desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Principes de base et directives sur les expulsions forcées et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

إعلان توصيات مؤتمر الفلاحين الدولى - إعلان نياليني

27 February 2007

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

Principes de base et directives concernant les expulsions et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

Namibia: amendments to draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.18/Rev.1 concerning Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

21 November 2006

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 2006

The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life

16 May 2006

"Land, Territory and Dignity" Forum Declaration

09 March 2006

Housing and property restitution in the context of the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

Principios sobre la restitución de las viviendas y el patrimonio de los refugiados y las personas desplazadas, E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

رد المساكن والممتلكات في سياق عودة اللاجئين والمشردين داخلياً "المبادئ المتعلقة برد المساكن والممتلكات إلى اللاجئين والمشردين، E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/17

28 June 2005

Rebuilding from the Ruins, Listening to the Voices from Gujarat and Restoring People`s Rights to Housing, Livelihood and Life, A Report on Ethnic Conflict in Gujarat, India

30 January 2003

التعليق العام رقم 15، الحق في الماء

20 January 2003

General Comment No. 15 (2002), The right to water

20 January 2003

تقرير المقرر الخاص المعني بالسكن اللائق بوصفع عنصراً من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي لائق، السيد ميلون كوتهاري، في زيارته إلى الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، زيارة الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة، E / CN.4 / 2003/5 / ADD.1

17 June 2002

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Mr. Miloon Kothari, on his visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, E/CN.4/2003/5/Add.1

17 June 2002

Lessons in Privatization: Considerations for Arab States

01 January 2002

In Quest of Bhabrekar Nagar

31 December 2001

A Função Social da Propriedade

01 November 2001

Statute of the City (law No. 10257) general guidelines for urban policy and other measures

21 July 2001

Statut de la ville (Loi n° 10257) les directives générales de la politique urbaine 

10 July 2001

El Estatuto da la Ciudad (Lei nº 10.257/01) las directrices generales de la política urb

10 July 2001

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

05 September 2000

A Doutrina da Função Social da Propriedade

01 March 2000

The Investment Encouragement Act 1999 (Amended 2007)

22 July 1999

”دراسة في المعاهدات والاتفاقات وغيرها من الترتيبات البنّاءة بين الدول والسكان الشعوب الأصلية،" تقرير نهائي مقدم من المقرر الخاص، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20

22 June 1999

Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, done in London, on 17 June 1999.

17 June 1999

Gender and the Habitat Agenda: Engendering Our Human Settlements

01 April 1999

“Women’s access, control and tenure of land, property and settlement”

25 July 1998

Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, New York, 21 May 1997.

21 May 1997

اتفاقية قانون استخدام المجاري المائية الدولية في الأغراض غير الملاحية

21 May 1997

Declaración de Estambul sobre los Asentamientos Humanos y Programa de Hábitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

La Déclaration d`Istanbul sur les etablissements humains et le Programme pour l`habitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

إعلان القدس: مشروع ميثاق حركة حقوق السكن الفلسطينية

29 May 1995

The Jerusalem Declaration (darf Charter of the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement)

29 May 1995

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa.

14 October 1994

اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة التصحر في البلدان التي تعاني من الجفاف الشديد و /أو من التصحر، وبخاصة في إفريقيا

14 October 1994

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa.

14 October 1994

أبعاد حقوق الإنسان اللتي يحتوي عليها نقل السكان، بما في ذلك توطين المستوطنين" تقرير مرحلي أعده السيد عون شوكت الخصاونة، المقرر الخاص، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/18

30 June 1994

"إعلان ريو بشأن البيئة والتنمية"، "جدول أعمال القرن 21،" تقرير الأمم المتحدة المعني بالبيئة والتنمية، A / CONF.151 / 26 (المجلد الأول)

12 August 1992

NGO Treaty on Urbanisation. Towards Just Democratic and Sustainable Cities, Towns and Villages

16 June 1992

Agenda 21

14 June 1992

الاتفاقية رقم 169 بشأن الشعوب الأصلية والقبلية في البلدان المستقلة

27 June 1989

The situation in the Middle East, A/RES/37/123

14 December 1984

S/RES/465 (1980)

01 March 1980

Flood Control & Marine Pollution of Continental Origin, Institute of International Law, 55th Conference

17 August 1972

“Legal Problems Concerning the Juridical Status and Political Activities of the Zionist Organization / Jewish Agency: A Study in International and United States Law,” William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1

31 December 1967

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