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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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HIConcern over Treaty System Neglect
By :HIC-HLRN
21 June 2019
The Human Rights Treaty System has long been an island of depoliticized truth seeking within the UN Organization. However, over the years, participants in the UN’s Human Rights Treaty Bodies have grown accustomed to the scarcity of resources and capacity needed to maintain the robust monitoring of the treaty performance
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USA: 36,000 Homeless in Los Angeles
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
04 June 2019
Los Angeles homeless population hits 36,000 in dramatic rise More than 59,000 people are homeless across county as housing crisis plagues California     Los Angeles has experienced a 16% increase in the homeless population over the last year, the latest sign of severe income inequality and a worsening housing crisis plaguing California.   There
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A New UN Habitat Stakeholder Compact
By :HIC-HLRN
30 May 2019
A group of stakeholder organizations in cooperation with UN Habitat have issued a vision statement for what they are calling a “new stakeholder compact” for implementing the New Urban Agenda (2016) in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals. On 30 May 2019, the stakeholders issued their declaration in a
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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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USA: HUD Discriminates against Transgender Homeless
By :Katy O`Donnell, Politico
22 May 2019
HUD moves to allow discrimination against homeless transgender people.  The proposal, included in the department’s spring rule list out Wednesday, contradicts a pledge that HUD Secretary Ben Carson made to lawmakers just yesterday.     The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to roll back protections for homeless transgender people by
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EU Partners with Israeli War-crime Financier
By :Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
21 May 2019
The European Union is expanding its partnership with Bank Leumi, a major financier of Israeli settler colonies on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.     The EU claims to oppose Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied territories, a war crime.   However, on Monday, Emanuele Giaufret, the EU ambassador in Tel Aviv,
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USA: Seattle, Insurgent Sanctuary
By :Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones
15 April 2019
Seattle’s Mayor Had the Perfect Response to Trump’s Threat to Send Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities: “The president’s threats won’t intimidate me.”   On Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration was seriously considering sending undocumented immigrants caught along the border to sanctuary cities around the country as a way to punish Democrats
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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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Human Right to Adequate Housing v. Blackstone L.P.
By :HLRN
26 March 2019
Today, UN Special Rapporteur on to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha held a press conference in Copenhagen to speak about letters that she and Surya Deva, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises jointly released to governments and corporations
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United Nations` Land and Conflict Guidance
By :HIC-HLRN
15 March 2019
Competition and control over land are among the common root causes and subjects of conflict, as well as the underlying factors hindering recovery and durable peace. Meanwhile, land has not been adequately treated in conflict management and resolution. At the same, the land and conflict nexus is only becoming more
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Crimea: Destroying Built Heritage, Erasing the Past
By :Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13 March 2019
“Closed for Destruction”: Russia is digging up 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace   Video footage has shown new details of Russia’s wanton destruction of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, with ordinary workers carrying out ‘excavation’ work, without any attempt to record and preserve artefacts found.   Edem Dudakov, the former head of the
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USA: Household Net Worth Plummets
By :Christopher Ingraham, Associate Press
10 March 2019
Household net worth falls by largest amount since the Great Recession, new Fed data shows   In this Tuesday, 6 March 2018, photo homes stack up in a neighborhood in San Jose, Calif. NerdWallet calculated affordability for 173 metropolitan areas by comparing the median annual household income and the monthly principal-and-interest
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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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USA: Providing Homes Cheaper than Homelessness
By :Matthew Iglesias, Vox
20 February 2019
The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes. Addressing housing directly is cheaper than relying on cops and emergency rooms.   Even as the national economy continues its slow-but-steady pace of improvement, data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in December revealed a small
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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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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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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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USA: Homelessness Rising, Even in Utah
By :Gregory Scruggs, Place
10 January 2019
Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row, the increase has been particularly noticeable in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY—Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping
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USA: Gov`t. Shutdown Could Evict Millions
By :Jeff Andrews, Curbed
07 January 2019
Funding for HUD’s rental assistance programs would lapse if shutdown drags on     Entering its third week, and with no end in sight, the partial federal government shutdown is putting millions of low-income tenants who depend on funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at risk.   On January 4, HUD
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USA: More HUD Tenants Now Living in Squalor
By :Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler, Hannah Rappleye and Stephanie Gosk. NBC News
15 November 2018
Under Ben Carson, more families live in HUD housing that fails health and safety inspections While HUD Secretary Ben Carson pledged to fix low-income housing, the number of properties cited for health and safety violations has been on the rise.     HARTFORD CT—The mold started in the basement. But it soon spread to
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Canada: Mass Eviction in Ottawa!
By :Jillian Kestler-D`Amours, AlJazeera
21 September 2018
Heron Gate mass eviction: `We never expected this in Canada` About 150 homes in one of Ottawa`s most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months     OTTAWA—Binto Mohamed hasn`t had a good night`s sleep since May. That`s when she received a letter telling her that her family
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India: Questioning “Smart-city” Wisdom
By :Rina Chandran, place
03 September 2018
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale   India`s $7.5 bln plan to turn 100 urban centres into Smart Cities by 2020 does not address structural issues and ignores the needs of low-income and marginalised groups, experts say   LAVASA, India—When David Cooper and his wife were looking for somewhere
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Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
By :Jillo Kadida, The Star
01 August 2018
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
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Progress in Land Indicators
By :Oumar Sylla and Everlyne Nairesiae
30 July 2018
This July is the first time the United Nations will review the progress made towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 15, which is about Life on Land. Each goal will be reviewed about every four years until 2030.   The reviews will be based on the 10 indicators countries agreed on, that assess change in
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Puerto Rico: Parasites in Paradise
By :Democracy Now
06 June 2018
Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria as it commemorates 120 years of US occupation (since 1898). In the ongoing post-disaster phase, the island Is becoming a “playground for the privileged,” where disaster-capitalist investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.   While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By :Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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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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USA: Forgotten Hurricane Harvey Devastation
By :Daniel J. McGraw, Next City
30 April 2018
Houston got the press (and most of the funds), but the Category 4 storm made first, devastating landfall in coastal Port Aransas and Rockport. How rebuilding has forced these beach towns to confront a housing crisis.     The smallish, three-bedroom, blue-green house in the middle of Port Aransas is rather ordinary. Built
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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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USA: Time for Change - Race & Homelessness
By :Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, SPARC and National Alliance to End Homelessness
11 April 2018
In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in [the United States of] America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness.   Homelessness is not colorblind. People of color are dramatically more likely than their White counterparts to
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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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Homeless and Hungry in Paris
By :Sevenbilliontoday
17 February 2018
Of Emmanuel Macron`s many bold promises since sweeping to power last year, his pledge to completely banish homelessness from the streets of France was perhaps the boldest.   The president gave himself until the close of 2017 to end rough-sleeping once and for all - but a midnight stroll through Paris shows
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USA: Tenants Say Trump Budget "Dead on arrival"
By :NAHT
13 February 2018
HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump’s 2019 Budget “Dead on Arrival”     Elected leaders of the national US tenant union today demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, released on February 12.     “Trump’s budget will push millions of people from their homes; starve seniors, children and
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Pakistan: Empowering Sindh’s Landless Farmers
By :Amin Ahmed, Dawn
05 February 2018
$5m project aims to empower Sindh’s landless farmers     An internationally funded project was launched in Sindh last week in an attempt to improve land tenancy for landless farmers.   Landless farmers (or haris) in the province usually have access to land as tenants through paperless agreements between them and landlords. Without having any
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Germany: Coalition Talks Focus on Housing Crisis
By :Michelle Martin, Andreas Rinke, Reuters
04 February 2018
German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor     More than four months after a national election, Europe’s largest economy and pre-eminent power-broker is in political paralysis, causing concern among investors and partner countries that policymaking on issues such as Britain’s looming departure from the European Union
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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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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By :Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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Germany: Merkel`s Housing Crisis
By :Rebecca Pinnington, Express (London)
14 November 2017
Germany is facing a shocking housing crisis with 1.2 million people expected to be living in homeless shelters by 2018.     The Federal Homeless Association estimates the current number of homeless people in the country totals around 860,000.   That figure is expected to rise another 40 per cent to 1.2 million by the
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EPA: Puerto Ricans Resorts to Toxic Water
By :MSN News
15 October 2017
EPA says Puerto Rico residents resorted to contaminated water at Dorado Superfund site
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UN Finance-for-development Reform
By :Jomo Kwame Sundaram, IPS
30 August 2017
KUALA LUMPUR—Growing global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development. Yet, the new mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past four decades have not been adequate to the growing challenges of coherence and coordination
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Houston Drowning—in Its Freedom from Regulations
By :Steve Russell, Newsweek
28 August 2017
We do value our freedom here in Texas. As I write from soggy Central Texas, the cable news is showing people floating down Buffalo Bayou on their principles, proud residents of the largest city in these United States that did not grow in accordance with zoning ordinances.   The feeling there was
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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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“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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CSOs Denounce Brazil Urban Policy Regression
By :GPR2C
27 June 2017
Since the 1980s, Brazil has been developing its legal frameworks and structuring policies progressively to reflect the international agreements that protect human rights and address the inequalities of cities, which exclude millions of people from accessing adequate standards of living. All the steps forward, closely related to the organization and
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USA: Rep. Bill to Make Disabled Homeless
By :Updated by Dylan Matthews, Vox
22 June 2017
These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt   The actual policies contained in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican plan introduced on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, would help some Americans a lot. The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more,
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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By :Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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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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USA: Tenants Mobilize for 2018 People`s Budget
By :HIC-HLRN
20 February 2017
In the United States, the 2016 Democratic Party Platform featured stronger-than-ever language that seemed to embrace most of the substantive recommendations that the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) proposed that year: increased funding for vouchers, public housing repairs, fair housing, although without specific dollar recommendations. In preparing for the
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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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Why Pope Francis Keeps Reaching out to Mayors
By :Simone d`Antonio, Citiscope
27 January 2017
VATICAN CITY—When the Pope calls you to Rome, you go.   Dozens of mayors from around the world heeded the call in 2015, when Pope Francis invited them to the Vatican to discuss actions their cities could take against climate change and human trafficking. And it happened again last month, when Francis
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“Sanctuary Cities” Defy Trump Threats
By :Spencer Buell, Boston Daily
25 January 2017
Boston, Somerville mayors defiant after trump’s sanctuary city orders. Marty Walsh and Joe Curtatone say they won’t back down amid threats of federal funding cuts.     Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curatone took a stand against Donald Trump Wednesday after the president announced a blockbuster executive order to target so-called
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Trump Can’t Force Cities to Deport
By :Erwin Chemerinsky, Annie Lai and Seth Davis, The Washington Post
22 January 2017
Cities and public universities are exercising their constitutional authority when they declare themselves “sanctuaries” in response to Donald Trump’s vow to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants upon taking office next month. Trump has threatened to force state and local governments to implement his deportation policies, including by taking
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USA: 1st Trump Act Violates Housing Rights
By :Tom Cahill, U.S.Uncut
20 January 2017
In First Act as President, Trump Raises Mortgage Rates on Struggling Homeowners     After Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he delivered his inaugural address. Then he went to the White House, whereupon he stuck it to homeowners.   One of President Obama’s last acts as head of the executive branch was to
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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: Will HUD Benefit Trump?
By :Allan Smith, businessinsider
12 January 2017
At the Senate hearings vetting US President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned proposed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson over whether he could guarantee that money distributed by HUD will not enrich President-elect Donald Trump. He failed that fundamental ethical test, apparently unable to
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Sri Lanka: Clashes over Land in China Port Deal
By :abc.net.au
07 January 2017
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.   Key points: Clash takes place as Prime Minister attends
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By :HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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USA: Albuquerque Helps Homeless & Saves Money
By :Colin Woodard, Politico
18 December 2016
How Albuquerque figured out how to really help its homeless population. And save money in the process.   ALBUQUERQUE—Under a cloudless desert sky, David Kelhoyoma, a Marine veteran who help liberate Kuwait City during the first Gulf War, roamed the top of a city landfill, stuffing stray bits of plastic into a
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Brazil: Social Rights under Siege
By :CESR, CONECTAS and INESC
10 December 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next
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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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Resisting Reed: Atlanta’s Peoplestown v. Mayor
By :Atlanta Progressive News
24 November 2016
This Thanksgiving Day, Mayor Kasim Reed is thankful for eminent domain. Meanwhile, Peoplestown residents fight back.   ATLANTA—On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop
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Vancouver Mayor’s “Intense” Housing Crisis
By :Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian
21 November 2016
Vancouver mayor on housing crisis: “I never dreamed it would get this intense.”     Gregor Robertson’s platform in 2008 vowed affordable housing and an end to homelessness. Eight years and three terms later, the city’s housing market is in a perilous place – and has forced the mayor to get creative     His first
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Public Payment for Royal Renovations Opposed
By :HIC-HLRN and Metro.uk
19 November 2016
Britain is experiencing a national crisis in housing and the National Health Service, while austerity is forcing cuts in many social services. Yesterday, the press announced a decision by the British prime minister and chancellor to pay an additional £369m from the public purse for a major 10-year refurbishment to
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Sanctuary Cities Steadfast Despite Trump Threats
By :teleSUR
11 November 2016
“We have to see what happens, but we’re not going to change our DNA because of politics,” —San  Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.   “Undocumented and unafraid!”   These were the defiant chants of protesters outside of San Francisco`s Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) office.   “(But) there is fear.
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USA: Homeless Camps Offering Democracy Lesson
By :Patrick Strickland, Al Jazeera
04 November 2016
Overlooked in the elections, Portland’s homeless are organising their own camps on their own terms, but fear evictions.   PORTLAND, Oregon—When Marge Pettitt`s seven-year-old daughter broke down in tears in a homeless shelter in 2009, she made one of the hardest decisions of her life: Sending the child to live with her
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Colombia: Land Conflict to Civil War to Peace?
By :VoA and others
24 September 2016
Land conflicts feared in wake of Colombia peace accord   BOGOTÁ—Conflicts over land in Colombia are likely to increase following a peace deal to end half a century of war as once no-go areas in the Andean country open up for business and development projects, land rights experts said.   The government and rebel
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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By :NAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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USA`s Hidden Homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel
By :Carolyn Bick, Al Jazeera
30 July 2016
Residents of a motel in Massachusetts share their stories to reveal the extent of the U.S. hidden homelessness problem.   Massachusetts, USA—It is the fourth time that Tiffany Drew has lived in the Starlight Motel, and the third time she has been pregnant here.   Today, like every time she is pregnant, she has
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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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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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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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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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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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Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent
By :Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera
10 January 2016
Rights groups say 140 people killed in recent weeks as government moves forward with controversial development plans.   Wolonkomi, Ethiopia—Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.   The protests by members of the country`s largest ethnic group,
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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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NYC Coop Plan for Affordable Real Estate
By :Cat Johnson, Shareable
24 September 2015
Faced with the rising rents of commercial properties in cities, one New York organization is modeling a way for people to invest in permanently affordable, commercial real estate. The New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) leverages patient crowdfunding—small investments by a large number of people over time—to turn
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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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Saudi Arabia Bulldozes Its Heritage
By :Carla Power, Time
14 November 2014
For centuries, the Kaaba, the black cube in the center of Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is Islam`s holiest point, has been encircled by arched porticos erected some three centuries ago by the Ottomans, above dozens of carved marble columns dating back to the 8th Century. But earlier this month, any
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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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Documents (115)

Document Title

Publication Date

Revue Nationale Volontaire sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable en Mauritanie

13 July 2019

HIC Open Letter to UN Leadership

21 June 2019

Toward a New Stakeholder Compact for the New Urban Agenda

30 May 2019

WLH Kampala Workshop Report

14 May 2019

HC Michelle Bachelet to Human Rights Treaty Body chairpersons

30 April 2019

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

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

02 July 2018

New York City SDG-reporting press release

01 May 2018

SDG Messages from Arab CSOs

24 April 2018

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

23 April 2018

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

Peace Block letter on Sur, Diyarbakır

19 August 2017

The Walled City of Diyarbakır: Conflict, Dispossession and Destruction Damage Assessment Report

01 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

Budha Ismail Jam et al. v, IFC judgment

27 June 2017

تقرير المقرر الخاص المعني بمسألة الفقر المدقع وحقوق الإنساان عن زيارته إلى المملكة العربية السعودية، A/HRC/35/26/Add.3

28 April 2017

NAHT recommendations for the FY 2018 CPC Peoples Budget

20 February 2017

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

Habitat III Statement

20 October 2016

Local Governments and Appointment of Trustees to Municipalities

11 October 2016

Local Governments and Appointment of Trustees to Municipalities

11 October 2016

Final draft "New Urban Agenda" of 10 September 2016

10 September 2016

Introduction to Loss Matrix/EvIA Tool

28 August 2016

Herramienta para la evaluation de impacto de desalojos

28 August 2016

Matrice de Pertes/Outil pour l`évaluation des impacts de l`expulsion

28 August 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

A Tool for Evaluative Habitat III Reporting: Responding to the Need for Implementation Reports

24 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

HIC response to Habitat III revised zero draft

28 June 2016

Sanctuary in the City: Beirut

01 June 2016

تعاون منظمات المجتمع المدني في مجال الغذاء والتغذية والزراعة، لإقليمالشرق الأدنى / شمال أفريقيا 2018-2016

09 April 2016

Livret vert de la Convergence

19 March 2016

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

07 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Making social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III

02 February 2016

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

31 January 2016

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

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

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

21 October 2015

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 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

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

The private modes of water capture in Lebanon

01 September 2015

Private interest closing social space? A critical analysis of Lebanon`s real-estate sector

01 September 2015

Transforming the historical link between agricultural policy and inequality in Lebanon

01 September 2015

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

“The role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights,” A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

تقرير المقرر الخاص بالسكن اللائق كعنصر من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي مناسب وبالحق في عدم التمييز في هذا السياق، A/70/270

04 August 2015

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

04 August 2015

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, A/70/270

04 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 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

حول خطة لمقاربة الموازنة العامة للدولة

06 September 2013

الدليل الإرشادي لأعمال الموازنة للمنظمات غير الحكومية

06 September 2013

ACIJ دراسات الحالة

06 September 2013

دراسة حالة سمارتان

06 September 2013

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

11 July 2013

ETOs and Transnational Corruption

11 July 2013

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik, Mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, A/HRC/22/4

24 December 2012

Promotion of Human Rights of the Urban Poor: Strategies and Best Practices, A/HRC/AC/9/3

29 May 2012

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 2012

Violence in Lathor Village, Balangir District

24 January 2012

Gwangju Declaration on Human Right City

17 May 2011

Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa

01 September 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

Law on compensating people affected by War Operations, Military accidental errors, and Terrorist Actions, Number 20 (2009)

28 December 2009

مبادئ توجيهيـة بشأن الوثائق المتعلقة بمعاهدة محددة التي ينبغي أن تقدمها الدول الأطراف

24 March 2009

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

24 March 2009

دراسة برلمانية تحليلية حول موضوع: التنمية الإسكانية المستدامة

14 October 2008

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

15 June 2008

Report on Indicators for Monitoring Compliance with International Human Rights Instruments, HRI/MC/2008/3

06 June 2008

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

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

Enrique Ortiz Flores, "Hacia una Carta Mundial por el Derecho a la Ciudad"

08 November 2006

Report on Indicators for Monitoring Compliance with International Human Rights Instruments, HRI/MC/2006/7

11 May 2006

"Land, Territory and Dignity" Forum Declaration

09 March 2006

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

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

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

Principes concernant la restitution des logements et des biens dans le cadre du retour des réfugiés et autres personnes déplacées, 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

In Quest of Bhabrekar Nagar

31 December 2001

Arab Declaration on Sustainable Development

24 October 2001

قانون المدينة: مفاهيم ووسائل جديدة (برازيل)

10 September 2001

قانون المدينة: مفاهيم ووسائل جديدة (برازيل)

10 September 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

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

11 June 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

09 June 2001

The Investment Encouragement Act 1999 (Amended 2007)

22 July 1999

Gender and the Habitat Agenda: Engendering Our Human Settlements

01 April 1999

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda, A/CONF.165/14

14 June 1996

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

14 June 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 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

Henri Lefebvre, “Le droit à la ville,” L`Homme et la société, Vol. 6, No. 1 (1967)

01 June 1967

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