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New from HIC-HLRN: “A Pandemic of Violations”
By :HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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New from HIC-HLRN: "A Pandemic of Violations"
By :HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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Kenya: Impoverishing Women with "Development"
By :HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
HIC-HLRN has just published the results of a study on the impacts of infrastructure development that dispossesses and displace women in Kenya. The report is a baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat values at stake.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and
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CSOs Urge UNGA to End Apartheid in Palestine
22 September 2020
Global Response to Israeli Apartheid: A Call to the UNGA   Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures,
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Innovations in Land Administration
By :Zoe Tabary, Thomas Reuter Foundation
18 September 2020
From Indonesia to Puerto Rico, communities are using open source tools to help contain the coronavirus by mapping handwashing stations and those at risk.   The pandemic has underlined the importance of maps, that remain inaccurate and incomplete in many parts of the world, leaving more than one billion people “invisible,” activists
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Palestine: Join Al-Haq Law School Program (10/2020)
By :Al Haq
24 August 2020
Al-Haq International Law School Program, 12–22 October 2020   The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Sixth International Law Summer School Program for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty around international
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Palestine: Join Al-Haq Law School Program (10/2020)
By :Al Haq
24 August 2020
Al-Haq International Law School Program, 12–22 October 2020   The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Sixth International Law Summer School Program for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty around international
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Indonesia: Indigenous Timor Families Evicted
By :Ryan Dagur, Union of Catholic Asian News
18 August 2020
Evicted Indonesian families vow to stay put Dozens of people in Catholic-majority province left homeless as land dispute turns violent     Defiant members of an indigenous community in Indonesia have vowed to stay put after security forces fired tear gas and demolished their homes on Aug. 18 in a bid 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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Battir, Palestine: Settlers Invade 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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Kashmir: Prolonged Settler Colonialism
By :Samreen Mushtaq and Mudasir Amin/The Polis Project
27 July 2020
India’s settler colonialism in Kashmir is not starting now, eliminating the natives is a process long underway   From controlling space to regulating movement, from land holdings to resource extraction, from neoliberal policies converging with colonial aims to memory erasures and intensive surveillance, the Indian state has been at it for long.
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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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Zim: “We need rights, not foreign trainers"
By :Chris Bishop, CNBC Africa
11 July 2020
Veteran Zimbabwe farmer pours cold water on $58 million mission from Belarus with love     Veteran Zimbabwe farmer Ben Freeth poured cold water on a plan that’ll see trainers from the former Soviet republic of Belarus train a thousand farmers to till the soil in the former breadbasket of Africa.   This month a
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A Chinese Province Razes Its Countryside
By :Alexander Boyd, SupChina
10 July 2020
A Chinese province razes the countryside. Why?   How are Shandong villagers being convinced to go along with a provincial plan to raze their homes and move them into high-rises? With promises of economic benefits in the future, and if that doesn’t work, with coercion and threats.     Since March, the provincial government
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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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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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COVID-19: We Need a Human Rights Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
17 March 2020
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised and responsible governments have enforced that we stay at home stay, frequently wash our hands often with soap and warm water, maintain social distancing and keep our immune system strong, these live-saving measures are impossible for vulnerable people
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Kashmir: India to "Reclaim" Encroached Land
By :Safwat Zargar, scroll.in
15 March 2020
The Jammu and Kashmir government [under Indian occupation] plans to reclaim at least 1 lakh [100,000] hectares of encroached state land and village commons by the end of this month. About 65% of this land falls in the Jammu division of the newly created Union Territory, revenue department officials told
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Kenya: 500 Taita Taveta Families to Be Evicted
By :Brian Ocharo, The Nation
12 March 2020
More than 500 families are now facing eviction from land said to belong to former assistant minister Basil Criticos. This comes after Mr Criticos renewed his plans to repossess the 1,000 hectares of land in Taita Taveta County which he claims was illegally allocated to the residents. The former Taveta MP on
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Uganda: Thousands Homeless for Land Privatization
By :Bill Oketch, Daily monitor
25 February 2020
More than 35,000 people from 20 villages are homeless after being evicted from about 9,300 acres of land in Kiryandongo District to pave way for large scale farming. No one seemingly knows the exact year when the government allegedly gave the land to agricultural companies for large scale farming. The government says
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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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HIC-HLRN: New Ways to Work with UN Habitat
By :HIC-HLRN
09 February 2020
ABU DHABI—At a networking event in the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF) to consider a new UN Habitat “Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development,” HIC-HLRN presented its contribution to the current discussion about the eventual methods and functions of UN Habitat’s partnership with civil society, local governments and authorities, and
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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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How Chevron Crushes an Environment Defender
By :Sharon Lerner, The Intercept
29 January 2020
How the Environmental Lawyer Who Won a Massive Judgment against Chevron Lost Everything   Last August, during the second-hottest year on record, while the fires in the Amazon rainforest were raging, the ice sheet in Greenland was melting, and Greta Thunberg was being greeted by adoring crowds across the U.S., something else happened
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Criminal Conspiracy of the Century
By :HLRN
28 January 2020
In joint presentations, US President Donald Trump and pro tem Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed the long-anticipated/-dreaded “deal of the century” today in a White House ceremony. The entitled “Peace to Prosperity” document is now available for scrutiny. The plan, echoing the South African vision of Grand Apartheid, seeks
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Wealth Inequality, not Over-population Causes Climate Crisis
By :The Conversation
28 January 2020
Stop blaming population growth for climate change. The real culprit is wealth inequality. Consumption by the world’s richest 10% makes up half of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions. Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis   The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and
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Malawi: Men Still Grab Women`s Land, Despite Law
24 January 2020
Malawi men continue to grab land from women - official   Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development director of administration Duncan Chione has said the new land law, which came into effect in 2018, is still facing resistance because men continue to grab land from women.   The official made the remarks in
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Nigeria: Mass Evictions, Protests as Housing Crisis Mounts
By :Libby George, Reuters
24 January 2020
Mass evictions prompt protests as Nigerian housing crisis mounts     LAGOS—The men in naval uniforms charged into the Nigerian waterfront village of Okun Glass in the morning, chased out the residents, then called in the bulldozers.   De facto village leader, 75-year-old Dauda Musa, said he fled as the men fired guns into the
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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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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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‘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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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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USA: Keystone Pipeline Leaks 383K Gallons
By :James MacPherson, Associated Press
31 October 2019
BISMARCK ND—TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in northeastern North Dakota, state regulators said Thursday.   Crews on Tuesday shut down the pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states after the leak was discovered said Karl Rockeman, North Dakota’s water
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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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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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Adani Coal Takes Native Land as Oz Burns
By :Ben Doherty, The Guardian
31 August 2019
While Queensland extinguishes native title over Indigenous land to make way for Adani coalmine   Palaszczuk government did not announce decision Wangan and Jagalingou people say makes them trespassers on their own land     The Queensland government has extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou country for the proposed Adani coalmine in
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PHROC Rebukes Donor States over UNRWA Cuts
By :Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
04 August 2019
Palestinian Refugees must not suffer the consequences of alleged misconduct. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) criticizes funding cuts to UNRWA over ethics evaluation.   PHROC: Support UNRWA and Ensure Refugee Rights under International Law   A ten-page report was issued by the ethics office of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
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EU Now Funds Israel’s Destruction of Palestine
By :David Cronin, Rights and Accountability
02 August 2019
The European Union is financing Israeli bodies that oversee home demolitions and other crimes against the Palestinian people.      Two years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was heard complaining that the European Union was “crazy” for attaching “political conditions” to its relations with Israel. By the prime minister’s yardstick, matters have become less “crazy” since then:
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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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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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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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India: By Court, Forced Evictions Illegal
By :Rina Chandran, thisisplace.org
20 March 2019
In a major victory for land rights campaigners, Delhi High Court ruled that forced evictions of slum dwellers without consultation or resettlement plans are illegal. The Delhi High Court has ruled that forced and unannounced evictions of slum dwellers without consultations or resettlement plans are illegal, striking a major victory for
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USA: Court Challenge to Israel’s Colonies
By :Mairav Zonszein, The Nation
18 March 2019
In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel’s Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court The challenge comes in response to a case filed by Israeli settlers against Airbnb.     Randa Wahbe is a United States citizen with West Bank residency who is studying for a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, the 31-year-old
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Australia: Ngaliwurru & Nungali Native Title Ruling
By :RT
15 March 2019
Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case     Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.   The High Court of Australia ruled
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United Nations` Land and Conflict Guidance
By :HIC-HLRN
15 March 2019
Competition and control over land are among the common root causes and subjects of conflict, as well as the underlying factors hindering recovery and durable peace. Meanwhile, land has not been adequately treated in conflict management and resolution. At the same, the land and conflict nexus is only becoming more
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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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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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No Land No Future for Young
By :Oxfam International
13 February 2019
Over 260 young people have been left without land after a land grab in Curuguaty, Paraguay. 37,572 people asked President Horacio Cartes to give the farming families of Curuguaty the land they demand. The world has re-acted and now President Cartes must act. He must give the families the land
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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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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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Land Grabbing Worsens Climate Change
By :Fredrick Mugira, Annika Mcginnis, Pulitzer center
10 January 2019
In Uganda, there were at least 17 “land grabs” since 2000 with contracts totaling 74,831 hectares of land, according to Land Matrix data. A new report has linked land grabbing to worsening climate change, calling on governments to secure community land rights to protect the world’s natural resources such as “forests”
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Haiti: Social Production in Canaan
By :Jacob Kushner, Place
07 January 2019
In Haiti`s city-without-a-government, residents want land titles, taxation. Without titles, residents risk losing any investment they make and cannot use their property as collateral.     CANAAN, Haiti—On a street of rocks and white dust in the centre of one of the world`s newest cities, Alisma Robert pointed to an array of electric
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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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We`re Celebrating 70th Human Rights Day
By :HLRN
10 December 2018
Declaration on Human Rights Day and the Right to the City   We, social movements, civil society and local governments’ organizations are committed to social justice through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of all human rights related to habitat, including the Human Right to Adequate Housing, Land and the Right to the
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Lebanon: Evicting Syrian Refugees
By :Nora Stel and Anke van der Meijden, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
24 October 2018
This article is based on a forthcoming policy paper examining the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the eviction of Syrian migrants and refugees from Riyak, Lebanon in 2017, in light of recent developments encouraging Syrian refugees to return to their home country.     Lebanon’s Eviction of Syrian Refugees and the Threat of
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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: 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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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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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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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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HICtionary Newly Updated
By :HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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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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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By :The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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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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USA: Alaska Natives Continue Land Fight
By :Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
27 March 2018
Alaska’s landless communities continue fight for land     Representatives of five Southeast Alaska communities continue their fight for recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. But they’re still facing opposition.     It’s been almost a half-century since Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created more than 200 corporations with land,
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
07 March 2018
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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DR Congo: Terror in Ituri
By :Thijs Van Laer, Congo Research Group
05 March 2018
Over sixty people killed, thousands of houses burned down and more than 100,000 displaced people, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. Those are the consequences so far of the violence in the northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December 2017. The violence marks a counterpoint to
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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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Peru: Shipibo-Konibo Forced from Forest to Slum
By :Jack Guy, Editing by Anastasia Moloney and Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
20 February 2018
Forced from rainforest, Peruvian tribe faces new woes in Lima slum     LIMA—Wedged between the rubbish-choked Rimac River and lanes of traffic belching fumes, the Cantagallo slum in downtown Lima is a far cry from the Amazon rainforest land that the Shipibo-Konibo people were forced to flee two decades ago.   Hundreds of
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Pakistan: Lahore City Evicts Slum Dwellers
By :Zeena T. Hashmi, The Nation (Karachi)
07 February 2018
LDA’s forced eviction of Model Town slum dwellers is shocking, but not surprising. No one with a shred of shame can imagine such a thing happening in any democracy; but this is how the Lahore Development Authority works.       For the dwellers at Sector M, Model Town Extension, there have been many
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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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South Africa Shouldn’t Copy Mugabe’s Land Reform
By :Economist.com
25 January 2018
Of the many grievances from South Africa’s decades of white rule, the theft of land still smarts more than most. The “Natives Land Act” of 1913 set aside 90% of the country for whites, who made up less than a third of its people. Over the next eight decades a
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China’s OBOR Project Dispossesses, Displaces Tibetans
By :David Brewster, Inside Policy
24 January 2018
China’s Belt and Road Initiative will result in important strategic consequence for the countries of South Asia, writes David Brewster. But its impact on China itself should not be ignored.   In geopolitical terms, South Asia has long functioned like an island, nominally attached to Eurasia but not really part of it.
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India: Landless Farmers to Access Land
By :Prabhudatta Mishra, Financial Express
24 January 2018
Landless cultivators to be farmers too! Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 cr currently excluded   Change of definition to extend assorted benefits to 14 crore currently excluded.     Over 14 crore (140 million) households who cultivate on land owned by others under a formal lease agreement or even under a
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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South Africa: Another Abahlali Comrade Fallen
By :Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA
12 January 2018
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement   Another Comrade Has Fallen in the Struggle for Land     Our movement has been facing a lot of brutality in the last three months. On 19 November our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation in Lamontville, Sibonelo Mpeku, was kidnapped and murdered. On 17 December 2017 Soyiso Nkqayini
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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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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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South Africa: Constitution-based Land Restitution?
By :Alet Janse van Rensburg, news24
20 December 2017
ANC`s land expropriation decision an admission of its own failures   The ANC’s decision at its national conference to go ahead with the expropriation of land without compensation is an admission of its own failure to pursue real land distribution, experts say.   The ruling party announced on Wednesday evening that its committee on
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Brazil: Solidarity against Landless Camp Evictions
By :MST and Via Campesina
14 December 2017
An aggressive attack is being waged against Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement, in the northern State of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country. In Marabá, located in the
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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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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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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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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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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: Carson Calls Slaves “Immigrants”
By :USA Today
07 March 2017
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking Monday to HUD employees.   "That`s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for
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Land Haunts Germany`s Namibia Genocides
By :Joe Brock, Reuters
02 March 2017
Land haunts Germany`s effort to atone for Africa genocide     OKAHANDJA, Namibia—Namibia’s Herero people are heartened that Germany is keen to atone for the genocide of their ancestors, but they expect something Berlin says it is not in a position to give.   “What we want is our land,” said 74-year-old Alex Kaubtauuapela, whose
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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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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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fb Zuckerberg Sues to Take Native Hawaiian Land
By :Nathan Wellman, U.S. Uncut
19 January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg is suing to force native Hawaiians off their ancestral land to build an island resort     Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ended 2016 by suing hundreds of people native to Hawaii, apparently so that he can have 700 acres of land all to himself.   The billionaire’s lawsuit, filed on 30 December, was
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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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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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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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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By :HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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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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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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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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Indigenous Rights Key to Saving Forests
By :Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
02 November 2016
  Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds. Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: “Everyone wins.”     RIO DE JANEIRO—The world’s indigenous communities need to be given a bigger role in climate stabilisation, according to a new study
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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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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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Thailand: Karens to Appeal Eviction Verdict
By :Forest Peoples Programme
13 September 2016
Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress   Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights
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Uganda: Amongi Reacts to Land Grabbing Claims
By :Jonathan Kamoga, Allafrica.com
08 August 2016
Former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye last week launched a scathing attack on recently-announced government plans for compulsory land acquisitions, telling journalists this was a ploy to steal people`s land. But as Jonathan Kamoga reports, the responsible government minister says Besigye got it all wrong. Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Betty
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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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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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Toward Responsible Land Governance in LAC Region
By :GLTN
04 August 2016
An Experts Group Meeting – EGM was organized to review and feedback the first report of the Scoping Study. More than 30 representatives from public and private sectors, CSOs, academia, international development agencies, social leaders and activists from all over the region were gathered on July14-15 2016 in San José,
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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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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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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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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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UN Experts Insist on HR-based Habitat III
By :OHCHR
29 June 2016
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
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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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Standing up to TNC Land Grab in Sierra Leone
By :HLRN
16 June 2016
HLRN has joined over 40 civil society organizations to express deep concern over the impact of a monoculture agricultural project that involves the dispossession of the people living in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in Sierra Leone.   The project is the subject of an investment by SOCFIN Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.
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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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Brazil: Goiás Land Struggle, Exercise in Citizenship
By :various
01 June 2016
On the afternoon of 31May, one of the national leaders of the Landless Workers Movement (MST), operating in Goias, Jose Valdir Misnerovicz, was arrested in Rio Grande do Sul, in a joint operation of the Civil Police of the states of Goiás and Rio Grande do Sul. Two vehicles of
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Democratic Land Control and Human Rights
By :Jennifer C. Franco, Sofía Monsalve and Saturnino M Borras, sciencedirect.com
02 November 2015
Democratic land control is inseparable from human rights.   It is important to understand demands for democratic land control in the context of broadly distinct political conditions that in turn each requires distinct political intervention, namely, respect/protect, promote, and/or restore democratic land control. In addition, we also argue that broader institutional
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Burundi: Who Has the Right to Land?
By :OHCHR news
18 September 2015
Burundi is currently volatile with an ongoing political crisis. The country, which only emerged from an ethnic conflict 10 years ago, still reels from the past upheavals. The coming of peace to Burundi after decades of civil war has also meant the coming of a dilemma: what can be done about
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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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Myanmar: New Land Confiscation Report
By :Karen Human Rights Group
30 June 2015
Villagers in Karen areas of southeast Myanmar continue to face widespread land confiscation at the hands of a multiplicity of actors. Much of this can be attributed to the rapid expansion of domestic and international commercial interest and investment in southeast Myanmar since the January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the
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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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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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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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Documents (117)

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

Incidents of infrastructure development that displace people: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat including potential losses

30 July 2020

International sources on the concept and criteria of “landlessness”

28 July 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

Palestine/ZA: Sharpeville 60 Years on, Apartheid Continues

22 March 2020

Hacia un Mecanismo Institucional para la participación de las Partes Interesadas en la Nueva Gobernanza de ONU Hábitat

12 February 2020

Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development

09 February 2020

نحو آلية مؤسسية لتشارك أصحاب المصلحة في حوكمة موئل الأمم المتحدة الجديدة

09 February 2020

Toward an Institutional Mechanism for Stakeholder Engagement in the New UN Habitat Governance

09 February 2020

Vers un Mécanisme Institutionnel d’Engagement des parties prenantes dans la Nouvelle Gouvernance d’ONU Habitat

09 February 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

بيان بشأن اختتام الدراسة الأوّلية للحالة في فلسطين، واستصدار قرار بشأن نطاق الاختصاص الإقليمي للمحكمة

20 December 2019

Land Inequality Framing Document

30 October 2019

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

06 September 2019

The Liberation of Palestine Represents an Alternative Path for Native Nations

06 September 2019

Revue Nationale Volontaire sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable en Mauritanie

13 July 2019

WLH Kampala Workshop Report

14 May 2019

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

Integrating the engagement of local governments and stakeholders in UN HABITAT

22 October 2018

SDG Land Indicators

01 September 2018

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

02 July 2018

SDG Land Indicators presentation

27 April 2018

SDG Messages from Arab CSOs

24 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

Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine

23 August 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

Budha Ismail Jam et al. v, IFC judgment

27 June 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

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

“We are at breaking point,” Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh

19 December 2016

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

27 August 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 @ Habitat III

23 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

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

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

The Global Crisis of Displacement and Evictions: A Housing and Land Rights Response

14 January 2016

"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

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2015

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام 2030 A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises

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

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

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

28 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

Habitat II Evaluation Criteria

03 March 2015

Eviction Impact Assessment in Chilla Khadar Village

12 December 2014

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

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

12 August 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

Eviction Impact Assessment in Chilla Khadar Village

12 December 2012

Systematic Housing and Land Rights Violations against Syrian Kurds

17 March 2011

Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa

01 September 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

إعلان حول المسائل والتحديات المتعلقة بالأرض في أفريقيا

03 July 2009

Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa

03 July 2009

United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

02 October 2007

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

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

Principios básicos y directrices sobre los desalojos y el desplazamiento generados por el desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 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

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

“Forced Population Transfers in Early Ottoman Imperial Strategy: A Comparative Approach,”

05 May 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

“Study on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations,” Final report by the Special Rapporteur, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20

22 June 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

Draft Declaration on Population Transfer and the Implantation of Settlers, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

مشروع إعلان عن نقل السكان وغرس المستوطنين، E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

“Human rights and population transfer,” Final report of the Special Rapporteur, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

"حقوق الإنسان ونقل السكان،" التقرير النهائي للمقرر الخاص،E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23

27 June 1997

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

The human rights dimensions of population transfer, including the implantation of settlers, E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/18

30 June 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

Christopher M. Goebel, “A Unified Concept of Population Transfer”

01 October 1993

إبعاد حقوق الانسان اللتي تنطوي عليها نقل السكان، بما في ذلك التوطين والمستوطنين

06 July 1993

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

16 June 1992

Claire Palley, "Population Transfer and International Law"

12 January 1992

Comité des droits économiques, sociales et culturelles, "Le droit à un logement suffisant," Observation générale no 4

13 December 1991

Health principles of housing

30 June 1989

The situation in the Middle East, A/RES/39/146

16 December 1982

Declaración de Vancouver

11 June 1976

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