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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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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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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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USA: Bison Returning to Indigenous Lands
By :Return to Now
19 June 2020
Bison Return to Lakota Reservation in South Dakota for First Time in 150 Years   Now that bison have repopulated national parks, the extra are being given back to Native Americans Around 400 bison will be transferred from a national wildlife refuge in Colorado to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South
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Evicted Indigenous People in Manaus
By :Ignacio Amigo, Mongabay
29 April 2020
Evicted indigenous people in Manaus struggle to stay safe amid COVID-19 crisis     A group of about 400 indigenous people were displaced from an informal settlement on the outskirts of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon in February, reportedly in connection with drug trafficking issues in the area, despite previous promises to regularize
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Guatemala: Evicting Maya Q’eqchi` amid COVID-19
By :Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
Violent attempt to evict Maya Q’eqchi villagers despite COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala   On 13 April 2020, private security forces suspected of working for Industria Chiquibul, S.A., an agribusiness engaged in the harvesting and extraction of palm oil, attempted to evict 200 indigenous peasant families from their homes in Tierra Blanca, municipality
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Brazil: Land Defender Zezico Guajajara Murdered
By :BBC World
01 April 2020
Zezico Guajajara, an Amazon Guardian has been shot dead on 31 March 2020     A member of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been killed by gunmen, authorities in the Brazilian state of Maranhão say.   The body of Zezico Guajajara, of the Guajajara tribe, was found near his village on Tuesday. He
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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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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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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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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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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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Peru: Indigenous Win Amazon Oil Battle
By :Maria Cervantes, Reuters
22 January 2020
Peruvian indigenous group wins suit to block oil exploration in Amazonian region   LIMA—A Peruvian judge ruled that the government exclude an indigenous region of the Amazon near the border with Brazil from any oil exploration and exploitation, a legal group said on Wednesday, in a win for native communities that have
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Outrage over Siemens Backing Adani Coal
By :Deutsche Welle
13 January 2020
Climate Activists Outraged as Siemens Backs Adani Coal Mining Project in Australia   Siemens has announced it will remain involved in a controversial coal mining project in Australia, despite massive environmental criticism as the country continues to be ravaged by bushfires.   The German engineering conglomerate has a contract worth roughly €18 million ($20 million) which requires
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Tribute to Ghanimat Azhdari
By :Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal
10 January 2020
‘She was absolutely adored’: Iranian scientist spent her life fighting for indigenous voices in conservation.   Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This
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India: Protesting > 40K Trees Cut for Mine, Police Crack Down
By :Newsclick Report
12 December 2019
India: Talabira Odisha: Over 40,000 trees removed to pave way for Adani’s Mine. Heavy police force is present on the site to completely cordon off the region. Activists are terming the removal of the trees as a grave violation of community forest rights.     The green lungs of industrial Odisha’s Sambalpur are
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‘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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India: Gov’t. Rethinks Vicious Forest Act
By :Ishan Kukreti, Down to Earth
18 November 2019
Government withdraws proposed changes to Indian Forest Act. Minister Prakash Javadekar said draft created misconception among people.     The Union government was withdrawing the officers’ draft of the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927 amendment, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Prakash Javadekar told reporters on November 15, 2019.   Inspector General of Forests (Forest
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Brazil: The Life and Death of the Guajajara
By :Carol Marçal, The Guardian
08 November 2019
It is not news that the Brazilian government has been failing to protect Indigenous lands and Indigenous rights. But due to ever-increasing invasion of their territories by land grabbers, loggers and even drug traffickers, the Indigenous Peoples from several groups in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil decided to
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Major Victory for Ecuadoran Indigenous Peoples
By :DTE Staff
07 November 2019
Chinese company pulls out of contract to drill for oil in remote rainforest after protests by indigenous groups     Indigenous leaders from Ecuador’s Amazon declared victory on November 6, 2019, after revealing that the country’s government had granted a force majeure request by Andes Petroleum Ltd Ecuador to stop drilling in a rainforest concession
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Brazil: Loggers Murder Amazon Forest Defender
By :Aljazeera
03 November 2019
An indigenous forest defender has been killed and another wounded after they were ambushed by illegal loggers in Brazil`s Amazon forest, according to authorities.   Paulo Paulino Guajajara, a leader of an indigenous group seeking to protect the Arariboia indigenous reserve in Maranhao state from incursions, was shot in the face while on a
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Canada: B.C. to Align Laws with UNDRIP
By :Stephanie Wood, National Observer
24 October 2019
B.C. tables United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples bill today     British Columbia is the first province to begin legislating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a landmark international document on Indigenous rights.   The province is introducing a bill today that will ensure all provincial laws
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USA: Island Returned to Indigenous Owners
By :Julia Wick, Essential California, Los Angeles Times
22 October 2019
Eureka returns an island to a tribe nearly 160 years after a massacre     California is in a moment of long overdue reckoning with the state’s original sin: the blood-soaked treatment of the people who inhabited this land long before any white settlers ever dreamed of Manifest Destiny. In recent
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20 Firms Emit a Third of All Carbon
By :Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
09 October 2019
New data show how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers     The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern
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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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What`s Destroying the Amazon?
By :Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay News
23 August 2019
Since 1978 over 750,000 square kilometers (289,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. Why is Earth`s largest rainforest being destroyed?   For most of human history, deforestation in the Amazon was primarily the product of subsistence farmers who cut down trees to produce
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Brazil: Amazon on Fire
By :CBS News
21 August 2019
On Monday afternoon, the City of São Paulo, Brazil, went dark — but it wasn`t some strange cosmic event. Powerful winds carried the smoke from forest fires burning nearly 1,700 miles away, reported the BBC. Almost 73,000 fires have been detected by Brazil`s space research center INPE, according to Reuters. It`s a
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IPCC Agrees with Indigenous Peoples
By :Indigenous peoples
12 August 2019
A statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land from Indigenous Peoples and local communities* from 42 countries spanning 76% of the world’s tropical forests     Finally, the world’s top scientists recognize what we have always known.   We—Indigenous Peoples and local communities—play a critical role
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Ecuador: Waorani Block Big Oil Destruction
16 May 2019
Amazon tribe wins lawsuit against big oil, saving millions of acres of rainforest     The Amazon Rainforest is well known across the world for being the largest and most dense area of woodland in the world. Spanning across nine countries, the Amazon is home to millions of different animal and plant species,
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Nigeria: 11 killed, Several Homes Destroyed
By :Francis Okoye, Leadership.ng
08 May 2019
No fewer than 11 persons including 4 soldiers have been killed while several houses and shops razed down when terrorists attacked a military base at Molai Community, an outskirts of Maiduguri . The incident which started at about 6:30pm on Tuesday and lasted for hours forced many residents at the
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South Africa Confronts Apartheid Land Legacy
By :Christopher Clark, The Atlantic
03 May 2019
ZOLANI, South Africa—On the outskirts of this overcrowded township in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, Phumlani Zota, a 32-year-old pig farmer, sifted through piles of waste in a refuse dump beneath the Langeberg mountains, filling a burlap sack with scraps of food for his livestock. “There is not enough land here,”
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South Africa: Land Reform Report Rejected
By :Mfuneko Toyana; editing by Kirsten Donovan, Reuters
19 April 2019
JOHANNESBURG--South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s push to reduce rural poverty and quell growing anger over unequal access to property faces further delays after a member of an advisory panel on the issue on Friday rejected key aspects of the plan. Land ownership is a controversial and emotive issue in South Africa
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Waorani People Sue for Survival against Big Oil
By :Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute
11 April 2019
Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed     On 27 February, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to march peacefully through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and,
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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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USA: Court Rules IFC Not Immune
By :Diane Desierto, European Journal of International Law blog
28 February 2019
SCOTUS decision in Jam et al v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) denies absolute immunity to IFC…with caveats     When it rains, it somehow pours.   February 2019 ended up being such a landmark month for international law adjudication. A day after the International Court of Justice released its landmark Chagos Advisory Opinion (finely discussed by
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Brazil: Tucano Land Defender Assassinated
By :Emtempo
27 February 2019
MANAUS—The 53-year-old Tucano chief, Francisco de Souza Pereira, was shot four days ago in the "Urucaia" indigenous community in the Nova Cidade neighborhood of Manaus. The crime occurred around 01:00 AM. Francisco was sleeping with his wife and a daughter when three hooded men invaded the house on Bahia Street.
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Indian Court Orders Eviction of 1 Million Tribals
By :Rahul Bedi, The Telegraph
22 February 2019
Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of 1 million tribal forest dwellers   NEW DELHI—India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of over 1.1 million tribal and other traditional forest dwellers, after it recently rejected their ancient ownership claims on jungle land.   Experts estimate that the 20 February legal fiat could result in
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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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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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Ecuador: Chevron to Pay for Environmental Damage
By :Mongabay
14 August 2018
Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, Constitution Court rules   The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that
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Evicted Apaa Residents Accuse UN of Neglect
By :Witness radio
07 August 2018
Gulu. Hundreds of locals who have for the last one month camped at the UN premises in Gulu Municipality seeking its intervention over the ongoing evictions in Apaa Village, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District have accused UN officials of neglect. The locals say since July 11 when they issued a letter to
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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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Uganda: Amuru Land Grab Apaa Village Evictions
By :Minbane.wordpress.com
20 July 2018
That the Northern Uganda have been in deep end of the stick in many eyes is evident, by how lax the state has been to take care of their needs and their rights. That can now be proven by the forceful evictions from land in Apaa Village in Amuru District/Adjumani
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New Zealand: 10 Reasons to Return the Waitara Lands
By :Vivian Hutchinson and Carl Chenery, The Spinoff.com
21 April 2018
Taranaki are expected to host next year’s national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be fully resolved. The first national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars (Te Pūtake o te Riri) was held last month in Northland. The
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Kashmir: Land Dispute behind Girl’s Rape, Murder
By :Aijaz Hussain and Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press
12 April 2018
Rape and murder of Kashmiri – girls in religious policy     SRINAGAR (Indian-occupied Kashmir)—The girl, just 8 years old, grazes the ponies of her family on a cold January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods
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USA: 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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USA: Water Security v. Energy Independence
By :Jennifer Veilleux, Center for Humans and Nature
04 January 2018
In late 2016, I attended government-to-government meetings in Rapid City, South Dakota, between several Plains Tribal Government representatives and US Federal Government officials. I listened to a tribal elder testify that her young grandson was hospitalized with an E. coli infection caused by hydraulic fracturing water contamination in her community
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Tanzania: Forced Evictions of Loliondo Maasai
By :Chris Lang, Conservation Watch
30 August 2017
“Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo, Tanzania”: Urgent Alert from the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs     The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) last week put out a short report about the violent evictions of Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo, Tanzania.   According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and
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Brazil: Indigenous Amazon Protectors v. Loggers
By :Chris Arsenault, Karla Mendes, Thomson Reuters Foundation
09 July 2017
Inside Brazil`s Indigenous Reserve 124, Chief Geraldo Apurina walks along a muddy footpath, past towering trees as yet untouched by Amazon loggers. Much of the land around the reserve has been cleared of trees. Grazing land for cattle now stretches as far as the eye can see from the highway,
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Congo: More than 3,000 Killed in Kasai Region
By :Reuters
20 June 2017
Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence. Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the
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Myanmar’ Karen Protest Harmful Thai Coal Mine
By :Inclusive Development
19 June 2017
Karen communities in Myanmar to Thai Rights Commission: Stop harmful coal mine     Representatives of indigenous Karen communities in Myanmar this week filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand alleging human rights violations resulting from the activities of Thai companies operating an open-pit coal mine. The Ban
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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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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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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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Sierra Leone: Land Grabbing of Forests
By :Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya, Standard TimePress
10 November 2016
Land grabbing around the Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve is presently intensifying primarily for housing purposes.  The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security is directly responsible for the protection of forests in the country and through the dedicated collaboration of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone as focal
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Namibia: Land Grabbing Continues at Katima
By :Lugeretzia Kooper, Namibian News
09 November 2016
THE grabbing of council land at Katima Mulilo has increased due to the influx of people from rural areas to the town in search of employment opportunities, town mayor Regina Mwiya-Simataa said in a press release last Friday.   Although Mwiya-Simataa conceded that the council had been slow in delivering land to
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Afghan Law on PPPs Allows Land-Grabbing
By :Heart of Asia
09 November 2016
Due to pressure from the World Bank and some other foreigners, President Ghani endorsed the Law on Public-Private Partnership through a legislative decree about three weeks ago, but the law, according to jurists, doesn’t accord with Afghan context, and paves the ground for land usurpation.    Some well-placed sources revealed to The
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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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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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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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World’s Indigenous People and Profit Enterprise
By :Elika Ansari, Undergroundreporter.org
22 August 2016
9 August 2016 marked the 12th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day pronounced by the U.N. to promote the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world, while also celebrating their contributions to environmental protection. Meanwhile, over a hundred indigenous men and women dressed in traditional garb marched in Baguio City, Philippines, in
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Native Americans Block Oil Pipeline Construction
By :Matt Agorist, The free though project.com
21 August 2016
The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a
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WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
By :Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net
08 August 2016
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
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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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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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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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Tibet: Farm Women Protest Loss of Their Land
By :RFA’s Tibetan Service
17 June 2016
Holding the Chinese national flag and carrying photos of Chinese national leaders, Tibetan farm women marched this week outside Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa to protest the confiscation by authorities of their farmland, sources in the region and in exile said. Over 100 women from Gachoe village in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s
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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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Nigeria: Herdsmen, Land Use and Human Rights
By :Spaces 4 Change
01 June 2016
Fulani herdsmen, herdsmen, hoodlums, intruders from Chad and neighbouring countries, or whatever appellation ascribed to their murderous activities, these names emit fumes of terror, anguish and fear. The fear they evoke is well founded. What started out as recurrent violent clashes between nomadic herdsmen and their host farming communities in
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Italy: Stop Roma Eviction
By :Enrico Guida & Nicole Garbin, open society foundations.org
06 May 2016
Elena Petrache and her daughter Liliana have been living in Ex Cartiera, a dilapidated shelter for Roma in Rome’s industrial suburbs, since 2011. They share a small room, and Liliana’s daughter Denisa and her son share another. Until recently, the kitchens were outside in a courtyard, but in February they were
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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By :OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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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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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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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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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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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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Sudan’s Deep State: How Insiders Violently Privatized Sudan’s Wealth, and How to Respond

13 July 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

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

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

العدالة الانتقالية وحقوق الأرض والسكن في اليمن: محافظة تعز نموذجا

28 February 2018

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

ชุมชนกะเหรี่ยงในพม่ำยื่นคำร้องเรียนต

19 June 2017

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

تقرير الوضع العا لمحافظة تعز ديسمبر 2015

19 January 2016

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

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16 April 2015

Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

27 February 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

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01 September 2010

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03 July 2009

A Covenant of Dispossession and Genocide

15 July 2008

إعلان الأمم المتحدة بشأن حقوق الشعوب الأصلية

02 October 2007

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02 October 2007

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

02 October 2007

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26 August 2007

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

05 February 2007

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05 February 2007

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

05 February 2007

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09 March 2006

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22 June 1999

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