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African Court Rules for Saharawis
26 September 2022
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights concludes Morocco`s occupation of Western Sahara to be a serious violation of the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence. On 22 September 2022, the African Court on Human and Peoples` Rights delivered a judgment concluding that Morocco`s occupation of Western Sahara is

Protest against TotalEnergies Displacements
By: Julius Barigaba The East African
25 September 2022
TotalEnergies walks a tightrope as fresh hurdles threaten to delay pipeline project     International oil major TotalEnergies will on October 10 answer to charges of environmental and human rights abuse before the European Union parliament in Brussels in a new threat to the actualisation of its East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop)

Women Resist UN Corporate Capture
By: Women;s Major Group
24 September 2022
“Bigger than BlackRock: Challenging UN Corporate Partnerships” Feminist economic justice must outweigh investment profits for UN Women   On 23 August 2022, the feminists behind #BlockBlackRock met with UN Women representatives to express concerns about the announced partnership with the world’s largest investment firm, BlackRock, and with the broader approach to corporate partnerships.   During

Housing and Land Rights in South Africa’s UPR
By: HIC side event
23 September 2022
Housing and Land Rights ahead of South Africa’s UPR The upcoming Universal Periodic Review of South Africa and the current Human Rights Council 51st session should focus on the human rights to adequate housing and land rights and protection of their defenders   Date: 30 September 2022 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 In person: Room XXV,

Oil palm Plantations and Water Grabbing
By: WRM Bulletin 262
12 September 2022
Industrial palm oil production in West and Central Africa is mainly controlled by five companies: Socfin, Wilmar, Olam, Siat, and Straight KKM (former Feronia). These multinationals control an estimated 67 per cent of the industrial oil palm planted area with foreign investment and may drive continuous expansion. (1) Their established

Volker Türk New Human Rights Chief
By: International Service for Human Rights
08 September 2022
Volker Türk to be appointed next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights after opaque nomination process A week after the end of Michelle Bachelet’s term, States in New York were notified late last night that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to seek approval for the appointment of Mr. Volker Türk of Austria

Bengaluru Flood “tyranny of small decisions”
By: Aishwarya Iyer, Scroll.in
06 September 2022
‘Bengaluru’s flood devastation is the tyranny of small decisions’: Water expert Vishwanath S The waterlogging has not been caused by the heavy rain but by bad planning, he says.     On Tuesday morning, Gaurav Munjal, the chief executive officer of education-technology firm Unacademy tweeted a video of his family and pet dog leaving their Bengaluru

Human Rights Report on Xinjiang/East Turkestan
31 August 2022
UN Human Rights Office issues assessment of human rights concerns in Xinjiang, China      GENEVA—The UN Human Rights Office today issued an assessment of human rights concerns in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.   The assessment was initiated following serious allegations of human rights violations against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim communities brought to

Pakistan: Mixed Mitigation Governance Record
27 August 2022
Not all local governments have prepared for, or responded to monsoon flooding equally. After the devastating 2010 floods, authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have taken some measures to alleviate the affects of current floods, but not all local spheres of government have performed as well. Corruption, poor planning and disregard for building

ZA: Killing Land Defenders & Constitutional Order
By: Raymond Suttner, Polity
25 August 2022
Mnguni is part of a broader attack on our constitutional order The murder of Lindokuhle Mnguni, the 24th leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo to be gunned down, has met with indifference on the part of the state and the ANC. Not a word, as before. Violence - primarily against the poor -

Global CSOs Demand Response to Israeli Raids
By: Various organizations
24 August 2022
Over 200 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations   Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 200 Palestinian, regional, and international organizations express our full solidarity with the designated seven leading Palestinian civil society organizations, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human

South Africa: Lindokuhle Mnguni Assassinated
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
20 August 2022
Press statement   In the early hours of this morning Lindokuhle Mnguni, the chairperson of the eKhenana Commune and the Youth League, was assassinated at the Commune.   Mnguni was a powerful intellectual with a mind like a razor. He was a young man with real vision and commitment, a brave man whose will

Palestine: Israeli Forces Raid Human Rights Offices
By: Bethan McKernan, The Guardian
18 August 2022
Israeli forces raid offices of six Palestinian human rights groups Property confiscated in move decried as ‘appalling attack’ on Palestinian civil society in occupied West Bank   Israeli forces have raided the offices of six Palestinian human rights groups in the occupied West Bank that it previously accused of being terrorist organisations, a

International Outrage over Israel NGO Attacks
By: Miriam Berger, The Washington Post
18 August 2022
Israel shutters Palestinian rights groups, drawing diplomatic backlash   TEL AVIV—Israel closed the offices of five leading Palestinian rights organizations in an early-morning raid in Ramallah on Thursday, tightening its restrictions on civil society nearly a year after it labeled the organizations terrorist groups in an internationally criticized move.   Israel says the organizations

Pakistan Floods, Govt. Neglect Charged
By: Shah Meer Baloch The Guardian
17 August 2022
Pakistan floods kill 580 and bring misery to millions Government accused of inaction as downpours leave schools destroyed, homes ruined, crops failing and cholera on the rise  More than 580 people have died and thousands have lost their homes across Pakistan as torrential rains batter the country.   An estimated 1 million have been affected by

In Wealthy City, a Marxist Mayor Wins over Voters
By: Denise Hruby, The New York Times
12 August 2022
Yes, this Communist politician in Graz, Austria, wants to redistribute wealth, but a focus on housing, her own modest lifestyle and a hard childhood have helped her popularity.   The proudly Marxist mayor of Graz, Austria, was adopted at 4 and raised poor, with an outhouse for a toilet and a weekly

Land Grabs by Global Agro-industrial Firms
By: Tawanda Karombo, NCR online
11 August 2022
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — For all his adult life, Joseph Amoh Ayisi cultivated cassava, cocoa and plantains in the Subensu area of Kwahu district in Ghana`s Eastern Region. The crops he grew are crucial for his survival and that of his community. Cassava is a major staple in West Africa; cocoa is

Gaza: Loss of Life and Property
By: The Global Frontier, Muhammad Majid / Anatolia
07 August 2022
By 20:30 GMT Sunday evening, the ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip, between Israel and the “Islamic Jihad” movement under Egyptian sponsorship, entered into force. The escalation, which lasted for 3 days, resulted in loss of life, property, homes and agricultural lands in the Strip. Over the course of the three days,

Iran Demolishes Baha`i Homes, Farms
By: Maryam Sinaee, Iranintl.com
02 August 2022
Security forces laid siege to a village in northern Iran Tuesday and started demolishing houses and farms belonging to members of the persecuted Baha’i faith. Simin Fahandej, a spokeswoman for the Baha’i International Community, told Iran International Tuesday that over 200 security forces were deployed to block the roads leading to

Environment Now a Universal Human Right
By: UN Press
30 July 2022
With 161 Votes in Favour, 8 Abstentions, General Assembly Adopts Landmark Resolution Recognizing Clean, Healthy, Sustainable Environment as Human Right With 161 votes in favour and 8 abstentions, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution today recognizing the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right and

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