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Germany: Protests at Village Razing for Coal Mine
By: Associate Press
09 January 2023
Climate activists dig in to defend German village from coal mine   “(We) will fight for every tree, for every house, for every meter in this village,” said Luka Scott, a spokesperson for the alliance of groups organizing protests.   Climate activists pledged Sunday to defend a tiny village in western Germany from being bulldozed for

A New Issue of LandTimes
01 January 2023
This current Issue 27 of Land Times /أحوال الأرضupdates readers with the latest terms and developments related to the housing and land rights and HIC-HLRN’s latest activities in the context of multiple crises from a human rights perspective. This LT also explores the convergence of sustainable development and human rights

Tanzania: Displaced Maasai Facing Evictions
By: Oakland Institute
01 December 2022
Broken Promises: Relocation Sites for Maasai Facing Evictions Remain Critically Flawed with Risk of Conflict Escalating Field research in Msomera—the site picked by the Tanzanian government to relocate Indigenous residents who face evictions from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA)—reveals area is inhabited by long-term residents. Land set aside for evicted NCA residents does

Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism
By: Al Haq
29 November 2022
Landmark Palestinian Coalition Report: Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism   On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2022, Al-Haq launched its inaugural coalition report titled: Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism. It reflects the collaborative efforts of civil society and academic authors Rania Muhareb,

Nigeria`s Slum Lords Evict the Poorest
By: Philip Obaji, Jr., The Context
28 November 2022
Nigeria`s slum lords evict the poorest as rents soar   What’s the context?   Rent inflation is causing pain in a nation where most people spend over half their income on housing, especially in Abuja:   Rents skyrocket in Abuja due inflation, housing crunch Many residents forced to move to slums to cut costs Influx drives out poorest

CSOs Defying Israeli Military Orders
By: Shawah Jabarin, The Nation
21 November 2022
Why My Organization Has Chosen to Defy Israeli Military Orders My organization, Al-Haq, was among 7 raided by Israel and ordered closed in August, but we do not believe in following illegal orders—and so we will remain open.     Early in the morning of 18 August 2022, the Israeli army raided seven prominent

CoP27: Climate Justice amid Loss and Damage
By: Joseph Schechla
20 November 2022
The recent CoP27 decision to establish a loss-and-damage is a monumental gain toward survival of the communities most-vulnerable to climate change and its effects. However, this hopeful statement comes with several caveats: Perhaps primary among them is the condition thar the fund be properly funded. In addition, it must satisfy

Webinar: Major outcomes of CoP27
13 November 2022
Webinar: Major outcomes of CoP27 negotiations on Resilience and Adaptation   Moderator: Diam Bou Diab, Senior Program and Research Officer at ANND   Speakers: Sarine Karajerjian, Program Director at Arab Reform Initiative Joseph Schechla, Coordinator of the Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network   Monday, 14 November 2022 at 15:00 PM (Sharm el-Sheikh time) English/Arabic interpretation available   Please click here to register

Food Chain Global Youth Champ: Samuel Ikua
10 November 2022
Food Chain Global Youth Champion 2022: Samuel Ikua We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of BBC’s Food Chain Global Youth Champion Award is Samuel Ikua, of HIC Member Mazingira Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.   Samuel teaches local people the skills and knowledge they need to start urban farming projects where they

CoP27, Day 1: Loss & Damage on the Agenda
By: Enterprise
07 November 2022
CoP27, Day 1: Loss and damage funding introduced as an agenda item   Yeb Saño, Greenpeace’s CoP27 head of delegation, says: “It is a significant moment that loss and damage finance has been agreed as an agenda item for the first time since the most vulnerable countries raised the clarion call decades

Land Governance Is Key to Implement 2030 Agenda
By: GeoConnexion
02 November 2022
Stig Enemark explains the concept of land governance and importance in supporting the 2030 global agenda. The term “land governance” is relatively new. It appeared in the early 2000s as an extension of the concept of “land management” to also include the aspect of governance and the political economy of land.

Climate Crisis Is a Racial Justice Crisis
31 October 2022
There can be no meaningful solution to the global climate and ecological crisis without addressing systemic racism, and particularly the historic and contemporary racial legacies of colonialism and slavery, a UN human rights expert warned. “Climate justice seeks historical accountability from nations and entities responsible for climate change and calls for

Emissions Gap Report 2022
By: Damian Carrington, The Guardian
27 October 2022
Climate crisis: UN finds ‘no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place’ Failure to cut carbon emissions means ‘rapid transformation of societies’ is only option to limit impacts, report says     There is “no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place”, the UN’s environment agency has said, and the failure to reduce carbon emissions means

Rebuilding Ukraine; A "challenge for generations"
By: Lauren Chadwick, euronews
25 October 2022
Rebuilding Ukraine will be a `challenge for generations`, says German chancellor  Ukraine`s reconstruction will be a "challenge for generations" that needs to begin now, the German chancellor said at a conference on rebuilding the war-torn country.   Olaf Scholz was co-hosting an expert conference on Ukraine`s recovery with the European Commission as part

Inter-tribal Conflict in Blue Nile State
24 October 2022
Since inter-communal violence reignited in Blue Nile`s Wad Al Mahi locality on 13 October, fighting continues to be reported in the Dam towns and the situation remains tense. Since mid-July, at least 70,000 people have reportedly been displaced within the state and into neighbouring localities and states due to the inter-tribal

Durable Solutions for IDPs in Urban Areas
24 October 2022
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani, today made an appeal to the international community to achieve durable solutions for internally displaced persons living in urban settings. “Transitional solutions for IDPs in urban areas are too often mistaken for durable solutions,” Mr.

Event: `Domicide` as an International Crime
21 October 2022
Massive violations of the right to adequate housing continue in unprecedented fashion during and after violent conflict.   The attacking, bombing and shelling of civilian targets and the destruction of entire cities and villages – displacing millions into homelessness – have been largely met with impunity. In his report to the UN

UN Commission of Inquiry on Palestine/Israel Report
20 October 2022
United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel calls on UN General Assembly to request that the International Court of Justice urgently advise on the legal consequences of such actions     New York—There are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Israeli occupation of

Australia Withdraws Jerusalem `Capital` Status
By: Jake Kwon, Hadas Gold and Richard Greene, CNN
19 October 2022
Australia reverses Trump-era recognition of West Jerusalem as capital of Israel The previous Australian Coalition government planned to move the Australian Embassy to West Jerusalem.   The Australian government has reversed a decision by its predecessor to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, prompting a rebuke from the Israeli government.   Australian Foreign Minister

"Domicide" at the UN General Assembly
18 October 2022
HIC-HLRN welcomes enthusiastically the latest report of the UN Special Rapporteur (SR) on adequate housing Balakrishnan Rajagopal. This latest report to the UN General Assembly reminds states and all readers about the gross violations of the human right to adequate housing and related crimes in the context of conflicts, occupations

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