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500K Rural Tibetans Sent to Labor Camps in 2020
By: Helen Davidson, The Guardian and agencies
23 September 2020
In 2019 and 2020, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) introduced new policies to promote the systematic, centralized, and large-scale training and transfer of “rural surplus laborers” to other parts of the TAR, as well as to other provinces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the first 7 months

Zimbabwe: Evicted Villagers’ Living Hell
By: Tatenda Chitagu, The Standard
22 September 2020
Evicted Lowveld villagers endure two months of hell     By the roadside in the scorching Lowveld heat, a group of women and children sit under a tree, their few belongings scattered all over the place.   Two women have just finished preparing a very small meal of sadza and cow peas, hardly enough to

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,

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

Western Sahara: Laureates Appeal to UNSG
By: Right Livelihood Award Laureates
18 September 2020
Open Letter to the United Nations Secretary General     In solidarity with Sahrawi human rights activist and 2019 Right Livelihood Laureate Aminatou Haidar, twenty-two Right Livelihood Laureates have sent an open letter today to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres ahead of his report to the Security Council.       Mr. António Guterres

Jerusalem Court Orders Palestinians Forfeit Homes
By: Nir Hasson, Haaretz
15 September 2020
Court Orders Dozens of Palestinians Out of Jerusalem Homes to Make Way for Settlers Judges base evacuation orders in two cases on claims to Jewish ownership of property from before 1948, which the law permits for Jews only     A Jerusalem court ordered last week, in two separate cases, the eviction of dozens

Palestine: Holy Sites Crumble under Israeli Rule
By: Irit Segoli, +972 Magazine
11 September 2020
Israeli land grabs are preventing Palestinians from accessing Muslim shrines in the West Bank, with some falling into ruin or being deliberately destroyed.     Israel’s takeover of the mountain ranges and hills throughout the occupied West Bank has not spared sacred places of worship for Palestinian Muslims. According to a new report

Zim: Divorce Law Spurs Women`s Rights Struggle
By: Lungelo Ndhlovu, Thomson Reuters Foundation
11 September 2020
Zimbabwe divorce law spurs women`s fight for property The law rejects the traditional thinking that only financial contributions count when splitting property, its supporters say     BULAWAYO—When Smangele Tshuma got divorced after five years of marriage, her in-laws forced her out of the home that she had been living in with her husband

Greece: Moria Camp Blaze, 13K Homeless
By: Jean Mackenzie, BBC News
10 September 2020
Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter The BBC`s Jean Mackenzie spent time speaking to people at the camp just six months ago and reflects on her experiences there   Fires have destroyed Greece`s largest migrant camp, an overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos, leaving nearly 13,000 people without

Guatemala: Denouncing Land Defender Murders
09 September 2020
So far in 2020, four farmer leaders have been murdered, and another one is missing. The organization also denounced the extrajudicial eviction of indigenous communities.     Guatemala`s government withdrew several institutions that enforced and veiled over land rights, such as the Secretariat for Agrarian Affairs (SAA), the Presidential Commission for the Coordination

Brazil: Largo de São Francisco Eviction amid COVID
By: Jaqueline Suarez, RioOnWatch
09 September 2020
Families that Took Shelter from Pandemic in Central Rio Occupation Evicted     The pile of furniture on the sidewalk started to form around 8:30am, when the Military Police arrived to carry out a repossession of a second floor space near Largo de São Francisco, in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown Centro. While families

US War on Terror Displaced 37 million+
By: John Ismay, The New York Times Magazine
08 September 2020
A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since     At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report from Brown

Lebanon: World Bank Ends Bisri Dam Project
By: Reuters/Arab News/The New York Times
05 September 2020
This entry combines the Reuters/Arab News report on 05 September of the World Bank’s official announcement and The New York Times article of 02 September 2020 providing background. At the end of the entry, please find the link to the World Bank’s 04 September factsheet of questions and answers.   World

Indonesia: Mapping Policy Losses
By: A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta Post
04 September 2020
Concerns of transparency, inclusivity raised as One Map nears completion   Jakarta—Indonesia`s highly anticipated One Map Policy is inching toward completion with most datasets successfully compiled by the government, but observers are wary of the project`s lack of transparency and inclusiveness and whether the rights of indigenous communities are honored.   Initiated in

USA: Eviction-Public health-Election
By: Jacob Passy, Market Watch
02 September 2020
Renters in U.S. cannot be evicted through the end of the year due to coronavirus, CDC order states   Unpublished order provides declaration for renters to sign stating they are unable to pay rent, have sought government assistance   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is implementing a temporary eviction moratorium through the

Farmers’ Panel Decries Eviction of Growers
By: Dawn
01 September 2020
LAHORE: The Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee has criticised ‘forced’ eviction of peasants from the federal government’s Jaranwala lands. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, a PKRC office-bearer said many peasants, including women and children, have been injured in the police operation continuing for the last three days to evict the

Court to Cape Town: “redress apartheid legacy”
By: Murray Williams, news24
31 August 2020
High Court sets aside R135m Sea Point school sale, frees land to address apartheid legacy   ·       The Tafelberg school property case has been running for five years. ·       Finally, the High Court has ruled, upholding the legal challenge by two not-for-profit organisations. ·       The sale of the land has now been reversed – much to

Kenya: New Alternative Justice System Policy
By: Moses Muoki, Capital News
28 August 2020
Maraga Launches Alternative Justice System to Reduce Case Backlog   NAIROBI—Chief Justice David Maraga has launched the Alternative Justice System (AJS) Policy which is aimed at enhancing access to justice and supporting expeditious delivery of justice to citizens.   Speaking at the Supreme Court on Thursday when he presided over the launch of the

Land Reform Leads to Eviction
By: Anna Majavu, Newfarm.com
25 August 2020
An 88-year-old woman has been threatened with the culturally taboo removal of her family’s ancestral graves after being evicted from the farm she worked on for decades. ight decades of hard labour on a white-owned commercial farm did not pay off for an elderly Eastern Cape woman, who was promptly evicted

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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