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Land Times No. 21
By: HIC-HLRN
12 December 2020
What better way to commemorate World Human Rights Day than with HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) Land Times? Today’s 21st issue reports on the role of civil society resisting the COVID-19 crisis and supporting the subsistence of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities often targeted with violations of
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India: Farmers Protest, Support Political Prisoners
By: Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta, The Wire
11 December 2020
`It`s Time We Speak up For Each Other`: Farmers` Group Supports Political Prisoners   "We are confronting a prime minister who is behaving like an exploitative king. All these activists and intellectuals have been arrested on false charges merely because they highlighted the plight of the poor," said the head of BKU
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India: Farmers March against Agriculture Laws
By: Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian South Asia correspondent
30 November 2020
Indian farmers march on Delhi in protest against agriculture laws More than 300,000 farmers head to capital for ‘decisive battle’ with government     Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers have marched upon Delhi and set up vast camps blocking entry to the city in protest at agriculture laws they say will destroy livelihoods.   More
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UK MPs Urge Stop to Evictions in Palestine
By: Council for Arab-British Understanding
18 November 2020
Four British parliamentarians, representing all major political parties in the UK, have written to the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabi Ashkenazi and the Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, urging them to stop forced evictions of Palestinian communities in Firing Zone 918 in the Masafer Yatta region of the
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Azerbaijan: Armenians Burn Vacated Homes
By: Associated Press
14 November 2020
Armenians burn their homes rather than turn them over to Azerbaijan     KALBAJAR, AZERBAIJAN—In a bitter farewell to his home of 21 years, Garo Dadevusyan wrenched off its metal roof and prepared to set the stone house on fire. Thick smoke poured from houses that his neighbors had already torched before fleeing
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Palestine: UN, NGOs Call to Protect Olive Harvesters
By: OCHA & AIDA
05 November 2020
UN agencies and international NGOs call for the protection of Palestinian olive harvesters   Joint statement*   JERUSALEM—International NGOs and UN agencies call on the Israeli authorities to protect Palestinians participating in the ongoing olive harvest season, as well as their property, from violence by Israeli settlers, and ensure that farmers can access their
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Zimbabwe: Villagers up in Arms over Relocation
By: Tatenda Chitagu, Newsday.Co.Zw
29 October 2020
RUNDE Rural District Council (RDC) faces resistance from about 50 families it intends to evict to pave way for the upgrading of Vugwi Business Centre into a growth point.     The business centre is about 22km from Zvishavane town and falls under Runde RDC.   The affected villagers have vowed to resist eviction without
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Argentina: Clashes over Forced Eviction
By: AP, Dw.com
29 October 2020
Trouble broke out near Buenos Aires after police forced residents to leave makeshift properties in Guernica. Landowners had taken the issue to court and while most of those evicted were compliant, some reacted angrily. Police clashed with protesters in Argentina on Thursday while evicting them from their makeshift homes on a
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India Govt. Reverses Kashmir Land Reform
By: Shakir Mir, The Wire
28 October 2020
Modi Govt’s New Land Policy for J&K Overturns 7 Decades of Land Reform The abolition of the Big Land Estates Abolition Act 1950 clears the decks for the revival of a neo-jagirdari [a type of feudal land grant] system in J&K, say experts, geared this time toward serving the needs of
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“Jammu and Kashmir put on sale”
By: The Indian Express
28 October 2020
‘Jammu and Kashmir put on sale’: Omar Abdullah slams Centre for amendment in land laws     Hours after the Centre [India’s central government] amended laws allowing people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in the Union Territory, former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the government has
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Zimbabwe: Land, Food and Shelter Now (ZPLRM)
By: ZPLRM
27 October 2020
Zimbabwe People`s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM): Land, Food, and Shelter Now   Statement from HIC member, the Zimbabwe People`s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM), on defending land rights in Zimbabwe’s rural resettlement communities.       Hunger and conflict are the face of the African continent. But it was not always so.   It was the formation of the
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UN: Battle over Water Privatization Report
By: Rebecca Root, devex
26 October 2020
ALICANTE, Spain—Last week, U.N. Special Rapporteur On The Human Rights To Safe Drinking Water And Sanitation Léo Heller presented a report on privatization in the water and sanitation sector to the United Nations.   Little was mentioned, however, of the behind-the-scenes controversy leading up to it, including a vicious clash between pro- and anti-private sector advocates, accusations
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UN: Battle over Water Privatization Report
By: Rebecca Root, devex
26 October 2020
ALICANTE, Spain—Last week, U.N. Special Rapporteur On The Human Rights To Safe Drinking Water And Sanitation Léo Heller presented a report on privatization in the water and sanitation sector to the United Nations.   Little was mentioned, however, of the behind-the-scenes controversy leading up to it, including a vicious clash between pro- and anti-private sector advocates, accusations
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UAE: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London Property Empire
By: Harry Davies, The Guardian
21 October 2020
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is president of the United Arab Emirates – and one of London`s richest landlords, owning a multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most-expensive neighbourhoods.     The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond-upon-Thames appears to have little in common with
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3,000 Acres Grabbed by Israel
By: Middle East Monitor
16 October 2020
The Israeli occupation authorities are planning to confiscate almost 3,000 acres of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank in order to expand illegal Jewish settlements, Wafa news agency has reported. The Jordan Valley makes up about one third of the total area of the
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The World`s Rural Women and Food Days
By: HIC-HLRN
15 October 2020
Today, 15 October, is the World Day of Rural Women, which is immediate followed by World Food Day, 16 October.  On this occasion of dual commemoration, HLRN renews its commitment to study, monitor and document the human rights conditions of rural women and advocate for their equal rights to land
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Harvard Fund Involved in Land-grabbing Case
By: Caio de Freitas Paes / Translated by Roberto Cataldo
15 October 2020
In September, the court in Brazil’s Bahia state ruled that a company in which Harvard University’s endowment fund was invested had illegally acquired the land for a large farm in the Cerrado grasslands. The Gleba Campo Largo farm, spanning 140,000 hectares (346,000 acres), has for years been the focus of violent
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Palestinian Women in Gaza under Siege
By: Al Mezan Center For Human Rights
15 October 2020
On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, Al Mezan highlights the Center’s work with Palestinian rural women in the Gaza Strip and launches the materials from this collaboration, including a photo gallery and a fact sheet. During this collaboration, the rural women told Al Mezan about the
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COVID Impact on Nairobi`s Food System
By: Samuel Ikua, Thrive
15 October 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on the food system in Nairobi   There have been far reaching effects on Nairobi’s economy following the COVID-19 crisis, with the informal sector being the most severely affected. Food accounts for almost half of the trade in the city’s informal sector, and the containment measures have been
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South Africa: Official Extort Black Farmers
By: Dan Meyer,thesouthafrican.com
12 October 2020
The DA say that they have evidence that agriculture officials in Mpumalanga have solicited bribes from emerging black farmers.   Emerging black farmers in Mpumalanga are being harassed and threatened by officials within the province’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), allegedly due to the fact that they refuse
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