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Namibia: Court Evicts Endombo Residents
By: Obrien Simasiku, NewEralive.na
09 October 2020
OMUTHIYA - About 20 tenants of Endombo compound in Tsumeb suffered another blow after a failed attempt to have the High Court declare an order of eviction instituted by the landlord null and void. The tenants have been refusing to vacate the property despite having been served with numerous eviction notices
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Cameroon: Threatened to Extinction
By: Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Good Governance Africa
09 October 2020
Urbanisation and acculturation in Cameroon are eroding traditional conservation practices that helped maintain the equilibrium of the ecosystem. Armand Boui has a problem. The 57-year-old native of Mongonam in the Kadey Division of Cameroon – part of the species-rich Congo Basin – is jobless. He wasn’t always unemployed, and he is
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Hungary: Five Romani Families Forcibly Evicted
By: Bernard Rorke, ERRC
07 October 2020
Five Romani families were forced to leave their apartments on Tuesday morning (October 6), marking a definitive end to the moratorium on evictions during the pandemic. The eviction of five Romani families in the northeastern town of Nyíregyháza, which has left a total of 17 people homeless, was challenged by
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COVID Could Add 150mil Extreme Poor by 2021
By: World Bank
07 October 2020
COVID-19 to Add as Many as 150 Million Extreme Poor by 2021 Decades of progress have gone into reverse; ‘the worst setback that we’ve witnessed in a generation’. Eight out of 10 ‘new poor’ will be in middle-income countries   WASHINGTON— Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first
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USA: Forced Eviction by Rule of Court
By: Elizabeth Trovall,JEN RICE,Houston Public Media
07 October 2020
Many of Houston’s most vulnerable communities are still struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic. Rent relief programs and the CDC eviction moratorium are meant to protect them — but many are still forced out without an official eviction order. This is part one in a two-part series on how
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USA: CSOs Urge Senate Reject SCotUS Pick
By: Over 150 organizations
06 October 2020
Following the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, over 150 justice organizations and movements, including advocates for the homeless and defenders of the human right to adequate housing, issued a letter urging the Senate to oppose her confirmation. While the nomination raises a broad
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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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Land Rights of a Buddhist Monk
By: Mark S. Cogan, Geopoliticalmonitor.com
05 October 2020
During a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 2, Luon Sovath, a Buddhist monk and human rights activist was repeatedly interrupted by Cambodia’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, An Sokkhoeurn, who questioned the legitimacy of both Sovath’s status as a monk and his claims about land rights in Cambodia. During a meeting of the
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China Threatens Christian Converts
By: Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor
03 October 2020
Communist authorities in southwestern China’s Yunnan province sent a notice to a village warning that any resident who converts to Christianity will face financial penalties or even the confiscation of their land. The notice sent to Huang Fei village in that province’s Yingjiang County, which is close to the China-Myanmar border,
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Kenya: Dispossessing Women as Custom
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
HIC-HLRN has just published a study on the impacts of customary practices on the habitat-related human rights of women in Kenya. This study is a product of a collaborative project with local Members Mazingira Institute (MI), Pamoja Trust (PT) and within the frame of the project “Valuating the Impacts of
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Kenya: Impoverishing Women with "Development"
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
HIC-HLRN has just published the results of a study on the impacts of infrastructure development that dispossesses and displace women in Kenya. The report is a baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat values at stake.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and
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New: Customary Practices Dispossessing Women
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute and Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Customary Practices That Dispossess and Displace Women from Their Habitats     HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of a study of the impacts of customary practices on women’s housing, land and property rights in Kenya.   This study is a product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute (MI), Pamoja Trust (PT) and
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New: "Development" Dispossessing Women
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Incidents of Infrastructure Development That Dispossess and Displace People: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat   HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of an unprecedented assessment of impacts from infrastructure development on women in Kenya.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and HIC-HLRN on
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Uzbeks Stlll Displaced 4 Months after Dam Collapse
By: Al Jazeera
23 September 2020
Syrdario Region, Uzbekistan – Some dams last a thousand years. But Sardoba collapsed on May 1 after just three years, its mighty waters washing away villages of more than 35,000 hectares (86,486 acres) of land in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Maria and her family escaped in the last moment before the waves
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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
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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
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CSOs Urge UNGA to End Apartheid in Palestine
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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,
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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
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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
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