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Colombia: Evictions amid the Coronavirus
By: Peoples Dispatch
13 May 2020
Many question the motivation of the city government to evict the community amid the pandemic as they have been occupying the land for the last 20 years. On May 11, Colombian social movements and human rights organizations denounced the arbitrary, violent evictions of families in the Altos de la Estancia neighborhood
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World Distracted, Amazon Keeps Burning
By: Agence France-Presse
09 May 2020
With world distracted, the Amazon rainforest continues to burn   Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of this year, with 1,202 square kilometres of forest wiped out   That was a 55 per cent increase from the same period last year, and the highest figure for
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Brazil: Ashaninka Win Case against Loggers
By: YaleEnvironment 360
01 May 2020
Indigenous group wins case over illegal tree logging     The Ashaninka indigenous community in Brazil has won a two-decade federal court dispute against illegal logging interests, receiving $3 million in compensation and an official apology from companies for cutting down thousands of mahogany, cedar, and other tree species in the Kampa do Rio Amônia
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Nicaragua: Assaults on Indigenous Lands
By: Oakland Institute
29 April 2020
Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution details the incessant violence facing the Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions, as evidenced by recent attacks against the Alal, Wasakin, and Miskitu communities, and provides in depth information about the actors involved—foreign gold mining firms, national and international actors in logging and cattle ranching industry,
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USA: Which States Protect from Eviction?
By: Dan Keating and Lauren Tierney, The Washington Post
29 April 2020
Which states are doing a better job protecting renters from being evicted during the coronavirus pandemic     For millions of renters who have lost income, rent day on May 1 is a looming disaster. A majority of the country’s 43.8 million renting households have lost at least some of their income in the coronavirus shutdown,
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Evicted Indigenous People in Manaus
By: Ignacio Amigo, Mongabay
29 April 2020
Evicted indigenous people in Manaus struggle to stay safe amid COVID-19 crisis     A group of about 400 indigenous people were displaced from an informal settlement on the outskirts of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon in February, reportedly in connection with drug trafficking issues in the area, despite previous promises to regularize
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Get "Land Times" No. 19
By: HIC-HLRN
28 April 2020
While most of you are staying home, HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) offers you its 19th issue of Land Times, bringing you up to date on the struggles over land toward greater equity, spatial and distributive justice. While these struggles persist even in the best of times, this
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Kashmir: Broken Supply Chains
By: Nazir Masoodi, NDTV
27 April 2020
Amid Lockdown, 3 Million Cartons Of Apples Lying In Kashmir Cold Storage Kashmir produces 22 lakh (2,200,000) metric ton of apple every year which is over 70 per cent of the country`s total production.     SRINAGAR—The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has badly hit apple farmers in Jammu and Kashmir. As the farmers are not
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One Species Responsible for COVID-19 - Us
By: Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio[1] and Peter Daszak[2]
27 April 2020
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)   COVID-19 stimulus measures must save lives, protect livelihoods, and safeguard nature to reduce the risk of future pandemics     There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are
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South Africa: Hsg Crisis, Eviction amid Lockdown
By: Kim Harrisberg, Thomon Reuters Foundation
24 April 2020
Evictions, power cuts heighten South Africa housing crisis amid lockdown   JOHANNESBURG—From demolished shacks to water and electricity shutoffs, South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown is worsening the country’s housing crisis, despite government orders to suspend evictions, residents and activists warned.   With many unable to work or pay rent since stay-at-home orders went into effect
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Guatemala: Evicting Maya Q’eqchi` amid COVID-19
By: Minority Rights Group International
21 April 2020
Violent attempt to evict Maya Q’eqchi villagers despite COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala   On 13 April 2020, private security forces suspected of working for Industria Chiquibul, S.A., an agribusiness engaged in the harvesting and extraction of palm oil, attempted to evict 200 indigenous peasant families from their homes in Tierra Blanca, municipality
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Jammu & Kashmir: A Humanitarian Perspective
By: ACAPS
20 April 2020
Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) has produced a new report on Jammu & Kashmir lockdown: 2019 Lockdown: A Humanitarian Perspective (20 April 2020)   A presidential decree on 5 August 2019 revoked Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, which granted Jammu and Kashmir state special autonomous status (Economic Times 05/08/2019). The
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Palestine/Israel: CSOs Urge Prisoners’ Release
By: Civil society organizations
18 April 2020
On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Civil Society Calls for Urgent Release of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons     As we mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year, Palestinian prisoners and detainees face the additional threat of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Israeli prisons and detention centers. While governments around the world are
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Call to Protect Dalit Rights during Pandemic
By: International Alliance for Social Justice
16 April 2020
Global Call for Protecting Dalit Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic   We, the global alliance of Dalit organizations, strongly urge the Member-States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), United Nations, civil society, and donor agencies to provide immediate relief to poor Dalits and protect their basic human rights during
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BADIL Palestinian Rights Course
By: BADIL
10 April 2020
BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights   BADIL`s second International Mobilization Course: The Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, West Bank, Palestine, 17 July - 28 July 2020. This course is an opportunity for international advocates, activists, mobilizers, policy officers and interested individuals, to gain a deeper understanding of a human
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`Palestine in the making`: India`s Kashmir domicile law
By: Aamir Ali Bhat, The New Arab
08 April 2020
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic amid a global race to stop its spread, India has passed a new law in Kashmir which residents fear will change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority territory. The new domicile law announced by India`s Ministry of Home Affairs on 1 April grants permanent residency rights, which
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COVID-19: Solidarity with Food Producers
By: HIC-HLRN, IPC
07 April 2020
The COVID19 crisis is rapidly expanding and deepening, highlighting and exacerbating existing inequalities including wealth, health, race and gender. In many countries it will develop into a deep social and economic crisis where the most vulnerable will again suffer the most – with no access to healthcare, losing their jobs
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Kashmir: Indian Residency Law Triggers Fury
By: Deutsche Welle
04 April 2020
New Delhi has announced a controversial new domicile law for the highly disputed Himalayan region. Experts and rights activists warn the move could renew tensions in the already restive Muslim-majority territory.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Hindu nationalist government has introduced a new set of laws for India-administered Kashmir, including a controversial
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USA: Kushners Continue to Evict
By: Lee Fang, The Intercept
04 April 2020
Coronavirus hasn’t stopped Jared Kushner’s real estate empire from hounding tenants with debt collection, eviction lawsuits   Jared Kushner’s family real estate company, which owns and manages thousands of apartment units, continued its aggressive eviction practices and debt collection lawsuits as Americans wait for government relief. Well into the coronavirus crisis, which has led
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Brazil: Land Defender Zezico Guajajara Murdered
By: BBC World
01 April 2020
Zezico Guajajara, an Amazon Guardian has been shot dead on 31 March 2020     A member of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been killed by gunmen, authorities in the Brazilian state of Maranhão say.   The body of Zezico Guajajara, of the Guajajara tribe, was found near his village on Tuesday. He
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