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New report: GOLD VI by KNOW
By: UCLG-KNOW and contributors
14 October 2022
The sixth edition of the GOLD report, “Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies”, is being produced by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and part of the KNOW team and will be published in October 2022. GOLD VI will focus on how local and

‘Loss and Damage’ Debate to Dominate CoP27
By: Camilla Hodgson, Financial Times
10 October 2022
‘Loss and damage’ debate set to dominate the COP27 agenda countries are stepping up demands for compensation ahead of the UN conference in Egypt     World leaders attending next month’s UN climate summit are gearing up for a renewed battle over how much financial support rich countries provide to developing nations,

World Habitat Day 2022
03 October 2022
On the occasion of World Habitat Day 2022, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) joins Members, allies and development actors to reflect on its journey of more than 45 years since the first Habitat Conference (1976) and common Habitat Agendas. Global activism has been indispensable in developing global consensus and commitments to

World Habitat Day & Israeli Violations
By: Land Research Center
03 October 2022
On the occasion of World Habitat Day Demolition of Palestinian houses is a Forced displacement policy Statement issued by Land Research Center/Palestine People of the world are celebrating the right to an adequate housing - as a fundamental human right that in itself provides several other rights, that are also lost when

EACJ Dismisses Maasai Mass-eviction Case
By: Laurel Sutherland. Mongabay
01 October 2022
Maasai villages lose important court case as wildlife game reserve trudges on   The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled in favor of the Tanzanian government after a five-year legal battle between Maasai communities and the state over evictions that took place in 2017.   The East African Court of Justice (EACJ)

Crooked in Kushnerville
By: Alec MacGillis, reporter for ProPublica.
27 September 2022
Jared Kushner’s Firm to Pay $3.25M for Deceiving & Cheating Tenants in Baltimore’s “Kushnerville”   Guest: Alec MacGillis, reporter for ProPublica. A property management company partly owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has agreed to pay a $3.25 million fine to the state of Maryland and to reimburse potentially tens of thousands

African Court Rules for Saharawis
26 September 2022
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights concludes Morocco`s occupation of Western Sahara to be a serious violation of the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence. On 22 September 2022, the African Court on Human and Peoples` Rights delivered a judgment concluding that Morocco`s occupation of Western Sahara is

Protest against TotalEnergies Displacements
By: Julius Barigaba The East African
25 September 2022
TotalEnergies walks a tightrope as fresh hurdles threaten to delay pipeline project     International oil major TotalEnergies will on October 10 answer to charges of environmental and human rights abuse before the European Union parliament in Brussels in a new threat to the actualisation of its East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop)

Women Resist UN Corporate Capture
By: Women;s Major Group
24 September 2022
“Bigger than BlackRock: Challenging UN Corporate Partnerships” Feminist economic justice must outweigh investment profits for UN Women   On 23 August 2022, the feminists behind #BlockBlackRock met with UN Women representatives to express concerns about the announced partnership with the world’s largest investment firm, BlackRock, and with the broader approach to corporate partnerships.   During

Housing and Land Rights in South Africa’s UPR
By: HIC side event
23 September 2022
Housing and Land Rights ahead of South Africa’s UPR The upcoming Universal Periodic Review of South Africa and the current Human Rights Council 51st session should focus on the human rights to adequate housing and land rights and protection of their defenders   Date: 30 September 2022 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 In person: Room XXV,

Oil palm Plantations and Water Grabbing
By: WRM Bulletin 262
12 September 2022
Industrial palm oil production in West and Central Africa is mainly controlled by five companies: Socfin, Wilmar, Olam, Siat, and Straight KKM (former Feronia). These multinationals control an estimated 67 per cent of the industrial oil palm planted area with foreign investment and may drive continuous expansion. (1) Their established

Volker Türk New Human Rights Chief
By: International Service for Human Rights
08 September 2022
Volker Türk to be appointed next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights after opaque nomination process A week after the end of Michelle Bachelet’s term, States in New York were notified late last night that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to seek approval for the appointment of Mr. Volker Türk of Austria

Bengaluru Flood “tyranny of small decisions”
By: Aishwarya Iyer, Scroll.in
06 September 2022
‘Bengaluru’s flood devastation is the tyranny of small decisions’: Water expert Vishwanath S The waterlogging has not been caused by the heavy rain but by bad planning, he says.     On Tuesday morning, Gaurav Munjal, the chief executive officer of education-technology firm Unacademy tweeted a video of his family and pet dog leaving their Bengaluru

Human Rights Report on Xinjiang/East Turkestan
31 August 2022
UN Human Rights Office issues assessment of human rights concerns in Xinjiang, China      GENEVA—The UN Human Rights Office today issued an assessment of human rights concerns in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.   The assessment was initiated following serious allegations of human rights violations against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim communities brought to

Pakistan: Mixed Mitigation Governance Record
27 August 2022
Not all local governments have prepared for, or responded to monsoon flooding equally. After the devastating 2010 floods, authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have taken some measures to alleviate the affects of current floods, but not all local spheres of government have performed as well. Corruption, poor planning and disregard for building

ZA: Killing Land Defenders & Constitutional Order
By: Raymond Suttner, Polity
25 August 2022
Mnguni is part of a broader attack on our constitutional order The murder of Lindokuhle Mnguni, the 24th leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo to be gunned down, has met with indifference on the part of the state and the ANC. Not a word, as before. Violence - primarily against the poor -

Global CSOs Demand Response to Israeli Raids
By: Various organizations
24 August 2022
Over 200 Organizations Demand International Community Stand Against Raids and Closures of 7 Palestinian Organizations   Amid Israel’s escalating attacks targeting their work, a group of more than 200 Palestinian, regional, and international organizations express our full solidarity with the designated seven leading Palestinian civil society organizations, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human

South Africa: Lindokuhle Mnguni Assassinated
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
20 August 2022
Press statement   In the early hours of this morning Lindokuhle Mnguni, the chairperson of the eKhenana Commune and the Youth League, was assassinated at the Commune.   Mnguni was a powerful intellectual with a mind like a razor. He was a young man with real vision and commitment, a brave man whose will

Palestine: Israeli Forces Raid Human Rights Offices
By: Bethan McKernan, The Guardian
18 August 2022
Israeli forces raid offices of six Palestinian human rights groups Property confiscated in move decried as ‘appalling attack’ on Palestinian civil society in occupied West Bank   Israeli forces have raided the offices of six Palestinian human rights groups in the occupied West Bank that it previously accused of being terrorist organisations, a

International Outrage over Israel NGO Attacks
By: Miriam Berger, The Washington Post
18 August 2022
Israel shutters Palestinian rights groups, drawing diplomatic backlash   TEL AVIV—Israel closed the offices of five leading Palestinian rights organizations in an early-morning raid in Ramallah on Thursday, tightening its restrictions on civil society nearly a year after it labeled the organizations terrorist groups in an internationally criticized move.   Israel says the organizations

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