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Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray
By: Inter Action
08 October 2021
“For over 11 months, humanitarians have endeavored to provide life-saving assistance to the people of Tigray, Ethiopia, under extreme duress. 5.2 million people in the region are now in need of aid, with 400,000 living in man-made famine-like conditions. Recent reports state that as little as 10% of the needed humanitarian supplies
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UNHRC: `Environment is a Human Right`
By: HIC-HLRN
08 October 2021
We can now authoritatively claim the human right to the environment, rather than only tentatively referring to “human rights and the environment,” or “the human rights dimensions of the environment.”   In its recent 48th session, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted milestone resolutions recognizing the human right to a safe
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UNHRC Creates Climate-change SR Mandate
By: HIC-HLRN
08 October 2021
On 8 October, the Human Rights Council created a new mandate for a Special Rapporteur (SR) on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change. The Council decided to appoint the new SR for a period of three years and requested its subsidiary Advisory Committee
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“Climate Justice IS a Human Right”
By: HIC President Adriana Allen
04 October 2021
The following is the statement by HIC President Adriana Allen on the occasion of World Habitat Day, 4 October 2021.     Back in 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted for the first time a resolution (Resolution 7/231) that explicitly recognised the implications of climate change for the fulfilment of human
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"Don`t Buy into Cross-border Crime"
By: a coalition of 25 organizations
01 October 2021
672 European financial institutions have financial relationships with 50 companies actively involved in illegal Israeli settlements. A Belgian company, Solvay, is cited. BNP Paribas, for its part, is the largest European creditor of these companies. These are the conclusions of the Don’t buy into occupation report published by a coalition
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Corporate Retribution: Donziger Sentenced
By: Adam Klasfeldoct, Law & Crime
01 October 2021
A ‘Two-by-four between the Eyes’: Judge Sentences Anti-Chevron Crusader to Jail Time — Just Days after U.N. Group Called for His Release An environmental advocate who helped obtain a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for oil drilling in Ecuador was sentenced to spend six months in jail after a federal judge
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EU Court Annuls Trade Deals in Occupied Sahara
By: WSRW
29 September 2021
Today, the EU Court of Justice has struck a blow to the EU’s practice of applying trade and fisheries agreements with Morocco to occupied Western Sahara.    The press release from the Court today specifically states that Polisario is able to represent the Saharawi people before European courts.    The right of the Saharawi people to
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USA: Bill to Let HHS Halt Evictions
By: Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY
29 September 2021
Lawmakers Cori Bush, Elizabeth Warren will introduce bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratoriums     WASHINGTON –Liberal lawmakers will introduce legislation this week that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to create federal eviction moratoriums – pushing back against a ruling by the Supreme Court that the agency does
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China`s Housing Conundrum
By: Kenneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate
29 September 2021
The Chinese government may yet succeed in insulating the broader market from the financial crisis at real estate giant Evergrande. But the larger challenge is to rebalance an economy that has depended for far too long on the bloated housing market for jobs and growth.     CAMBRIDGE, UK—The impending bankruptcy of Chinese
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Donors Pledge Record $5bn to Protect Nature
By: Patrick Greenfield, The Guardian
29 September 2021
Record $5bn donation to protect nature could herald new green era of giving Philanthropists pledge to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030, as the planet’s health climbs the charity agenda   When their time comes, many of the richest people on Earth have committed to giving away the bulk of their fortunes. Education,
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Pogrom against Palestinian Village of Mufagara
By: Yuval Abraham and Basil al-Adraa, +972 magazine
29 September 2021
Scenes from a Jewish pogrom Dozens of masked Israeli settlers lead an organized assault on the Palestinian village of Mufagara, beating and stoning residents while wreaking havoc home by home.     “All of a sudden I heard glass shatter and then all the children screaming from the other room. I ran over there.
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Berliners Vote to Evict Corporate Landlords
By: Alexander Vasudevan, The Guardian
29 September 2021
Berlin’s vote to take properties from big landlords could be a watershed moment The successful referendum to expropriate the city’s apartments from corporate landlords is a potential template for Europe     With coalition talks that could last months under way to form Germany’s next government, the reverberations of Sunday’s election will be felt for quite
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Aboriginals Reclaim World’s Oldest Rainforest
By: Ben Smee, The Guardian
28 September 2021
The world’s oldest rainforest will join landmarks like Uluru and Kakadu, where First Nations are custodians of world heritage sites   The world heritage-listed national park is being handed back to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, who will manage it in partnership with the Queensland government.      Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will take formal
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EU Court Backs Citizens on Trade under Occupation
By: European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
24 September 2021
Citizens are calling on the European Commission to obey international law and end trade with illegal settlements in territories under occupation - including Palestine and Western Sahara.   No one should profit from occupation.   The European Court of Justice annuls the Commission’s refusal to register a Citizens’ Initiative calling for the regulation of
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Salish and Kootenai Restore Land, Water Rights
By: Mark Armao, GRIST
24 September 2021
A Montana Tribe Finalizes a Historic $1.9 Billion Settlement It’s the largest sum ever awarded in an Indigenous water rights case.     After decades of negotiations, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) have finalized a $1.9 billion water rights settlement that resolves thousands of tribal claims tied to waterways throughout western Montana.   U.S. Secretary
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India must Halt Mass Eviction during COVID-19
By: TRT world - Time of India
24 September 2021
The Indian state has been a cauldron of ethnic tensions for decades and the latest round of forced expulsions of hundreds of Muslims is only making the matters worse. ASSAM -- On September 24, dawn broke to an eerie silence in the riverine char villages of Dhalpur 1 and 3 deep
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UN Food Summit Will Only Feed Corporations
By: Sofía Monsalve, Geneva Solutions
22 September 2021
Transnational agribusiness firms have captured the UN Food Systems Summit and have restricted the meeting`s agenda to solutions that will further inflate their profits instead of solving the global hunger crisis, says Sofia Monsalve, secretary general of the food rights organisation FIAN International.     When I visited my parents in Bogotá last month,
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New Study: Forced Eviction in Baidoa, Somalia
By: Norwegian Refugee Council
16 September 2021
This study titled ‘I want my land. You have to go’ comprehensively explores why forced evictions in Baidoa continue to thrive; and then takes a deep-dive into the factors that are fuelling, promoting, and sustaining the eviction phenomenon to advance practical policy solutions to effectively address the problem at different
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Afghans Protest Taliban Evictions
By: Agence France Press
15 September 2021
Hundreds March in Kandahar to Protest against Taliban Evictions     Residents of Zara Ferqa, a suburb made up of government housing and ramshackle huts, said they had been ordered to leave by the Taliban, but had nowhere else to go.     KANDAHAR—Hundreds of protesters from a neighbourhood populated by former Afghan army servicemen marched
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227 Land Defenders Murdered in a Year
By: Global Witness
13 September 2021
227 land and environmental activists murdered in a single year, the worst figure on record   As the climate crisis intensifies, violence against defenders of the earth is escalating.     A report released today reveals that 227 land and environmental activists were murdered in 2020 for defending their land and the planet. That constitutes the highest
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