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Call for Regulating Climate Finance
By: Graham Caswell, Bank of International Settlements
25 November 2021
Climate campaigners call for ‘one-for-one’ capital requirements   A wide range of academics, economists and civil society organisations are calling for regulators to introduce ‘one-for-one’ capital requirements for financial institutions funding new fossil-fuel projects.   The new campaign, spearheaded by research and advocacy group Finance Watch, is pressing for requirements that would increase the capital that banks and
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Spain: Tenants Declare War on US Speculators
By: Jason Lalljee, Insider
23 November 2021
Spanish renters are declaring `war` on the American investors that bought up all the apartments in their neighborhoods   US private-equity firms that own property in Spain have been evicting residents during the pandemic, the NYT reports. Tenants and housing activists have declared "war," protesting evictions by squatting in apartments. They argue that the
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India: Laws Rescinded, Farmers Win
By: Harish Damodaran, The Indian Express
20 November 2021
In burying farm laws, Govt may have held off demand for right to MSP Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s announcement on repealing the farm laws may have helped stave off the elephant in the room – making minimum support prices (MSP) a legal right.     “The farm laws are dead, long live the farm laws!”   This
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UN: Palestinians’ Right to Their Natural Resources
By: HIC-HLRN
19 November 2021
The United Nations has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution, which grants Palestinians permanent sovereignty over their natural resources in the Israeli-occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.     On Thursday, 19 November 2021, the Economic and Financial Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as the Second Committee, endorsed a draft resolution entitled “Permanent Sovereignty of
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HIC @ Second Session of the EB of UN-Habitat
By: Habitat International Coalition
16 November 2021
During the second session of the executive Board of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme 2021, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) presented an oral intervention as follows;     HIC addresses here three agenda items: Under item 3, HIC encourages UN-Habitat and its organs to develop with partners an appropriate stakeholder-engagement policy, operation and
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EU Court Rules against Hungary Migrant Law
By: Maïa De La Baume, politico.eu
16 November 2021
Hungarian law criminalizing asylum seeker help breaches EU law, top court rules The verdict is another legal win for the European Commission in its years-long battle over migration with Hungary.     The Hungarian government acknowledged the ECJ ruling, but said it wouldn’t back down from its approach to immigration.   Hungary’s law criminalizing support for
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EU Court Rules against Hungary Migrant Law
By: Maïa De La Baume, politico.eu
16 November 2021
Hungarian law criminalizing asylum seeker help breaches EU law, top court rules The verdict is another legal win for the European Commission in its years-long battle over migration with Hungary.     The Hungarian government acknowledged the ECJ ruling, but said it wouldn’t back down from its approach to immigration.   Hungary’s law criminalizing support for
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Banning Human Rights Defenders: Comparing Apartheids
By: John Dugard. Mondoweiss
16 November 2021
The banning of human rights defenders: Israel and South Africa compared Even the apartheid regime in South Africa never outlawed human rights defenders in the manner that Israel just did when it declared six Palestinian organizations to be "terrorist organizations."     Israel has declared six organizations in occupied Palestine committed to the cause
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Copping-out at CoP26
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14 November 2021
The 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26) ended in grave disappointment at the state delegations who weakened the needed commitments to save the planet from multiple climate disasters. This CoP, the supreme governing body of international agreements on climate change action, finally took place in Glasgow, Scotland, on 31 October–13 November
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Decriminalize Palestinian Human Rights CSOs!
By: HIC
10 November 2021
   Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights Organizations facing Israel’s Criminalization Today, HIC`s Board adopted a statement in solidarity with the six Palestinian human rights organizsations, including HIC Members, that Israel`s Minister of Defense has deemed "terrorist organisations.  The full public statement follows here:   Habitat International Coalition (HIC) strongly condemns Israel`s Minister of
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Alert: More Israeli Tyranny for Human Rights NGOs
By: Al-Haq
07 November 2021
Alert:  Israel Takes Alarming Steps to Enforce its Persecution of Six Palestinian Organisations in the West Bank, International Community Must Intervene      Al-Haq strongly condemns the military order issued by Israel`s commander-in-chief of the Central Command to transpose its unlawful designation of Al-Haq as a “terrorist organization” within the occupied West Bank. Similar
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North America: CoP26 Promises, Carbon Offsets
By: HIC-HLRN
05 November 2021
Despite lawsuits, calls by millions of [U.S.] Americans to halt federal fossil fuel expansion, and the [US.] president’s own promise to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it requires, the Biden Administration is planning oil and gas lease sales across 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico and hundreds
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Occupied West Papua: A Green State Vision
By: Danny Chivers and Raki Ap, New internationalist
04 November 2021
Research shows that when indigenous people have proper control of forests, biodiversity is much better protected. Danny Chivers speaks to Raki Ap about the case for supporting West Papuan statehood.     Unfortunately, West Papua does not have a seat at the table in the UN climate talks currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s because it’s
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Occupation, Extraction Shrinking Dead Sea
By: Al-Haq
04 November 2021
Shrinking Dead Sea, at the Collusion between Israel’s Intensive Exploitation, Corporate Extraction and Climate Change    This brief is part of a series on climate change, its adverse effects and the Israeli colonial-apartheid regime, published in the context of the UN Climate Change Conference CoP26.      On 1 November 2021, at the CoP26 in Glasgow, Palestinian Prime
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G20’s Mild Commitment on Coal
By: Boston University Global Development Policy Center
31 October 2021
On 31 October 2021, the Group of 20 largest economies (G20) made a historic announcement by committing to end finance for coal-fired power plants overseas.     The G20 pledge caps a year of major sustainable finance pledges from national governments and their development finance institutions (DFIs) since the inaugural 2020 Finance in Common
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2021 Urban Planning and Housing Symposium
By: Francis Lungu, Zambia Daily Mail
30 October 2021
Government to promote climate-resilient cities   LUSAKA—Government will not tolerate lawlessness in land allocation, but will promote smart and resilient cities to withstand shocks of changing climatic conditions.   Minister of Local Government and Rural Government Gary Nkombo says that disregard for the law with impunity as witnessed in recent years resulted in
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New Book: Counting on Land Justice in Yemen
By: HLRN
24 October 2021
In this new report, Counting on Justice, HIC-HLRN and the Social Democratic Forum - Yemen have co-produced the findings and future vision of land restitution in Yemen for those dispossessed of their properties by both the previous regime of Ali Abdalla Salih and the ongoing conflict in Yemen. This publication is
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Canada: Mi`kmaw Stop Environmental Destruction
By: Haley Ryan, CBC News
22 October 2021
Alton Gas project cancelled after years of opposition   `I think they finally just tapped,` says Mi`kmaw leader   After years of delays, court hearings and strong Mi`kmaw opposition, the Alton Gas project on the Shubenacadie River has been cancelled.   In a release Friday, Alton, a subsidiary of Calgary-based energy company AltaGas, said the project has received
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Conflict, Occupation, War amid Global Cease-fire
By: HIC-HLRN
18 October 2021
HLRN has produced a new publication on the occasion of World Human Rights Habitat Day 2021 and the ensuing month of related activities. The study Conflict, Occupation and War disaggregates data from the HLRN Violation Database to focus on the gross violations of the human rights to adequate housing and
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India: Violent Eviction Drive in Assam
By: Niha Masih and Sadiq Naqvi, The Washington Post
17 October 2021
Violent eviction drive in India’s Assam revives tensions over undocumented migrants     DHALPUR, India — Dozens of armed police officers surrounded the grove as tear gas filled the air. A young man wielding a long stick ran toward the officers. Within seconds, he was shot. They then beat him with sticks before
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