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New Year’s Resolutions for Palestinian Rights
By: Joseph Schechla
01 January 2016
Commemorating the Legacy of Double Standards   Joseph Schechla[*]   As 2015 draws to a calamitous close, the calendar of human rights and, in particular Palestinian rights, concludes with significant commemorations. This year has marked the 40th anniversary of the UN General Assembly establishment of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights
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Ethiopian: Reacts over Land-Giveaway Rumour to Sudan
By: Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Sudan tribune
25 December 2015
December 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn dismissed on Friday circulating rumours that his government secretly gave away part of the Horn of Africa’s territories to stakeholders in neighbouring Sudan. Desalegn’s remarks came while responding to queries raised by members of the House of People’s Representatives
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UNGA Decides Habitat III Participation Rules
By: Habitat III Secretariat
22 December 2015
The General Assembly approves the most-inclusive modalities ever on stakeholders and local authorities` participation.   NEW YORK—On 22 December 2015 the United Nations General Assembly, on its seventieth session, adopted the resolution on the “Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the
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Total Withdraws from Western Sahara
By: WSRW
21 December 2015
The French multinational oil company has announced that it is no longer pursuing oil search offshore Western Sahara. "More good news for the Saharawi people. We urge the remaining oil companies to follow suit," stated WSRW.       "Total has informed the Moroccan authorities that it would not request a new extension of
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UN Expert: Homeless are not Cockroaches or Vermin
By: Guardian, Leilani Farha
21 December 2015
How is it that homelessness – one of the most egregious violations of human rights globally – can be so invisible? The answer lies in the fact that we have done pretty much everything we can to erase homeless people from our sight and from our minds. How governments, the media, and
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EU Parliament Affirms Sahrawi Self-determination Struggle
By: HIC-HLRN and Algeria Press Sercice
18 December 2015
BRUSSELS—This afternoon, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) narrowly approved (258 votes to 251) an amendment[1] on Western Sahara to the 2014 annual report on human rights and democracy in the world and on the related policy of the European Union (2015/2229(INI)).   This vote puts the Saharawi people in the
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Nigerian Farmers May Sue Shell in Dutch Court
By: HIC-HLRN; Janene Pieterse, NL Times; AP
18 December 2015
On Friday a court in The Hague ruled that four Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Shell in courts in a Dutch court for pollution caused by oil spills in the African country. “The Dutch court and this court consider it has jurisdiction in the case against Shell and its
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UN: Over 2.5 Billion Lack Access to Sanitation
By: OHCHR, News
18 December 2015
GENEVA (18 December 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, Léo Heller, and the Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Waleed Sadi, today welcomed the explicit recognition of the ‘human right to sanitation’ as a distinct right,
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Occupied Tibet Confronting Climate Change
By: Al Jazeera
11 December 2015
Paris—As world leaders push for a climate change deal in Paris, Tibet, commonly known as "the roof of the world", is facing a severe environmental crisis as many of its glaciers melt rapidly because of rising temperatures, Tibetan activists say.   "We are asking the world, UN and international leaders and every
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HIC`s Human Rights Day Declaration
By: HIC
10 December 2015
Download text of the HIC Declaration on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 2015
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Morocco: European Court annuls EU trade agreement
By: WSRW
10 December 2015
WSRW will hold a press conference in Brussels Friday 11 December at 0900. Place: Room P1C051, Paul Henri Spaak building The judgment was published by the court in Luxembourg at 09.30 this morning and can be read in full text here (in French only) The conclusion is as follows (translated from French
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Keeping up the Fight against the Transnational Corporations
By: FIAN
10 December 2015
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, FIAN International releases its annual publication, ‘Right to Food Journal’. The publication puts under the spotlight the increasing influence of transnational corporations over policy-making, as well as its detrimental impact on the realization of the human right to food and nutrition. Termed as “corporate
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UN Experts: It is Time to Turn Norms into Action
By: OHCHR, News
10 December 2015
GENEVA (9 December 2015) – Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day 2015, the largest body of independent experts of the United Nations Human Rights system renews its commitment with the implementation of the Covenants, the two key human rights treaties which, together with the Universal Declaration on Human rights, form
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Tibet: Climate Change Challenges China Policies
By: ICT
10 December 2015
As the world’s leaders meet in Paris this week for critical climate change talks, new findings by the International Campaign for Tibet reveal that Tibet’s fragile environment, which is warming faster than anywhere else, is of critical global importance. But almost unnoticed by the rest of the world, China’s policies
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COP21: Land and Water Convergence Speaks Out
By: Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
08 December 2015
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles” stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis. This alliance of struggles has delivered its message to the COP21 currently meeting at Paris. Their statement follows.   The
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HIC Takes on COP21
By: HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Right to the City in Africa
By: HIC-HLRN
30 November 2015
JOHANNESBURG—“This is what I have dreamed of for a long time,” said TJ Ngongoma of Abahlali baseMjondolo. TJ was referring to a pan-African people’s movement of struggling inhabitants and activists on the continent to transform local politics as we know it. That movement advanced last Saturday with regional meeting on
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Nigeria: UNSR Urges Halt to Eviction Trend
By: OHCHR
23 November 2015
GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country. The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out
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Philippines: Haiyan 2 Yrs. on, Still Waiting
By: Astrid Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation
08 November 2015
  Nearly 2 Years After Typhoon Haiyan, Many Still Waiting for Rehousing in Safer Areas. Experts are calling for a closer monitoring system of how aid funds are being spent.     TACLOBAN, Philippines—Arsenjo Francisco has lived near the sea all his life, but the retired Filipino fisherman lost his love of the ocean
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Pakistan: CSOs Defend Built Heritage from Metro
By: Khalid Hasnain, The Dawn
03 November 2015
LAHORE—Civil society activists, individuals and groups on Monday protested against the current route of the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project which, according to them, directly flouts Section 22 of the Antiquities Act 1975 and Punjab Special Premises Preservation Ordinance 1985 by passing along historical and internationally recognised heritage sites—Chauburji,
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