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Myanmar: A New Publication about Land Confiscation
By: Karen Human Rights Group
30 June 2015
Villagers in Karen areas of southeast Myanmar continue to face widespread land confiscation at the hands of a multiplicity of actors. Much of this can be attributed to the rapid expansion of domestic and international commercial interest and investment in southeast Myanmar since the January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between the
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World Bank Group’s Compliance & Land
By: HIC-HLRN
30 June 2015
Private sector investment affecting land in developing countries often leads to disputes between companies and local communities over land rights and land use. Since 1999, the private-sector arms of the World Bank Group (WBG)—the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)—have had an accountability mechanism to
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Turkey before the UPR
By: OHCHR
26 June 2015
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review of Sweden, Grenada, Turkey and Kuwait.   At the beginning of the meeting, the President of the Council, Joachim Ruecker, said that 26 June was the International Day of the Victims of Torture and reminded that the United
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Europe Movements Unite against Austerity
By: HIC-HLRN
25 June 2015
Athens—The history of privatization dates from ancient Greece, when governments contracted most public functions to the private sector. However, the present consequences of privatizing public assets and transferring private debt to public liability form a lethal public-policy cocktail that has afflicted the most vulnerable inhabitants of Europe, as evidenced by
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Supreme Court Upholds Key Tool for Fighting Housing Bias
By: Aljazeera America, the Associated Press
25 June 2015
The Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of
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FIFA and Human Rights
By: Miloon Kothari, Middle East Online
23 June 2015
Middle FIFA has become an institution that is not only a byword for corruption, but one that, through acts of omission and commission, has tolerated human rights violations around the world.   The past few weeks have revealed FIFA’s ills. The allegations and arrests of key officials have focused on massive
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ESCR Committee Highlights Women’s Land Rights
By: The Global Initiative for Economic Social and Cultural Rights
23 June 2015
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights welcomes the strong Observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights addressing land rights, and in particular women’s land rights, in Uganda.  The Concluding Observations were informed by a Parallel Report submitted by the Global Initiative and its local partners the Center for
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Pope Addresses Climate Ethics
By: Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein and Chris Mooney, Washington Post
18 June 2015
VATICAN CITY—He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.” And although he offers prayers at the beginning and end of his heavily anticipated missive on the environment, Pope Francis unmasks himself not only as
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Pope Addresses Climate Ethics
By: Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein and Chris Mooney, Washington Post
18 June 2015
  VATICAN CITY—He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.” And although he offers prayers at the beginning and end of his heavily anticipated missive on the environment, Pope Francis unmasks himself not only as
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Global Frackdown to Paris 2015
By: Global Frackdown
15 June 2015
For the last three years, the Global Frackdown initiative has played an important role in connecting the collective movement against fracking and elevating the call to ban fracking and related infrastructure and processes. It has shed light on the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, while moving toward a
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HIC @ the Expo dei Popoli, Milan
By: HIC-HLRN
10 June 2015
HIC at the Expo dei Popoli, Milan   From 3-5 June 2015, international social movements and NGOs working on issues of food sovereignty and environmental justice gathered together in Milan at the Expo dei Popoli. This event was organized outside of the Global Expo Milano  which boasts the theme “Feeding the Planet,
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Palestine: Palestinians have No Planning Rights at Area C
By: Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
05 June 2015
By rejecting a petition by Palestinian residents of Area C, Israel’s High Court of Justice effectively cemented two separate planning regimes on the same plot of land: one for Jews, another for Palestinians. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a petition to grant planning authority to Palestinians in Area
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How can we Ensure Habitat III Delivers on Citizen Priorities?
By: Azza Sirry, Citiscope
04 June 2015
The international system of development is too often failing to deliver to local communities. Next year’s cities conference is a key opportunity to change that. In April, I was part of the official Egyptian delegation to the second preparatory session for next year’s Habitat III conference on cities. As I was
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Brazil: Easing Land Purchases for Foreigners
By: Anna Edgerton and Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg
03 June 2015
Brazil`s government favors easing land-ownership restrictions for foreigners to help offset flagging commodities demand, Attorney General Luis Inacio Adams said. "I`m in favor of more flexibility on land ownership," Adams said in an interview. "The law needs to be modernized." Adams, appointed by President Dilma Rousseff, is the
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SDG Zero Draft Released
By: UN General Assembly
02 June 2015
Late on Monday, New York time, the co-chairs of the Open Working Group the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Ambassador David Donoghue of Ireland have released the zero draft of the new development agenda to permanent representatives of UN member states. Entitled “Transforming Our World
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Cambodia: CSOs Charge Boeung Kak Abuses
By: ESCR-Net
01 June 2015
New York—The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to express serious concern over the conditions faced by thousands of families who live, or lived prior to their eviction, near Boeung Kak Lake.   “The forcible evictions that
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French Council Bans Water Cut-offs
By: France Libertés and Coordination Eau Île-de-France
29 May 2015
On Friday, 29 May, France’s Constitutional Council rejected the demands of [Société d’Aménagement Urbain et Rural] SAUR (the third largest French water multinational corporation), which alleged that a Law passed 15 April 2013 (loi Brottes n° 2013–312) violated its ‘freedom to engage in contracts and its freedom to do business’ (atteinte à
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UN-Habitat: Landmark Governing Council
By: Greg Scruggs, Citiscope
28 May 2015
Landmark Governing Council session debates UN-Habitat’s role in the development agenda   NAIROBI—The 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council concluded on 23 April, following a week of debate on the wide array of issues surrounding today’s global process of urbanization. Highlighting the pivotal year for a review of the agency’s budget
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Serbia’s Housing Crisis Demands Immediate Action
By: UN Human Rights
26 May 2015
BELGRADE (26 May 2015) – Serbia has undergone enormous challenges in the last two decades and is currently facing structural adjustment, high unemployment and poverty. All of this has created a housing crisis that must be responded to immediately. “Serbia urgently needs a national law on housing that fosters non-discrimination
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Plundering Istanbul’s “Lungs”
By: Northern Forest Defense
25 May 2015
The Istanbul-based Northern Forests Defense (NFD) movement has published two new reports in English to expose the hazards of current plans for the construction of the Turkish city’s new airport complex. The NFD is a public-interest initiative that advocates the protection of the ecologically interconnected and diverse area north of
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