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2004 Tsunami Remembered
26 December 2014
Memorial services are taking place across littoral Asia and East Africa, and elsewhere, for the 220,000 people killed after underwater earthquake set off massive tsunami across Indian Ocean. HIC-HLRN pauses to memorialize the victims and acknowledge the long struggle of survivors to rebuild their lives and livelihoods over the past

USA: Omaha Tribal Land, Sovereignty Affirmed
By: Dennis Hastings, Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project
26 December 2014
In the two century “paper history” (1815–2014) imposed by the U.S. Government through Treaty, legislative law, case law and administrative codes upon the sovereign Omaha Nation—an Indigenous people of the Americas—the Omaha have endured the forced cession of ancestral lands and the natural and material capital thereof.   These lands comprised

Israel Approves 380 New East Jerusalem Settler Homes
By: Agence France-Presse
25 December 2014
Israeli authorities gave final approval on Wednesday to the construction of 380 new settler homes in two areas of annexed east Jerusalem, a local official said.   "The municipal commission has given construction permits for 307 homes in Ramot and 73 in Har Homa," Yosef Pepe Alalu, a Jerusalem city councillor with

Libya: ≥120K Displaced in Fighting
23 December 2014
GENEVA / TRIPOLI—Fighting in recent months between armed groups in western and eastern Libya, as well as in the south, has resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, mass displacement and acute humanitarian conditions for those trapped in conflict zones, a new United Nations human rights report released Tuesday warns.   The report

Commercialization of Farming by Expropriating Lands
By: Mikael Wossen, ethiomedia.com
21 December 2014
Access to clean water and electricity are accepted as the sine qua non of modernity. Yet a sizable portion of the people of Ethiopia has no immediate access to both. Lack of clean water and its key consequence hygiene, and electricity are regularly felt by many Ethiopians, even by citizens

UNGA: Israel to Pay Lebanon for Jiyyah Attack
By: Al Jazeera
20 December 2014
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack in its war against Hezbollah in 2006.   The resolution, which passed late on Friday, said "the environmental disaster" resulted in an oil

Lebanon MP: “Israel Stealing Lebanon`s Oil for 7 Years”
By: The Daily Star
14 December 2014
BEIRUT—Israel has been dipping into Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas reserves for years, Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi warned Sunday, days after Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri made a similar statement.   “The Israeli enemy had started drilling for oil more than seven years ago,” the MP said in a statement released Sunday.   Musawi said

Australia Mine Destroys Ecosystem
By: Thuy Ong, Al Jazeera
13 December 2014
MAULES CREEK, Australia—On a balmy Sunday in late November, the renowned Rugby Union Wallabies player David Pocock chained himself to mining equipment where he spent the next 10 hours with a handful of others to protest against the bulldozing of a state forest to make way for what will become

New OHCHR Report: Human Rights & Land
13 December 2014
Access, use and control over land impacts a wide range of human rights issues including poverty reduction, access to an adequate standard of living, development projects and humanitarian interventions and conflict prevention. A new report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts contains a number of recommendations

US: Privatization of Apache Tribe Land
By: Emily Bregel, Arizona Daily Star
11 December 2014
Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week. Members of Congress — including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act a controversial land-swap measure that would privatize national forest land sacred to Western Apache

New Report Scores USA “Failed” Homeless
By: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
10 December 2014
WASHINGTON DC—Following the third examination of criminalization of homelessness by a UN human rights monitoring body this year, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty today issues its annual report card on the human right to housing, giving the U.S. failing grades in a number of areas.       On November 13 and 14, the U.N.

Ireland: Protest against Water Privatization
By: Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams.org
10 December 2014
Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push. "We can`t pay! We won`t pay!" was the call of tens of thousands who took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday to protest a controversial water fee—the latest in a series of unpopular austerity measures

Rise of Poland`s Urban Movement
By: Igor Stokfiszewski, Al Jazeera
09 December 2014
Poland`s recent local elections went according to the usual script: The ruling coalition of the Civic Platform and Polish People`s Party retained their control over major cities. But there was one political surprise in the final results. The urban movement, which ran for the first time in elections as a

US Congress Loots Indigenous Apache Lands
By: Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country; Michael McAuliff, The Huffington Post
08 December 2014
    San Carlos Apache Leader Seeks Senate Defeat of Copper Mine on Sacred Land               Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country               08 December 2014 The leader of the San Carlos Apache Tribe is asking the Senate not to vote on the annual National Defense Authorization Act until a provision that would allow a massive copper mining

Mexican Right-to-water Ruling
08 December 2014
On Wednesday, 26 November, the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico issued its judgment in Lidia Velazquez Reynoso (Case No.  49/2014), determining that the constitutional and international obligations for the human right to water requires that each person receive “sufficient” water: 50–100 liters per person per day.   The decision followed

Local Authorities in Solidarity with Palestine
08 December 2014
HIC-HLRN joined representatives of ECCP, US Campaign to End Israel’s Occupation, BDS Brasil, PLAN (Palestine Legal Action Network), Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Perdana Global Peace Foundation, Cités Unies France and local governments, as well as other civil society organizations, gathered in Seville on 2–3 December 2014 in the International Conference

Land Forum 2014 Report
07 December 2014
HIC-HLRN organized its fifth annual Land Forum in Tunis from 5 to 7 December 2014 under the theme “Taking It to the Next Level: Relating Local Issues to Global Processes.” The program focused on civil society participation in ongoing processes in international forums that promise to set new norms and

French Homeless Forced to Wear “Yellow Triangles”
By: The Local
03 December 2014
Authorities in France’s second-largest city have come under fire for issuing its homeless with ID cards that detail their health issues.   Human rights groups and government ministers have slammed the “yellow triangle cards,” comparing them to the Nazi-era Star of David that was sewn onto Jewish people’s clothes during the Holocaust.   “This

Over 400,000 have Fled after Boko Haram Attacks
By: IRIN News
28 November 2014
DAKAR, 28 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians

Colombia: Land-restitution Efforts Fail Displaced Millions
By: Kayleen Devlin, Vice News
27 November 2014
Killings, threats of violence, and flawed legislation are preventing millions of Colombians from reclaiming stolen land, a report has found — further imperiling the fragile peace process aimed at ending the world`s longest running civil conflict. In 2011, the country`s government implemented the Victims and Land Restitution Law, hailed as a

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