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Gaza: World Bank Sets War Losses @ $570 mil
07 July 2021
US$570 million physical and economical losses in Gaza, says World Bank   RAMALLAH—The eleven days of hostilities in May 2021 in Gaza resulted in the loss of over 260 people, including 66 children and 41 women, and exacerbated previous traumas in particular among children. The human toll was aggravated by overall damage

Human Rights and Land Event: Friday, 9 June
05 July 2021
Draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights   Friday 9 July 2021, 13:30 – 16:30 CEST live on Zoom from Villa Moynier, Geneva     The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is now developing a general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The purpose of this general

Nordic Fund Bans 16 Firms over Illegal Colonies
By: Gwladys Fouche and Simon Jessop, Reuters
05 July 2021
Nordic fund KLP excludes 16 companies over links to Israeli settlements in West Bank     OSLO—Norway`s largest pension fund KLP said on Monday it would no longer invest in 16 companies including Alstom ALSO.PA and Motorola MSI.N because of their links to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.   Along with a number of other countries, Norway considers

The Nakba and the Polish Law
By: Gilad Atzmon, Al Mayadeen net
30 June 2021
In 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed by the newly born Jewish `State`. This catastrophic racially driven crime is called the Nakba.     "Israel" seems upset by a new Polish law that sets a 30-year deadline for Jews to recover seized property. The legislation is yet to be approved by

Lebanon’s Sectarian Oligarchic Economy
By: Mat Nashed, Fanack
30 June 2021
How a Sectarian Oligarchy Destroyed Lebanon’s Economy   Lebanon is coping with an unprecedented banking crisis that has plunged more than half of the population into poverty. Those responsible are sectarian political elites who have plundered the economy since Lebanon’s civil war ended in 1990.   Besides a glitchy downtown quarter reserved for the rich

Texas Criminalizes Homelessness
By: National Low-income Housing Coalition
28 June 2021
Texas Passes Statewide Camping Ban     Amid a housing affordability crisis, cities across the U.S. have been struggling with their unsheltered populations. Two years ago, Austin, Texas, decriminalized activities related to homelessness. But this year, citizens voted to re-criminalize them — as the state banned “public camping.”     Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation on

USA: Florida Keys Sinking
By: Oliver Milman, Mother Jones
25 June 2021
Florida Keys’ Fate: “The Water Is Coming and We Can’t Stop It” As seas rise and storms intensify, residents face a stark reality.     Long famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by

Brazil: Indigenous Protest New Land Law
By: Anthony Boadle, editing by Matthew Lewis/Reuters
24 June 2021
Police tear gas indigenous protest for land rights in Brazil   BRASILIA, Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of indigenous people protesting on Tuesday outside Brazil`s Congress against a bill lawmakers were about to debate that would undermine recognition of protected reservation lands.   The protesters, among them

Special Rapporteurs on adequate housing @ 20
22 June 2021
Today, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, presents his report to the UN Human Rights Council: “20 years Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing – Tacking stock – moving forward”   The report (A/HRC/47/43) highlights key achievements and contributions of the mandate since its establishment

Sudanese Women adopt positive Discrimination Principle
By: Radio Dabanga
20 June 2021
Over 30 associations of displaced women from war zones in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur regions have demanded the adoption of the principle of positive discrimination for justice and access to rights, along with fair compensation for injustices and at least 20 per cent representation of women at

Tanzania: Safari Tourism Evict Maasai en Masse
By: Oakland Institute
16 June 2021
Thousands of Maasai Face Eviction for Safari Tourism in Tanzania   The threat that “Fortress Conservation” poses to the survival of Indigenous communities around the world is growing. Amidst the daily flood of emails, we wanted to ensure that you didn’t miss our latest report sounding the alarm on massive, planned evictions

UN to Plumb “root causes” in Israel/Palestine
27 May 2021
The UN Human Rights Council convened a special session on 27 May 2021 to debate and vote (24–9) on a resolution to urgently dispatch an open-ended commission of inquiry in response to the recent events leading to military conflict between Israel and armed groups in the blockaded and besieged Gaza

Irish Parliament: Israeli Colonies = Annexation
By: Cate McCurry and James Ward, Independent
26 May 2021
Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexationز Ireland became the first EU member state to do so after a Sinn Fein motion received cross-party support in the Dail. .   A Dail motion, tabled by Sinn Fein, was passed

Israeli Settler Money Trail Found
By: Uri Blau / Shomrim, Forward
25 May 2021
The money trail behind the Jerusalem eviction battle that sparked the latest Israeli-Palestinian violence, exposed     One of the triggers for the recent conflagration in East Jerusalem, which quickly spread across Israel, was an effort to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.   Like so many real-estate cases over the so-called Green Line that

Palestine: Call for Action
25 May 2021
HRC 30th Special Session: Call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution on the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in Israel   On 27 May 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) will hold a Special Session in relation to the

How Low-income-housing Tax Credits Enrich Private Interests
By: Peter J Reilly, Forbes
24 May 2021
Low-income Housing Tax Credit Enriching Private Interests At Expense Of Common Good     According to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, there is no clear rule to the effect that living in the land of the free and the home of the brave gives one a right to housing. Nonetheless, the Federal Government

Palestine: CSOs Urge States` Diligence in UNHRC
By: Various NGOs
21 May 2021
Joint letter to Permanent Missions to the UN at Geneva   Regional and international civil society organizations from around the world call on UN Member States to address the escalating and institutionalized Israeli attacks against Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line during the 30th HRC Special Session (Endorsing signatures listed

Puerto Rico: Still No Relief since Hurricane Maria
By: Ivis Garcia, American Bar Association
21 May 2021
The Lack of Proof of Ownership in Puerto Rico Is Crippling Repairs in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria        When Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017, it devastated the tiny island of Puerto Rico. The level of damage proved far more severe than the territory’s government could bear. More than a

Climate Change Displaces Over 40 Million
By: Ajit Niranjan, Deutsche Welle
20 May 2021
Extreme weather displaces record numbers of people as temperatures rise More than 40 million people were driven from their homes by continued conflict and worsening weather in 2020 as the climate grew increasingly chaotic.        Storms, floods, wildfires and droughts drove more than 30 million people from their homes last year, as rising

Gaza: Refugees Shelter at UNRWA Schools
19 May 2021
Displaced Palestine refugees seek shelter at UNRWA schools in Gaza Format       In the Gaza Strip, where approximately 70 per cent of the population are Palestine refugees, catastrophic bombardment is being carried out as the besieged coastal enclave enters the 14th year of an air, land and sea blockade that has devastated lives, infrastructure and

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