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RCEP Trade Deal will Intensify Land Grabbing in Asia
By :GRAIN
12 July 2019
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed mega-trade agreement that involves 10 countries of Southeast Asia and six of their trading partners.[1] If adopted, it will be the biggest trade deal in the world. RCEP will not just change rules on the export and import of goods and services;
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World Bank’s Attack on Small Farmers
By :AfricaFocus Bulletin
27 May 2019
Editor`s Note:   “Enabling the Business of Agriculture,” promoted by the World Bank, and now enhanced with a new sub-indicator on land policy, is presented as a way to advance agricultural development, particularly in Africa. In reality, notes a new report from the Oakland Institute, it gives an additional push to a
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DRC: Failed Agro-Industrial Park Model
By :Oakland Institute and HLRN
25 April 2019
The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle: The Failure of Agro-Industrial Parks in DRC is a new report of the Oakland Institute that exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the establishment and collapse of
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Waorani People Sue for Survival against Big Oil
By :Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute
11 April 2019
Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed     On 27 February, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to march peacefully through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and,
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Human Right to Adequate Housing v. Blackstone L.P.
By :HLRN
26 March 2019
Today, UN Special Rapporteur on to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha held a press conference in Copenhagen to speak about letters that she and Surya Deva, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises jointly released to governments and corporations
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United Nations` Land and Conflict Guidance
By :HIC-HLRN
15 March 2019
Competition and control over land are among the common root causes and subjects of conflict, as well as the underlying factors hindering recovery and durable peace. Meanwhile, land has not been adequately treated in conflict management and resolution. At the same, the land and conflict nexus is only becoming more
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USA: Court Rules IFC Not Immune
By :Diane Desierto, European Journal of International Law blog
28 February 2019
SCOTUS decision in Jam et al v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) denies absolute immunity to IFC…with caveats     When it rains, it somehow pours.   February 2019 ended up being such a landmark month for international law adjudication. A day after the International Court of Justice released its landmark Chagos Advisory Opinion (finely discussed by
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Ireland: Gas Terminal Project Goes to EU Court
By :Ann O`Loughlin, Irish Examiner
15 February 2019
Shannon Estuary gas terminal project referred to European Court of Justice by the Irish High Court as it triggers the EU Habitats Directive.     The High Court has referred to Europe a number of questions relating to a five-year extension of planning permission for a liquid gas terminal on the Shannon Estuary. Mr
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Brazil: Another Mining Dam Disaster
By :Associated Press
28 January 2019
Search for Brazil dam survivors renews as death toll hits 58     BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was
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World Bank Schemes to Privatize the Commons
By :Oakland Institute
24 January 2019
The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons details how the Bank’s prescribes reforms, via a new land indicator in the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, promotes large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of agribusinesses in the developing world. This new indicator is
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Haiti: Social Production in Canaan
By :Jacob Kushner, Place
07 January 2019
In Haiti`s city-without-a-government, residents want land titles, taxation. Without titles, residents risk losing any investment they make and cannot use their property as collateral.     CANAAN, Haiti—On a street of rocks and white dust in the centre of one of the world`s newest cities, Alisma Robert pointed to an array of electric
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Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
By :Jillo Kadida, The Star
01 August 2018
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
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Progress in Land Indicators
By :Oumar Sylla and Everlyne Nairesiae
30 July 2018
This July is the first time the United Nations will review the progress made towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 15, which is about Life on Land. Each goal will be reviewed about every four years until 2030.   The reviews will be based on the 10 indicators countries agreed on, that assess change in
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Laos: “Substandard construction” Causes Dam Collapse
By :Kocha Olarn, Sandi Sidhu and Ben Westcott, CNN
27 July 2018
Minister says “substandard construction” caused Laos dam to collapse. 25,000 people evacuated.    The collapse of Laos dam that triggered massive flooding and devastation was due to "substandard construction," the country`s Minister of Energy and Mines said Thursday.   According to the state-run Laos News Agency, Minister Khammany Inthirath told reporters at a news
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
By :Sophie Edwards, Devex
18 June 2018
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
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30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
By :Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
30 April 2018
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
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China Mining Co. Destroys Mozambique Village
By :Ghana News
01 April 2018
Mozambique’s coastal village on the brink of extinction from irresponsible Chinese mining company. Mining giant Haiyu denies responsibility for flood that left 290 people homeless, while Mozambican authorities fail to regulate mining industry to ensure people’s safety, denying village residents reparation for their losses.     An irresponsible Chinese mining operation in Mozambique
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Pakistan: Empowering Sindh’s Landless Farmers
By :Amin Ahmed, Dawn
05 February 2018
$5m project aims to empower Sindh’s landless farmers     An internationally funded project was launched in Sindh last week in an attempt to improve land tenancy for landless farmers.   Landless farmers (or haris) in the province usually have access to land as tenants through paperless agreements between them and landlords. Without having any
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China’s OBOR Project Dispossesses, Displaces Tibetans
By :David Brewster, Inside Policy
24 January 2018
China’s Belt and Road Initiative will result in important strategic consequence for the countries of South Asia, writes David Brewster. But its impact on China itself should not be ignored.   In geopolitical terms, South Asia has long functioned like an island, nominally attached to Eurasia but not really part of it.
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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USA: GOP Enables Arctic Drilling
By :Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News
18 October 2017
GOP lawmakers open door to arctic drilling     WASHINGTON—Tucked into the budget bill the Senate is likely to pass this week is a provision that could quietly open the door to drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a controversial issue that has been the subject of fierce debate in
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HIComment on UN-Habitat Review
By :HIC-HLRN
05 September 2017
In advance of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on 5 and 6 September 2017, HIC and HLRN have reviewed the High-level Independent Panel assessing the performance and capacity of UN-Habitat and posing recommendations for its future. The Panel’s report considers UN-Habitat performance and capacity from four angles, including
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India: What Exactly Is a Smart City?
By :Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Scroll-in
04 September 2017
What exactly is a smart city? The Indian government does not want you to know. It thwarted the Bureau of Indian Standards’ plan to fix clear criteria for defining a smart city, and came out with a fuzzy ‘Liveability Index’ instead.     Are the urban centres selected by the Union government
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The Cost of Land Grabbing in Mozambique
By :Burag Gurden, Pambazuka News
31 August 2017
The cost of land grabbing in Mozambique`s Tete Province     Tete Province is very rich in coal. An estimated 23 billion tons of mostly untapped coal lies beneath Tete. It is expected to become the region’s energy powerhouse built on coal and hydroelectricity. However, local farmer communities have been on the losing
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Nicaragua: Future Canal Threatens Mass Eviction
By :Amnesty International
03 August 2017
Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction     The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal
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Myanmar’ Karen Protest Harmful Thai Coal Mine
By :Inclusive Development
19 June 2017
Karen communities in Myanmar to Thai Rights Commission: Stop harmful coal mine     Representatives of indigenous Karen communities in Myanmar this week filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand alleging human rights violations resulting from the activities of Thai companies operating an open-pit coal mine. The Ban
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China Evicts More Tibetan Nomads for “Development”
By :RFA
15 June 2017
Tibetan nomads forced from resettlement towns to make way for development     Tibetan nomads previously forced from traditional grazing lands in a state-directed resettlement scheme in Qinghai are now being told to go back, as authorities begin to target their current homes for development as tourist centers and housing for government employees,
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World Bank’s Agriculture Initiative Criticized
By :Brettonwoods Project
18 January 2017
Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative. In mid-January, 157 organisations and individuals sent a letter to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim calling for the termination of the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative (EBA, see Bulletin May 2014,
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Sri Lanka: Clashes over Land in China Port Deal
By :abc.net.au
07 January 2017
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.   Key points: Clash takes place as Prime Minister attends
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Nigerian King Sues Shell in London
By :Alice Ritchie, Phys.org
22 November 2016
Nigerian tribal king Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi has flown to London for a High Court hearing in which lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills   King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By :Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By :Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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India Mine Displaced 400 Adivasi Families
By :Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera
07 July 2016
The mine that displaced India`s indigenous people. About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine, but blasting and water contamination forced them to leave     The earth-shattering sound of dynamite welcomed us to the small village of Lath, which sits on the edge of an open-cast coal mine.
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Demise of World Bank Accountability
By :HIC-HLRN
22 June 2016
A forthcoming article in the American University International Law Review(AUILR) addressed “The Demise of Accountability at the World Bank?” The article by Natalie Bugalski, of Inclusive Development,  examines recent trends in the accountability system at the World Bank, including the proposed Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and developments at the
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Brazil: Fundão Dam Devastation
By :Ingrid Fadnes, Al Jazeera
14 June 2016
MARIANA, Brazil—On November 5, 2015, the Fundao dam burst in the inland municipality of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian mining company Samarco, owned by two of the world`s biggest mining corporations, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, operated the dam.   Tcharly do Barmo Batista, a 23-year-old father,
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World Bank Accountability @ Spring Meetings
By :Oakland Institute
12 April 2016
World Bank Accountability on Forced Resettlements Must be a Priority at Its Spring Meetings                                                                                                             Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.   Between 2004 and 2013, nearly 3.4 million people were physically or economically
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U.S. Congress to World Bank: End Water PPPs
12 April 2016
Congresswoman wants to halt and investigate World Bank’s private water investments   The practice of the World Bank both advising countries on water and investing in private water companies presents a concerning conflict of interest, said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., in a letter addressed to World Bank head Jim Kim. In it,
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World Bank Rolls back Safeguards Further
By :BIC
04 August 2015
Dangerous rollback in environmental and social protections with the World Bank’s new Framework, undermining President Kim’s commitment to “no dilution”   Washington—The World Bank has released new draft safeguard policies[i] that will vastly weaken protections for affected communities and the environment at the same time as the bank intends to finance more
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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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Documents (18)

Document Title

Publication Date

Commission of Inquiry into Post-election Violence

05 December 2018

Rapport d’inventaire des biens des communautés locales de Mvuzi 3, Lubuaku, Lundu et Kilengo à Inga

06 June 2018

Commentary on the High Level Independent Panel`s Report to Assess and Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat (summary)

05 September 2017

Commentary on the High Level Independent Panel`s Report to Assess and Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat

05 September 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

Budha Ismail Jam et al. v, IFC judgment

27 June 2017

Matrice de Pertes/Outil pour l`évaluation des impacts de l`expulsion

28 August 2016

The Future We Want – The United Nations We Need

16 June 2016

Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées (CSA-CDA)

15 October 2015

Marco de Acción para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición durante Crisis Prolongadas (marco de acción del CSA)

15 October 2015

إطار العمل بشأن الأمن الغذائي والتغذية في الأزمات الممتدة

15 October 2015

المبادئ الخاصة بإستثمات الارشيدة في الزراعة واانظم الغذئية

18 October 2014

Concept Paper for a FAO Inventory of Legal Norms Applied to Protracted Crises

12 August 2013

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 2012

Principes de base et directives sur les expulsions forcées et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Principes de base et directives concernant les expulsions et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

Principios básicos y directrices sobre los desalojos y el desplazamiento generados por el desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

المبادئ الأساسية والمبادئ التوجيهية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والترحيل بدافع التنمية

05 February 2007

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