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States Urge Spain to Respect Saharawi Rights
As a matter of extraterritorial human rights obligation, Namibia and East-Timor have today recommended Spain to respect the Saharawi people`s right to free, prior and informed consent before any exploitation of Western Sahara`s natural resources.   Spain today went through its third Universal Periodic Review, a peer review in the
Source Western Sahara Resources Watch (WSRW) (22 January 2020)
 
At WEF, Greta Nails It
The words of 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, addressing world leaders today at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. She spoke just after President Trump addressed the Forum, touting U.S. economic prowess, but
Source Democracy Now and BBC (21 January 2020)
 
UN Landmark Case for Climate-displaced
UN landmark case for people displaced by climate change      In a ground-breaking asylum case, a UN human rights body has ruled that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering deportation of asylum seekers, said Amnesty International today.    Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific nation of
Source Amnesty International (20 January 2020)
 
Remunicipalizing Our Cities
From sparkling water fountains to better waste services and lower drug prices, cities are showing the benefits of remunicipalisation In 2015, a strident editorial appeared in Global Water Intelligence, a trade magazine for the water industry, under the title: Exorcising the “R” word. “It would be a travesty,”
Source Dan Hancox, The Guardian (19 January 2020)
 
CSOs Blast UN’s Corporate Take-over
WEF takeover of UN strongly condemned. With the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos around the corner, hundreds of CSOs reiterate condemnation of the partnership between the corporate world with the UN.     As corporate executives fly into Davos for the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF),
Source FIAN and various CSOs (16 January 2020)
 
Tribute to Ghanimat Azhdari
‘She was absolutely adored’: Iranian scientist spent her life fighting for indigenous voices in conservation.   Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This
Source Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal (10 January 2020)
 
OpT: 2019 House Demolitions
Israeli house demolitions spiked in 2019 compared to previous years   Irael demolished a record number of homes in East Jerusalem in 2019, also setting a record for homes demolished by their own owners on Israel’s orders. The number of homes Israel demolished in the rest of the West Bank, both over
Source B`tselem (06 January 2020)
 
Kashmir: A Land without Internet
In a land without Internet, the communication blackout is forcing young entrepreneurs out of Kashmir Valley. With the Internet blackout stretching for more than 120 days in Jammu and Kashmir, start-ups that began with much fanfare are closing down. Peerzada Ashiq reports on young Kashmiri entrepreneurs who are leaving behind
Source Peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu (08 December 2019)
 
London: 150 Homeless Die in Streets, 2018
The Homeless Fund: Nearly 150 people ‘with hope in their lives’ dead in one year in London. Recent church services commemorated all those lost to London`s homelessness crisis     Nearly 150 people are known to have perished sleeping rough last year – the average age for women to die was 43, nearly
Source Mark Blunden, The Independent (21 November 2019)
 
EU Fisheries in Western Sahara "Unlawful"
Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr. Hans Corell (Sweden), has again criticized EU`s approach to fisheries practices in Western Sahara. The statements came in a speech delivered at the annual conference of The Belgian Society of international Law, in Brussels, 14–15
Source WSRW (20 November 2019)
 


   
 


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