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COVID-19 and the Right to Healthy Food for All
The COVID19 crisis is rapidly expanding and deepening, highlighting and exacerbating existing inequalities including wealth, health, race and gender. In many countries it will develop into a deep social and economic crisis where the most vulnerable will again suffer the most – with no access to healthcare, losing their jobs
Source HIC-HLRN, IPC (07 April 2020)
Palestine: Land Day (joint statement)
On Land Day, Civil Society Urges Accountability and the End to Israel’s Illegal Closure of Gaza   For the past two years,[1] Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip have gathered on a near-weekly basis to participate in the Great Return March demonstrations at the Gaza perimeter fence, calling for an end to
Source NGOs (30 March 2020)
South Africa: Evictions Despite Moratorium
Evictions continue in Durban despite the national moratorium     The national government made a clear promise that there would be no evictions during the national shutdown implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, today, at around 12:30, Calvin Security returned to the Ekuphumeleleni settlement in Mariannhill, which falls under
Source Abahlali baseMjondolo (29 March 2020)
UN Invites Corporate Capture of Food Systems
The UN has increasingly involved corporations in UN decision making, a trend made obvious in the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. This time, the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has formed an alliance with the corporate world—outside of the framework of UN Charter-based specialized agencies—to set the global agenda for further corporate capture of
Source HIC-HLRN (23 March 2020)
ZA/Palestine: Apartheid 60 Yrs after Sharpeville
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Time to Recognise and End Israeli Apartheid over the Palestinian People   21 March 2020   The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre under apartheid in South Africa, on 21 March 1960. At Sharpeville, police opened
Source (21 March 2020)
IPC on post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy
Don’t let agribusiness take over the Post – 2020 Biodiversity Strategy     The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) delegation of small-scale food producers participated at the Second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Rome, from 24
Source IPC (18 March 2020)
COVID-19: We Need a Human Rights Habitat
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised and responsible governments have enforced that we stay at home stay, frequently wash our hands often with soap and warm water, maintain social distancing and keep our immune system strong, these live-saving measures are impossible for vulnerable people
Source HIC-HLRN (17 March 2020)
US Aid to Israel Razing Palestinian Homes
House Democrats ask if Israel violating US aid restriction by using resources to demolish Palestinian homes.   More than 60 Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Donald Trump administration to clarify whether Israel uses American military equipment to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank, hinting that doing so could trigger military aid
Source (16 March 2020)
UN: New Study on Climate-change Impacts
A wide-ranging UN climate report, released on last week, shows that climate change is having a major effect on all aspects of the environment, as well as on the health and wellbeing of the global population. The report, The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019, which
Source Chinedum Uwaegbulam, The Guardian (16 March 2020)
W. Sahara Sues NZ Fund over “Blood Phosphates”
West Saharan group takes New Zealand superannuation fund to court over `blood phosphate` Independence movement lodges documents in high court arguing $45bn fund invests in illegally mined fertiliser     The Western Sahara liberation movement has taken New Zealand’s superannuation fund to the country’s highest court over its investments in farms that use phosphate
Source Ben Doherty, The Guardian (15 March 2020)


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