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CSOs Urge UNGA to Remedy Apartheid in Palestine
Global Response to Israeli Apartheid: A Call to the UNGA   Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures,
Source (22 September 2020)
Western Sahara: Laureates Appeal to UNSG
Open Letter to the United Nations Secretary General     In solidarity with Sahrawi human rights activist and 2019 Right Livelihood Laureate Aminatou Haidar, twenty-two Right Livelihood Laureates have sent an open letter today to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres ahead of his report to the Security Council.       Mr. António Guterres
Source Right Livelihood Award Laureates (18 September 2020)
US War on Terror Displaced 37 million+
A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since     At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report from Brown
Source John Ismay, The New York Times Magazine (08 September 2020)
Yemen: Houthis Kill, Expel Ethiopian Migrants
BEIRUT--Houthi forces in April 2020 forcibly expelled thousands of Ethiopian migrants from northern Yemen using Covid-19 as a pretext, killing dozens and forcing them to the Saudi border, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi border guards then fired on the fleeing migrants, killing dozens more, while hundreds of survivors escaped
Source Human Rights Watch (13 August 2020)
Land Times issue 20
HIC’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN) welcomes you to its 20th issue of Land Times. This milestone edition emphasizes the role of civil society in identifying and remedying housing and land rights problems in the context of a global pandemic. Amid this protracted crisis, events and developments in the Middle
Source HIC-HLRN (08 August 2020)
Occupied Kashmir’s Year of Exploding Memories
In Kashmir, a Year of Exploding Memories A year after the state’s special status was revoked, peace remains a distant hope.     SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir—Over the past year, life in Indian-administered Kashmir has grown markedly more challenging. On 5 August 2019, New Delhi revoked Article 370—which had guaranteed a measure of autonomy
Source Adil Amin Akhoon, Sharafat Ali, Foreign Policy (02 August 2020)
Battir, Palestine: Settlers Invade Heritage Site
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site Palestinians in the West Bank agricultural village of Battir are encountering armed Israeli settlers trying to push them off their land.     Khaled and Miriam Muammar live in Battir, an agricultural village in the occupied West Bank, just
Source Yuval Abraham, +972 mag (29 July 2020)
Palestine/Israel: JNF Trees Dispossess Bedouin
Israel pushing large tree planting in Naqab to disclaim lands to Bedouin     Israel is pushing through a plan to plant trees across a significant swath of the Negev in a bid to deny Bedouin residents from accessing the lands.   The plan is described as “agricultural planting” but local activists and human
Source Zafrir Rinat and Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz (14 July 2020)
HIC Statement to the High-level Political Forum 2020
Today, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and its Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) subnitted a one-page statement to the UN High-Level Political Form (HLPF), which will convene at UN Headquarters on 7 to 16 July 2020, in order to review states` progress toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Source HIC-HLRN (08 June 2020)
Call for TNCs to Quit Saudi Neom Project
American consulting firm must withdraw support from human rights-violating megaproject in Saudi Arabia     The Boston Consulting Group’s unlawful involvement in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM megaproject was the subject of an open letter endorsed by twelve human rights organizations, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), sent to the Group on
Source Various international civil society organizations (02 June 2020)


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