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EU’s Biggest Pension Funds Invest Big in Colonies
Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invested in illegal Israeli settler colonies.   Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines
Source Mikkel Bahl, Hanan Chemlali & Kristoffer Marslev, Danwatch (31 January 2017)
World Bank’s Agriculture Initiative Criticized
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,
Source Brettonwoods Project (18 January 2017)
Mexico: Expelled Christians Forced to Live in Wine Cellar
A year after seven Christian families were forced from their homes in a village in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, the 30 Christians are currently being housed in a wine cellar. Following their eviction on 26 January 2016, based on the results of a popular vote in which almost 2,000 residents elected
Source World Watch Monitor (17 January 2017)
New Year Message: Remembering Palestine
As the world embarks on the New Year 2017, after crowning a series of global policy summits by adopting a new agenda at Habitat III (October 2016),[1] we turn our attentions to implementing, monitoring and evaluating the performance of a new layer of norms. That new standard coexists beside other
Source Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN (01 January 2017)
UNSC Votes to End Israeli Settler Colonies
It was the first time in eight years that the UN Security Council had passed a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal construction of settler colonies in occupied Palestine. The vote came on Friday, following an unprecedented intervention of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that had U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "advising" Egyptian
Source HIC-HLRN (24 December 2016)
Homelessness: Not Just a Christmas Crisis
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis. The following is an editorial     For a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities such as Crisis and the volunteers they recruit tries to offer something like festive cheer for thousands of people who might otherwise have been sleeping
Source The Guardian (21 December 2016)
ECJ Rejects Morocco`s Western Sahara Claim
European Court of Justice dismisses Morocco`s claim to Western Sahara, throwing EU trade deal into doubt. The ruling on the bloc`s trade deals with Morocco means they do not apply to Western Sahara, which occupied territory is notable for its fish stocks, mineral extraction, agricultural exports and potential oil reserves.     Morocco’s
Source Dominic Dudley, Forbes (21 December 2016)
Following the Money: Justice for Land Grabs
Following the Money: Illuminating the path to justice for global land grabs     This year, our organization, Inclusive Development International, launched the Follow the Money initiative – a new tool to fight land grabs and other corporate abuses.  It’s a simple idea, but we believe it has the potential to be
Source Natalie Bugalski and David Pred, Inclusive Development (16 December 2016)
Land Rights Defender Killings Tripled in 2016
2015 had been the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders who are struggling to protect land, forests and rivers from privately interested takers. But, in 2016, roughly 16 land rights advocates have been killed each month from January through November.     PENANG, Malaysia—Advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific
Source PANAP (10 December 2016)
EU Aid Rewards Western Sahara Occupation
For the second year in a row, the Moroccan government has spent most of the EU`s fish sector support on the development of the fishing industry in occupied Western Sahara. And the EU was fully aware of it.   Under the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, entered into force in July 2014, Morocco
Source WSRW (24 November 2016)


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