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UN Obliges Israel to Compensate Lebanon
The U.N. on Friday voted in favor of obliging Israel to pay Lebanon compensations over the 2006 oil spill caused by its bombing of the seaside Jiye power plant. According to a tweet posted by MP Hagop Terzian, the U.N. decision obliges Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million in compensations. 158 member
Source Naharnet Newsdesk (15 November 2019)
UN Report on Israeli Colonies Speaks Truth
He’s a very tall man with bright eyes and a broad smile, and he holds out a great paw when he greets you. But Michael Lynk is no gentle giant. He may teach human rights law at the Western University in London, Ontario, but as the UN’s special rapporteur on human
Source Robert Fisk (14 November 2019)
Report to UNCERD on Israeli Apartheid
Eight Palestinian, regional and international NGOs have submitted a substantial report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), ahead of the committee’s upcoming review of Israel’s next month. According to a statement published this week, the NGOs in question were Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Al-Haq,
Source Middle East Monitor (14 November 2019)
Turkey’s Conflict Aquaculture Exposed
Turkey has become the leading importer of fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara. The aquaculture company Gümüşdoğa turns the meal into valuable fisheries products for the European market.     On 6 November 2019, WSRW witnessed the arrival of the cargo vessel Derya Aytekin as it arrived at the port of Gulluk, Turkey.
Source WSRW (10 November 2019)
Pakistan: HIC Member Assaulted, Threatened
Human Rights Defender Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot threatened and physically assaulted     Dr. Khadim Hussain Dahot, human rights defender and director of HIC Member organization has been attacked outside his home in Sindh Province, Pakistan. The mob of unidentified men attacking the defender accused him of inciting sectarian violence and committing blasphemy.   Dr.
Source HIC-HLRN (31 October 2019)
UN Housing Expert Invites Your Comments
The Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, invites States, UN agencies, NHRIs and civil society representatives to a consultation and discussion on the   “Guidelines for the implementation of the right to adequate housing”   which will be submitted as her final report to the forthcoming session of the
Source OHCHR (30 October 2019)
Framing the Inquiry into Land Inequality
The International Land Coalition (ILC) has launched a research project on land inequality in the world, beginning with an exercise of framing the approach the many related complexities of land inequality. The result of that initial effort is a coherent framework for research and action with suggested themes and questions for
Source Arantxa Guereña and Marc Wegerif (30 October 2019)
Coastal Cities Sinking Faster than Predicted
Facing a flooded future, the world’s vulnerable coastal cities will undergo sea-level rise worse than previously understood, according to a new corrective report by Climate Central.   As a result of heat-trapping pollution from human activities, rising sea levels could within three decades will push chronic floods higher than land currently home
Source HIC-HLRN (29 October 2019)
USA: Island Returned to Indigenous Owners
Eureka returns an island to a tribe nearly 160 years after a massacre     California is in a moment of long overdue reckoning with the state’s original sin: the blood-soaked treatment of the people who inhabited this land long before any white settlers ever dreamed of Manifest Destiny. In recent
Source Julia Wick, Essential California, Los Angeles Times (22 October 2019)
HIC-HLRN Report to CESCR on Israel
HIC-HLRN has submitted a parallel report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat, in advance of CESCR`s 66th Session on 2–3 October 2019, when the State of Israel will be reviewed. The catalyst for this particular
Source HIC-HLRN (19 September 2019)


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