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Palestine: Protests for Nakba Day
Palestinians are marking Nakba Day, or the "day of catastrophe", commemorating Israel`s declaration of statehood in 1948 and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of their kin from their land and homes. Protests were scheduled to take place across the Palestinian territories on Tuesday with the main rally planned in Ramallah
Source Al Jazeera and agencies (15 May 2012)
Palestine: 15 May Emphasizes Our Right of Return
Nakba day reminds Palestinians that dreaming of the right of return stands in the way of securing more vital rights. At this time of year, there is a sort of bizarre political yin-yang, though one that does not reflect harmony. Israelis celebrate their independence and the birth of their country, while
Source Khaled Diab, The Guardian (15 May 2012)
Global Guidelines on Land Tenure Adopted
Rome—In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests
Source Committee on World Food Security, FAO (11 May 2012)
Sudan: “Crimes” in Blue Nile State
While the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rigths Navi Pillay both have condemned Bashir’s government attacks on South Sudan, another war on civilians continues nearby within Sudan.   The bombing campaign of Sudan’s Khartoum government has killed, maimed, and injured untold numbers of civilians since September 2011 and
Source HLRN (24 April 2012)
Sudan Governor: “Deliver them swept clean, rubbed, crushed...”
The governor of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan has been filmed addressing troops before a battle with rebel fighters urging them to "take no prisoners."   In footage obtained by Al Jazeera, Ahmed Harun, the state governor who has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in Darfur,
Source Al Jazeera (31 March 2012)
22 HR Experts Urge Rio+ 20 Accountability
Twenty-two UN human rights mandate holders have issued an open letter to governments meeting at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (the Rio+ 20 Summit), 20–22 June 2012. They point out the risks that commitments made at Rio will remain empty promises without effective monitoring and accountability. The experts make
Source HIC-HLRN/OHCHR (26 March 2012)
Conference: Global Land Grabbing II, October 2012.
The organisers invite papers that offer rigorous and innovative analysis based on recent, original field research. Doctoral students and younger researchers, particularly from the global South, are especially encouraged to participate. The deadline for submission of abstracts to landpolitics@gmail.com is 31 May 2012. For full details see the Call for Papers

Institute of Development Studies.

(25 March 2012)
ANC @ 100: Lessons Palestine Can Teach Us
As a South African who has lived and suffered under Apartheid and spent nearly thirty years of my adult life in its jails for resisting it, I can and do humbly claim to know something about the meaning of Apartheid. You do not get to journey as far and as
Source Ahmed Kathrada, CityPress (25 March 2012)
South Sudan: Humanitarian Disaster Unfolds
Washington, DC - Less than a year since South Sudan`s independence, thousands of people in the region continue to face the stark realities of secession. As an impending famine and daily violence grow in severity, the governments in Juba and Khartoum remain mired in disputes over borders and oil revenues. Among the

David Elkins

(17 March 2012)
Ministers to Speed Water & Sanitation Access
On 13 March, ministers from participating countries to the 6th World Water Forum made a common Declaration, based on preparatory discussions. This declaration emphasises the acceleration of the implementation of obligations linked to Human right to water and sanitation, the guarantee of everyone well being and health, focusing on the most

World Water Forum

(14 March 2012)


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