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40-yr Struggle: Rights to Housing, Land and City
Are our global property rights still guaranteed? 40 years of global struggle for rights to housing, land and the city     Gentrification, forced evictions, lack of access to housing -  these are all concepts familiar to us. They pose serious and real threats in all corners of the world and can violate
Source Álvaro Puertas Robina, Thomas Reuters Foundation (12 November 2018)
 
Lebanon: Evicting Syrian Refugees
This article is based on a forthcoming policy paper examining the causes, characteristics, and consequences of the eviction of Syrian migrants and refugees from Riyak, Lebanon in 2017, in light of recent developments encouraging Syrian refugees to return to their home country.     Lebanon’s Eviction of Syrian Refugees and the Threat of
Source Nora Stel and Anke van der Meijden, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (24 October 2018)
 
Liberia: New Law Affirms Customary Land Tenure
On 19 September, Liberian President George Manneh Weah signed into law the Land Rights Bill (LRB), a landmark piece of legislation that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their customary lands and gives customary land the same standing as private land in Liberia.   This historic victory sets
Source James Yarsiah, Rights + Resources Initiative (23 October 2018)
 
Statement of the ICC on Palestine
Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the Situation in Palestine   I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and with it the prospects for further escalation and
Source ICC (17 October 2018)
 
UNHRC Adopts Peasant Rights Declaration
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva     GENEVA—Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local
Source La Via Campesina (30 September 2018)
 
EU Warns Israel: Razing Khan al-Ahmar War Crime
European Parliament warns: Eviction, demolition of Khan al-Ahmar would be a war crime. Resolution passed on Thursday calls EU to demand compensation from Israeli government for aid funds invested in the West Bank Bedouin village, demands cessation of “policy of threats of demolition.”     The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling
Source Noa Landau, Haaretz (13 September 2018)
 
CSO Contributions Undermined at HLPF
Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF. Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. Governments should be mindful of their commitments
Source Lynn Wagner, Civicus (03 August 2018)
 
Kenya: Inhabitants Seek Protection from Evictions
Residents of more than six Nairobi estates yesterday sought to stop their eviction by the government. Houses are to be demolished today in Kaloleni, Makongeni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kenyatta University villages, Lang’ata and Wilson-South C link road reserve.   Moses Nyakiongora served residents with the notice on July 19. He is the
Source Jillo Kadida, The Star (01 August 2018)
 
Progress in Land Indicators
This July is the first time the United Nations will review the progress made towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 15, which is about Life on Land. Each goal will be reviewed about every four years until 2030.   The reviews will be based on the 10 indicators countries agreed on, that assess change in
Source Oumar Sylla and Everlyne Nairesiae (30 July 2018)
 
Laos: “Substandard construction” Causes Dam Collapse
Minister says “substandard construction” caused Laos dam to collapse. 25,000 people evacuated.    The collapse of Laos dam that triggered massive flooding and devastation was due to "substandard construction," the country`s Minister of Energy and Mines said Thursday.   According to the state-run Laos News Agency, Minister Khammany Inthirath told reporters at a news
Source Kocha Olarn, Sandi Sidhu and Ben Westcott, CNN (27 July 2018)
 


   
 


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