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World Bank Evaluation: Things Fall Apart
World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report     WASHINGTON — World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of its own independent watchdog, according to evaluators.   In a report presented Thursday, the Independent Evaluation Group, the body tasked with evaluating the performance of all parts of the World
Source Sophie Edwards, Devex (18 June 2018)
HIC-HLRN at UN Human Rights Council on Gaza
Statement by Habitat International Coalition Joseph Schechla, coordinator of Housing and Land Rights Network 28th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (90-second limit)   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   Israel’s latest atrocity against the Palestinian people epitomizes an unbroken chain of human rights abuses, and likewise flouts other legal regimes devised to uphold the
Source HIC-HLRN (18 May 2018)
95 CSOs Urge Human Rights Council Gaza Inquiry
Enough is Enough: 95 civil society organizations call on the Human Rights Council to urgently launch a ‘Commission of Inquiry’ to investigate violence against protesters in Palestine     In light of the recent mass killing of civilians in occupied Palestine, the undersigned 95 organizations call on the UN Human Rights Council to
Source CIHRS and 95 CSOs (17 May 2018)
US Opens Embassy, Israel Massacres 60 Palestinians
US Opens New Embassy, Israel Kills 57 Returners   14-05-2018 14:40   Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza)   Nakba Day Protests in Gaza: 57 Palestinians Killed and 2,000 injured, 70 in Critical Condition   14 May 2018   By 8pm local time (+2 GMT) on 14 May 2018, the Israeli forces had killed 57 protesters in the Gaza
Source Serial press releases of Al Mezan (Gaza) (14 May 2018)
HICtionary Newly Updated
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
Source HIC-HLRN (06 May 2018)
Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
Source The Editors of Moving Forward (01 May 2018)
30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
Source Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive (30 April 2018)
Palestine: Universal Reminder on Land Day
In an excerpt from the poem entitled The Last Speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the White Man, the prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish draws an analogy between Palestinians and Native American nations who were forced to live in diaspora in their own land. He addresses the colonizer: “You who come from beyond the
Source Houssem Ben Lazreg, Tesbih Habbal, The Conversation.com (29 April 2018)
HIConcern over SDG Land Indicators
Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network welcomes the SDGs and their performance indicators as a complement to development efforts that uphold the integrity of the UN Charter and the UN System built on three purposeful pillars: (1) peace and security, (2) progressive development and (3) human rights. We
Source Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN (27 April 2018)
Five Alarming Land Grabbing Cases
Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year`s The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples. In many countries forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of conservation, development
Source iwgia.org (19 April 2018)


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