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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
Source Julia Zorthian, Time (06 October 2016)
UN Report on DPs and Refugees in Africa
Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/134 on assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa. It updates information contained in the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the Assembly at its seventieth session (A/70/337) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30
Source Relifeweb (26 September 2016)
Murder and Eviction: New Era of Global Land Rush
Millions of people face being displaced from their homes as new data shows land sales covering an area the size of Germany are now under contract, warns Oxfam. Seventy-five percent of the more than 1500 land deals sought over the last sixteen years now have contracts and their intended projects are getting
Source Oxfam international (26 September 2016)
Calais/Dunkirk Refugee Eviction Risks
Calais and Dunkirk: Demolition and forced evictions from refugee camps will make things worse    “They seem to believe if they make the Calais jungle ‘disappear’ this will all go away. They do not have the means to compensate for the destruction of ten thousand homes—there isn’t nearly enough alternative accommodation.”   Breakthrough research,
Source Harriet King, IPF (15 September 2016)
ICC to Pursue Land Grabs as Series Crimes
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has declared that it would start treating cases involving the illegal exploitation of natural resources, misuse and illegal dispossession of lands and environmental destruction as serious crimes.   The Hague-based Court made the announcement in a policy document released today by the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Source HIC-HLRN (15 September 2016)
Queer Declaration, Right to the City & Habitat 3
The final document called the New Urban Agenda will be adopted by heads of state at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. www.habitat3.org   The Queer Declaration came out of a consultation of queers and allies in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, the site of the original Habitat
Source Vancouver Queer Consultation Group (07 September 2016)
Al-Mahdi Pleads Guilty for Timbuktu Ruin
Al-Mahdi pleads guilty and apologizes for destruction in Mali’s Timbuktu   The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Ahmad al-Mahdi for attacks on religious and historical structures during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu opened today in The Hague. Al-Mahdi, a suspected Islamist, pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his
Source ICC (22 August 2016)
Habitat III: UN-Habitat Future Debated
UN-Cities? Rumoured proposal gains steam   SURABAYA, Indonesia—The perennial tug-of-war between rich and developing countries at the United Nations has found another flashpoint: the debate over the future of UN-Habitat. The Nairobi-based agency deals with housing as well as towns and cities big and small — collectively, “human settlements” — with the
Source Gregg Scruggs, Citiscope (18 August 2016)
WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
Source Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net (08 August 2016)
USA: Protests over GMO Label Law
US food safety campaigners outraged over GMO label law   Campaigners say new law allows producers to obscure GMO content on food packaging   Many believe GMOs and pesticides are harmful to people`s health and the environment [EPA]   Food safety organisations in the US have condemned a new law they say will allow food
Source Ryan Rifai, Al Jazeera (04 August 2016)


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