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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)
World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
Source Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR (04 August 2016)
A Forgotten Population
As the recipient of the 2015 EMRA Global Health Initiative Award and as the senior teaching assistant of Post-conflict Colombia and Public Health: A Project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Collaboration with the Universidad de Antioquia, I had the pleasure of working directly with the
Source Nirma D. Bustamante, MD, P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH and Christian Arbelaez, EM resident (04 August 2016)
Questioning the New Urban Agenda
SURABAYA—Prepcom 3 Habitat III is all over the city of Surabaya these days. Banners, signage and media on many streets and their corners carry the message “Toward a New Urban Agenda” and “H III” as Habitat III’s icon.   The city cleans up its streets and spaces even further. Some lamp
Source Rita Padawangi, Jakarta Post (27 July 2016)


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