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What Is to Be Done
This LT issue both raises and answers this question. It arises from the contradiction of knowing the long-established norms that provide us with so much theory and the gaping implementation deficit. Despite the treaties and other instruments of international law governing the behavior of states, powerful interests deviate majestically from them, and with impunity. This tenth anniversary of More
Regional Developments
For This 10th Anniversary, Give Concrete Action
A group of 88 leading international jurists and dozens of legal networks from all continents, among them UN special Rapporteurs, acting and former judges, leading law professors as well as national and continental professional associations, called on the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and world leaders to take “concrete action” against Israel’s wall in More

Turkey before UPR 2014: Where Privatization Turns Anti-poor
On 15 June 2014, HIC-HLRN and HIC’s Member organization Kent Hareketler (Urban Movements)- Istanbul submitted a joint report on the Republic of Turkey, which state will come under review a the Human Rights Council’s 21st session in January–February 2015. The joint report reviewed the negative impact of the Turkey’s government in applying its privatization polices More

PCHR: Israel Attacks Gaza Homes
Israeli offensive on Gaza continues for the second consecutive day: houses destroyed while residents inside; Palestinian deaths rise to 22, including 6 children 3 women, and 255 wounded, including 107 children and 64 women; and 29 houses destroyed GAZA--In the course of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been ongoing for More

“The Cairo Coalition”: Toward a Civic Alliance on the Built Environment and the Human Right to Adequate Housing in Egypt
The housing sphere is one of the sectors most demonstrating the contradiction between human rights standards ratified by our governments and the concomitant injustice toward the majority of impoverished citizens that transpires on the ground. The state’s allocation of land to investors, to be sold to the highest bidder after construction, remains a driving force More

In the Search for Peace and Place: The Tragedy of the Palestinian Refugees from Syria
The events of the bloody conflict in Syria have led to the displacement of 9 million people since 2011, including 2.5 million refugees in neighboring countries registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as the 6.5 displaced inside the Syrian border. The impact of the conflict is more serious for More

The World [Bank-Egypt] We Want: Country Partnership Framework, 2015–2019
A group of substantive active civil society organizations took part in consultative talks held by the World Bank with various parties in Egypt, as it seeks to solicit opinions on Egypt’s Country Partnership Framework for 2015–19, which governs the Bank’s policies in Egypt. The participating organizations represent a various fields of the human rights and More

Battle for Battir: Palestine’s New UNESCO World Heritage Site
Palestine has a new World Heritage Site: the ancient West Bank village of Battir [بتير], famous for its extensive dry-stone terracing and ancient irrigation systems that date to pre-Roman times. The hand-built terraces form an “organically evolved landscape” that have managed to preserve the shallow soil on the steep, stony slopes for thousands of years. More

Yemeni Lands and Transitional Justice
The land issue in the countries of the Arab Spring remains one of the most controversial topics in the process toward national reconciliation by the previous ruling parties. This legacy is still the subject of heated debate, and much work remains to be done to address that particular issue in Yemen. Following the More

International Developments
HIC`s-pectations of Habitat III
 In the run-up to the next all-UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016, concerned civil society organization and, especially Members of HIC, and are reflecting on how civil society has contributed to the current Habitat Agenda process and content. In considering the process since the first Habitat Conference at Vancouver More
City-region Food Systems and Sustainable Urbanization: A Call for Global Action
During the recent World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Colombia, HIC took part in a conference on the issue of city region food systems and sustainable urbanization, in its capacity as the Urban Poor constituency coordinator for the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC). Below is the global call for action which More

Evictions and Austerity @ the UPR
The global financial collapse in 2007–2008 made apparent where “globalization,” financial institutions and national policies failed to support citizen interests. As governments rushed to support banks and the wealthy elite, the middle class fell to the wayside, while already-poor populations plunged deeper into the cracks. Many countries met national budget crises through imposing austerity measures that More

FAO`s Agenda for Action in Protracted Crises
The First Draft of the FAO’s Committee on Global Food Security (CFS) Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises (CFS-A4A) is now available in all UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese). The Appendices/reference documents of this document also will be available shortly in all languages on the CFS-A4A webpage. The First More


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