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“A well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny” is a saying often attributed to Thomas Jefferson. This issue of Land Times is dedicated to that prospect as well, no matter the acclaimed author.  But, to that end, what is it that Land Times is defending? The information contained in this 17th issue testifies to the More

Regional Developments

Over 33 Million Due Restitution in MENA

This article was written before the 9,500 Libyans were displaced from Haftar attacks of April 2019.   The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to face overwhelming challenges, with multiple and complex emergencies on a scale unprecedented since Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. While MENA has experienced mass forced displacements since the earliest civilizations arose there, it is currently distinguished More

Tourism Accommodates War Crime

The Israeli colonies in occupied Palestine constitute a war crime and crime against humanity. They form elements of the serious crime of population transfer, as codified in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, and which previously was prosecuted at the International Military Tribunals at Nuremburg and Tokyo. The International Law Commission has referred to such changes to the More

Landmines Threaten Yemen’s Future

Huthis have planted landmines at the expense of Yemen`s future, ensuring death to coming generations of Yemenis. With the sun shining on 28 March 2018, the war on Yemen declared by the Arab League and led by Saudi Arabia has completed its fourth year. As of 29 March, a new fifth year of war begins.  The declaration of the war on Yemen More

Palestine/Israel: Fake Justices

In early September 2018, after years of legal proceedings, the justices of Israel’s High Court determined there was no legal obstacle to demolishing the structures in the community of al-Khan al-Ahmar, located about two kilometers south of the settlement of Kfar Adumim. The  Court delivered its conclusion that the Palestinians’ construction in their village was “unlawful.” The ruling determined that the More

Majalat: A Structured Dialogue

In 2012, the European Commission adopted a strategy to build partnership with the civil societies “at the roots of democracy” in the countries where it supports projects. The new approach follows a “roadmap” negotiated with host governments in some 100 countries. In the MENA region, this innovation coincided with dramatic changes in the dynamic, owing to the series of uprisings. More

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International Developments

UN Declaration on Peasants Rights

On 17 December 2018, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), [AR] after having passed in the UN Human Rights Council on 19 September 2018. This adoption marked the culmination of seventeen years of lobbying by civil society organizations, including La More

CSM Defending the Defenders at CFS 45

Recognizing the increasing hostility toward economic, social, and cultural rights defenders, the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) organized a side event on human rights defenders at the October 2018 CFS45 at Rome. The event, Defend the Defenders: How to effectively protect those who fight for the right to food, highlighted More

Urgent Action on Forced Evictions in Zimbabwe

In February 2019, the Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM) notified HIC-HLRN of a number evictions and threat of eviction in Masvingo, Mashonaland Central, and Manicaland provinces. In response, HIC-HLRN launched an Urgent Action campaign appealing to duty holders to meet their human rights obligations under international law. HIC-HLRN and ZLRM remain concerned that evictions persist contrary to Zimbabwe’s obligations More

The People Monitoring Their Right to Food

Typically, violations of the human right to food and nutrition (HRtFN) are associated with acts of commission or omission of state authorities, including those enabling negligence, abuses and crimes carried out by transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises. These manifest variously in the form of land grabbing, forced evictions, child marriage and gender-based violence, bonded labor, abusive utilization of More

AU Summit on Displacement Crisis

Already 55 years ago, the Organization of African States was born with the purpose of peace and unity in what is now the African Union (AU), the largest regional organization on earth. This year, the 32nd regular annual AU summit at Addis Ababa (10–11 February 2019) focuses on another distinguishing feature of the region, the continent’s enduring displacement and refugee More

United Nations` Land and Conflict Guidance

Competition and control over land are among the common root causes and subjects of conflict, as well as the underlying factors hindering recovery and durable peace. Meanwhile, land has not been adequately treated in conflict management and resolution. At the same, the land and conflict nexus is only becoming more crucial with the growing pressures of climate change, population growth, More

Boston: Counting Costs of Gentrification

Two visions of city-making clash in Boston’s Chinatown. City planners and investors have been seeking to transform the traditional neighborhood with its distinct Chinese cultural and demographic character into a homogenized urban project. However, the process was not complete before students and professors at the Displacement Research + Action Network (DRAN) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) joined the local More


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