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Editorial
Solidarity with People and Land
As we commemorate and pass another Day of the Land in Palestine (30 March), without restitution for a century of dispossession; this time we mark the 36th year of its remembrance. As symbol of the continuous loss of land, an essential element of self-determination, the solidarity with the land and its people in Palestine takes More
Regional Developments
Feeling the Cost of Supporting the Israeli Occupation
The State of Israel is not the only party losing the battle for legitimacy through the occupation of Palestinian land. Companies and entities that collaborate with Israel`s violations also are facing the effects of prohibitions and sanctions promised in international law. Corporations are beginning to feel the consequences of their collaboration—in their pocket. Despite the denunciation More

Muslim Women`s Rights to Land & Property
With only about 2% of the world’s land registered in the name of women, realizing a “right to land” for women everywhere remains a challenge. Women’s relationship to land also sheds light on the normative content of such a right, which is much less about property, but overwhelmingly the subject of equity. Changing the equation More

New HLRN Publication: “The Land and Its People”
All intimate relationships are complex. The one that links the peoples of Middle East/North Africa to their lands is no less so. That association is ancient and contemporary, material and spiritual, personal and collective. The people’s relationship to their lands is also primordial and, at once, the veritable root of high culture. Millennia of music, More

Community Solutions to Cairo’s Planning Shortfalls
Batn al-Baqara is an informal settlement corresponding to all of the standard elements qualifying it as a “slum.” [عشوائية] Overcrowded and squalid, Batn al-Baqara is located on the outskirts of historic Old Cairo. The Egyptian Informal Settlement Development Fund (ISDF) has scheduled this community as a level-one “unsafe area,” which means that is has been More

Human Rights Advocacy through Exterritorial Obligations (ETOs)
In cooperation with the International Consortium of Exterritorial Obligation (ETOs), the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) organized the first MENA ETO focal Group meeting on reinforcing the human rights advocacy through the Exterritorial Obligations, held in Beirut from the from 30-31 January 2014. The focal group reviewed six different case studies across the MENA region More

International Developments
Progress in World Bank’s CSO Consultations
Reacting to the dramatic changes in the Arab world’s political landscape, the World Bank has undergone its own review of how it does business in the region. Part of this review involves the opening of greater exchange and consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) not only as development actors in the field, but also as More
Food Insecurity in Protracted Crisis @ CFS
Civil society engagement with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gained traction in 2013 through several processes and forums. The FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held its 40thannual session at Rome, 7–11 October. In the wake of the food crisis, the CFS underwent a reform in 2009 to make it more effective More

HIC Expectations of Habitat III
The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, “Habitat III,” will gather states and diverse development actors in 2016, and will be the first global conference after setting the post-2015 Development Agenda. While welcoming the Habitat III process, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and its civil society Members have deep concerns and expectations: More

HIC @ WUF 7
The Habitat International Coalition (HIC) – the global network for the right to habitat and social justice – has had a strong presence in Medellin, Colombia, and at the United Nation’s World Urban Forum (WUF) from April 7 to 11. HIC has also celebrated its Board Meeting (5-6 April) and the HIC General Assembly (7 More

People`s Manual for the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) provides a sterling example of how civil society, state bodies, and inter-governmental institutions can work together to operationalizing existing international human rights obligations and implement formative changes that meet the needs of local producers More

 

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