Issues Home About Contact Us Issue 30 - July 2024 عربى
A pattern is generally understood as any regularly repeated arrangement, including a recurrent way of acting by an individual or group toward a given object or in a given situation, also known as a behavior pattern. Keen observers of human behavior from a macro vantage point have identified patterns replicated across history. Karl Marx wrote, “History More

Regional Developments
Coveting Land, Targeting Homes, Shelters and Shelter Seekers
The Zionist Movement’s call to rid the land of Palestine of its people by removal and replacement is essential to the State of Israel’s genesis and raison d’état. On this year’s Palestinian national Day of the Land, we witnessed that doctrine in its full expression through Israel’s ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip and militarized settler assaults in the West More

Sudan: Displacement Crisis amid Conflict and Climate Change
The outbreak of armed conflict in Sudan in mid-April last year between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has killed thousands of civilians, displaced millions, looted property and recruited child soldiers as the fighting spread from the capital to more areas of the country. According to the latest estimates, civilian deaths have risen to more than 15,000, the More

Deploring AI for ‘Domicide’ in Gaza
In a joint statement on 15 April 2024, four UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs (SRs) deplored the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to commit ‘domicide’ in Gaza. They call for a reparative approach to rebuilding with prosecution of associated crime. The SRs are Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing; Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the More

Quantifying Gaza Losses
Across Palestine’s West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel, the occupying power, has repeatedly destroyed Palestinian sanitation and agricultural infrastructure, razed cultivated lands, and used banned phosphorus weapons. The environmental legacy of Israel’s blockade has left extremely limited possibilities to adapt to climate change under occupation. Observers have accused Israel of having long waged an “invisible environmental war,” making the Gaza More

Financing the Green Transition in Yemen
Yemen has became one of the countries highly vulnerable to drought, floods, disease outbreaks, and sea level rise. With Yemen entering into an armed conflict between the government and Houthi militias nine years ago, that makes Yemen also one of the least prepared to respond to these effects. According to a recent study published by the government-sponsored Yemeni Association for Family More

Denying Remedy for Displaced and Refugee Syrians
While Syria has delayed its periodic reports to the UN Human Rights Treaty System for almost 20 years, this year presents an opportunity to take account of Syrian refugees’ and internally displaced persons (IDPs’) right to remedy for violations of their human rights to housing, land and property (HLP) since 2011.                 All states parties to the International Covenant and Civil and More

Loss and Damage Methodology and Green Finance – Jordan
In January 2024, Housing and Land Rights Network, in collaboration with Habitat international Coalition Member in Jordan Dibeen Association, organized a workshop for 15 participants representing CSOs, relevant government bodies, and youth on “Climate Change Loss and Damage Methodology in the Context of Green Finance, Jordan as a case.”                         The workshop aimed to develop tools to document and produce data on More

Member News
Gaza Women Agriprenuers amid the Humanitarian Crisis
The Gaza Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP), a Palestinian agricultural NGO, was initiated in 2013 in the Gaza Strip. It aims to strengthen urban agroecological practices among family farming communities, empower enterprising urban women farmers in agribusiness (agriprenuers) both socially and economically, and influence the local food systems and urban agroecological policies. GUPAP is More

The Day After: Supporting a Democratic Transition in Syria
The Day After Association (TDA) is an independent, Syrian-led civil society organization working to support a democratic transition in Syria. TDA is an outcome of The Day After project formed as a cooperative movement by members of Syrian opposition parties and unaffiliated figures to outline a plan to end the Syrian Civil War and rebuild the country. The Project brought together More

International Developments
Innovation to Rebuild Ukraine
An initiative to resource the reconstruction of Ukraine villages has involved Canada’s appropriation of Russian assets and a civil initiative to realize that objective. The Peace Coalition, an international, non-profit association of NGOs, academic institutions and independent experts in housing, land and property (HLP) restitution, is developing a comprehensive package of policy, technology and practical guidance aimed at restoring peace More

Food Justice from the Human Rights Perspective
The International Conference on Food Justice from a Human Rights Perspective convened in Doha, Qatar on 6–7 February 2024 under the theme "Challenges of Reality and Future Stakes." The two-day conference, organized by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights More

Kashmir Occupation Update
In 1947, Kashmir came under the dual occupation by India and Pakistan; and, in 1963, China also has occupied northern frontier territories of Kashmir. Land Times/أحوال الأرض periodically summarizes the events and developments in occupied Kashmir that give rise to violations of housing, land and property (HLP) rights of the Indigenous population. On 5 August 2019, the Indian Parliament rescinded More

Updating Tenure Norms
Following the path of normative development, HLRN’s 2024 compilation of international norms defining tenure reviews how the UN`s legal and policy bodies have elaborated the expanding standards of housing and land tenure security. These evolving norms establish criteria for the fulfillment of related human rights to adequate housing, land and sustainable development. The publication begins with the first UN Conference More

Mega-events, human rights and the Paris Olympics
Mega-events are often promoted as powerful instruments of physical change and sources of prestige for host cities. However, the urban ‘renewal,’ beautification, new event-specific infrastructure and construction, event venues or villages and construction of facilities for such attractions typically accompany violations of the human right to adequate housing. Events such as Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, World Expos, IMF More


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