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Lessons of Land Day @ 45
This 22nd issue of Land Times/أحوال الأرض commemorates several milestones and anniversaries and the lessons they convey. Palestine’s National Day of the Land (30 March) is a constant reference as the day 45 years ago when six martyrs fell under Israeli guns during protests against the further dispossession of Palestinian land and natural resources in the More

Regional Developments
Western Sahara Rises Again
One of the often forgotten and neglected foreign and military occupations in the Middle East/North Africa and Mediterranean regions has been thrust back atop the international agenda in recent months. The occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco since October 1975 reached a milestone shared in the same period with the 45th anniversary of the 27 February 1975 More

EU’s Fishy Business with Morocco
Most of the EU`s financial support to Morocco under the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement has been spent on occupied land, new government report reveals. Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) has obtained a recent report written by the Moroccan government, documenting how it has spent money that it has received from the EU as part of its current fisheries partnership agreement. Here is what More

Palestine before the ICC
In an unprecedented step, in March 2021, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court issued a statement to open an investigation into the situation in Palestine, and that this investigation will cover crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the court, which will be committed since 2014. This step follows another decision issued by the Pre-Trial Chamber More

War and Peace in the Land of Yemen
Six years have passed and Yemen is still looking to get out of the tunnel, and the civilian population is still paying the price for the horrors of war and ongoing conflict. With the high death toll from the war, according to international reports, reaching 233,000 people, including 131,000 indirectly as a result of the spread of famine in many More

Clockwork Apartheid in the Syrian Golan
The debate over the applicability of the colonial and apartheid paradigms in Palestine has been mounting at least since the 2007 findings of UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard, the further analysis by the subsequent South African Human Sciences Research Council study and, more recently, the 2017 ESCWA report and its sequel. This work has helped to make the classic apartheid More

Why Land for Women?
My iman fortifies me, and I find great joy in listening to the singing of other peasant women in the field… Land is our life and my taqwa brings me even closer to the land, to the beautiful fruit trees. When I die, I will be buried in the land, and I won’t be estranged, because I am filled with More

Member News
Recovering Sudan: National Center for Peace and Development
Sudan’s National Center for Peace and Development (NCPD) was established as an NGO on 2002, by a group of liberal-minded persons from Sudan’s intellectual, business and academic communities who share the belief that, in developing societies, democracy and development should go hand in hand. The founders pursued the most feasible way for them to contribute More

For an Environmental Jordan: Dibeen Association for Environmental Development
Jordan is home to approximately 129 active environmental societies. One of them is Dibeen Association, established in 2010 and registered under the Jordanian Associations Law of 2008, and is administratively affiliated to the Jordanian Associations Register and, technically, to the Ministry of Environment, with financial and administrative independence, as stipulated in the law. From the beginning, Dibeen has undertaken programs More

International Developments
A Continuing Pandemic of Violations
On World Habitat Day 2020, the regular HLRN report from the Violation Database (VDB) revealed a staggering number of some 10 million persons undergoing eviction and/or home demolitions during the COVID-19 pandemic until that date (5 October 2021). That count included cases that range in the number of victims from millions at a time (e.g., Shandong villages, China) to 35 cases More

“Land as a Human Right” Masterclass
Could land be considered a human right in international law? This was the question deliberated in a masterclass co-organized by HIC-HLRN and the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) within the 2nd Arab Land Conference, organized as an activity of the Arab Land Initiative [AR] and hosted by the Government of Egypt on 22–24 February 2021. HIC-HLRN planned the event to parallel More

Human Rights Lacking in Global Food Governance
A global civil society movement questioning the [validity of] the first UN Food Systems Summit has been strengthening over the past several months. The Summit, which is expected to be held in September 2021 in New York City, has circumvented the hard fought-for modalities of civil society participation in global food governance, most notably the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ More

Talking with UN Special Rapporteurs
In 2020, the UN Human Rights Council appointed several new Special Rapporteurs (SRs) on mandates that span a range of human rights related to habitat. Last year also celebrated 20 years of the Special Rapporteur mandate on adequate housing, which was marked in an online panel in October 2020 comprised of all four of the SRs to date. Since the New More

New Research Findings in Women’s Land and Home Project
The second phase of HLRN’s Assessing the Impacts of Women’s Dispossession from Land and Home project is well under way, despite challenges posed by the current pandemic. Partner organizations Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat—Zambia and the Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement each held technical training workshops in December 2020, with virtual support from HIC-HLRN in use and application of More

Monitoring Food Security in Protracted Crises
After more than one year of preparation, the Report on Monitoring the Use and Application of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (FFA) has been published by the Civil Society and Indigenous People’s Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). HIC-HLRN has been involved in the development and More

Women Lead, Resist and Thrive – Even in Crises
The past decade, particularly 2020 with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, has shone a light on the full extent of existing inequalities in the world. Ahead of this International Women’s Day, we would like to draw attention to ways that women – whether Indigenous, rural workers or those enduring an occupation – resist and mobilize in the face of multiple, long-term More

The Crowborough Pattern
A case of infrastructure development in Greater Harare is indicative of a pattern of housing rights violations across Zimbabwe. Multiple spheres of government are responsible for thousands of actual and threatened forced evictions against households who have established themselves over years with the consent of local councils, only to be forced to surrender their homes and considerable investment to the More


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