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UAE: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London Property Empire
By: Harry Davies, The Guardian
21 October 2020
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is president of the United Arab Emirates – and one of London`s richest landlords, owning a multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most-expensive neighbourhoods.     The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond-upon-Thames appears to have little in common with
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3,000 Acres Grabbed by Israel
By: Middle East Monitor
16 October 2020
The Israeli occupation authorities are planning to confiscate almost 3,000 acres of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank in order to expand illegal Jewish settlements, Wafa news agency has reported. The Jordan Valley makes up about one third of the total area of the
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`What Hell Feels Like`: Israel Razes Family`s Hut
By: Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz
16 October 2020
`What Hell Feels Like`: Israel Demolished This Palestinian Family`s Hut. They Have Nowhere to Go   For 20 years, a diabetic Palestinian woman who is going blind lived with her family in a wretched encampment in the Jordan Valley. In recent weeks, Israeli forces demolished the site twice, and they threaten to
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The World`s Rural Women and Food Days
By: HIC-HLRN
15 October 2020
Today, 15 October, is the World Day of Rural Women, which is immediate followed by World Food Day, 16 October.  On this occasion of dual commemoration, HLRN renews its commitment to study, monitor and document the human rights conditions of rural women and advocate for their equal rights to land
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Palestinian Women in Gaza under Siege
By: Al Mezan Center For Human Rights
15 October 2020
On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, Al Mezan highlights the Center’s work with Palestinian rural women in the Gaza Strip and launches the materials from this collaboration, including a photo gallery and a fact sheet. During this collaboration, the rural women told Al Mezan about the
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Steadfast, Rebuilding Beirut
By: Vivian Yee, The New York Times
11 October 2020
‘Call me a dreamer`: A shattered Beirut neighborhood rebuilds Many worry that a full recovery won`t be possible, but residents of one of Beirut`s most diverse and cosmopolitan areas are moving back in an trying to repair the damage from the August explosion.     BEIRUT, Lebanon — After the August port explosion that
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Palestine: Israel Expands Colonies after UAE Deal
By: Tamara Nassar, Rights and Accountability
09 October 2020
Israel to massively expand settlements after UAE normalization Israel is announcing a major expansion of settler colonies on occupied Palestinian land, following its normalization of relations with the UAE.   Israel is moving ahead with thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.   This represents a dramatic expansion of Israel’s settler-colonial efforts: The vast
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COVID Could Add 150mil Extreme Poor by 2021
By: World Bank
07 October 2020
COVID-19 to Add as Many as 150 Million Extreme Poor by 2021 Decades of progress have gone into reverse; ‘the worst setback that we’ve witnessed in a generation’. Eight out of 10 ‘new poor’ will be in middle-income countries   WASHINGTON— Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first
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New from HIC-HLRN: “A Pandemic of Violations”
By: HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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Yemen: War Shifts to Marib, 750K Risk Displacement
By: Reuters Staff
05 October 2020
Yemen`s war shifts focus to Marib, thousands of displaced at risk     MARIB—In Yemen’s gas-rich region of Marib, fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed government recited Koranic verses before launching a hail of mortar and machine gun fire towards rocky mountains, in a desperate bid to push back Houthi forces.   The commanding officer peered
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New from HIC-HLRN: "A Pandemic of Violations"
By: HIC-HLRN
05 October 2020
On the occasion of World Habitat Day (5 October 2020) and “Urban October,” HIC-HLRN has produced its annual report from the HLRN Violation Database.   This year’s review of patterns and trends in housing and land rights violation around the world is dedicated to the theme: A Pandemic of Violations: Forced Evictions
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Tripoli, Lebanon: Billionaires and Bankrupts
By: Chloe Cornish, Financial Times
05 October 2020
Billionaires and bankrupts: Lebanon’s second city highlights inequality Tripoli is one of the economically stricken country’s poorest places but also home to its richest citizens     In the city of Tripoli in Lebanon’s north, two yellow billboards carry a slogan that jars with the cheery background: “We’re broke.”   It is unclear who paid for
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New: "Development" Dispossessing Women
By: HIC-HLRN, Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust
25 September 2020
Incidents of Infrastructure Development That Dispossess and Displace People: Baseline assessment of women’s wealth, wellbeing and habitat   HIC-HLRN has just released the outcomes of an unprecedented assessment of impacts from infrastructure development on women in Kenya.   This is the product of a collaborative project of Mazingira Institute, Pamoja Trust and HIC-HLRN on
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Palestine/Israel: Naqab Land Defenders Imprisoned
By: Naqab/Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF)
22 September 2020
Update: Court Sentences Bedouin Human Rights Defenders to Imprisonment     The Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) and the Naqab/Negevoexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF) wish to update you on the highly disturbing situation surrounding the Israeli Government`s continuing harassment and persecution of the Bedouin people, residents of al-‘Arāqīb. On 21
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CSOs Urge UNGA to End Apartheid in Palestine
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22 September 2020
Global Response to Israeli Apartheid: A Call to the UNGA   Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures,
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Western Sahara: Laureates Appeal to UNSG
By: Right Livelihood Award Laureates
18 September 2020
Open Letter to the United Nations Secretary General     In solidarity with Sahrawi human rights activist and 2019 Right Livelihood Laureate Aminatou Haidar, twenty-two Right Livelihood Laureates have sent an open letter today to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres ahead of his report to the Security Council.       Mr. António Guterres
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Palestine/Israel: al-`Araqib Demolished for 178th Time
By: Palestine Information Center (PIC)
18 September 2020
AL-ARAQIB, Naqab—The Israeli police and the so-called Negev Development Authority, the Yoav unit, on Thursday demolished the Bedouin al-Araqib village for the 178th time. This village is deprived of recognition in the Negev and is under constant threat of displacement and eviction.   Local official `Aziz al-Turi said that “Israeli authorities are
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Jerusalem Court Orders Palestinians Forfeit Homes
By: Nir Hasson, Haaretz
15 September 2020
Court Orders Dozens of Palestinians Out of Jerusalem Homes to Make Way for Settlers Judges base evacuation orders in two cases on claims to Jewish ownership of property from before 1948, which the law permits for Jews only     A Jerusalem court ordered last week, in two separate cases, the eviction of dozens
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Palestine: Holy Sites Crumble under Israeli Rule
By: Irit Segoli, +972 Magazine
11 September 2020
Israeli land grabs are preventing Palestinians from accessing Muslim shrines in the West Bank, with some falling into ruin or being deliberately destroyed.     Israel’s takeover of the mountain ranges and hills throughout the occupied West Bank has not spared sacred places of worship for Palestinian Muslims. According to a new report
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Israel Spikes Home Demolitions in Pandemic
By: Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams
11 September 2020
UN: Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Homes Increases Despite Pandemic Dozens of Palestinians were recently displaced because Israeli authorities destroyed their homes, even as Covid-19 cases increased by a third.      The Israeli government`s demolition of Palestinian homes in the illegally-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has dramatically increased during the coronavirus pandemic despite
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