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Date published: 06-19-2017

Grenfell Tower is a terrible betrayal of human rights
Source: Leilani Farha, theguardian
The tragic fire remains a symbol of what has gone wrong in housing for poor people, despite my warnings to the UK government not to ignore human rights.

Date published: 06-23-2017
Delegates take part in a World Urban Campaign event in March 2016 that saw the launch of a major stakeholder report ahead of Habitat III. (World Urban Campaign) NAIROBI — For the global urban movement, the dust is still settling from last year’s global Habitat III summit, the one time every two decades that the world’s attention turns to its cities. The October approval of the New Urban Agenda, a 20-year vision on the future of sustainable cities, has created a wealth of...

Date published: 06-22-2017
Solidarity with Diyarbakır’s arrested co-Mayors and call to respect local democracy in Turkey
Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights
Next 20 June, the trial against the arrested Co-Mayor of our member city of Diyarbakır, Gültan Kışanak, will take place under a context of state of emergency in Turkey. According to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her detention is contrary to human rights standards set forth in international treaties ratified by Turkey, such as the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms or the European Charter of Local Self-Government. In relation with these organizations, the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights gives a follow up of the situation of the Diyarbakır Co-Mayors and other arrested public officials and representatives, inviting local governments and partners to join a common mobilization calling to safeguard local democracy in Turkey.

Date published: 06-15-2017
New Delhi, 9 June 2017 A study released in New Delhi on 9 June 2017, by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, brings to light several human rights issues related to India’s much publicized Smart Cities Mission (SCM), which aims to create 100 ‘smart cities’ in the country by the year 2020. As the Mission completes two years this month, HLRN’s report titled ‘India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart for Whom? Cities for Whom?’ presents a human rights and social justice analysis...

Date published: 06-13-2017
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