Leb Postconflict draft1.DOC - Introduction This report outlines efforts and contributions of Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights

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Introduction This report outlines efforts and contributions of Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC- HLRN) to assist in essential steps toward remedy and restitution of housing rights and land deprivation in Lebanon as a result of the July–August 2006 war. The conflict arose from Israel’s aggressive response to Hizbullah’s killing and capture of soldiers of the Israeli army, which still occupies portions of Lebanese territory. 1 This HIC-HLRN activity applies the framework of the human right to adequate housing (HRAH), as well as land rights, as developed in the international human rights law regime. Applying this framework in the context of Israel’s “Operation Change of Direction,” from 12 July to 14 August 2006 (the “Summer War”) seeks a dual purpose: (1) to assess the extent to which the of housing and land rights consequences of the Summer War constitute gross violations of human rights and/or war crimes under international law; and (2) to contribute to the assignment of 1 Mazra` Shaba`, or Shaba` Farms, adjascent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, consists of XXX km 2 of farmlands and water resources. The indigenous inhabitants of Mazra` Shaba` remain displcaed in Lebanon since 1982 . At the time of this writing, Israeli army forces also continue to occupy the region of Ghajar village, in south Lebanon. “'Minor' glitches delay Israel pullout from Lebanese village: UN” (17 October 2006), at: ? CatID=1&ID=140310&S=Hl .
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2 Habitat International Coalition—Housing and Land Rights Network responsibility toward eventual accountability of the duty holders, as well as reparations for the rights holders. The essential steps toward ensuring the accountability of duty holders and restored housing and land rights of the victims establishing as complete as possible a record of the war’s housing and land rights consequences and the circumstance in which violations and crimes occurred. These steps are integral to guiding as wholesome as possible a restoration of adequate living conditions for those affected by the destruction, not least in a reliable quantification of values—material and other costs and losses to the civilian population—subject to restoration, reconstruction and rehabilitation as a result of Israel’s invasion. Meeting this challenge is essentially a Lebanese task. Because of their proximity to the places and events, the local people are best equipped and most informed as to the facts and values to be recorded. However, this additional burden on a people once again subjected to a war of invasion, should not be borne alone. The international community should assist, and is doing so in great measure, particularly in the physical reconstruction. However, fewer international and multilateral agents are aiming to assist in the pursuit of justice, a requirement of the recovery process quite apart from bricks and mortar.
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