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  • “When we sell our land, what will our children inherit?”

    “When we sell our land, what will our children inherit?”

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  • Why Liberia needs a Pro-Community Land Rights Act

    Why Liberia needs a Pro-Community Land Rights Act

    The sacred places and ancestral farmland of the community of Tarjuowon in Liberia are now an industrial palm oil plantation. Read more

  • Victory for the community of Long Isun, Indonesia

    Victory for the community of Long Isun, Indonesia

    After a decade of struggles against the threat of forest destruction, the indigenous community of Long Isun has won a small victory. A logging concession granted on ancestral lands without their consent, will now be halted and removed by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, triggering a process to recognise the 13,000 hectares area as customary forest. Read more

  • Stand with Land Rights Defenders under threat in The Philippines

    Stand with Land Rights Defenders under threat in The Philippines

    We are deeply concerned for the security and liberty of a number of Indigenous People’s Land Rights Defenders in the Philippines following a petition filed in court and made public last week by the government seeking to declare them as terrorists and outlaws. Read more

  • Atlantic Conquest - Indigenous land rights and primary rainforest in Panama under threat

    Atlantic Conquest - Indigenous land rights and primary rainforest in Panama under threat

    515 years after the arrival of Columbus, a silent, yet expanding operation now threatens the existence of dozens of communities in one of the last lungs of primary rainforest of Panama— the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. A massive infrastructure project that includes miles of new roads, hydroelectric, mega-mining, a network of electric power transmission lines and associated groundwork in protected forests. These projects are anchored by nineteen miles of asphalt that will connect the Panamerican Highway with the Caribbean sea. Read more

  • A call to action for land rights now in Paraguay

    A call to action for land rights now in Paraguay

    Displaced from their ancestral lands, for over 20 years, Inocencia and 76 Enxet Sur families have been living by the side of a road without access to adequate food, water, housing, education or health services. Their roadside camp nonetheless is a site of resistance: a historic land rights struggle which brought their case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Read more

  • Land Rights Now – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

    Land Rights Now – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

    When women from indigenous and local communities do not have secure rights to their land and resources, they are more vulnerable to violence. Read more

  • ’Our Voices have been heard’’

    ’Our Voices have been heard’’

    Good news! Indigenous communities in Lote 192 have won an overwhelming victory and signed an agreement with the Peruvian Government which recognizes their right to be consulted over the use of their ancestral lands. Read more

  • No Petrol without Consultation: Indigenous communities in Peru stage protests

    No Petrol without Consultation: Indigenous communities in Peru stage protests

    The Peruvian Government continues to refuse the Indigenous Communities of Lote 192 or ‘Block 192’ a say in what happens to their lands, their waters, and their health. 24 days after meeting with the Block 192 communities, and four days after the communities’ ultimatum to have their claim to the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent respected, the Peruvian Government sent out an e-mail declaring this claim to be unfounded. Read more

  • Land Rights on the agenda: Tharu Indigenous communities meet local government in Nepal

    Land Rights on the agenda: Tharu Indigenous communities meet local government in Nepal

    During the first week of September, Indigenous communities met with newly elected local government representatives in the Kailali and Bardiya districts of western Nepal to ensure land rights will be one of their top priorities. Read more

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