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  • Indigenous communities protect forests from onslaught of palm oil industry in Guatemala

    Indigenous communities protect forests from onslaught of palm oil industry in Guatemala

    Indigenous peoples and peasant farming communities in Guatemala are facing a threat to their existence due to loss of their land to agribusiness plantation Read more

  • United to Save Lamu: Communities defend land rights and resist coal plant in Kenya

    United to Save Lamu: Communities defend land rights and resist coal plant in Kenya

    United to Save Lamu: Communities defend land rights and resist coal plant in Kenya Read more

  • With rights under attack, Indigenous Peoples in Brazil renew struggle to protect the Amazon

    With rights under attack, Indigenous Peoples in Brazil renew struggle to protect the Amazon

    Indigenous rights and territories in the Brazilian Amazon are under attack by forces within the Brazilian government and powerful industry groups. Read more

  • Earth Day 2017: Stand with Land Rights Heroes to fight climate change

    Earth Day 2017: Stand with Land Rights Heroes to fight climate change

    From 22-29 April, we invite you to join a chorus of thousands of citizens and organizations all over the world making a thunderous noise for Land Rights Now to end climate change and build a fairer future! Read more

  • With their feet buried in cement, Kendeng Farmers appeal to President of Indonesia

    With their feet buried in cement, Kendeng Farmers appeal to President of Indonesia

    Since 13 March 2017, over 50 local Indigenous farmers from the Kendeng mountainous area have been sitting with their legs in a cement mixture in protest outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. The action has taken a large physical and mental toll on the protestors, and resulted in the death of one of protestors, Patmi binti Rustam, on 21 March 2017. Read more

  • How community land rights can save our forests and climate

    How community land rights can save our forests and climate

    Almost exactly two years ago, the local communities of Mahan forest, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, had plenty of reason to celebrate. On the eve of the International Day of Forests 2015, they received news that their ancestral lands would not be auctioned off for coal mining. This was the result of a long and intense struggle to secure their communal rights over the forest that provide livelihoods to thousands of people living there. Read more

  • ‘People of the Sea’ win land dispute case against real estate company in Phuket, Thailand

    ‘People of the Sea’ win land dispute case against real estate company in Phuket, Thailand

    In a major victory for their ongoing struggle against a real estate developer, the People of the Sea or Chao Lay indigenous community of Rawai Beach in Phuket, Thailand have won legal recognition of their ancestral land. Read more

  • New report: The urgency of securing community land rights in a turbulent world

    New report: The urgency of securing community land rights in a turbulent world

    Amid last year’s political shocks and challenges to the primacy of human rights, a new analysis from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) highlights one consistent and inspiring global trend: the growing recognition that the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are key to ensuring peace and prosperity. Read more

  • Securing Tenure Rights to Commons: An inspiring new guide

    Securing Tenure Rights to Commons: An inspiring new guide

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just published new guide on how to make tenure rights a common reality. Governing Tenure Rights to Commons provides strategic guidance targeting all involved parties including states, communities, civil society organizations and the private sector. Read more

  • Landmark decision for Indigenous Peoples in Colombia and globally

    Landmark decision for Indigenous Peoples in Colombia and globally

    Constitutional Court recognizes Embera Chamí Land Rights and grants protection for ancestral mining activities. Read more

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