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  • 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

  • Stand for Indigenous Land Rights in Camerooon

    Stand for Indigenous Land Rights in Camerooon

    Declaration of Gbabandi Platform in Cameroon Read more

  • ''Our forest is now occupied by the government''

    ''Our forest is now occupied by the government''

    In 2014, the Ngoyla-Mintom Reserve was created in an area of dense forest in south east Cameroon. At a size of 156,672 hectares, the reserve borders land inhabited by several communities who, for generations, entered the forest freely. Suzanne Ndjele, a Baka from one of the affected villages Assoumindelé, has not been able to enter the forest for four years. She shares her story: Read more

  • Stand for Land Rights in Peru

    Stand for Land Rights in Peru

    Deep down in the Amazon rainforest, communities in the “Lote 192” area have been devastated by the consequences of over 45 years of oil exploitation on their lands: petroleum has seeped into their water and food affecting their health and the Peruvian government simply seems not to care. Read more

  • 2016 - the deadliest year on record for defending land rights

    2016  - the deadliest year on record for defending land rights

    Two hundred indigenous leaders, environmental activists, wildlife rangers and community representatives were brutally murdered protecting land and environmental rights n 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness. Read more

  • Atlas of Resistance: Mapping Land Rights Conflicts in Africa

    Atlas of Resistance: Mapping Land Rights Conflicts in Africa

    The Center for Environmental Development (CED) in Cameroon, a participant in Land Rights Now, has launched an Atlas of Community Anger and Resistance, which maps land rights conflicts that local communities and Indigenous People face in Cameroon and across the continent of Africa. Read more

  • New report exposes devastating consequences of land grabs for indigenous communities in Cambodia

    New report exposes devastating consequences of land grabs for indigenous communities in Cambodia

    Tens of thousands of Indigenous people have been affected by land grabs in the Cambodian province of Preah Vihear. Families have lost the means to produce food and earn a living and can no longer access cultural heritage sites, as the new report Cambodia: Communities in Protracted Struggle against Chinese Sugar Companies’ Land Grab reveals. Read more

  • Power and Potential: New Report on Women’s Rights to Community Forests

    Power and Potential: New Report on Women’s Rights to Community Forests

    Equal rights and opportunities for women are not only matters of justice and dignity. When women and girls have equal rights in law and practice, their communities and countries also benefit. Indigenous and rural women make up more than half of the 2.5 billion people who customarily own and use the world’s community lands, yet they have been largely absent from discussions of women’s property rights and broader development agendas. Read more

  • Huge victory for Kenya’s Ogiek

    Huge victory for Kenya’s Ogiek

    African Court ruling sets major precedent for indigenous peoples’ across the continent. Read more

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