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  • 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

  • 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

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