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When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime
7 September 2018
Authors: 
Ms. Moira Birss
Latin America and the Caribbean
Guatemala
Mexico
Ecuador
Peru
Global

BERTA CÁCERES, ASSASSINATED in her home in March 2016, was just one of hundreds of Latin American environmental activists attacked in recent years. At least 577 environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) were killed in Latin America between 2010 and 2015 – more than in any other region. In addition to violence, EHRDs suffer legal threats and harassment, severely impeding their work. Before Cáceres' murder, she faced trumped-up charges due to her opposition to hydroelectric dams on her indigenous community's territory.

 

The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)
7 September 2018
Authors: 
Andrew Anderson
Guatemala
Honduras
Mexico
Brazil
Colombia
Philippines
Global

La organización Front Line Defenders ha documentado 821 casos de Defensores de Derechos Humanos (DDH) asesinados en los últimos cuatro años, desde que empezó a establecer un listado general a nivel mundial en cooperación con ONG nacionales e internacionales. El 79% de este total se produjo en seis países: Brasil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, México y Filipinas. La gran mayoría de estos casos no ha sido debidamente investigada, y sólo unos pocos responsables de estos crímenes han sido llevados ante la justicia.

The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)
7 September 2018
Authors: 
Andrew Anderson
Guatemala
Honduras
Mexico
Brazil
Colombia
Philippines
Global

FRONT LINE DEFENDERS has documented 821 human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been killed in the four years since we started producing an annual global list in cooperation with national and international NGOs. Seventy-nine percent of this total came from six countries: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. The vast majority of these cases have never been properly investigated, and few of the perpetrators of the killings have been brought to justice.

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23 August 2018
Global

Date: 9 août 2018

Source: Farmlandgrab, L'Humanité

Par: Michel Husson

Les investisseurs internationaux mettent le grappin sur les terres cultivables de la planète. Dans des pays où il n’y a pas de droits de propriété solidement établis, ces achats se traduisent pour les paysans par des expulsions pures et simples. [1]

13 August 2018
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

Dear Land Portal users,

First and foremost, on behalf of the Land Portal team, I would like to thank those of you for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to complete our user survey. We are continuously trying to improve our services, and unlike many other websites, the Land Portal is a community in which dialogue and exchange of ideas are the cornerstone of what we do every day. Your feedback on our services is therefore crucial and invaluable to us!

women farm africa
8 August 2018
Authors: 
Mr. Amani Mhinda
Tanzania
Global

Sextortion: referring to a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors from the victim. One of the biggest challenges for those working in the land and natural resources sector, has been drawing attention to the fact that this happens in our sector, too and most importantly, that something needs to be done about it. 

30 July 2018
Authors: 
Mr. Oumar Sylla
Everlyne Nairesiae
Global

This July is the first time the United Nations will review the progress made towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 15, which is about Life on Land. Each goal will be reviewed about every 4 years until 2030.

The reviews will be based on the 10 indicators countries agreed on, that assess change in each country over time. Two important developments relating to the indicator on land degradation neutrality (15.3.1) have occurred, since its adoption in 2015.

Oil Palm Plantation, Sarawak, Malaysia
27 July 2018
Authors: 
Tania Li
Asia
South-Eastern Asia
Indonesia
Global

Large scale land grabs are often sites of immediate and sometimes violent mobility, as people are evicted and obliged to move elsewhere. The term “grab” signals abruptness.

26 July 2018
Authors: 
Stacey Zammit
Philippines
Global

In the midst of last week's High Level Political Forum (HLPF), we took a few moments out and a few steps away from the conference rooms, to speak with women's land rights defender Ms. Joan Carling.  Having recently fallen victim to unfounded terrorist accusations, along with several of her colleague from the Philippines, her message is loud and clear.  Women such as herself, most particularly indigenous women, will continue to ensure that they are heard.  

23 July 2018
Authors: 
Dr. Joseph Feyertag
Anna Locke
Malawi
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Global

How do we make land-based agricultural investments more inclusive, particularly regarding land rights? This was the focus of the agenda as LEGEND held the 6th UK Land Policy Forum on July 11 2018, with lively discussions from all involved – including government, DFIs, academics and land-related CSOs.

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