Global Land News


Every week, we collect the latest on land and environmental justice from a wide range of sources. These stories share challenges and victories from the local to the global.


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Indonesia: Jokowi Backs Passage of Draft Indigenous People’s Rights Bill

March 23, 2017
in: Community Rights, Forest, Indigenous, Legislation

President Joko Widodo alias Jokowi met with the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Jokowi at the meeting gave his backing to the passage of draft indigenous people’s rights bill, as well as the establishment of the indigenous people task force.

Tanzania: Despite Murderous Attacks, ‘Witches’ Fight for Land

March 21, 2017
in: Customary Law, Gender, Land Grab

“They said that (they) are witches… but it was a hidden agenda,” said Athanasio Kweyunga, human rights coordinator for the Magu Poverty Eradication Rehabilitation Centre (MAPERECE), a charity helping elderly people in the area. “The reason is land.”

USA: Justices to Hear Property Rights Dispute over Family’s Land

March 19, 2017
in: Community Rights, Conservation, Land Dispute, Land Titles, Mapping

On Monday, U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear the arguments in a case filed against the state of Wisconsin and St. Croix County in which a family argues that the local and state governments violated their property rights by over regulating private development in the area.

India: Land Rights for Indigenous People Demanded

March 18, 2017
in: Indigenous, Land Dispute, Land Reform, Legislation

Demanding land rights for the indigenous people of Assam, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad asked the government to formulate a clear-cut land policy. The organization’s president and general secretary also slammed the new directives issued for obtaining land pattas, which they argue will infringe on the people’s birthright.

India: NEEPCO Denied RHEP Land Donors Their Legitimate Rights: Committee

March 18, 2017
in: Accountability, Community Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility

The Ranganadi Hydroelectric Project MoU Demand Committee has accused the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation of unjustly denying the land donors of 405 MW Ranganadi Hydroelectric Project of their legitimate rights. RMDC Secretary, Tao Tana, while recently addressing media persons, claimed that the hydropower developer has blatantly overlooked the legitimate rights of the land donors and project-affected people, violating the laid down provisions of the government.

India: Tribal Leaders Demand Restoration of Protected Land

March 17, 2017
in: Accountability, Indigenous, Land Dispute, Land Titles, Legislation

Leaders of various tribal organizations have demanded before the Panel for Protection of Land Rights of Indigenous People that all protected tribal land must be restored from the illegal settlers in the State and BTC region under the Land and Revenue Regulation Act. They alleged that the Deputy Commissioners and other bureaucrats in the State have been giving loose hands to deal with the illegal settlers in tribal belts, blocks and other protected tribal lands, riverine areas, sar areas, national parks and khas land in the State.

Sri Lanka: Effective Program to Cultivate Vacant Lands – President

March 17, 2017
in: Land Reform, Land Titles, Legislation, Pastoralists

The President of Sri Lanka recently held a ceremony to present the newly-formed ‘Ranbimaka Urumaya’ (Right for a Golden Land), which is set to provide tens of thousands of land title deeds and grant documents in efforts to both increase agricultural production in the country and ensure the land rights of the people in Hambantota District.

Liberia: Amid Delays, Citizens Increase Pressure on Lawmakers to Pass Land Right Act

March 16, 2017
in: Community Rights, Conflict, Customary Law, Food Security, Legislation

Suah said issues surrounding disputes over land ownership account for more than half of cases resolved by local leaders. Because of the uncertainty in current laws on land ownership, she said, towns and villages are growing in conflict with one another. She wants the government to act fast in reforming the laws, especially reconciling customary and statutory laws on land and encouraging community land ownership.

Indonesia: Call for Action – Government Must Address Violation of Community’s Rights

March 16, 2017
in: Community Rights, Customary Law, Forest, Indigenous, Land Dispute

Indigenous peoples of Long Isun have managed their own lands and forests for generations; it is their birth right to be able to live peacefully on their ancestral land. The 24 Indonesian-based NGOs hope the declaration will spur the Indonesian Government, East Kalimantan and the District of Mahakam Hulu officials, and the national human rights commission to take urgent action to address the gross violations and atrocities that are being committed by KBT.

Global: Ten Signs of an impending Global Land Rights Revolution

March 16, 2017
in: Accountability, Community Rights, Conflict, Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Food Security, Forest, Gender, Indigenous, Land Grab

We now see the beginnings of another, long-overdue, revolution: this one focused on the fundamental role of land in sustainable development. Land has often been at the root of revolutions, but the coming land revolution is not about overthrowing old orders. It is based on the basic fact that much of the world has never gotten around to legally documenting land rights.

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