illegal occupation

Illegal occupation is the disposition of land without rights.

7 September 2017

The proposed Comprehensive Land Survey (CLS) in Telangana   appears to have stirred the hornet’s nest within the context of tribal land rights. Since Nizam ruling till date, various land policy forms introduced by the successive governments have resulted in large-scale tribal land alienation and created unrest among the tribals. 

2 August 2017
  • President Temer, influenced by the rural lobby in congress whose votes he needs to not be tried by the Supreme Court on corruption charges, has okayed new criteria meant to delegitimize indigenous land boundary claims, legal experts say.
  • One rule rejects any indigenous demarcation of land where Indians were not physically present on a traditional territory in 1988, which would disqualify many legitimate claims.
4 July 2017

A disputa por terra tem gerado conflitos em uma área do município de Curianópolis, sudeste Paraense.

O imóvel denominado de Fazendinha pertence a União, mas um fazendeiro reivindica a posse da mesma e se recusa sair do local. Na mesma área, também está um grupo de trabalhadores rurais sem terra que esperam ter acesso à terra por meio de assentamento da reforma agrária.

O ouvidor Agrário Nacional, Jorge Tadeu Jatobá, está na região para tentar mediar uma solução para o conflito. Ele relata a situação na área.

23 May 2017
South Africa


Frustrated over the pace of housing delivery and poor living conditions in informal settlements in South Africa, a group of people from informal settlements in Tshwane municipality in May gathered to protest poor, overcrowded living conditions.

They also demand resettlement, after attempts to occupy a nearby space was met with threats by private land owners.

5 May 2017
Sierra Leone

KOIDU, Sierra Leone, May 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A dispute over a bridge in eastern Sierra Leone thought to span diamond deposits has divided a local community with a foreign mining company accused of illegally mining the area after volunteering to rebuild the overpass.

The Congo Bridge in Koidu, the capital of Kono District, was deemed by local authorities to be in danger of collapsing after years of illegal small-scale mining around the base.

3 May 2017


Monrovia - Amid the prolonged delay in the passage of the Land Rights Act into law, the Civil Society Working Group on land rights in collaboration with its partners are doing everything possible to ensure the passage of the act.

The group, in collaboration with the Rights and Rice Foundation on Monday, May 2, held a one-day national consultation dialogue with many organizations on the passage of the draft Land Rights Act.

1 May 2017


A group of indigenous leaders in northeastern Brazil came under a brutal attack late Sunday by ranchers in a violent escalation of territorial disputes. The attack is the latest in a string of sometimes deadly assaults on activists.

Indígenas: "É motivo de preocupação o fracasso do estado em proteger as terras indígenas de atividades ilegais, especialmente em mineração e madeireiros", indicaram relatores das Nações Unidas (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
4 May 2017

Genebra – O Brasil “fracassou” em proteger os direitos dos povos indígenas.

A constatação foi feita por relatores da ONU em documentos que serão utilizados como base para um exame na sexta-feira (5) da política de direitos humanos do Brasil, em Genebra.

“É motivo de preocupação o fracasso do estado em proteger as terras indígenas de atividades ilegais, especialmente em mineração e madeireiros”, indicaram relatores das Nações Unidas, citados no informe distribuído para todos os governos.

January 1998
South Africa

To provide for the prohibition of unlawful eviction; to provide for procedures for the eviction of unlawful occupiers; and to repeal the Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act, 1951, and other obsolete laws; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.