Written submissions on the MPRDA Amendment Bill 15D of 2013 to the Gauteng Legislature, made on behalf of the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), and Bench Marks Foundation.
Written submissions on the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Draft Bill made to the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform
We believe that law should in principle assist vulnerable communities in changing power relations. Law is fundamentally a ‘neutral’ set of rules that constrains power by requiring decisions and actions of those in power to comply with legal rules, rights and obligations. Unfortunately, we have seen the powerful appropriate law as a tool for only protecting and strengthening their interests.
The women noted that “foreign concepts” and exploiters supplanted traditional ways of life, resulting in the environmental catastrophe of the island.
Mothers Against Re-Opening the Panguna mine have released a statement championing traditional land rights of the Indigenous Black people of the South Pacific island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, expressing their emphatic opposition to re-opening the Panguna Mine located in the Guava Mountains.
Some commercial farmers in Zambia's have acquired thousands of hectares while ignoring laws meant to prevent forced evictions, writes Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu from Human Rights Watch
Santiago Maldonado was last seen alive in public in Patagonia on August 1 at a protest for the land rights of the Mapuche, a group of indigenous peoples from Chile and Argentina. Various witnesses recount seeing him being detained by military police and loaded into a van during a raid by state authorities, but there is no official record of his detention, and no information was provided to his family.
Deaths of environmental activists locked in conflict with mining, logging and agricultural companies across three continents has passed 150
The number of people killed this year while defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife has passed 150 – meaning 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year on record.
The exploitation of natural resources plays a critical role in the Uganda government’s plans to develop the country. Extractive industries are up scaling their activity as the sector is gearing up for the exploitation of oil and gaz by 2020. In a country where most people live off the land, the construction of industrial infrastructure carries great risks for the protection of fundamental rights.
On September 18th, a successful and informative webinar to discuss land-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), co-hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Development (CCSI), the Land Portal Foundation, UN SDSN’s Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), and the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII), took place.