Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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UNDP

Improving indigenous women’s access to land and participation in natural resource management

In Halimun Salak, West Java, Indonesia, Kasepuhan women were landless, and were excluded from land-related decision-making and natural resource management. The society is traditional, and is governed by strict customary law (adat) and practices. As a result of gender roles, women were...

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CODECA

Defenders of land and territories in Guatemala resist intimidation, assaults and arbitrary detentions

CODECA staff and members confronted repercussions after the publication of a report stating human rights violations by powerful landowners in Guatemala. Repercussions included 40 arrests, 117 acts of aggression, 2 dead people and a discredit and defamation media campaign. Despite this, CODECA...

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CLS

A Human Rights Approach to Rural Land Governance in Scotland

Community Land Scotland (CLS) has worked to strengthen a human rights approach to land governance through multi-stakeholder dialogue and advocacy. Previously, Scotland’s land tenure system was oriented towards private property rights. This has changed, with CLS working with the Scottish Human...

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Deposit Photos

“Wheels of Hope” motorbike campaign tackles unlawful occupation of common land in India

Some 78% of the grazing commons in the state of Gujarat have been acquired by investors and other actors, restricting access for local land users. Local NGO Maldhari Rural Action Group (MARAG) worked with local communities to launch “Wheels of Hope”, a motorbike campaign that covered a distance...

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AFRA

Using the justice system to promote international best practice in South Africa

The Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) partnered with the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a South African human rights organisation, to launch a class action lawsuit against the Government of South Africa on behalf of a class of farm dwellers known as labour tenants. Under the 1996 Land...

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Transparency_International

Participatory Video Making Empowers Women to Interrogate Traditional Land Practices in Ghana

In 2016, Transparency International gave ten widows from Kulbia village in the Upper East Region of Ghana an opportunity to tell their land rights stories. They used a technique known as Participatory Video, which enables people to use video as a conduit, facilitating and enhancing communication...

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