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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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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Litigation for the Restoration of Ogiek Land Rights in Kenya

The Ogiek community brought a land rights case against the Government of Kenya at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, after exhausting all local redress mechanisms. The case attracted attention from the international community, and helped to hold the government to a higher standard...

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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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Leading case secures recognition of Indigenous People’s land rights

In October 2000, Saramaka authorities presented a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights claiming that Suriname had not recognized their territorial rights by granting logging and mining concessions on their lands without consultation or their consent. The issue was addressed...

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Lutte contre l’accaparement de terres et récupération de terres litigieuses par des paysans organisés_Photo credit CICODEV

A peasant movement tackles land grabbing and reclaims disputed land

This is the outcome of an advocacy campaign led by CICODEV Africa and the Collectif des Paysans sans Terre de Diokoul against land grabbing in the rural community of Diokoul Ndiawrigne, in Senegal. This 2-year campaign involved 99 farmers from 4 villages and aimed at reclaiming 400 hectares of...

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Community association succeeds in securing land thirty years after dispossession_Photo credi Nkuzi

Community association succeeds in securing land thirty years after dispossession

Between 1941 and 1965 communities in the Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo Province, were dispossessed of their lands. Members of the community were issued ‘trek passes’ when they refused to become labour tenants on the land they occupied. These passes were old apartheid style documents...

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