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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Trocaire - Odisha-Women_Caption Tribal women in Odisha. Photographer Justin Kernoghan

District-wide movement achieves recognition of community forest rights

The struggle of 125 Adivasi and Dalit families of the Doliambo village in Odisha, led to the legal recognition of their entitlement to their ancestral land and forests, denied to them since colonial times. Historically, marginalised and poor forest dependent...

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Coalitions foster citizen participation in decision making over land

While industrialisation, economic growth and climate change are increasing pressures over land tenure in Vietnam, more public attention over land disputes is helping to reduce land-based conflicts. Oxfam has facilitated the formation of two land governance...

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Women shout slogans during a protest rally in Gandhinagar on 18 June 2013. The protesters, mainly farmers, were protesting against the Gujarat government’s decision to develop Mandal-Becharaji as a special investment region (SIR)

Women and youth protests revert land dispossession by the State

In September 2012, the Government of Gujarat announced the creation of the Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region (MB SIR). By covering 44 agricultural villages, the project would have caused the loss of livelihood to 60,000 people dependent on land. Two...

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Sustainable forest management ties indigenous group together against eviction threats

In order to oppose logging activities in their territories (on-going since 1968)  and an attempt of eviction by the State (in 1992), the indigenous people of Huay Hin Lad Nai village, Northern Thailand, have established traditional forest management techniques...

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Halting land grabbing by local elite through sustained legal action_Photo credits Andrea Fiorenza

Halting land grabbing by local elite through sustained legal action

The village of Rampur, in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh, was established on public ‘khas’ land in 1953 by landless farmers. However, in the following decades, different groups of local elites claimed the land and tried to evict the villagers. Thanks to...

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Dinajpur District, Bangladesh_Photo credits  Andrea Fiorenza

Twenty years of legal struggle to obtain ownership of public ‘khas’

In 1994, the landless villagers of Rajarampur in Dinajpur district, Bangladesh, applied for access to public ‘khas’ land (government owned land available for allocation according to government priorities) that had been lying fallow for years. In 1995 they occupied 115 acres of this fallow land....

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