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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SER

Peruvian indigenous women defend their land rights and become community leaders

SER Association promoted changes in 25 community statutes to formally include women in decision-making processes. It also developed women´s capacities to improve their effectiveness in their new roles as community leaders. Nowadays, 20 women in the Andean regions of Ayacucho and Puno have joined...

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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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ACAD

Economic empowerment to enhance resilience to land grabbing: Beit Skarya, the West Bank

The Arab Center for Agriculture Development (ACAD) has used different methodologies to protect the land rights of local communities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the rehabilitation and utilisation of land by planting different kinds of plants and trees. ACAD has lobbied on...

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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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Kyrgyz Jayity

Community-based natural resource management in Kyrgyzstan

To remedy the degradation and ineffective management of pastureland, the Law on Pastures, enacted in 2009, allowed the formation of Pasture Users’ Unions (PUUs). The National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Jayity, has facilitated the formation of 454 PUUs. Using community-based...

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OPDP

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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