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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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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Legal and psycho-legal counselling to defend land rights

While Cameroon’s Constitution recognises the ethnic diversity of the country, pastoralists are often marginalised and their access to land is insecure. Through its Access to Justice Program, MBOSCUDA provided legal and psycho-legal counselling to help the Mbororo assert their claims to communal...

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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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Productive diversification and organization in Weenhayek communities

Climate change is one of the main factors causing dramatic scarcity of aquatic life in the Pilcomayo river basin. The Weenhayek communities of Villamontes started vegetable gardens in plots suffering from limited productivity, insufficient access to water and extreme...

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