International Land Deals for Agriculture. Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II

26.7 Million Hectares of Agricultural Land in Investors’ Hands

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

New report by the Land Matrix initiative takes stock of situation.

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Photo credit: Women to Kilimanjaro

Women across Africa plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to demand #landrightsnow

Wednesday, 14th September 2016

A woman has lost her husband and has no rights to their household land; a biofuel company pushes another smallholder farmer off her land; while a community's land and water is poisoned by a mining company. These three stories are part of an animated video to promote the Kilimanjaro Initiative in October 2016.  

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Kaneez Akhtar weeds her spinach field in her village Jandal, Kotli district, AJK (Azad Jammu Kashmir), Pakistan ©IFAD/Asad Zaidi

Islamic inheritance laws and rural women, new issue of ILC Framing the Debate series is out

Tuesday, 6th September 2016

«Land rights are particularly important for women’s empowerment and gender equality (…) but they continue to be systematically denied their rights to inheritance, especially in rural areas». The newest issue of ILC’s Framing the Debate series on Islamic inheritance laws and their impact on rural women in Muslim societies finds an interconnected mix of legal, educational, economic, social and political reasons for discriminatory inheritance practices.

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Meeting with community members in Htein Gyi village - Photo credit Marcus Rhinelander

Empowered community reverts displacement for large dam

In 2011, a hydropower dam project threatened to displace 1797 people from 4 villages in the Anyar Phyar Village Tract in Southern Myanmar. Due to strong community organisation, research, and campaigning, the communities were able to gain the support of the government. As a result, the hydropower...

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Four different communities; one common thread.

Thursday, 26th May 2016

From the small island of Eigg in the West Highlands of Scotland to the Miskitu Indigenous women from the deep forests of Nicaragua, these are the stories of ILC members from four very different communities, whose lives are intertwined by one common thread: securing their community and Indigenous Peoples land rights has significantly improved their lives

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ILC Member Namati Winner of the Skoll Foundation Award

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

The ILC would like to extend a warm congratulations to Vivek Maru, founder of ILC member organisation Namati (Innovations in Legal Empowerment), on being awarded the Skoll Award for Social Justice!

 
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Legal Breakthrough on Land Rights and Ending Secrecy of Land Ownership

Peter Peacock (CLS), Megan MacInnes (Global Witness)
Thursday, 31st March 2016

Peter Peacock of Community Land Scotland and Megan MacInnes of Global Witness explain the historic breakthroughs introduced in Scotland’s latest Land Reform Bill. 

From Honduras to Kenya: Violence Continues Against Land and Environmental Defenders

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Those at the front lines defending their rights to land and natural resources are among the human rights defenders most vulnerable and targeted for violations. A few weeks ago, the entire world mourned the loss  of a great indigenous leader, Berta Cáceres who was murdered in her home in Honduras.

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Her Life Matters. Steering Group Statement Berta Cáceres: Condemns Murder, Calls for Action.

Thursday, 17th March 2016

The Steering Group of the Land Rights Now Campaign Condemns the Murder of Berta Cáceres, Calls for Concrete Action from Governments, Companies

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ILC Launches Report with Oxfam and RRI: “Common Ground: Securing Land Rights and Safeguarding the Earth”

Tuesday, 1st March 2016

2.5 billion people at risk of hunger and poverty if land rights are not protected
Indigenous Peoples and local communities protect half the world's land, but formally own just 10 percent, according to a report released today by a global alliance of NGOs.

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