PIDP: ILC member in DRC protect land defender from criminalisation
Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Land rights defender, Mr Mwarabu Mbula Jean Koko, is in good health after spending a hell of time in the hands of the Congolese armed forces in March 2017. While Mr Mwarabu was mediating the conflict between two communities in Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he was arbitrarily arrested, jailed and tortured. During this painful moment, a strategy coordinated by the Integrated Program for the Development of the Pygmy People (PIDP) in Kivu, supported by ILC, fought against his criminalisation, denounced his unfair treatment and brought him medical help. Protecting the civil and political rights of human rights defenders working on land issues is one of the ten commitments of ILC.
Governments working with private and public stakeholders to improve land governance in Africa
Thursday, 23rd November 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 November 2017- Multi-stakeholders platforms (MSP) bringing together civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector, governments, and UN agencies are essential in securing land rights and achieving development in Africa. The collaborative nature of these platforms has great potential for synergising ideas and finding common ground on land issues. MSP appears to be a recommendation of regional, continental and international normative frameworks on land tenure, including the Frameworks and Guidelines on Land Governance in Africa (F&Gs), the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).