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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“Wheels of Hope” motorbike campaign tackles unlawful occupation of common land in India

Some 78% of the grazing commons in the state of Gujarat have been acquired by investors and other actors, restricting access for local land users. Local NGO Maldhari Rural Action Group (MARAG) worked with local communities to launch “Wheels of Hope”, a motorbike campaign that covered a distance...

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AFRA

Using the justice system to promote international best practice in South Africa

The Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) partnered with the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a South African human rights organisation, to launch a class action lawsuit against the Government of South Africa on behalf of a class of farm dwellers known as labour tenants. Under the 1996 Land...

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Participatory Video Making Empowers Women to Interrogate Traditional Land Practices in Ghana

In 2016, Transparency International gave ten widows from Kulbia village in the Upper East Region of Ghana an opportunity to tell their land rights stories. They used a technique known as Participatory Video, which enables people to use video as a conduit, facilitating and enhancing communication...

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Agrarian conflict settled through small-scale land reform

Over the past four decades, competing pressure for natural resources and the lack of a coherent legal framework generated numerous land conflicts, criminalisation of indigenous peoples' land tenure systems and environmental degradation in Indonesia. The...

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Advocacy for the implementation of the Vested Property Return Act

A successful advocacy campaign by ALRD and its allies achieved the repeal of the Vested Property Act - which had nefarious impacts on the land rights of Hindu minorities - and the implementation of the Vested Property Return Act. Launched despite the substantial political risks of confronting...

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Global campaign for the International Year of Family Farming

In the face of hunger and malnutrition caused by successive food crises, the international community reacted with required aid emergencies, but without focusing on one of the main causes: the abandonment of family farming. Global cooperation was proposed to reverse this complex scenario,...

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Advocacy before the CEDAW Committee for positioning rural women's land rights

In order to bring attention to the situation of rural women rights and access to land in the Argentinean region of El Chaco, various civil society organizations worked together to elaborate an alternative report. It was later presented, in 2016, at the 65th session of the UN...

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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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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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