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Human rights

We stand behind our members who are on the frontlines of securing the land rights of their communities. We commit to support them in the best ways that we can, and for our coalition to be a platform for their voices. In today’s world, being a land and environmental defender is a choice that can be dangerous, even fatal. We commit to do what we can to protect our members and their communities who are criminalised, intimidated and marginalised for advocating change.
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In today’s world, being a land and environmental defender can be dangerous, even fatal.

In 2023, our data indicates that more than 1,500 land rights defenders suffered non-lethal attacks in two countries alone.

And although the number of defenders killed yearly is alarming, their story is only the tip of the iceberg.

What we often don’t see is what happens before we get to the point of no return.

Many violations are invisible, and the situation is set to become worse as competition for access to natural resources and land grabs intensify against a backdrop of extreme global inequality.

On the front lines against land grabbing, resource extraction, exploitation and pollution are ILC members and their partners who face threats, criminalisation, violence, and killings.

There has never been a more critical time to protect land, environmental rights, and the people who put their lives on the line to defend them.

Read the policy brief on criminalisation of defenders by Land Rights Now

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Protect the right to land

HOW CAN WE USE THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF PEASANTS AND OTHER PEOPLE WORKING IN RURAL AREAS TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO LAND?

"Peasants and other people living in rural areas have the right to land, individually and/or collectively ... including the right to have access to, sustainably use and manage land and the water bodies, coastal seas, fisheries, pastures and forests therein, to achieve an adequate standard of living, to have a place to live in security, peace and dignity and to develop their cultures."

CLAIMING FREEDOM IN NEPAL

“After my emancipation, I wanted to focus on the education of my children. Now that my two sons are employed and earning for themselves, it is a great source of pride” - Chandra Ram Lohar

“THIS IS NO LONGER YOUR LAND”

There is a parallel war raging in the West Bank, says Abbas Melhem, Executive Director of the Palestinian Farmers' Union

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THE ILLUSION OF ABUNDANCE

New documentary, co-produced by ILC, pushes European Parliament for action around land and environmental defenders in Latin America

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Global and regional initiatives

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Defending Land and Environmental Defenders Coalition

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LED EMERGENCY FUND

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INICIATIVA PROTECCIÓN DE DEFENSORES

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Land Rights as Human Rights in Asia

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#Indigenous Peoples #Indigenous peoples #5. Secure territorial rights for indigenous peoples #Kenya #OPDP

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#Asia #Nepal #CSRC

Photo Essay

Claiming Freedom in Nepal

17 February 2021

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#Peru #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Latin America & the Caribbean #Land rights defenders

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#Rangelands #Indigenous Peoples #3. Diverse tenure systems #5. Secure territorial rights for indigenous peoples #10. Protection for land rights defenders #9. Effective actions against land grabbing #Human Rights

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#10. Protection for land rights defenders #Land rights defenders

Press Release

We condemn the murders of two women human rights defenders in Guatemala

9 May 2023

We condemn the murders of two women human rights d

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#SHARAKA #PFU #ACAD #PARC #Palestine #Conflict resolution

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#Human Rights #Latin America & the Caribbean #10. Protection for land rights defenders

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#Philippines #Asia #9. Effective actions against land grabbing #10. Protection for land rights defenders #CPA

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#Indigenous peoples #Indigenous Peoples #People's Data #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Briefs #ANGOC #CINEP #IWGIA #NATURAL JUSTICE

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#Land rights #Briefs #WRI #ANGOC #IWGIA #NATURAL JUSTICE #People's Data #CINEP #10. Protection for land rights defenders

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#COVID-19 #Human Rights #Briefs #Indigenous Peoples #resource #Global

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#Latin America & the Caribbean #Human Rights #Legal assistance, legal empowerment and access to justice #Advocacy & campaigning #1. Secure tenure rights #9. Effective actions against land grabbing #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Establishment and strengthening of local institutions #Research and training #Legal action #Civil society #Guatemala #Community empowerment #TRÓCAIRE

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#Latin America & the Caribbean #Human Rights #Land policy and multi-stakeholder dialogue #Land monitoring, indicators and alternative reporting #Advocacy & campaigning #Application of laws, guidelines & standards #10. Protection for land rights defenders #4. Equal Land Rights for Women #Research and training #Women's Land Rights #Advocacy #Colombia #Women's Land Rights #CINEP #Gender Justice

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#Global #Human Rights #Land monitoring, indicators and alternative reporting #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Project design and implementation support #TRÓCAIRE

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#9. Effective actions against land grabbing #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Asia #Land rights defenders #Land grabbing #Bangladesh #Cambodia #India #Indonesia #Nepal #Philippines #SDF #KPA #STAR KAMPUCHEA #CSRC #AR NOW! #ARBAN #XSF #ANGOC #CDA

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#Briefs #Global #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Land rights defenders