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Over 50K Timorese Finally Get Land Rights
09 March 2012
Teresa de Jesus clutched her land papers and gave a shy grin. The 60-year old woman from Liquica, an hour east of the capital Dili, was one of 16 landowners who earlier this month received the first land certificates ever issued in independent Timor-Leste. “I’m very happy,” she said.  “And I

Nepal: Stopping Forced Eviction
By: Homeless International
08 March 2012
After reports last month of Nepali government plans to force evict thousands of poor families in Kathmandu, community and federation groups have been working together as the Nepal Squatters’ Front to protest against the evictions and demand housing alternatives. The government eventually decided to halt the planned evictions due to

Congo Farm Law "Hurting Foreign Investment"
By: Jonny Hogg
05 March 2012
KINSHASA, March 5 (Reuters) - A law meant to breathe new life into agriculture in Democratic Republic of Congo risks scaring off needed foreign investment due to a clause calling for farms to be majority-owned by Congolese, according to investors and other sector players.    The Congolese Federation of Enterprises has

ICRC Convoy Reaches Battered Homs
By: Samia Nakhoul
03 March 2012
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- A Red Cross aid convoy prepared to enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs on Friday after a Syrian official declared the area "cleansed" and the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar Assad`s forces. The residential district became a symbol of resistance to Assad after

Displaced Afghans Left Out in Cold
By: Al-Jazeera Staff
01 March 2012
Every day 400 Afghans become internally displaced, according to Amnesty International. At that rate, more than 2,500 Afghans were left homeless in the week of violent protests that swept the country recently over the burning of copies of the Quran at the US-led Bagram airbase. They joined the ranks of internally

E. Africa : Lamu Port [De]struction Project
By: Xinhua 
29 February 2012
Four of the most critical infrastructure projects under Kenya’s Lamu Port scheme are planned to be completed in the next five years to facilitate long term development of the whole project that is planned to be completed in 20 years.   The Infrastructure Secretary at the office of the Prime Minister (of

Wukan "Solution" Fails Key Land-rights Test
By:  Benjamin A Shobert
27 February 2012
Several weeks ago, Landesa, an American non-government organization focused on land rights for the rural poor in various emerging economies, published its sixth study of land rights in China. As part of their updated study, they surveyed 1,791 farmers in 17 provinces within China and found, as Landesa put it,

Expert Cautions on "Land Grab" Model
By: Thomas Kean
27 February 2012
A VISITING land expert has warned against falling for the “dominant model” of land grabbing, which sees small-scale farmers replaced by agri-businesses that are in many cases less productive. Mr Robin Palmer, who has worked on land issues for more than 35 years as both an academic and for British NGO

Why Criticize U.S. Mortgage Settlement?
By: Yves Smith, Huffington Post
26 February 2012
As readers likely know by now, 49 of 50 states have agreed to join the so-called mortgage settlement, with Oklahoma the lone refusenik. Although the fine points are still being hammered out, various news outlets (New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal) have details, with Dave Dayen`s overview at

Malaysia: Yong, Consider Natives Plight in FMUs!
By: Kota Kinabalu
26 February 2012
There is no doubt that the Forest Management Unit (FMU) programme is beneficial to Sabah but its planning and implementation during Datuk Yong Teck Lee`s tenure as Chief Minister were poorly executed. Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Vice-President Datuk Herbert Timbon Lagadan said the villages and Native Customary Rights (NCR) land should

Libya: Displaced People Barred from Homes
21 February 2012
(Tripoli) - Authorities in and around Misrata are preventing thousands of people from returning to the villages of Tomina and Kararim and have failed to stop local militias from looting and burning homes there, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse mirrors the treatment of roughly 30,000 displaced people from the

Tibetan Villagers Halt Mining Sacred Mountain
By: Amberly Polidor, Sacred Land Film Project  
28 January 2012
In Tibetan culture, where people live in intimate relationship with the natural world around them, reality and mythology have a way of blending together. So it was perhaps no surprise to local villagers when, after a Chinese mining company and local authorities repeatedly repelled efforts stop a gold mining project

Canada, EU Seek “Free Trade” in Water
By: Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News
25 January 2012
  Leaked documents show Canadian negotiators trying to exclude telecommunications and some agricultural sectors from a free-trade deal with the European Union, but not water. OTTAWA — Leaked documents show Canadian negotiators trying to exclude telecommunications and some agricultural sectors from a free-trade deal with the European Union, but not water. This absence

Famatina, Argentina: Water Dearer than Gold
By: Marcela Valente, IPS 
24 January 2012
BUENOS AIRES—Thousands of people in the northwest Argentine province of La Rioja are mobilising to stop an open-cast gold mining project in the Nevados de Famatina, a snowy peak that is the semi-arid area`s sole source of drinking water.La Rioja "is a dry province and we have just enough clean

Burma: High Court Bans Land-defending Lawyers
By: Mizzima News
25 December 2011
Chiang Mai--On 13 December, the Supreme Court in Naypyitaw ordered the suspension of attorney Myint Thwin and lawyer Shwe Hla. Myint Thwin said that he received a notification letter from the Mandalay District Court on December 15. The letter says: "If a lawyer cannot appear at a hearing,

Ethiopia: Oromos against Land Grabbing
By: Gadaa.com
23 December 2011
Ethiopia, though considered as a single unit by the outside world, has never integrated all of its regions into one political community with equality and justice. Just like the South used to be dominated by the North in the Sudan before the independence of South Sudan earlier in 2011, North

China: Govt. Concedes to End Wukan Land Protests
By: Stephanie Ho, VoA News
21 December 2011
Residents in the rebellious southern Chinese village Wukan have ended their mass protest against local authorities after officials offered concessions to resolve their grievances. The villagers were protesting the seizure of their farmland and the death of a fellow resident who died while in government custody. The most recent

Colombia: Govt. to Investigate Land Distribution
By: Aylish O`Driscoll, Colombia Reports
21 December 2011
The Colombian government and a human rights NGO signed an agreement on Tuesday to begin an analysis of land distribution in Colombia, according to newspaper El Espectador. The Colombian Superintendent of Notaries and Registries signed the agreement of cooperation with a representative of CODHES, a human rights NGO, to

Canada/Attawapiskat First Nation: UNSR`s Findings
20 December 2011
I have been in communication with the Government of Canada to express my deep concern about the dire social and economic condition of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which exemplifies the conditions of many aboriginal communities in the country.Many of this First Nation’s approximately 1,800 members live in unheated shacks or

Colombia: Victims Land Restitution Law Signed
By: Toni Peters, Colombia Reports
20 December 2011
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed Tuesday the regulatory decrees of the Victims and Land Restitution Law, which takes effect January 1. In terms of administrative compensation, each victim will receive between $4,760 and $10,900. "This does not compensate for the loss of a loved one, we would like

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