DEFENDING LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY DEADLY ENDEAVOR

THEY WERE KILLED by their own army. On December 3, while members of the Taboli-manubo people on the Philippine island of Mindanao were farming and doing housework, the army began shelling their neighborhood and spraying them with gunfire from all directions. Eight people were killed.

The dead included Datu Victor Danyan, a leader of protests against the expansion of a coffee plantation by an agribusiness firm, and four of his family members. Danyan had long been involved in resisting the company, Silvicultural Industries Inc., whose operation had taken over ancestral land and threatened the community’s livelihood. More were injured in the attack, and 200 were forced to evacuate the area, abandoning the fields they had sought to preserve. While the Taboli-manubo people believe the cause of the attack was their resistance to Silvicultural Industries, the Philippine army disputes this.

This was one of many attacks on land and environmental defenders in 2017 recorded by Global Witness, which defines such defenders as those who take peaceful action when land, forests, or rivers are encroached upon by industry, whether as members of the local community, or as activists, journalists, or lawyers. Tiếp tục đọc “DEFENDING LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY DEADLY ENDEAVOR”

Indonesian tribes rally for land rights

Fearing extinction, tribes in Indonesia call on the government to protect their land rights.

Many tribal Indonesians do not have a formal title to the land their families have lived on for generations. [ATAR Agency/AFP]

Thousands of tribal Indonesians gathered on Sumatra, urging President Joko Widodo to protect their land rights.

On Friday, more than 5,000 people from 2,000 tribal communities convened in Tanjung Gusta village outside North Sumatra’s provincial capital Medan.

The gathering is organised by the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago and held every five years.

“We’ll fight for our rights to the last drop of our blood,” said Abdon Nababan, the secretary-general of the alliance at the conference.

Indonesia’s environment and forestry minister reiterated on Friday the government’s commitment to tribal rights. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian tribes rally for land rights”

Killings of land rights activists tripled in 2016

ALJAZEERA Dec. 13, 2016

Roughly 16 land rights advocates have been killed each month from January through November.

Mapuche Indian activists demand their indigenous rights and land for their communities in Santiago, Chile [Reuters]

The battle over land and resources turned bloodier in the past year with treble the number of land rights defenders killed, according to a human rights group that fears that the violence will get even worse. Tiếp tục đọc “Killings of land rights activists tripled in 2016”

4 Lý do lớn: Tại sao quyền Sở Hữu Đất quan trọng

English: Four big reasons why land rights matter

 Quyền sở hữu đất và tài sản là chìa khóa cho vô số mục tiêu phát triển, từ đói nghèo cho đến tạo sức mạnh kinh tế cho phụ nữ. Vì vậy, tại sao quyền sở hữu đất và tài sản lại quá khó để đạt được?

“Hãy thức tỉnh, hỡi loài người… Hãy xây dựng những xã hội có khả năng cùng tồn tại một cách tương kính, theo cách bảo vệ sự sống. Hãy đến với nhau và giữ vững hy vọng rằng chúng ta bảo vệ và chăm sóc dòng máu của Trái Đất này và linh hồn của Đất”

Đây là những lời có sức ảnh hưởng của nhà hoạt động về Quyền Sở Hữu Đất của người bản địa Honduras, Berta Caceres. Berta đã dành  giải thưởng Môi Trường Goldman 2015 trong vai trò tổ chức một phong trào phản đối lãnh đạo công ty lớn từ bỏ việc xây dựng đập ngăn nước trên vùng đất được bảo vệ bởi người dân bản địa Rio Gualcarque ở Honduras. Chưa đầy một năm sau đó, Berta đã bị ám sát tại nhà. Thật bi thảm, khi Berta Caceres chỉ là một trong những nhà hoạt động về Quyền Sở Hữu Đất và nhà hoạt động môi trường bị giết hại trong mấy năm gần đây Tiếp tục đọc “4 Lý do lớn: Tại sao quyền Sở Hữu Đất quan trọng”

The Power of Smallholder Land Rights to Combat Climate Change

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Dec 16, 2015

Last weekend the world rejoiced over the historic, long-awaited climate-change agreement reached at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). While the cooperation of 190 countries around a singular issue, especially one as pressing as climate change, should be applauded, the COP21 pact is missing something major: the role of agriculture.

This year is on target to be the hottest in recorded history. Just in the past few months, we have watched El Nino, which is likely to be one of the strongest on record, create unpredictable and chaotic weather patterns, taking a tremendous toll on harvests and pushing millions into extreme poverty and emergency levels of food insecurity. Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in decades, with predictions of at least 15 million people requiring emergency food assistance by early 2016. As climate change continues to threaten global stability, it pressures the international community to enact creative solutions. One solution that hasn’t received enough attention is increasing land rights for smallholder farmers, particularly for women in the developing world. Tiếp tục đọc “The Power of Smallholder Land Rights to Combat Climate Change”

LandMark: Protecting Indigenous and Community Lands by Making Them Visible

WRI – Up to 65 percent of the world’s land is held by Indigenous Peoples and communities, yet only 10 percent is legally recognized as belonging to them. The rest, held under customary tenure arrangements, is largely unmapped, not formally demarcated, and therefore invisible to the world. Without strong legal protections or concrete maps delineating their territories, communities are vulnerable to losing their land to governments and investors for economic and commercial development.

That’s where LandMark comes in. Launched today, LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities. The platform aims to raise awareness, engage audiences, and help these people protect their land rights. Shining a light on indigenous and community land reduces the likelihood that irregular acquisitions and expropriations go unnoticed, and helps protect the livelihoods and well-being of billions of rural people.

1) Indigenous and Community Land Is Not “Vacant” Land.

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Measuring Land Rights for a Sustainable Future

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This post is written by Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Head of Land and Agriculture at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

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