A collection of the week’s top land stories, including a New York Times article about pastoralists in China from the week before. Any reflections or comments @CGinsburg @ElizabethDonger @rachaelknight @krithikadinesh @lytteltonbraima ?
July 21, 2015 Two years after Wilmar International set an ambitious drive to commit to zero-deforestation and protection of indigenous rights, its suppliers are still at the center of land disputes with indigenous communities in Asia and Africa, civil society groups reported earlier this month.
July 21, 2015 …Pike is part of a cross-country caravan called the Apache Stronghold, made up of dozens of activists and supporters of the Arizona San Carlos Apache tribe who are calling out a mining industry land grab rammed through Congress last December….
July 20, 2015 Peruvian smallholder farmers claim a lot of forest on land as theirs, but in reality, they have little or no formal rights to those forests. These non-indigenous smallholders are a poorly understood group, often left out of deliberations over forest policy.
July 17, 2015 On 3 July 2015, Mr Ushatan Talukder, Member of the Bangladeshi Parliament and representative of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to UNPO, presented a resolution to UNPO’s XII General Assembly, stressing the need for good governance and respect for human rights, as well as economic support for the highlanders, in line with the 1997 CHT Accord.
July 17, 2015 There is strong apprehension that the Odisha Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Ordinance, 2015 will have far reaching implication on the Adivasis, Dalits, women, landless people and slum dwellers who have occupied Government land for their habitat and livelihood purposes. The ordinance has not differentiated the persons who have acquired the Government land for their mere sustenance and the persons who have grabbed huge patch of Government land to meet their greed.
July 16, 2015 The Burma Army forced them to leave their lands in 1997 and since then, separated from their lands and deities the villagers have lost many aspects of their Karen animist beliefs. Despite their displacement and living in fear and hardship five Karen villages in the Mutraw District have now begun to revive their traditional animist beliefs and practices.
July 16, 2015 “Despite the passage of over four years and little in the way of fundamental changes, Costa Rica’s claims that it is a new government with a new vision and a programme of activities with indigenous peoples. The results, however, only can be summarized as dialogue. … there have been no concrete results on substantive issues.”
July 16, 2015 Federal prosecutor Thais Santi announced that legal action would be taken “in the next few weeks” against Norte Energía, the company building the dam, on the argument that its initiatives to squelch indigenous resistance amount to ethnocide.
July 15, 2015 Traditional leaders claim that a new planning law, the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, undermines their authority to manage communal land.
July 15, 2015 The Brazilian Congress is currently considering a change to its constitution that would be a major blow for the recognition of indigenous rights in the country.
July 15, 2015 …the problem was worsening by the day with an estimated 100 hectares of their land already been logged. He said not only have the people lost their NCR lands, rubber trees and other crops to the logging company, the 500 villagers were also living in fear of being harassed.
July 11, 2015 The Chinese government is in the final stages of a 15-year-old campaign to settle the millions of pastoralists who once roamed China’s vast borderlands. By year’s end, Beijing claims it will have moved the remaining 1.2 million herders into towns that provide access to schools, electricity and modern health care.