Global Land News Summaries May 27 - June 3, 2015

All the latest global land headlines, as collected by @CGinsburg :smile: Please add other news stories, comments, or questions by using ‘Reply’ below.

05.26.2015 – Peru: Rights Ombudsman Calls out Government on Indigenous Rights Telesur TV Peru’s Ombudsman criticized the government of President Ollanta Humala on Tuesday for failing to enforce legislation that protects indigenous people. Known as the 2011 Prior Consultation Law and Agreement 169 of the International Labor Organization, this law gives indigenous communities the right to voice their opinions on developments related to the land they have inhabited for centuries. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Peruvian-Rights-Ombudsman-Calls-Out-Govt-on-Indigenous-Rights-20150526-0042.html

05.27.2015 – Global: Deforestation, Exploitation, Hypocrisy - No End to Wilmar’s Palm Oil Land Grabs The Ecologist With the deadline due this year for the full implementation of Wilmar’s ‘No peat, no deforestation, no exploitation’ promise, the oil palm giant is keen to push its green image in Europe. But for communities suffering its land grabs in Nigeria, nothing has changed. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2879965/deforestation_exploitation_hypocrisy_no_end_to_wilmars_palm_oil_land_grabs.html

05.27.2015 – Liberia: Sinoe County - Concession Area Hit By Rioting, Several Fleeing Front Page Africa Nearly 10 years after Liberia signed several agreements with international companies boasting of over 10 billion investments, protests and confusions continue to rock the operations of many of the concessionaires with locals resisting poor working conditions. On July 3, 2014, a group of citizens working with Arcelor Mittal in Nimba County staged an authorized demonstration on the compounds of the Company, which eventually turned into rioting that led to the loss and destruction of properties belonging to Golden Veroleum. http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/news/5315-sinoe-county-concession-area-hit-by-rioting-several-fleeing

05.28.2015 – Sri Lanka: Army Accused of Waging ‘Silent War’ as Tamil Land is Appropriated The Guardian Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war, a “silent” conflict is being waged across the island, with tens of thousands of government troops continuing to occupy the north and east and the army expanding its property developments on land belonging to displaced Tamils, a new report claims. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/28/sri-lanka-army-land-grabs-tamil-displacement-report-oakland-institute

05.28.2015 –Cambodia: Bunong communities threaten to fell firm’s rubber trees Cambodia Daily About 100 ethnic Bunong in Mondolkiri province protested outside the local office of French-owned rubber firm Socfin KCD on Wednesday, threatening to cut down its rubber trees if their ancestral lands were not returned… https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/bunong-threaten-to-fell-firms-rubber-trees-84504/

05.28.2015 – China: Forests in Peril- Ginger Greed Behind Vanishing Taitung Forests Focus Taiwan "The risks are low and the profits are good. Of course ginger farmers are running up the mountains," said Hu, who used to be a ginger farmer himself. http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201505280004.aspx

05.28.2015 – Brazil: Indigenous Ka’apor Community Fights Loggers in Brazil Upside Down World The Ka’apor community’s indigenous territory…suffers constant invasions for the purpose of extracting trees. Tired of waiting for the State to help, the indigenous people have decided to put their own lives at risk since 2013 to expel the loggers. Eusébio was one of the leaders of this movement. http://upsidedownworld.org/main/brazil-archives-63/5343-qwe-live-in-the-forestq-indigenous-kaapor-community-fights-loggers-in-brazil

05.29.2015 – Namibia: Reho Communal Farmers Feel Left Out The Namibian Communal farmers in and around Rehoboth feel they are losing out on the allocations of resettlement farms under the government’s land reform programme. http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=27175&page_type=story_detail&category_id=1#sthash.HPUTqQhJ.dpuf

05.29.2015 – South Africa: Bakgatla Case with Far-Reaching Implications before Top Court Business Day Live The Constitutional Court heard a case on Thursday which will determine how a valuable area of land in the North West province — which covers a portion of the Pilanesburg game reserve and, according to community leaders, sits on rich platinum deposits — will be administered. The case has wider implications for the future of communal property associations — one of the legal vehicles through which rural communities can own their land. http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/law/2015/05/29/bakgatla-case-with-far-reaching-implications-before-top-court

05.29.2015 – Philippines: Charter Change to Worsen Land Grabbing Balutlat In its public launching, May 28, the newly formed Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) said Aquino’s Charter change will worsen the widespread land grabbing, land-use conversion, and forced eviction of peasants and rural poor in the countryside. http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/05/29/charter-change-to-worsen-land-grabbing/#sthash.RhhinMKK.dpuf

05.30.2015 – Mali: Transnational resistance against land grabbing AfDB The two villages, Sanamadougou and Sahou, in Mali, have been fighting for the past five years against eviction from their land by the large-scale investor Modibo Keita… http://afrique-europe-interact.net/1364-1-Summary-of-the-struggle-of-Sanamadougou-and-Sahou.html

05.30.2015 – Columbia: Southwest Columbia Indigenous Clash with Police over Land Claims Columbia Reports Indigenous groups from the southwest of Colombia have been clashing with police over the past few weeks after months-long protests over land failed to produce agreements with the national government. http://colombiareports.com/southwest-colombia-indigenous-clash-with-police-over-land-claims/

05.30.2015 – Jamaica: 1500 Persons to get Land Titles The Jamaica Observer The Government has entered into an agreement with Jamalco to expedite titles for over 1,500 persons on the company’s resettlement programme. Under the agreement, Jamalco will submit for processing, all of the title applications through the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/1-500-persons-to-get-land-titles

05.31.2015 –Myanmar: Formulating policy framework for foreign investment in agriculture Xinhua Myanmar government is working closely with the OECD to formulate a policy framework to boost foreign investment in the agricultural sector… officials were quoted as saying that allowing foreign ownership of land and creating a legal framework to encourage contract farming will attract foreign direct investment. http://www.globalpost.com/article/6566164/2015/05/30/myanmar-works-formulating-policy-framework-foreign-investment-agriculture

06.01.2015 – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Inga Dam to Result in the Resettlement of up to 20,000 People Forest Peoples Programme In March 2014, the World Bank Board of directors gave final approval for a grant of USD$73 million towards the construction of the Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River in the Bas Congo Province of the DRC. Inga 3 represents the first phase of a vast programme to create the largest and most powerful hydroelectric network in the world, even surpassing the China’s Three Gorges Dam. http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/world-bank/news/2015/05/inga-dam-drc-result-resettlement-20000-people

06.01.2015 – Indonesia: How are Indigenous Communities Benefiting from GPS Data Loggers? Forest Peoples Programme FPP’s introduction of GPS data loggers has had a positive impact on indigenous communities by enabling them to map their own lands. Unlike consumer grade, off-the-shelf GPS units, the data loggers are extremely simple, light-weight devices comprising a single button operation and no screens to navigate… http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/participatory-resource-mapping/news/2015/05/how-are-indigenous-communities-benefiting-gps-dat

06.01.2015 – Guatemala: Young Farmers Fight for Land Rights - Local Food and Sustainable Traditions Endangered CPAL Social The same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land, and not be forced to migrate to the cities or the United States. In the process, they hope to recuperate the ancestral Mayan forms of agriculture, and combat hunger and poverty in their communities. http://www.cpalsocial.org/794.html

06.02.2015 – Global: A Key Tool for your Toolkit - International Law can Advance Women’s Land Tenure Rights in REDD+ CIEL Worldview With support from the Rights and Resources Initiative, CIEL explored how relevant internationally-recognized rights can reinforce the work of women’s rights advocates at the national level. Their analysis suggests that international law provides opportunities for advancing women’s tenure rights in REDD+, both to guarantee respect for rights that are already recognized in customary, local, and national systems, as well as to strengthen rights where those governance systems are weak. http://ciel.org/wordpress_211560016/?p=2220

06.02.2015 – Niger: From Traditional Land Rights to Long-Term Leases - Fair Compensation? IIED Blog In the face of displacement due to large-scale development projects, can innovative legal solutions be used to protect smallholders’ land rights? http://www.iied.org/traditional-land-rights-long-term-leases-fair-compensation

06.02.2015 –Democratic Republic of the Congo: European and US development finance bankrolls a new round of agro-colonialism GRAIN Community leaders living within the 100,000 hectares covered by Feronia Inc.'s oil palm concession areas say the land was taken from them illegally and that they never gave their consent for Feronia to operate there… http://www.grain.org/fr/article/entries/5220-agro-colonialism-in-the-congo-european-and-us-development-finance-bankrolls-a-new-round-of-agro-colonialism-in-the-drc

06.02.2015 – Indonesia: Drones to the Rescue Slate Saleh Uwang’s first encounter with a drone, documented in a short video titled “Dayaks and Drones” is compelling evidence of a little-known side effect of the drone revolution: Poor people with land rights to lose have begun to realize that drones can help them. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/06/community_drones_helps_indonesia_s_dayaks_protect_their_land.html

06.02.2015 – Ecuador: Was this Indigenous Leader Killed because he Fought to Save Ecuador’s Land? The Guardian José Isidro Tendetza Antún’s battered body was found in an unmarked grave and loved ones blame his death on his opposition to $1.4bn Chinese-backed mine. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/02/ecuador-murder-jose-tendetza-el-mirador-mine-project

06.02.2015 – Panama: Indigenous Voices Ignored in Financing Dam Project Inter Press Service News Agency Indigenous people who would be directly affected by the impact of a hydroelectric project in Panama were not consulted despite national and international human rights obligations to obtain their free, prior and informed consent, according to a just-released report. http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/06/indigenous-voices-ignored-in-financing-panamanian-dam-project/

06.03.2015 –Africa: New Alliance, New Risk of Land Grabs ActionAid Ten African countries have signed up to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – the G8 countries’ main strategy for supporting agriculture in Africa launched in 2012. This briefing – covering Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania and Senegal – shows that some large companies involved in the New Alliance are already accused of taking part in land grabs in some countries. It also presents new research to argue that the initiative is further increasing the risk of rural communities losing their access to and control over land to large investors, largely through policy commitments on land titling and land reform. http://www.actionaid.org/publications/new-alliance-new-risk-land-grabs