“Human rights need to be at the heart of land concessions for positive impact”, says UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Mr. Surya P. Subedi, urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to act with more transparency when granting and managing economic and other land concessions, exercise more oversight over business enterprises involved with concessions, and make the process more inclusive for the individuals and communities affected.

Tensions high in Port Bell as another eviction looms (Uganda)

April 30, 2012 It is now three months since the murderous eviction that went wrong at Port Bell in Luzira, a Kampala suburb. The ground has, however, been set for a similarly hot-tempered eviction exercise of occupants on land belonging to Uganda Railways Corporation (URC), 100 metres away from the spot where Santos Komakech, a […]

Cambodia: demolition of houses in Borei Keila

February 9, 2012 by Sopheap Chak The problem of forced evictions is turning for the worse in Cambodia while citizen dissatisfaction over existing resettlement schemes is also rising. While land grabbing is a nationwide problem, it’s most evident in the urban areas. In fact, residents of Monivong Hospital, Sombok Chap, Dey Kraham, Group 78, Borei Keila, […]

Dying in defense of land in Mexico

April 6th, 2012 by Maria Sanchez Tucked between sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, perched on a small hill, is Xayakalan, home to members of the indigenous community, Santa Maria Ostula. Here, the sound of waves hitting the shore mixes with the cries of children playing among the wooden huts. Against this beautiful backdrop, a […]