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Vietnam Farmers Hold Policemen amid Standoff Over Land Dispute

A group of farmers in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Monday continued to detain at least 20 people—including riot police—in a situation sources described as “heated,” after a land dispute led to a rare incident of violence between residents and authorities over the weekend. by Nhan Quyen • Radio Free Asia,...

Activist Tep Vanny Sentenced to More Than Two Years in Prison

After Thursday’s decision was announced, Ms. Vanny and her supporters in the courtroom repeatedly shouted: “This is an injustice.” by Sek Odom | February 23, 2017 Tep Vanny, one of the country’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday over charges related...

Press Release: Sime Darby Landgrabbing in Indonesia

Communities from West Kalimantan call on Sime Darby to give them back their land. The complaint they filed at the RSPO in 2012 remains unresolved. Communities from West Kalimantan call on Sime Darby to give them back their land. The complaint they filed at the RSPO in 2012 remains unresolved. Bangkok,...

Thailand: Protect Right to Peaceful Protest of Environmental Defenders

Thai authorities should protect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of two human rights defenders on trial for protesting a gold mine in Loei Province, Fortify Rights said today. End judicial harassment of mining-affected communities in Loei Province (Loei, October 13, 2016)—Thai authorities should protect the rights to peaceful assembly...

At a Southern Plantation, Laments for Lost Land

About 20 former farm owners challenged the basis on which their lands moved into the hands of plantation owner Max Myanmar, during a recent visit to the vicinity by The Irrawaddy. By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | SHWE YAUNG PYA, Mon State — Some four...

General Locals fear for safety after southern activist shooting

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) needs to step up efforts to solve land disputes to avoid further attacks on community-based human rights defenders, Surat Thani land rights activists say. Activists urge Alro to solve land rows 12 Apr 2016 at 04:00 | NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT The Agricultural...

Vietnamese celebrities oppose coal plants in striking photo campaign

Vietnam’s government shocked in January with a pledge to halt construction of new coal power stations. Published on 06/04/2016, 3:24pm Popular artists don gas masks in posters, warning: ‘Don’t let coal pollution destroy your life’ By Alex Pashley Vietnam’s government shocked in January with a pledge to halt construction of new coal power...

Farmers, indigenous peoples thumb down expansion of oil palm plantations

About a hundred farmers and indigenous peoples voiced out their opposition to the expansion of oil palm plantations in the country. The Philippine Coconut Authority’s (PCA) 2014 to 2023 roadmap has identified about a million hectares of potential oil palm farms. Ninety eight percent of these areas are in Mindanao. By...

UN calls on Cambodia to address land and labor disputes

Cambodia’s rapid economic growth over the past decade has also intensified problems such as forced evictions and land grabs. The UN’s envoy to the country has called on the government to urgently tackle the issues. Cambodia’s rapid economic growth over the past decade has also intensified problems such as forced...

Burma: Land Rights Activists Are Newest Political Prisoners

Burmese authorities should immediately stop using abusive laws on association and expression to halt the activities of land rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent arbitrary arrest of a prominent land rights advocate in Karen State exemplifies the government’s persecution of vocal opponents of land grabs by...