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Rights Group Asks Gov’t to Disclose True Land Figures

At least 272 companies own plantations covering some 2.14 million hectares across the country, more than when Prime Minister Hun Sen placed a freeze on the approval of new economic land concessions (ELCs) three years ago and despite a spate of recent cancellations, according to rights group Licadho. By Zsombor...

Indonesia: NGOs file complaint against Holcim to Swiss National Contact Point, allege land rights abuses – company responds

On 19 March 2015, a group on NGOs and other civil society organizations, on behalf of the Ringinrejo people of East Java, filed a complaint to the Swiss OECD National Contact Point against Holcim Indonesia (part of Holcim Group, a Swiss building materials and aggregates company). On 19 March 2015,...

Myanmar Military Aided Massive Land Grab From Ethnic Minorities: Rights Group

 Businesses in Myanmar have colluded with military and government officials to seize vast tracts of farmland from ethnic minority villagers in the northeast, using much of the land for rubber plantations, a UK-based rights group said.   Reuters  |  By Alisa Tang Posted: 03/28/2015 3:51 pm EDT Updated: 03/28/2015 3:59 pm EDT BANGKOK,...

Rights group to submit land grabs to ICC

Myanmar’s long-standing land-grab issue is now to receive international exposure, as human rights activists prepare to file a specimen case with the International Criminal Court as a crime against humanity. Ko Zarni, a farmers’ rights defender and a volunteer with the International Federation for Human Rights, is organising the...

Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Seoung Sarat survived several bloody Cambodian regimes and civil wars. But only when his country was at peace was he shot and lost a leg. Say Mony | March 26, 2015 11:05 AM RATANAKIRI PROVINCE, CAMBODIA - Seoung Sarat survived several bloody Cambodian regimes and civil wars. But only when his...

Coke’s zero tolerance for land grabs proves difficult to fulfill

The Coca-Cola Co has made a good start in axing land grabs from its supply chain, but it must work harder in proving that its bottlers and sugar suppliers do not violate land rights, development experts told the company. By Stella Dawson | Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:52am EDT WASHINGTON (Thomson...

Thai military storms forum on land rights in Isan, threatens organizers with arrest

More than 100 farmers in a northeastern province face charges on land encroachment as a result of the junta's Return the Forest policy, after the military prohibited the farmers from holding a public discussion to voice their concerns to the military government. Submitted by editor1 on Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:53 More...

‘Palm Campaign’ returns to call for political prisoner release

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and the Former Political Prisoner Society are calling on supporters from around the world to take photographs of their participation in their 2015 Palm Campaign, a repeat of the earlier 2010 campaign that showed photographs of famous and little known people with the...

Cambodia court upholds convictions for land rights activists

The tearful campaigners, wearing orange prison uniforms, repeatedly shouted 'very unjust' in Khmer as they were led out of the courtroom Agence France-Presse Published 3:49 PM, Jan 26, 2015 Updated 3:49 PM, Jan 26, 2015 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A Cambodian court on Monday upheld convictions for 11 land activists involved in protests...

Dam concerns sent to Subedi

Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has been called on to investigate and seek justice for human rights violations caused by the development of two large-scale hydropower dams in Cambodia. Wed, 14 January 2015 | Daniel Pye Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has been called on to investigate and seek justice for human rights...