Stop land grabbing in Sukamulya Village for international airport development

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Berita Kaum Tani, Official publication of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) Sukumulya village is a 700 hectare fertile village with rich natural resources with a population around 5,500 people. The looming construction of the West Java International Airport (WJIA) poses a clear threat of eviction of the farming community and the destruction of natural resources.

Date Published:
December 21, 2016

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Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty

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This booklet, Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty is the latest life-stories of 50 rural women from six countries across the Asia Pacific region who took part in the Women’s Travelling Journal (WTJ) on Food Sovereignty.

Date Published:
March 8, 2015

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Land & Rights Watch (LR Watch)

Last Update, 15 May 2017

Land & Rights Watch (LR Watch) is an initiative of PANAP and our partners and networks under the No Land, No Life! Campaign to closely monitor and expose human rights abuses against communities opposing land and resource grabbing.

PANAP culls the data and information from online news and articles and reports from our partners and networks. Because of this limitation, the LR Watch does not claim to represent the true global extent of human rights violations that are related to land and resource grabbing and similar conflicts in the rural areas.

However, the compiled data through the LR Watch help provide a glimpse of the alarming state of human rights confronted by indigenous peoples, farmers, farmworkers and others in the rural communities around the world that are defending their right to land and resources.

If you have corrections and/or clarifications about our data, or if you want to share a case in your country that has not been reflected our monitoring, please contact us at nolandnolife@panap.net.

Download the Summary and Details here (Excel Workbook file, *.xlsx).

Download the Data Breakdown by Country here (Excel Workbook file, *.xlsx).

Download the Infographic here (JPEG File).

For Land, Rights and Resources: Stories of Resistance

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With the objectives of contributing to the campaign against land and resource grabbing and supporting grassroots action in Asia, PAN AP and its partners embarked on a three-year collaborative project (2011-2013) that included the documentation of case studies on land grabbing. This led to the publication of the book “Building Community Resistance against Land Grabbing: Documentation of Cases in Selected Communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia and the Philippines”. A useful reference material, the book is remarkable as it involved the direct participation of community-based organizations in documenting, investigating and writing their respective cases of land grabbing and the struggles they waged to defend their rights. It is also a part of our education and information efforts under the “No Land, No Life” campaign, which aims to highlight land and resource grabbing as a form of human rights violation.

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Building Community Resistance Against Land Grabbing: Documentation of Cases in Selected Communities in Asia Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia and the Philippines

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PANAP and its partners engaged in a three-year collaborative project that included documentation of case studies on land grabbing. Through this initiative, local groups were able to use the documentation process to investigate local and/or foreign investments that affect their customary rights and threaten to displace them; consolidate their communities through organising; and engage in media campaigns to amplify their resistance against land grabbing. Using a common research design local groups from Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka developed these case studies over one and a half years.

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Realise, Resist, Reclaim

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Dedicated to the people’s movements who are in the forefront of the struggle to realise their aspirations and full potential, to resist oppressive, repressive and exploitative systems and institutions. It is also to the people’s movement to reclaim rights to land and productive resources, food sovereignty, gender justice and environmental sustainability. “Realise, Resist and Reclaim” captures one valuable stream of a galaxy of social transformation movements that is fed and facilitated by the Pesticide Action Network in Asia and the Pacific (PANAP). It has led the global campaigning for safer food, sustainable agricultural practices and for a pro-people ecologically sustainable future. Significantly, it also sought to ensure that the rights of women are not only respected but that women are empowered to resist and develop their future vision and frameworks of action. All too often, social movements forget to document such important expressions of the long and difficult journey for transformational change.

Date Published:
September 4, 2013

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Turning Point: Occupational health and safety of agricultural workers: ILO conventions and gaps

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This scoping paper primarily aims to identify gaps in existing ILO Conventions pertinent to occupational health and safety in agriculture. Specifically, it seeks to review the 1990 Chemicals Convention (C190) and the 2001 Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention (C184). Secondly, the paper intends to identify areas for campaigning and engagement to improve agricultural workers’ rights and welfare.

Date Published:
July 12, 2013

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Speak Out: From Singur to Sompeta: People’s resistance against land grabbing gaining power in India

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In early 2006, Singur in West Bengal became the epitome of peasants’ struggle against neo-liberal expansion in land and livelihoods in India. Meanwhile, in 2010 the struggle in Sompeta exposed politics of ‘power’ in the name of energy production in Andhra Pradesh. Villagers and fishers there resisted the development of a government-backed private thermal power plant, which caused State-wide protest and raised the question of development effectiveness as a whole. Following these events, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) supported local movements and organised international fact-finding missions (IFFM) in both Singur and Sompeta in order to highlight actual scenarios of the cases world-wide. As an impact of the IFFM, local movements received world-wide support from various groups and pressure was built up on the government to revise their plans, as per peoples’ demands. In both cases the movements were strong and sustained. They carried out demonstrations and other activities in support of their demands for several years. In the end, the proposed development projects in Singur and Sompeta were abandoned. However, no official statement has been issued to date, of complete seizure of the projects, and redistribution of land among the affected persons, have not taken place. Today in Singur (and to some extent in Sompeta) people have very little hope of having their livelihoods restituted, as the media spotlight has shifted from these cases to other ‘breaking’ news, while politicians have also lost interest as the elections in both places were over a few years back. However, the people’s resistance groups are still alive, active and vigilant in both places.

Date Published:
July 5, 2013

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