Every week in 2018, two farmers, indigenous people or land activists are being killed for asserting the right to land. Three more are being arrested and detained.
This as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has set standards to meet equality, justice, and human dignity. But the reality is that the even the basic human rights of the people continue to face serious challenges and setbacks, especially for the most vulnerable and poorest sectors such as those in the rural areas.
For one, the recent wave of authoritarian populism – from the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro – is creating a more unfavorable and grimmer environment for small and landless farmers, indigenous peoples, and advocates of the people’s right to land and resources.
To be launched on Dec 10, Human Rights Day, our latest Land & Rights Watch report takes a look at authoritarian populism, land grabs, and human rights.
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