Category Archives: land grabbing

Casiguran farmers, fisherfolks, and indigenous people’s plea: stop APECO

Ka Tony

Ka Tony Barbosa, a fisherfolk participant during the workshop on “Increase the use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) among CSOs and Grassroots Organizations in the Philippines,” was in tears as he shared how their livelihood will be lost upon construction of port along the foreshore of Casiguran, Aurora. Even now, they can no longer use the docks they used to anchor their boats for fishing. Industrial wastes would also pollute the waters sheltering the fishes they catch.

Farmers and indigenous peoples of the Casiguran are also in the same dismal situation as their lands will soon be converted to industrial parks, airport, hotels, ship anchorages, and recreational facilities through the implementation of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO).

APECO is an abruptly approved Php 1-Billion project created by law allegedly lobbied secretly by the ruling political family in Aurora. It covers more than 13,000 hectares of rice lands, coconut plantations, forests, coastal areas, and human settlements in five barangays of Casiguran.

While APECO violates basic sectors rights to access to land, food, livelihood, and health, it is also in conflict with some provisions of the Constitution and policies governing indigenous people (according to a case study by Dave de Vera of PAFID).

These sectors call for the non-implementation of the APECO project. “We don’t want the jobs they offer. We need our lands and livelihoods secured.”

Related resource:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FInCVKC1_9A

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Farmers in Bangladesh receives legal assistance from Government’s abuse

We are posting this news shared by the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).

The victims sharing the falsehood by the forest department intended to grab their lands to the fact finding team.  Photo: ALRD

The victims sharing the falsehood by the forest department intended to grab their lands to the fact finding team. Photo: ALRD

ALRD and Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) conducted a fact finding visit to Domar Upazila of Nilphamari District under the Rangpur Division on 11-13 November 2015 following claims on land acquisitions and abuses to Domar inhabitants by the Forest Department.

A team of two staff lawyers from ASK and a staff from ALRD visited the lands controlled by the Forest Department under the Private Forest Ordinance of 1969. These lands were acquired for forestation project where profits will be shared equally between the owners and the Forest Department.

The team has found out that the owners have never received their share for the last five decades. Moreover, in a recent land survey, the lands are said to be owned by the Forest Department. The land owners have been being deprived of the right to property and also many of them have fallen victim to false allegation and criminal cases.

Farmers receive legal assistance on land conflict resolution in Cambodia

The Svay Rieng Court arrested a military police officer on 30 June for grabbing 64 ha of lands from 51 families in Chantrea Commune, Chantrea District, and Svay Rieng Province.

STAR Kampuchea, provided legal assistance to these communities through lobbying the case to the Court, together with the community representatives.

Video documentary on land governance in Cambodia

STAR Kampuchea (SK) and Women’s Media Centre (WMC)  jointly produced a video documentary on land governance issues in Svay Rieng and Banteay Meanchey provinces, entitled, The Voices of Land Grabbing Victims. The 20-minute video features stories of land grabbing, inland issues, and successes on claiming land rights in the communities.

The video will be available on SK’s website soon.

Interview with a land victim in Chantrea District, Svay Rieng Province. Photo by STAR Kampuchea.

Interview with a land victim in Chantrea District, Svay Rieng Province. Photo by STAR Kampuchea.