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Laos: Government urged to address land rights issues and protect rights defenders

The Lao government must urgently address land rights issues and protect land and environmental rights defenders, FIDH and its member organization, the Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR), said today. Paris, Bangkok, 18 June 2014: The Lao government must urgently address land rights issues and protect land and environmental rights...

Land Issues Creating Mistrust of Local Officials, Observers Say

PHNOM PENH — Despite a number of agencies dispatched to solve land dispute, rights workers say people continue to face forced evictions and rights abuses by land developments. PHNOM PENH — Despite a number of agencies dispatched to solve land dispute, rights workers say people continue to face forced evictions...

Armed Villagers Stop Police From Arresting Leaders in Cambodian Land Dispute

A group of villagers in central Cambodia involved in a long-running land dispute with a company belonging to the wife of Mines Minister Suy Sem used machetes and sticks on Monday to protect their leaders from being arrested by about 200 policemen, according to witnesses. A group of villagers in...

THAILAND: Arrest of human rights defender and land rights activist

The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to express grave concern about the arrest of Prom Jarana (64 years old), a human rights defender and land rights activist with the Assembly of the Poor for the case of Kaobart Village, Nondindaeng District, Buriram province. The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to...

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future

On a remote stretch of the Mekong River in northern Laos, the silence is broken by the dull boom of dynamite. This is the site of the Xayaburi Dam, the first dam being built on the main stem of the river south of the Chinese border. On a remote stretch...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Over 450 Farmers Victimised by Myanmar Military Land Grabbing

In 1997, No. 2 Shwe Bo Logistics Battalion confiscated over 3,000 acres of land, for a sugarcane plantation project, from Khaowntha, Paygyi, Htautsharai, and Ngetpyawtine villages, without providing any compensation in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act. In 1997, No. 2 Shwe Bo Logistics Battalion confiscated over 3,000 acres of...

A Thousand Protesters in Myanmar Demand Court Drop Charges on Farmers

Around 1,000 farmers demonstrated in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region Wednesday demanding that the authorities drop charges against comrades who had held protests calling for the return of land confiscated by the previous military junta. Around 1,000 farmers demonstrated in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region Wednesday demanding that the authorities drop charges...

Thai Human Rights Body Says Plantations Stole Land

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand on Wednesday corroborated claims that a Thai sugar company that supplied Coca-Cola has illegally taken land off of villagers in Oddar Meanchey province and violated their human rights The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand on Wednesday corroborated claims that a Thai sugar...

Activists continue to be arrested amid spate of land grabs, rights group says

The government has continued to arrest activists and protesters although it has fulfilled some of the public’s demands, a recent report by the Human Rights Records Network (Myanmar) has said. The government has continued to arrest activists and protesters although it has fulfilled some of the public’s demands, a recent...

Land-row vow sows doubts and hope

The parliamentary commission on human rights has promised villagers from four provinces embroiled in long-running land disputes that their problems will be solved in the next month Tue, 2 September 2014 - May Titthara The parliamentary commission on human rights has promised villagers from four provinces embroiled in long-running land disputes...