‘Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?’…land grabbing and Indigenous Peoples.

FPP _imageA perspective from Forest Peoples Programme

‘The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples’.

One way to interpret these continuing conflicts and backsliding is to conclude that we are doomed to an endless cycle of ignorance, backed by vested interest, and the repetition of abuse. Yet, the fact that such outrages are being made more and more visible and contested by those suffering the consequences is also a source of hope… Read more

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