Land Rights

Hedge funds 'grabbing land' in Africa

BBC--Hedge funds are behind "land grabs" in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.

US universities in Africa 'land grab'

Guardian UK--Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out.

Investor land deals exploiting Africa, report alleges

Reuters--Wealthy U.S. and European investors are accumulating large swaths of African agricultural lands in deals that have little accountability and give them greater control over food supply for the world's poor, according to a report released Wednesday.

Special Investigation Phase One: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa

Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.

Group Of 'Eminent Persons' Call For International Judicial Process Into Alleged War Crimes In Sri Lanka

A group of eminent persons from various countries has called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish an international independent judicial process under UN auspices to go into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

In an open letter, the group contended that “very little has changed” since the Council adopted a resolution in March 2014, setting up an international investigation into allegations of crimes committed during and since the war through the Office of the UN High Commissioner’s Investigation on Sri Lanka or OISL.

UN Calls for Sri Lanka War Crimes Court to Investigate Atrocities

Government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels most likely committed war crimes during 26-year civil war, report says

How Climate Change Efforts by Developed Countries are Hurting Africa’s Rural Poor

In recent years there has been significant movement toward land acquisition in developing countries to establish forestry plantations for offsetting carbon pollution elsewhere in the world. This is often referred to as land grabbing.

These carbon trading initiatives work on the basis that forestry plantations absorb carbon dioxide and other polluting greenhouse gases. This helps to undo the environmental damage associated with modern western lifestyles.

Ethiopia: World Bank Translator, Activists Face Trial

For Immediate Release

Activists Heading for Food Workshop Charged with Terrorism


Nairobi – Ethiopian authorities should immediately drop all charges and release a former World Bank translator and two other local activists charged under Ethiopia’s repressive anti-terrorism law after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Nairobi, six international development and human rights groups said today. 

SL Should Sign Rome Statute for ICC Probe

COLOMBO:  In the context of the on-going proceedings of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva, in which Sri Lanka is facing charges of committing war crimes especially in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV, the US-based Oakland Institute has urged Lanka to sign the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Eminent International Citizens Call for International Judicial Process for War Crimes in Sri Lanka

In an open letter to the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, more than 60 eminent citizens from around the world are calling for an international judicial process for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. The Human Rights Council meets this week to consider the report of the High Commissioner’s investigation into the war crimes, particularly those in the last few weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war.