Land Rights

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Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.

U.S. Think Tank Urges Continued Human Rights Pressure on Sri Lanka

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.

President Mathripala Sirisena's government was elected earlier this year with promises of reconciliation, and secured the delay of a United Nations report due in March after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny.

Sri Lanka Accused of Waging 'Silent War' as Tamil Land is Appropriated by Army

US thinktank claims post-conflict harmony undermined by military occupation in north and east, combined with land grabs that have marginalised Tamil people

Silent War against Tamils through Sri Lanka's Military Occupation Finds US Think-Tank

A “silent war” through the military occupation of Tamil land in Sri Lanka continues to seek “Sinhalese domination in former Tamil homelands,” found a report by a US think tank, the Oakland Institute.

Au Sri Lanka, l’Armée Résiste à la Transition

C’était une première depuis six ans : le 18 mai, à Mullivaikkal, dans le nord du Sri Lanka, des Tamouls ont rendu hommage aux victimes du massacre de 2009, perpétré par l’armée dans les derniers jours de la guerre civile. Maithripala Sirisena, le président élu en janvier, a autorisé la tenue d’un service interreligieux, ce que son prédécesseur, Mahinda Rajapakse, avait toujours refusé.

Why Private Equity is Investing in Small Organic Farmers

With each passing year, Judy Lessler, owner of Harland's Creek Farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, finds it harder to sell shares of the crops that she and a small group of other organic farmers offer to local residents by subscription.

The farms use the community-supported agriculture (CSA) model. Customers pay early in the year for shares of their crops through her group, the Durham Collaborative CSA. That way, farmers have the cash reserves to pay for seeds and other supplies.

Press Release: Independent Report Finds Sri Lankan Government Systematically Violating Human Rights of Tamils, Other Minorities

A new independent report on the state of human rights in Sri Lanka – the first since the end of the country’s 26-year civil war in 2009 – finds that a silent war continues in which thousands of Tamils, mostly Hindus and Christians, are still internally displaced and subject to military occupation and fierce discrimination by the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalese majority.