Land Rights

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.

Peru, The Poster Child For the World Bank in Latin America

Peru has remained in the good grace of the World Bank. In 2015, it ranks 35th in the Bank’s Doing Business survey, with the second highest score in Latin America, indicating that the government has “created a regulatory environment conducive to business.” In 2008, Peru requested help from the Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) advisory services for the design of a new reform agenda launched in 2009. As a result, the World Bank’s Doing Business survey recorded 15 pro-business policy reforms ratified between 2010 and 2013, including fast-track procedures at the land registry, cuts in workers’ social benefits, and tax reductions for private companies. Following the reforms, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) doubled from $5.5 billion in 2007 to $10.2 billion in 2013. However, improving Peru’s business climate to attract foreign investment has had a severe toll on people, workers, and the environment, resulting in rising social conflicts.

Perú: el buen alumno del Banco Mundial en América Latina

En los últimos años, el Perú se ha mantenido bajo los buenos cuidados del Banco Mundial. En 2015, ocupa el puesto 35 en las clasificaciones Doing Business del banco, la segunda puntuación más alta en América Latina, lo que indica que el gobierno ha “creado un entorno normativo propicio para los negocios”. En 2008, Perú solicitó la ayuda de la Corporación Financiera International (CFI), el brazo del sector privado del Banco Mundial, para diseñar un nuevo programa de reformas puesto en marcha en 2009. A continuación, el informe Doing Business registró 15 reformas pro-empresariales ratificadas entre 2010 y 2013. Esto incluye aceleración de trámites ante el registro de la propiedad, recortes en las prestaciones sociales de los trabajadores y reducciones de impuestos para las empresas privadas. Después de las reformas, la Inversión Extranjera Directa (IED) se duplicó de 5,5 mil millones de dólares en 2007 a 10,2 mil millones en 2013. Sin embargo, la mejora del clima de negocios para atraer la inversión extranjera ha provocado graves repercusiones sobre las poblaciones campesinas, indígenas, los trabajadores y el medioambiente, lo que resultó en el aumento de los conflictos sociales.

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.

Activists Urge UN to Independently Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Sri Lanka

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opens its 30th session in Geneva this week, 62 leading human rights activists have signed an open letter calling on the world body to ensure justice, truth and peace in Sri Lanka, where the unhealed wounds of three decades of war continue to plague the country's 20 million people.

The Growing Case Against the G8’s ‘Responsible Investors’

The multibillion-dollar New Alliance initiative which promises to transform the continent’s food systems is facing rising opposition from African farmers. 

Based in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, Kilombero Plantations Limited (KPL) operates a 5,800 hectare rice plantation and buys produce from local farmers. It has recently become East Africa’s primary rice producer.

Paving the Road to End Poverty Everywhere

Can you imagine a world truly free from poverty? What would the roadmap to get there look like?

The soon-to-be-accepted Sustainable Development Goals aim to pave this road, beginning with Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. I like an ambitious goal, and this is nothing if not ambitious.

But is it achievable? And, if so, what will it take to achieve it?