Land Rights

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

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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?

Your Call: Why are Wall Street Investors Buying More Farmland?

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On the August 27th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about growing interest in agriculture investments.

Farmland has become increasingly attractive to investors in recent years. Investors made up nearly a quarter of Iowa farmland purchases in 2009. In Africa the demand is especially high, with investors gaining millions of acres in Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Sudan.  What could this mean for rural communities and our food system? 


Director Sauper Talks ‘We Come As Friends,’ Creative Non-Fiction Cinema, and the Geography of Colonialism

About a year before the 2010 South Sudanese general election, documentary filmmaker Hubert Sauper boarded a lightweight plane that he’d built in France himself and headed to rural South Sudan to make a movie. He was interested in investigating what traces of colonialism still existed in Africa and what its present-day effects are.

Eminent Persons Call for International Judicial Process

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.