Written by April Porteria Sunday, 10 February 2013 08:57
08 February 2013
Greetings from the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement (AGRA)!
Currently, 10 major private companies such as the Sinar Mas, Willmar, Lonsum, Salim Grup, Tanoto, Indofood, Bumi Resources, Bakrie Land, and two other company are controlling 5.3 million hectares of lands in Indonesia. In the last 5 years, mining companies, especially coal, have reached 84 million hectares. Also, the government is planning two (2) million hectares for palm oil expansion. Widespread and intensive misuse of natural resources, is directly proportional to increasing landgrabbing.
Written by April Porteria Friday, 08 February 2013 15:15
8 February 2013
In support of the Hacienda Looc Farmers
APC Calls for the Prosecution of Henry Sy for Landgrabbing
Quezon City, Philippines – The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) is calling for the prosecution of Henry Sy for landgrabbing of 5,800 hectares of lands at Hacienda Looc, in Nasugbu, Batangas.
On January 31, 2013, farmers from Hacienda Looc filed through their counsel Sentro para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra), with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) a complaint for illegal and unauthorized conversion against Henry Sy and its SM Investment Corporation, SM Land Corporation and Costa de Hamilo Inc.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 15:24
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:13
IMPHAL, February 03, 2013 - A community level meeting held at Khangbor village under Tipaimukh sub-division has resolved that the joint efforts of the Government of India and Jubilant Oil and Gas Private Limited (JOGPL) to drill and explore petroleum from Manipur should be aborted immediately.
The meeting held on January 30 was jointly organised by JAC on Oil Exploration in Tipaimukh Area, Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur, All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur, Centre for Organisation Research and Education, All Zeliangrong Students’ Union , Citizens Concern for Dams and Development and Centre for Research and Advocacy.
As oil companies as well as the Government of India have failed to respect and recognise people’s right to self determination over their life, future, land and natural resources, Government of India and JOGPL should put a stop to all their efforts aimed at exploring petroleum in Manipur.Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:28
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:21
Sri Lanka today is aggressively promoting local and foreign investments in tourism towards transforming Sri Lanka to be Asia’s foremost tourism destination. It created the One Stop Unit (OSU) – a centralized promotion and facilitation centre to assist potential tourism investors. Sri Lankan government permits up to 100% foreign participation in many sectors of the economy, such as tourism. The government allows 100% repatriation of profits earned in Sri Lanka. Foreign investors are given 3-7 years tax holidays. A Resident Guest Scheme Visa has been introduced as an incentive for prospective foreign investors and professionals who would contribute to the economic and socio-cultural development of the country.
Unfortunately, these policies will increase landgrabbing offering Sri Lanka lands (mostly agricultural lands) for foreign ownership and use. It has resulted to massive displacement of peasants and the destruction of their communities.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:51
Written by April Porteria Monday, 21 January 2013 17:03
Rural communities in the global south continue to face increasing challenges to their rights to land, life, and seeds. Land and water grabs, rising food prices, displacement in the name of 'development' projects, compounded by the climate crisis, among others, adversely impact on small food producers and other vulnerable populations. But despite these challenges, rural communities continue to press for their rights and welfare, organizing and mobilizing their ranks in the call for food sovereignty.
2012 has been another year of intense campaign and advocacy on people's struggles all over the world, especially for the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) which has been actively pushing for food sovereignty in various engagements at country, regional and global levels. This yearend issue gathers highlights of 2012 campaigns and advocacy of the network.Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 17:37
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