Legal Land Theft
In most countries with tropical forests, governments uphold the colonial legacy that declared the State to be the owner of forest lands. This has enabled governments to legally grant land to private investors, often violating communities' customary ownership of the land. As a result, corporate activities that destroy forests continue to expand.
- Africa (general)
- America (general)
- Asia (general)
- Central African Republic
- (-) Congo DR
- Congo R
- Costa Rica
- Cote d'Ivoire
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- Europe (general)
- Oceania (general)
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom
- United States
DR Congo: Communities take back control over land stolen from them and urge the oil palm company Feronia to confirm their announcement to “abandon” the land
More than 100 years ago, lands were stolen from communities in DR Congo for industrial oil palm production. Since 2009, those lands are under control of the company FERONIA.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Batwa and their Return to Ancestral Lands in the Kahuzi Biega National Park
A group of riparian Batwa people, exasperated by the extreme poverty following their eviction in order to establish the Kahuzi Biega National Park, decided to return to their ancestral forests. Since then, they regularly clash with the “eco-guards,” sometimes leading to the loss of human lives.
DRC communities file complaint with German development bank to resolve century-old land conflict with palm oil company
Nine communities from the DR Congo took a historic step this week by filing a complaint with the complaints mechanism of the German development bank (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft – DEG)
In solidarity with the International Day of Peasant Struggle. A day to remember, emphasize and mobilize together against the persecution and violence that peasants suffer on a daily basis around the world.
Development of the extractive sector and impacts on communities and biodiversity in the countries of the Congo Basin
Agro-colonialism in the Congo. European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC
Report about how several prominent development finance institutions (DFIs) are funding Feronia Inc., a Canadian agribusiness company accused of land grabbing and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).