Quezon City, Philippines, 24 July 2014 -- On the eve of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address the People’s Agrarian Reform Congress (PARC) strongly calls for transparency in governance and use of public funds, amidst the Disbursement Acceleration Program imb
Reclaiming the Commons
Lor Peang, Cambodia, 17 July, 2014 – Dozens of families whose lands are being grabbed by KDC International in Ta Ches and Chhruk Sor communes in Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, held a press conference in Lor Peang village to appeal to the Cambodian Government and publ
A UN special rapporteur on Cambodia spoke out last week against abuses by KDC International Company with regard to a land development project that is threatening to eject Lor Peang villagers from their homes and destroy their livelihoods. The expert called for government oversight of the case and said villagers require access to justice. This came after an intense week-long standoff and a violent clash between guards hired by the company and local residents.
The conflict over land in Lor Peang village, Kampong Chhnang province in Cambdodia has entered its third day. Some prominent members of the community have been bought off by KDC--the company trying to seize the lands--with money and jobs. Other affected community members are holding firm and refuse to give up their lands.
In the early hours of the morning of July 7, 2014, armed police and military entered Lor Peang village in Taches Commune, Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, and surrounded the house of Um Sophy and her husband, Sngoun Gnoeugn. The police claimed that they want to serve a court summons to Sophy in connection with a land dispute between the residents of Lor Peang and KDC International, a Cambodian company owned by the wife of a powerful government minister.
Quezon City, Philippines, 30 June 2014 -- On the day of the deadline of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP) for land distribution, farmers from the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), an umbrella coalition campaigning for a just and effective agrarian reform program, called for an
Mary Ann Manahan from the Philippines office of Focus on the Global South speaks about lessons from water justice campaigns at the Municipal Services Project conference in April 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brought together researchers, activists, labour, development practitioners and policy makers from around the world working to promote progressive public services, with an emphasis on health, water and electricity.
Judy Pasimio of Lilak, an indigenous women's rights group in the Philippines, interviews a native ("lumad") woman named Fintailan Lenora Mokudef. She is a Teduray leader who joined others from the Bangsamoro area of the Philippines in traveling to Manila from May 19-21, 2014, to demand the recognition of indigenous identity and full inclusion of indigenous rights in the Bangsamoro Basic Law.