On human rights, the US must repair, reflect, and re-engage

Vicki Gass Active citizenship, Land rights

On January 16, Julio David González Arango, an Indigenous land defender involved in peaceful resistance to a mining operation in Guatemala, was shot in his home. The next day, two other defenders – Juan Eduardo Donis and Pablo Adolfo Valenzuela – received text messages saying that “they would be next.”   Tragically, this incident is all too familiar to activists and human rights …

Down the Line: Oil, Poverty, and a Future Worth Building

Andrew Bogrand Land rights, Natural Resources

Every day, communities around the globe struggle to protect their land, livelihoods, environment, and money. This is the case from the western United States, where residents in poor neighborhoods have lost everything this summer in climate-induced fires, to eastern Africa, where rural villages are navigating the low costs and high risks of oil projects. Whether these communities live downwind or …

Their land, their voices

Imke Greven Land rights

Their land, their voices – About the importance of meaningful community engagement with local communities Land rights of local communities are often threatened in the context of increased demand for land and natural resources. A community’s choice to give, or withhold, their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to a project or activity planned to take place on their land …

Women’s land rights on paper are not enough

Pubudini Wickramaratne Gender, Land rights

Land is critical to our daily lives. It is intrinsically linked with our identity, dignity, livelihoods, food, housing, education and health. Secure land rights are essential to sustainable and equitable economic development as well as to social and political development. This holds true, especially for women.  For women to have secure land rights, the legal and policy framework must recognise …

Low costs, high risks, and empty promises? The price of oil in East Africa

Andrew Bogrand Climate Change, Land rights, Natural Resources

If constructed, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) would become the world’s longest heated pipeline. Communities that will be impacted are worried about their land, money, environment, and future. Oxfam is urging project developers and the governments of Uganda and Tanzania to listen to these communities and take immediate action.

Averting a Coronavirus-Induced Ethnocide in Latin America

Stephanie Burgos Climate Change, Indigenous People, Land rights

This year August 9th – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – comes at a critical moment. Far from hospitals and news cameras, indigenous people in Latin America are contracting COVID-19 and dying without access to the means needed to protect themselves. The pandemic has yet to reach its peak in the region and the virus is spreading from urban …

Coronavirus could have a devastating impact on land rights, but it doesn’t have to

Pubudini Wickramaratne Land rights

The Coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented impact around the world. As of this blog publishing, over 6 million people have been affected across 213 countries and territories. It has affected us in all our lives. It has gone beyond a health crisis. It is a human crisis and it is attacking societies at their core. Effects of the pandemic …

I am not from Gaza

Laila Barhoum Governance, Influencing, Land rights

As part of our Influencing Series we will soon be sharing a number of blogs on the power of narratives and stories. Here we share a first hand experience from Laila Barhoum (Oxfam’s Policy Officer in Gaza), who asks ‘who’s telling our story?’ Laila Barhoum’s job is to advocate on humanitarian issues with and on behalf of the women, men …

Land is where it all begins

Barbara Codispoti Climate Change, Food & livelihoods, Gender, Land rights

When land rights are jeopardised, so are the livelihoods of the people who depend on it. As Oxfam launches a new land rights website, Barbara Codispoti highlights some of the key things we have learned. Land is so much more than just a means for production. Securing rights to land allows people greater political power, community representation, and economic security. …

What will it take to stop the killing of land rights activists?

Scott Sellwood Inequality, Land rights

Mining companies and governments need to understand and respect the right to free, prior, and informed consent. The lives of land rights activists are on the line. New research from an Oxfam partner provides a compelling starting point for defending community consent in Southern Africa. Last year, at least 207 land and environmental activists across 22 countries were reportedly killed for …