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The study, prompted by the ILC Antigua Declaration 2013, assesses international and regional-level approaches and mechanisms for addressing concerns related to indigenous lands, territories, and resources. It also provides an extensive regional review, showing how the situation of indigenous peoples relates to global issues like women’s land rights, environment, and climate change.…
Read the press release and download the full version of the study, Indigenous Peoples’ rights to lands, territories, and resources, on the ILC website.
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By Alison Rabe, Achmed Dean Sesay, and Hassan Sesay
Sierra Leone has recently experienced a massive influx of foreign direct investment in the form of agriculture and mining concessions. Rural communities historically dependent on subsistence or small-scale commercial agriculture are interfacing with increasing numbers of powerful actors that want their land.
This problem was demonstrated in Mange Section in the Marampa chiefdom of Portloko District, where an investor recently attempted to lease all of the communities’ bolilands, or arable land, for industrial rice production.
Namati learned of Mange’s issue when our Legal Empowerment Advocates, Achmed Dean Sesay and Hassan Sesay, …