- Published on Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:02
- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 07:14
Escalating phenomenon of land grabs is resulting to thousands of land conflicts in Indonesia.
In 2011 there are 2,791 cases all across the agrarian country—two of them surfaced to became national matters. Mesuji and Bima case were so alarming because it brutally showed the violence side of conflict: people are shot dead and the vast area of agrarian resources involved. These two cases sparked national mobilization for the urgent need to further protect the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. And reality bites: there are little—if we don’t want to say nothing at all—agrarian reform in Indonesia.
In conjunction to those facts, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) commemmorate the international peasants struggle day with the emphasis of resolving agrarian conflicts and law reform. Together with 9 other people’s movements and NGOs, SPI launched a judicial review process on Law No. 2/2012 on Land Acquisition.
- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 07:12
Thousands of Honduran farm workers have launched a co-ordinated land occupation, squatting on some 12,000 hectares nationwide and fuelling new tensions over land rights, authorities said.
More than 3,500 families started squatting on farmland in the provinces of Yoro, Cortes, Santa Barbara, Intibuca, Comayagua, Francisco Morazan, El Paraiso and Choluteca on Tuesday - the International Peasant Day of Struggle.
Activists say the seized arable land is public property and small farmers have the legal right to grow crops under Honduran law. The large landowners who have been farming the land say they bought it legally from the government.
On Wednesday, police and soldiers read an eviction notice to farm workers on the San Manuel sugar plantation, about 22km north of the capital Tegucigalpa. The workers then peacefully vacated the 2,500 hectare area.
The rest of the farms were still occupied late on Wednesday, activists said.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:28
Small-scale farmers in the country now want the government to stop any kind of land grabbing purportedly being carried out in the name of public investment, saying the trend would soon send the country into utter chaos.
Farmers also have been persuaded on the need of unite in strong organisation in order to jointly defend their right even if it would cost them their lives.
Speaking during at a Symposium to mark the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle nationally organized by the National Small-Scale Farmers Networks Groups in Tanzania (MVIWATA) on 17th April 2012 in Morogoro, they said small-scale farmers in Tanzania have been sidelined throughout the 50 years of independence but it was now the right time for farmers to wake up.
Ms. Sekerega Sabula a farmer from Mbarali district in Mbeya region warned that the government would soon send the country into chaos by welcoming more investors who take village lands.