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International investment blamed for violence and oppression in Sarawak

16th Aug 2017
Representatives of a palm oil plantation company were charged with the murder of land rights activist Bill Kayong, in Miri, Sarawak last year, but were later acquitted. Their acquittal was denounced by many observers, who see it as yet another blow against indigenous communities in the fight for their land. (Denton / Mongabay)


Brazil’s Indians on the march in last ditch effort to stop land theft

14th Aug 2017
Brazilian Supreme Court rulings that will help determine the legality of the marco temporal are expected this Wednesday, 16 August. (Branford / Mongabay)


Brazil’s Temer threatens constitutional indigenous land rights

1st Aug 2017
A storm of protest greeted the 19 July announcement that Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved a recommendation made by the Attorney General’s office (AGU), that federal government bodies should adopt new criteria for setting the boundaries of indigenous land. (Branford & Torres / Mongabay)


UN experts say States should step up protections, including for defender

2nd Jul 2017
After consultation with civil society and in light of growing awareness of abuses, UN experts on economic, social and cultural rights stress in new guidance that protecting against corporate abuse is not just important, but a government's obligation. (ISHR)


The Amazon’s new danger: Brazil sets sights on palm oil

29th Jun 2017
Brazil’s ambition to become a palm oil giant could have devastating social and environmental impacts if the move is not carefully managed, say experts. (The Guardian)


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