Pitting Wildlife Conservation Against Indigenous Rights
On 30 September, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) issued a judgment that has been met with indignation by indigenous activists. It ruled that the Tanzanian government’s decision to permanently clear an area...
A state obligation to allot land to minorities?
Land rights are an important, but underexplored aspect of international law. Although a general right to land has been discussed for several years and appears to slowly take shape (see...
India’s mosque that was and temple that will be
“Mandir mein, masjid mein tu aur tu hi hai imaano mein” [You're there in the temples, in the mosques, and in all belief]. These lyrics, performed in a musical ode...
Land and identity
“There will be chaos if our identity is compromised”. This statement by Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), shows that the long-simmering...
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The human right to land
"Land rights are not typically perceived to be a human rights issue“, as legal scholar Jeremie Gilbert observes. This is surprising, given the vital importance of land, a finite resource,...