MRG talk: Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
Carla Clarke, MRG's Legal Cases Officer, gave a talk at a Socio-Economic Rights Group meeting on land rights. The event was organised by A4ID (Advocates for International Development), an organisation of legal and development professionals who work together to gain maximum impact in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
During the conference the panellists explored how approaches to land rights issues are changing in many developing countries, and how development organisations engage with these changes.
In her speech, Carla Clarke presented a review of the international and regional legal instruments protecting indigenous people’s right to land, and how these affect international commercial interests in developing countries.
You can also download Carla’s presentation on Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.
Photo: Endorois elders, Lake Bogoria, Kenya. In February 2010, the African Commission on Human and People's Rights ruled that the eviction of the Endorois from their traditional rights was unlawful and against human rights. The Endorois were forced to leave their home land, the territory surrounding Lake Bogoria (in Rift Valley Province), by the Kenyan government. The ruling of the Commission is the first act of an international tribunal recognising that the rights of indigenous people to property, health, culture, religion and natural resources were violated.