» 01/19/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Kalpitiya: Muslim woman defeats mega tourism project over land expropriation
A court has recognized the right of ownership Saleema of family land, where a local entrepreneur was building luxury resorts. Her legal battle cost her 300 thousand rupees (2 thousand euros). She will be compensated with 5 million rupees. Local activists: "Her example gives strength and courage to those who risk losing their land."
08/09/2011 SRI LANKA
Fishermen: Colombo’s new development projects must protect, not destroy
The Sri Lankan government has rented the most beautiful and pristine natural areas for the next 99 years to build hotels, resorts, golf courses, facilities for seaplanes and aero-taxis. Mobilization of Catholics, religious and civil society against the expropriation of lands.
Orissa: unacceptable police violence against demonstrators defending their land
On 15 May, police attacked peaceful villagers protesting against the expropriation of their land. A fact-finding team saw evidence of violence, calling for formal charges to be laid against police and an end to the expropriation.
25/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, the government returns Paanama village to its inhabitants
The land had been expropriated by the previous administration for tourist purposes. For years, the local population had launched a campaign to regain their property. Local leader: "Despite threats and abuse, we have had the courage to go on."
Local authorities must stop forced expropriation of rural land
Stark warning from Beijing, but experts point out that such calls often do not work. The cultivated land is barely enough for domestic self-sufficiency. Analysts : to obtain social justice, they must listen to the protests of the people. Han Dongfang tells an "exemplary" story.
Bengal communists at war with the farmers
Guns and home-made bombs were used during clashes in Nandigram between Communist Party activists and farmers. Dozens wounded and at least one person was left dead, while the police failed to intervene. The communist government convokes party members, while the opposition asks the central government to intervene. .
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