For local communities and indigenous peoples, land rights are not just an abstract concept – they're a matter of survival. Up to 2.5 billion people depend on their land for their home, income, food, medicine, and cultural identity.
But all too often, their rights to land are ignored or denied, leaving them vulnerable to land grabs by powerful governments and greedy corporations. Without secure land rights, indigenous peoples and local communities face violent evictions from their land, not only ruining the land and damaging the environment but endangering their very ability to survive. These land disputes can result in violence and even the murder of community leaders. This has to stop.
As part of the global Land Rights Now movement, we call on the governments in Sri Lanka, Peru, Australia, Honduras, India and Mozambique to fully recognize and uphold the land rights of the indigenous peoples and local communities.
It is their land, their right, and their life - and the time to act is now.