Article written by Hal Brands and originally published by Bloomberg at: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-16/china-s-land-grab-in-bhutan-is-the-new-face-of-war
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The Pax Americana made outright invasions too risky, so autocrats are swallowing their neighbors one piece at a time.
The debate about compensation of former white farmers in Zimbabwe continues to rage. The compensation agreement signed in July agreed a total amount of US$3.5 billion to pay for ‘improvements’ to the land that was expropriated. After 20 years of discussion, this was a major step forward. However, there seem to be multiple positions on the agreement and little consensus, along with much misunderstanding. However, some things are happening, and a joint resource mobilisation committee has been established with technical support from the World Bank and others.
The land sector is increasingly being cited as a corruption hub. Many countries across the globe are grappling with land-related corruption that dates to the colonial years and which have metamorphosed into historical injustices and continue to be a source of conflict and violation of basic human rights. Cases of land grabbing, compensation-less expropriation, gender-based discrimination in accessing and ownership of land and related resources, illegal mining deals, bribing to access land administration services among others are not new in the lands sector.
Há um ano e meio, no dia 1º de janeiro de 2017, dezenas de famílias indígenas, que moravam antes na Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, MG – expulsas de seus territórios e sobrevivendo em diáspora forçada -, apoiadas pela Associação dos Povos Indígenas de Belo Horizonte e Região Metropolitana (APIBHRM), ocuparam parte de uma das três fazendas da FUCAM (Fundação Educacional Caio Martins), Fazenda Santa Tereza, no município de Esmeraldas, RMBH, fazenda de propriedade do Governo de Minas Gerais.
Access to justice is a key governance concern in developed and developing countries alike. Community legal workers aim to help poor or comparatively powerless people defend themselves against land grabs, obtain public services, and challenge corruption. Can this bottom-up approach counter powerful interests seeking to entrench their control? Can legal empowerment help respond to rising authoritarianism and repression of civil society?
First global benchmark for measuring and reporting land information aims to improve tenure security and enable fair compensation
The potential for conflicts related to large-scale land acquisitions could be cut down significantly if seven key pieces of information are included in every property transaction, land professionals say.