VIENTIANE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new land law may bring greater transparency in land management and modernization of records in Laos, but it could also curb ownership by women, as well as the customary rights of rural and indigenous people, analysts said.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once forbidden by colonialists from cultivating coffee, indigenous people in southern India have won a prestigious award for their bean, which they farm while fighting deforestation.
BANGKOK, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Australia
and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) violated global human rights
standards by financing a sugar company accused of seizing land
from Cambodian farmers, an Australian government body said on
BANGKOK, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A web-based
application that monitors the impact of successful forest-rights
claims can help rural communities manage resources better and
improve their livelihoods, according to analysts.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka has failed to fulfill pledges to return properties to thousands of people forced from their homes during decades of war, many of whom now live in desperate poverty, researchers said on Tuesday.
PULAU PARI, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syahrul Hidayat's family has lived on the Indonesian island of Pulau Pari for four generations, fishing in its clear blue waters and selling seaweed to supplement their incomes.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Theresa Walgraeve and her husband set up their 15-room resort in Puerto Princesa, a city on the Philippine island of Palawan, they worried about mosquitoes and monsoon damp - and the high cost of electricity.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's fast-growing cities are hurting the poor in their drive to speed up land acquisition for new metro train networks, roads and government offices by ditching vital legal safeguards, analysts and campaigners say.
MAE LA NOI, Thailand(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Noknoi attended high school in northern Thailand, she dreaded roll call every morning, when the teacher would call her first name and then say "nahm somut", or "made up name" - the standard suffix for stateless children.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An indigenous woman in northern India is taking her fight for inheritance rights to the country's top court, leading others who are pushing back against sexist laws and customs.