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Rina Chandran

New Laos land law could block customary rights, women's titles: analysts

5:12am EDT

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.

Indigenous Indians fight deforestation threat with gourmet coffee

Oct 15 2018

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.

Australia government body criticises ANZ for Cambodia land rights violations

Oct 11 2018

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 Thursday.

How green is my forest? There's an app to tell you

Oct 09 2018

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.

Nine years after war's end, Sri Lankans wait for government to return property

Oct 09 2018

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.

Indonesian islanders fight developer with snorkels and homestays

Oct 08 2018

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.

Philippine resort city chooses 'morally correct' low-carbon path

Oct 08 2018

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.

Indian cities dump 'progressive' law to speed up land acquisitions

Oct 03 2018

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.

No name, no rights: the long road to Thai citizenship

Oct 02 2018

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.

Apple grower leads fight for property rights for indigenous Indian women

Sep 27 2018

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.

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