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European Parliament Report on Land Grabbing

Geographic relevance: Europe
European Union

Language: English

Data type: Legal references

Author(s): Lorenzo Cotula, IIED

Publication details: ISBN 978-92-823-6303-4(PDF). Benjamin REY Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union Policy Department SQM 03Y83 rue Wiertz 60 B-1047 Brussels;2014

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This report for the European Parliament discusses the human rights issues raised by large-scale land deals for plantation agriculture (‘land grabbing’) in low and middle-income countries – a serious issue requiring urgent attention.

The study assesses the link between land deals and human rights, reviewing relevant international human rights law and discussing evidence on actual and potential human rights impact. It finds that important human rights dimensions are at stake, and that compression of human rights have been documented in some contexts. The study also identifies the areas of EU policy that are most directly relevant to addressing the human rights impacts of ‘land grabbing’; in so doing it also briefly discusses developments in home and host countries as well as internationally, proposing courses of action the EU (the European Parliament in particular) can take to further prevent or remedy human rights violations linked to large-scale land deals.

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