Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia - Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Burma

Marcus Colchester, Sophie Chao, Jonas Dalliner, Su Mei Toh, Chan Kiev, Indriaswati Saptaningrum, Mark Anthony Ramirez and Juan Pulhin
Ed: Sophie Chao, Forest Peoples Programme
4 August, 2013

This series of studies provides updated information about large-scale land acquisitions in the region, with the aim of identifying trends, common threats, divergences and possible solutions. As well as summarising trends in investment, trade, crop development and land tenure arrangements, the studies focus on the land tenure and human rights challenges.

Seven national updates have been compiled based on the available literature for Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the Philippines, each following a similar format. The studies seek to summarise what laws and policies already exist in national human rights frameworks that could ensure respect for rights in large-scale land development and, on the basis of this analysis, recommend possible solutions to the problems identified.

Click to download: Full document and/or individual country briefings: Overview, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Burma