The Community Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights



The Community Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights

A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights

Conference_to_Launch_The_Cambodian_Guide_to_Defending_Land_and_Housing_Rights_clip_image002A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights is a new resource developed by BABC and our partners, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the International Accountability Project (IAP), for communities threatened by forced displacement.
 
Communities threatened with displacement typically face significant barriers to accessing critical information about their rights or avenues for defending those rights. These communities are also often unaware that companies, donor agencies, multilateral institutions and governments have obligations to protect and respect their rights and are in many cases acting in contravention of their obligations by forcibly displacing people in the name of development. In addition, communities facing development-based displacement are frequently unaware that numerous other communities across the region are experiencing similar struggles and have in many cases implemented successful resistance strategies that could be replicated. As a consequence of this lack of information and awareness, vulnerable communities are too often excluded from decision-making processes about the direction and shape of development. In many cases, it simply does not occur to people that they could and should have a voice in the development agenda.

BABC and partners launched A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights on 26 October 2009 at a special event in Phnom Penh. The launch was followed by a four-day workshop for civil society activists working on issues of displacement, human rights and inclusive development. The launch and workshop were attended by activists from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, East Timor, Laos, Burma and Vietnam. A video of the launch (made by Asia Media Lab) can be viewed below:

BABC has been training grassroots Cambodian activists as facilitators of the Guide since early 2009 and we are

CG_BABSEA_clip_image002_0000now supporting these facilitators to conduct community workshops using the Guide with threatened communities throughout the country. 3 BABC is now developing the next volume of the Guide, which focuses on developing skills for challenging displacement. These include community organizing, engaging existing grassroots networks, conducting evidence-based media and political advocacy, negotiation skills, organizing non-violent direct actions and pursuing international grievance mechanisms such as the World Bank Inspection Panel.



While A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights has been written primarily for the Cambodian context, many of the topics in Part I: Your Rights Under International Law can be used, with slight adaptations, in other countries. We encourage adaptation and use of the Guide in your communities. We only ask that the parts reproduced are attributed to the original publication and are distributed not-for profit. Before beginning any translation or adaptation of the Guide, please contact us for suggestions and updates on the information. Please also send us a copy of any materials in which text from the Guide has been used.
 
Volume 1 of A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights can be downloaded below.

CG_BABSEA_clip_image002_0001BABC is now developing the next volume of the Cambodian Guide, which focuses on developing skills for challenging displacement. These include community organizing, engaging existing grassroots networks, conducting evidence-based media and political advocacy, negotiation skills, organizing non-violent direct actions and pursuing international grievance mechanisms such as the World Bank Inspection Panel.

 

Click here to download A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights