African Land Forum: The Protection of Land and Environmental Defenders in Africa

By Natural Justice

As part of the African Land Forum 2021, Natural Justice and Aide et Action pour la Paix (AAP) have organised a virtual session entitled: “The Protection of Land and Environmental Defenders in Africa”.

This event will be moderated by Cristina Timponi Cambiaghi – Thematic and Global Policy Senior Specialist at the International Land Coalition. The following three prestigious speakers will present about land and environmental human rights defenders across Africa:

Milka Chepkorir – Coordinator, Defending Territories of Life, ICCA Consortium

Ed O’Donovan – Special Advisor to Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation human rights defenders

Pigeon Kambale Mahuka – Professor of Public International Law and Dean of the University of Goma, DRC

The objectives of this session include:

1. Discussing the current challenges faced by land rights defenders, and the reasons behind the emerging worrying trends.

2. Analysing national, sub-regional, regional and universal legal instruments that can be implemented to contribute to the respect, protection and promotion of the rights of land rights defenders in Africa and around the world.

3. Examining the institutional and legal mechanisms, both public and private, developed to address urgent and contextual concerns related to the safeguarding of the rights and freedoms of land rights defenders in Africa and around the world.

4. Share experiences from various initiatives and mechanisms put in place to protect environmental and land rights defenders, such as the African Environmental Defenders Fund and the AU mechanisms.

This session will take place virtually on 28 October 2021 from 14:10 to 13:10 (EAT). French translation will be provided.

If you are interested, please register at the following link:

Find the summary here.

25 October 2021

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