'Land is Life, Land is Power': Landlessness, Exclusion, and Deprivation in Nepal
112 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2011
This report, published in the Fordham International Law Journal, represents the culmination of a year-long project undertaken by the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law to study land rights and related human rights in Nepal. The report examines the struggle ordinary Nepalis have in obtaining socio-economic rights despite Nepal’s existing international commitments, and is based on two years of research and fieldwork in Nepal from 2009-10. It takes as its focus the impact that inadequate access to land has on human rights, including the rights to housing, food, water, and political participation. Evictions and exploitation by landlords and local officials continue to be one of the biggest problems in rural areas in Nepal, and it is hoped that this report will help support ongoing dialogue about economic, social and cultural rights in Nepal.
Keywords: human rights, land rights, nepal, land, right to food, right to housing, right to water, right to health, Asia
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