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Some 10,000 Dalits and Adivasis – Indians who are marginalised and socially-excluded due to caste and ethnicity – have rallied in the Umariya district of Madhya Pradesh, India to demand land for the landless.

Dalits and indigenous Adivasis account for more than 36% of the population in Madhya Pradesh, but they own just 3.6% of the land. Nationally, none of the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved for these groups, which account for some 300 million people or more than a quarter of India's population.

At rallies on 6 October and 15 October, participants demanded that the government provide five acres of property to landless women and families. They are also calling on officials to place the land titles in the women's names.

On 15 October, the International Day of Rural Women, activists also met with goverment ministers in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand to present their petitions for land rights.

In a Time of Ebola, Lobbying for Action on Poverty

GCAP Liberia and a coalition of civil society leaders - representing women, youth, elderly, the disabled and democracy advocates - met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September to emphasise the urgency of achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and adopting a transformative Post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the Ebola virus, which was first reported in Liberia in March 2014 and has since claimed some 2500 lives.

"We are aware of the many challenges our President is facing in the fight against the killer Ebola virus and the slow economy growth," notes James Roberts of GCAP Liberia.  "Civil society actors will remain committed and persistent in influencing our President to push harder for a legitimate Post-2015 development agenda that is more inclusive and participatory."

Cambodia at a Crossroads: New Laws Would Limit Freedoms

Set against a background of endemic corruption, unsustainably low wages and impoverishing confiscations of land, Cambodia is considering a series of laws that will severely restrict human rights and the activities of civil society organisations working on these issues.
 
That's the conclusion of an international delegation - including GCAP - which just visited Cambodia, at the invitation of our national coalition there, to highlight the shrinking space for civic expression and individual freedoms. Read on for the media release and our recommendations as well as French, Spanish and Portuguese translations.
 

Left to Right:  Soeung Saroeun (CCC), Tor Hodenfield (CIVICUS), Kwak Nohyun (Forum Asia), Sarah Enees (IFP), Consuelo Katrina A. Lopa (ADN)

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