Land Rights

Family to stay put in laneway they call home

The structures where the family did business. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Lam Chim-ching and her two sons Tong Wah-jor and Tong Wah-hei won the sites under the rule of adverse possession in which a person who occupies a site for a specified period without the owner's objection can claim ownership.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am 2 comments

Guangzhou urban villagers defend homes

Yao Qijiu stands in Tan, the last urban village in Zhujiang New Town. More than 20 villagers are fighting to keep their homes. Photo: Mimi Lau

With eight centuries of history, Tan is the last urban village left in Guangzhou's Zhujiang New Town, a prime site filled with high-end office buildings. Like the 137 other urban villages in Guangzhou, old Tan is gradually being reduced to concrete rubble by the wreckers' ball.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:07pm

No end in sight to stand-off in Guangdong village over land deal

A boy plays in a damaged vehicle. Photo: AFP

Just over a week ago, residents fought with scores of attackers whom they claimed were sent by the village Communist Party chief and a business tycoon after they protested against a land deal.

4 Mar 2013 - 9:38am

Beijing to spend 18b yuan to protect farmers' land rights

Certification will better protect farmers' land rights. Photo: AFP

The mainland is going to spend 18 billion yuan (HK$22.4 billion) identifying and registering the contractual rights of farmland in the countryside over the next five years amid concern too much arable land is being appropriated as an increasing number of farmers move to towns and cities.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:34am 1 comment

Are rich countries guilty of 'land grabs'?

Investors in rich or emerging countries have bought more than 83 million hectares of agricultural land in poorer developing countries since 2000. Photo: Reuters

Should rich countries be buying agricultural land in developing countries? That question is raised in a report issued last year by the Land Matrix Partnership, a consortium of European research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Dongguan officials in probe over unapproved commercial complex

Mass protests over land grabs erupted in Wukan, Lufeng last year.

Several senior cadres in Dongguan, including a public security official, are under investigation following claims that they profited by building a large commercial development on cheap land bought from farmers for an industrial project.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Wealth gap to be cut, Han Changfu tells Central Rural Work Conference

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities.

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Land grabs are main cause of mainland protests, experts say

Residents of Wukan rally over illegal land grabs. Photo: AFP

Land seizures, pollution and labour disputes have been the three main causes of tens of thousands of mass protests in recent years, according to a top think-tank.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

Rural migrants earn less and have less job security. Photo: Xinhua

At their first Politburo meeting earlier this month, China's incoming leaders pledged to boost domestic consumer demand, promote urbanisation and enhance social welfare provision.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 2 comments

Briefs, November 29, 2012

The State Council vowed yesterday to tighten laws on the expropriation of farmland, warning that the problem risked fuelling rural unrest and undermined food security.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Leung must scrap small house policy

Where there is a will, there is a way. But our government does not seem to appreciate this wisdom when reviewing the controversial 'small house' policy. The scheme that gives all male indigenous villagers the right to build a three-storey house is clearly discriminatory, unsustainable and flawed. Yet, it has been allowed to continue for decades despite blatant abuses.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Private plots to be claimed for MTR Corp use

Two small plots of private land will be claimed and restrictions on land rights may be imposed for the construction of the South Island Line, to begin in 2011. The two plots were required for partial land resumption, the Transport and Housing Bureau said yesterday. Land owners will get compensation.

12 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Village strife

(SCMP; September 26, 2002)

30 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Give land rights to women: Anna Wu

Indigenous female villagers should be granted the same land rights as male villagers to build their own houses, according to the chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

15 Apr 2001 - 12:00am