18 March - Washington, DC - reposted (original available here)
Our research reveals that ‘ground-truthing’ can strengthen due diligence processes, thereby mitigating the risk of harmful impacts on human rights and the environment. It can reduce related reputational damage to companies, and positively influence behaviour.
This week, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, has divested all its holdings in Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp S.A.A., after it was revealed that the company was acquiring palm oil from a plantation linked to serious violations of indigenous peoples land right
In October 2020, the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a strategy — the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework — to replace the Aichi Targets. The Framework is intended as a step towards meeting the vision of a world ‘living in harmony with nature’ by 2050.
In a milestone for the defence of indigenous territories and forests in the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Government of Ucayali (GOREU) has repealed a regional ordinance which sought to remove protections for more than 3.5 million hectares of rainforest and facilitate the invasion of indigenous lands.
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Forest Peoples Programme is no longer going to invest in efforts to facilitate dialogue between the management of Kahuzi-Biega National Park in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Batwa communities living around the Park.
On Tuesday 4 February 2020, the Bukavu Garrison Military Court (TMGB) handed down its verdict in the case of Jean-Marie Kasula and 7 co-defendants.
Following a violent attack against one of their community members, and less than a year after the murder of their leader Sergio Rojas, the Bribri people of the Indigenous Territory of Salitre, Costa Rica, call on the government to end the impunity for the violence against them, and to protect them as human rights defenders.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, has concluded his visit to Peru stating he is “appalled” by the criminalisation of environmental defenders.
In December 2019, the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its Final Observations and Recommendations on Colombia. This follows the review carried out by CERD every five years to evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
FPP has lodged a Policy of Association complaint against Roda Mas Group and requested that the group be disassociated from the FSC due to violations of traditional and human rights in their forestry operations. The complaint is brought on behalf of the community of Long Isun, in the Heart of Borneo.
On 4 October 2019, 23 community leaders from Colombia and Peru arrived in the village of Soledad on the foothills of the Kampankis Mountain range in the heart of the territory of the Wampis Nation in northern Peru.
Today, on International Human Rights Defenders Day, we remember the stories which inspired the Zero Tolerance Initiative which aims to tackle the killings and violence linked to global supply chains.
A silent war is being waged against the indigenous people and local communities who are defending their lands against the expansion of industry. Environmental and human rights defenders face significant — and growing — risks, experiencing violence, intimidation and criminalisation as a result of their efforts.
Alongside the 8th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva today, representatives from indigenous peoples, afro-descendent and peasant communities from 16 countries issued an urgent call for action – the Geneva Declaration.