During 25-26 December 2018, the Bribri People were subjected to more violence and threats in their indigenous territory of Salitre, by a group of non-indigenous individuals armed with machetes and guns. To date, the State has not detained any of the perpetrators.
Clear improvements can be seen in the final text, but much still remains to be done before future FLEGT licenced timber can guarantee that indigenous peoples’ rights are fully protected.
For the Wampis Nation in the Peruvian Amazon, protecting their territory and living well go hand in hand with reclaiming and strengthening their own ancestral knowledge, wisdom, practices and customs.
After the Human Rights Defender World Summit where 150 human rights defenders gathered to celebrate 20 years since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and 50 years since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Hannah Storey reflects on the need to adapt human rights defender protection schemes for wh
In November the world reacted with outrage after Christian missionary John Allan Chau was killed by members of the indigenous inhabitants of North Sentinel island. Perhaps surprisingly however most of the anger was not directed at the Sentinelese, but at John himself.
As land disputes over palm oil plantations in West Sumatra flare up, community leaders and human rights defenders are being subjected to increasing intimidation and criminalization by local police allegedly spurred on by planters.
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“Indigenous peoples and local communities embody humanity’s creative intelligence and wisdom in our care and love for Mother Earth.
Pari Islanders fighting the occupation of their territory were given a glimmer of hope last month after a prominent environmental defender, Pak Sulaiman, was found not guilty of a land breach.
Over 20 leading NGOs working on corporate transparency have published a statement calling on EU policy-makers to define companies’ disclosure obligations on sustainability issues on the occasion of tomorrow’s high-level conference on the future of corporate reporting hosted by the European Commission in Brussels.
From the Arctic North, to the Pacific Island South, to the Tropical Forests of Latin America, Local Biodiversity Outlooks online highlights how indigenous peoples and local communities are rising to the challenge to counter the effects of some of the most pressin
"Currently, we, the indigenous people, traditional villagers and forest people, and the places where we are living are under pressure and face sustained injustice and social tension due to large-scale “development’ activities conducted by plantation and commercial logging companies."
Three interlinked environmental catastrophes are facing the world, and a fourth crisis highlights where the solution lies:
On November 7, partial justice was achieved in the case of the assassination April 7, 2015 of Fernando Salazar Calvo, Indigenous leader of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta, Caldas, Colombia: a judge sentenced two men to terms of between 20 and 40 years of jail for carrying out the assassination and carrying weapons illegally, yet the intellectual author who ordered the killing remains at large, and the investigation continues.
More than 400 community leaders, women, elders and families of Montes de María met the departmental government and state authorities to denounce growing insecurity in their home area, and to call for more progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.