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.
On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
In 2018, Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice declared under judgement STC 4360 that the Amazon Rainforest is a subject with rights that need to be respected. It ordered that the state must take measures at the local and national levels to protect these rights, defend the forest and combat climate change.
The Zero Tolerance Initiative seeks to address violence, intimidation and killings of indigenous people and other human rights defenders linked to global supply chains.
By Marcus Colchester
Indigenous peoples’ organisations and supportive NGOs in Papua have strongly condemned a draft Indonesian Land Law Bill, initially designed to regularise land ownership and encourage sustainable investment.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
The indigenous community of Santa Clara de Uchunya has called upon major Scandinavian banks to use their influence as shareholders to insist that Alicorp removes Ocho Sur P from its palm oil supply chain.
Indigenous Peoples in Peru have achieved a significant landmark in the fight against climate change, with the country set to launch the world’s first Indigenous Climate Platform.
Just weeks after a grenade was hurled into a community gathering on May 4 2019, Colombia’s Afro-descendant leaders have once again been threatened.
The global sustainable palm oil body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has definitively rejected a formal complaint brought against one of its members, Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp S.A.A., for sourcing palm oil produced on a plantation which the RSPO itself has previously condemned.
On the day that the UK Supreme Court rules on whether 1,800 Zambian villagers can continue their claim against mining giant Vedanta, FPP joins 21 organisations to launch call for legal reform to make UK multinationals accountable for human rights abuses and environmental damage linked to their global supply chains.