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Urgent appeal against the forced eviction of Sengwer communities in Kenya

We are deeply concerned by the forced evictions of the 6,000-7,000 Sengwer indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).

For many years the Government has been trying to move the indigenous inhabitants of Embobut off their land by burning their homes. They have done this in the name of a fortress conservation approach which seeks to remove local people from their lands. As IUCN and all pre-eminent conservation organisations now acknowledge, such an approach only ever makes the environmental situation worse, and adds a human rights disaster to the environmental crisis. The new President has taken what at first appeared to be a new approach: he came in November and promised them a small amount of money to move, however now that it is clear people are refusing to move, this is being followed up with this threat of imminent eviction.

Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women against destructive mining

This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

Le peuple wapichan et l'Association des droits humains du Guyana demandent l’arrêt des projets routiers dans le Sud du Guyana

L’Association des droits humains du Guyana (Guyana Human Rights Association – GHRA) et les communautés wapichan du Rupununi expriment de sérieuses préoccupations au sujet des projets de construction routière qui ont un impact sur la forêt vierge dans le sud du pays sur des terres situées à l’intérieur du territoire wapichan. Le tracé de la route en construction à partir du Brésil traverserait le village de Parabara dans le Sud du Rupununi et ouvrirait une zone de forêt pluviale ancienne le long d’un chemin menant au fleuve Essequibo et au-delà jusqu’au Suriname.

Masyarakat Wapichan dan organisasi-organisasi HAM Guyana menyerukan penghentian rencana pembangunan jalan di kawasan selatan Guyana

Asosiasi HAM Guyana (GHRA) dan masyarakat Wapichan di Rupununi menyampaikan kekhawatiran yang besar atas rencana pembangunan jalan yang akan berdampak pada hutan alam di bagian selatan negara tersebut,yaitu yang berada di dalam wilayah masyarakat Wapichan. Jalan yang akan dibangun dari Brasil tersebut akan melintasi Desa Parabara di daerah Rupununi Selatan dan akan membabat hutan hujan alam tua di sepanjang rute ke arah Sungai Essequibo dan terus sampai Suriname.

L’ONU met en place un Conseil consultatif scientifique pour renforcer les liens entre sciences et politiques

Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé la mise en place d’un nouveau Conseil consultatif scientifique chargé de conseiller le Secrétaire général et les cadres dirigeants des organisations des Nations Unies sur les questions relatives aux sciences, aux technologies et à l'innovation au service du développement durable.

Le Conseil est formé de 26 scientifiques de renom représentant les sciences naturelles, sociales et humaines, dont Joji Cariño, directrice de Forest Peoples Programme.

PBB Menetapkan Dewan Penasehat Ilmiah untuk memperkuat hubungan antara ilmu pengetahuan dan kebijakan

Sekretaris Jenderal PBB, Ban Ki-moon, telah mengumumkan pembentukan sebuah Dewan Penasehat Ilmiah baru yang akan memberikan nasihat tentang ilmu pengetahuan, teknologi dan inovasi bagi pembangunan berkelanjutan, kepada dirinya dan kepada Kepala-Kepala Eksekutif organisasi-organisasi di bawah PBB.

Dewan ini terdiri dari 26 ilmuwan terkemuka di bidang ilmu pengetahuan alam, sosial dan manusia, dan termasuk Joji Cariño, Direktur Forest Peoples Programme.

Indigenous women call on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to recognise indigenous peoples' collective rights

“To address the specific situations faced by indigenous women, the collective rights of indigenous peoples must be recognized as part of protecting the individual rights of indigenous persons. Interpretation and application of human rights treaties concerned with individual rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), should happen with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Recommendation made to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) by AIPP, NIWF and FPP

Las mujeres indígenas piden al Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer que reconozca los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas

«Para abordar las situaciones concretas a las que se enfrentan las mujeres indígenas, los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas deben ser reconocidos como parte de la protección de los derechos individuales de los indígenas. A la hora de interpretar y aplicar los tratados de derechos humanos que cubren los derechos individuales, entre ellos la Convención sobre la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer (CEDAW), se debería tomar como referencia la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas».

Perempuan Adat menyerukan Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi Terhadap Perempuan untuk mengakui hak-hak kolektif masyarakat adat

"Untuk menangani situasi-situasi khusus yang dihadapi oleh perempuan adat, hak-hak kolektif masyarakat adat harus diakui sebagai bagian dari tindakan untuk melindungi hak-hak individu masyarakat adat. Interpretasi dan penerapan perjanjian-perjanjian hak asasi manusia yang berkaitan dengan hak-hak individu, termasuk Konvensi Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (CEDAW), harus dilakukan dengan mengacu pada Deklarasi PBB tentang Hak-hak Masyarakat Adat "

Rekomendasi yang dibuat untuk Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Komite CEDAW) oleh AIPP, FPP dan NIWF

The Rights of Non-Indigenous ‘Forest Peoples’ with a focus on Land and Related Rights - Existing International Legal Mechanisms and Strategic Options

The rights of indigenous and tribal peoples are relatively well defined in international law and to some extent, however imperfectly, also in a growing number of national laws. This is largely due to decades of indigenous advocacy at the national and international levels, which has resulted in considerable (although still evolving) jurisprudence, international instruments on indigenous peoples’ rights, and an established institutional presence within intergovernmental organisations.

Indigenous organisations petition Peruvian government to protect the rights of isolated peoples before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights

On 1 November 2013 indigenous and civil society organisations from Peru including FENAMAD, AIDESEP, Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), and the National Human Rights Coordinator presented evidence in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission.

The petitioners documented the failure of the Peruvian government to provide effective protection for isolated indigenous peoples in Peru.