Forest peoples Programme and Amnesty InternationalMay 21, 2014Recommendations for the revision of the New Approach to Country EngagementWe welcome the opportunity to provide detailed inputs into the ongoing revisions and discussions on the draft proposed new approach to country level engagement in the World Bank change strategy.
Illegal and corrupt behaviour by foreign-owned companies engaged in establishing large palm oil plantations not only threatens local communities and forested areas throughout west and central Africa, but will seriously undermine legislation being set up between African countries and the European Union to prevent just that says Greenpeace International.
In a new report published today, Greenpeace reveals how one company in Cameroon, has colluded with government officials to illegally obtain a permit to export timber that itself was illegally felled in order to establish a palm oil plantation in the South West region of the country.
Bank on Human Rights Coalition letter to World Bank President Kim urging him to ensure that the new environmental and social safeguards framework protects individuals and communities from the negative effects of Bank-financed projects.
Signatories of the letter include:
Indigenous communities in Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea are celebrating a victory over Kuala Lumpur Kepong Ltd (KLK), which had acquired two controversial Special Agricultural Business Leases to 38,000 hectares of their customary lands without their consent and planned to develop the area as a palm oil plantation.
A side event to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In this event, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) will review the treatment of indigenous peoples' rights in national policies and practices in the mining, forestry, infrastructure, conservation and climate finance sectors.The event will be held on the 16th May 2014.
En este evento, la Asociación de Pueblos Amerindios (APA) revisará el tratamiento de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en las políticas y prácticas nacionales en los sectores de la minería, la silvicultura, la infraestructura, la conservación y la financiación de la lucha contra el cambio climático.
À cet événement, l'Association des peuples amérindiens (APA) examinera le traitement des droits des peuples autochtones dans les politiques et pratiques nationales dans les secteurs minière, forestière, de l'infrastructure, de la conservation et du financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique.
On the 14th May 2014 the trial will begin of 53 of Peru's indigenous leaders who are charged with crimes related to the tragic events at Bagua on the 5th June 2009 where over 20 people died and hundreds were injured after Peruvian forces opened fire on indigenous peoples blockading a road in peaceful protest at the efforts of the Peruvian government to dismantle legal protections for their lands.
KATHMANDU, May 13: Indigenous communities have lauded the Supreme Court´s (SC) recent order on filling the 26 vacant CA seats with representatives of indigenous communities that have not been represented in the CA. They have expressed hope that the implementation of the decision would make the new Constituent Assembly (CA) to be more inclusive. Of the total CA seats, 575 have already been filled, with only 23 of the total 59 scheduled indigenous communities represented at present.
Our partners in the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia are asking for international help to remind the Liberian President of her promise to protect community land from the UK company Equatorial Palm Oil UK. They are asking as many people as possible to sign their petition.