On 26th March 2015, The Social Movements and Civil Society Research Group at City University London (SMCSRG) held its third evening event, a talk on The Global Indigenous Movement: Past Achievements Future Challenges. SMCSRG was delighted to host long-time indigenous peoples’ rights activist and current Director of the Forest Peoples Programme, Joji Cariño, to speak on these themes. The event was Chaired by Dr Mauro Barelli, a Senior Lecturer specialising in minority and indigenous peoples’ rights at The City Law School.
letter submitted by APA to the Carbon Fund of the FCPF before their meeting (27-30 April) to consider the eligibility of Guyana to develop an Emission Reduction Project Idea Note (ER PIN) under the FCPF framework. The letter makes arguments for why Guyana is not ready to develop an emission reductions programme yet.
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Strengthening Access to Justice
24 Apr 2015 - Side event of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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In a statement published in a national newspaper, the council of AIDESEP, which represents over 1800 communities in the Peruvian Amazon called for the repeal and shelving of recent legal reforms being pushed through Peru’s parliament that threaten to further weaken indigenous peoples’ rights to land in favour of development projects.
The Philippines leads countries in Asia with the highest number of people killed as they defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources, says a new report from the London-based Global Witness group which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.
Killings worldwide have risen by 20 percent in the last year on disputes over hydropower projects, mining, agribusiness and logging -- the key drivers of deaths where a shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous peoples.
This report concerns the merits of a petition received by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) on February 16, 2007.
The petition alleges that the State of Suriname has violated the rights protected in Articles 3 (right to judicial personality), 21 (right to property) and 25 (right to judicial protection) of the American Convention on Human Rights in connection with Articles 1 and 2 thereof to the prejudice of the Kaliña and Lokono peoples.
Several years of fieldwork by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and civil society partners in Liberia has revealed the extent to which palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and its lead investor Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) are continuing to operate without the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of local communities within their concession area, despite the companies’ claims to have learned from past mistakes.
Credit Suisse, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities are acting for Golden Agri-Resources - part of the Sinar Mas Group - in a new bond offering worth up to USD 400 million, according to a Debtwire report last week.
At 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, Fernando Salazar Calvo was gunned down brutally outside his home. He was a prominent human rights defender and community member of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) in Colombia.
Un importante defensor de los derechos humanos indígenas ha sido asesinado por hombres armados.El día jueves 7 de abril a las 8 de la noche, el señor Fernando Salazar Calvo fue brutalmente asesinado a tiros afuera de su residencia. El señor Salazar era un destacado defensor de los derechos humanos y un miembro de la comunidad del Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) en Colombia.
Golden Agri-Resources, which owns Indonesia’s largest palm oil conglomerate operating under the brand name Sinar Mas, is still in violation of RSPO standards, according to Forest Peoples Programme.
Golden Veroleum and Golden Agri-Resource’s palm oil operations in Liberia are compounding poverty and food insecurity by taking land without community consent and making hollow promises of development benefits, says new report