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Protecting the Amazon is the key to resolving the climate crisis

December 11 2015: It is 11.30 in the morning in Paris, the negotiation among the members of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) is crucial to build consensus towards a new global climate agreement, an agreement that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus mitigate climate change.

Indigenous peoples' organisation FECONAU and indigenous community present first Peruvian complaint to RSPO regarding harmful oil palm development on their lands in the Amazon region

Yarinacocha, December 5th 2015: Today on the 5th of December 2015 we, the Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU (Federation of Native Communities of Ucayali) representing 35 communities of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people from the Ucayali region and Santa Clara de Uchunya, located in Requena, Ucayali region in Peru, presented our formal complaint to the RSPO mechanism against the company Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC, member of the RSPO.

La organizacion indígena FECONAU y una comunidad indígena lanzan la primera queja peruana ante la RSPO acerca de plantaciones destructives de palma African en sus tierras en la region Amazónica

Yarinacocha, 05 de Diciembre del 2015: Hoy 05 de Diciembre del 2015, la Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Ucayali – FECONAU que representa a 35 comunidades de la región Ucayali y la Santa Clara de Uchunya, del pueblo indígena Shipibo – Konibo, ubicada en Requena, región Ucayali en Perú, hemos presentado formalmente nuestra queja ante el mecanismo RSPO en contra de la empresa Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC miembro de RSPO.

Indigenous peoples in Guyana call for strong protections for customary land rights and application of FPIC in timber trade agreement with the EU

In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.

The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]

Press Release: “We are going to kill you”: Indigenous activist’s life in danger after opposing destruction of Peruvian Amazon

London, 18 November 2015: Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm.

In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar received the following handwritten and explicit notes in quick succession:

Comunicado de prensa: “Lo vamos a matar”: la vida de un activista indígena corre peligro luego de oponerse a la destrucción de la Amazonía peruana.

Washington Bolívar, un activista indígena en el Perú ha recibido una nueva amenaza siniestra de muerte como consecuencia inmediata de sus esfuerzos para desafiar la destrucción de la selva amazónica para la extracción de madera y la conversión a la palma de aceite.

En el transcurso del mes pasado el Sr. Bolívar, defensor de los derechos humanos, recibió en sucesión varias notas explícitas escritas a mano:

"WASHINGTON… TE VAMOS A MATAR SI NOS SIGUES JODIENDO. LAS TIERRAS NO SON TUYAS. TU Y TU FAMILIA NO VIVIRAN. DEJANOS TRABAJAR SI NO QUIEREN MORIR TODOS…”

Indigenous peoples in Paraguay recommend action on land rights and national legal reforms to uphold community rights, slow deforestation and protect the climate

Two new reports launched today by the Paraguayan Federation of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) call for greater recognition of land rights and legislative reforms to secure community collective rights to land, tackle deforestation, curb land use emissions and harmonise national laws with international obligations to uphold human rights.

Los pueblos indígenas en Paraguay recomiendan que se adopten medidas sobre los derechos a la tierra y las reformas jurídicas nacionales para defender los derechos de la comunidad, frenar la deforestación y proteger el clima

Asunción, noviembre 12, 2015: dos nuevos informes lanzados hoy por la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) exigen un mayor reconocimiento de los derechos a la tierra y reformas jurídicas para garantizar los derechos colectivos de las comunidades a la tierra, hacer frente a la deforestación, reducir las emisiones provenientes del uso del suelo y armonizar las leyes nacionales con las obligaciones internacionales para defender los derechos humanos [disponible únicamente en español].

Los informes pueden ser descargados aquí:

PRESS RELEASE: Peruvian indigenous leader in London to denounce illegal deforestation of 5000 hectares of Peru’s Amazon for palm oil

London, 2nd November 2015: Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, a leader of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon has travelled to a global forum in London on business, deforestation and human rights to highlight the destruction of his people’s traditional lands by an international agribusiness group and member of the RSPO (Round Table for Sustainable Palm oil), a global body that certifies that the production and trade of palm oil is sustainable and respects human rights.

Peru’s failure to address indigenous peoples’ land struggle and control illegal deforestation exposes empty pledges of its government to tackle deforestation

The failure to resolve the underlying land tenure problems of indigenous peoples is one of the main factors behind the increasing deforestation in Peru as reported in a national deforestation study produced by FPP and AIDESEP and launched at the UN Climate talks held in Peru in 2014.  Peru hands over the Presidency of the climate change talks to France in Paris this year and since 2010 has made ambitious pledges to resolve indigenous peoples’ landrights struggles as part of its commitments to protect forests and mitigate climate change in which it has pledged to reduce net deforestatio

El fracaso del Perú para abordar la lucha de los pueblos indígenas por sus tierras y controlar la deforestación ilegal expone las promesas vacías de su Gobierno de hacer frente a la deforestación

La incapacidad de resolver los problemas de tenencia de la tierra subyacentes de los pueblos indígenas es uno de los principales factores que explican el aumento de la deforestación en el Perú, tal y como se informó en un estudio sobre la deforestación nacional realizado por el FPP y AIDESEP. Dicho estudio fue lanzado oficialmente durante las conversaciones sobre el clima de las Naciones Unidas celebradas en Perú en 2014.  El Perú entrega la presidencia de los diálogos sobre cambio climático a Francia en París este año.

Where They Stand

Where They Stand details how Wapichan people in South America use modern technologies in the struggle to secure their land rights

The Wapichan people of Guyana are using modern technology and community research to seek legal recognition of their ancestral land in the face of aggressive land-grabbing, destructive logging, and poisonous mining by illegal miners and foreign companies, finds new report by internationally acclaimed science writer Fred Pearce.

‘State of emergency’ for Paraguay’s tribal peoples

Indigenous peoples in Paraguay are in a state of emergency according to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur for indigenous peoples.

A new U.N. report [Spanish] found “persistent racism,” “discrimination” and a total failure by the Paraguayan state to uphold indigenous peoples’ land rights.

Venezuela: indigenous peoples appeals to President to halt ‘neo-slavery’ in illegal mines in Caura

The Ye’kuana and Sanema indigenous peoples of the Caura River in Estado Bolivar have again appealed to President Maduro of Venezuela, to halt the sub-human conditions to which they are being subjected in the illegal mines on the river. They claim there are now some 3,000 illegal miners operating in the Yuruani river an affluent of the Caura above the high waterfall of Salto Para, which hitherto had kept the headwaters of the river system among the best conserved in the whole Orinoco basin.