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Human rights violations and agribusiness – Justice now for impacted communities!

Concerned human rights groups meet at the 5th Regional Meeting on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia

The raging forest fires in Indonesia and numerous extrajudicial killings related to agribusiness land grabs throughout South East Asia have made headlines all over the world. These shocking violations of peoples’ fundamental human rights have compelled concerned human rights groups to come together at the 5th Regional Meeting on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia during the 5th and the 6th of November 2015 in Puerto Princesa, on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.

Las violaciones de los derechos humanos y los agronegocios - ¡Ya es hora de que llegue la justicia para las comunidades impactadas!

Una serie de grupos de derechos humanos se dan cita en la 5. ª Reunión Regional de Derechos Humanos y Agronegocios en el sudeste de Asia

Los devoradores incendios forestales en Indonesia y las numerosas ejecuciones extrajudiciales relacionadas con la apropiación de tierras para agronegocios por todo el sudeste de Asia han sido noticia en todo el mundo. Esas estremecedoras violaciones de los derechos humanos fundamentales de los pueblos han llevado a grupos preocupados por los derechos humanos a juntarse en la 5.ª Reunión Regional de Derechos Humanos y Agronegocios en el sudeste de Asia, que se celebró los días 5 y 6 de noviembre 2015 en Puerto Princesa, en la isla de Palawan en Filipinas. Entre los 93 participantes había representantes de las Comisiones Nacionales de Derechos Humanos de Myanmar, Malasia, Indonesia, Tailandia y Filipinas, así como de organizaciones de la sociedad civil y miembros de comunidades preocupados que se han visto afectados por la apropiación de tierras para agronegocios.

Violations des droits humains et agro-industrie – Que justice soit faite immédiatement pour les communautés affectées !

Des groupes de défense des droits humains inquiets se sont réunis à l’occasion de la 5e Réunion régionale sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie en Asie du Sud-est

Les incendies de forêt ravageurs en Indonésie et les nombreuses exécutions extrajudiciaires liées aux accaparements de terres de l’agro-industrie dans toute l’Asie du Sud-est ont fait les gros titres dans le monde entier. Ces violations choquantes des droits humains fondamentaux des peuples ont contraint des groupes de défense des droits humains préoccupés à se rassembler à l'occasion de la 5e Réunion régionale sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie en Asie du Sud-est les 5 et 6 novembre 2015 à Puerto Princesa, sur l’île de Palawan aux Philippines.

Pelanggaran hak asasi manusia oleh agribisnis–Keadilan sekarang untuk masyarakat yang terkena dampak!

Kelompok-kelompok peduli hak asasi manusia bertemu dalam Pertemuan Regional Ke-5 Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara

Kebakaran hutan yang mengamuk di Indonesia dan banyak pembunuhan sewenang-wenang yang berkaitan dengan perampasan tanah untuk agribisnis di seluruh Asia Tenggara telah menjadi berita utama di seluruh dunia. Pelanggaran-pelanggaran yang paling mendasar terhadap hak asasi manusia yang terjadi pada masyarakat ini mengejutkan dan hal ini telah memaksa kelompok-kelompok yang peduli terhadap hak asasi manusia untuk bertemu dalam Pertemuan Regional Ke-5 Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara pada tanggal 5 dan 6 November 2015 di Puerto Princesa, di pulau Palawan, Filipina.

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.

Ten Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects: A Civil Society Manifesto for the Support of Real Climate Solutions

Large hydropower projects are often propagated as a “clean and green” source of electricity by international financial institutions, national governments and other actors. They greatly benefit from instruments meant to address climate change, including carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), credits from the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and special financial terms from export credit agencies and green bonds.

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…”

Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples’ rights

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Baram Dam Declaration

Participants at the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers, WISER Baram 2015, hosted by the grassroots network SAVE Rivers collectively produced a declaration that acknowledges the widespread suffering and destruction caused by dams, and stresses the importance of obtaining Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities impacted by dam building.

Oil palm land grabs and deforestation in Philippines condemned by human rights groups

A regional network of Asian human rights commissions and supportive NGOs has issued a strong statement supporting calls for a moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Philippines southern island of Palawan. The call came at the conclusion of a week of fact-finding trips and discussions of the 5th South East Asian Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness which was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the Coalition on Land Grabbing of the Philippines supported by the Forest Peoples Programme.

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