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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.

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.

New film denounces forced resettlement of Dayak peoples in Sarawak

Sarawak, Malaysia: A new film from the Borneo project, Broken Promises: Displaced by Dams,  made in conjunction of the indigenous peoples of central Sarawak and many support organisations summarises the threat posed by 17 large dams under development. Featuring interviews with numerous Dayaks and activists, the film describes the impact of previous dams, shows the strong and growing mobilisation in opposition to these impositions and calls for alternative development and energy supply systems.

Request for consideration of the situation of indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands, Indonesia

In order to avoid imminent and irreparable harm, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the national indigenous peoples’ organization of Indonesia, and Forest Peoples Programme respectfully request that the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considers the situation of the Aru indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands District, Moluccas Province, under the its early warning and urgent action procedure.

Indonesia: President renews his pledge to protect indigenous peoples’ rights

7th July 2015: In a recent meeting with the national indigenous peoples’ alliance (AMAN), the Indonesian President vowed to support the Bill on the Recognition and Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, which has languished in the legislature for several years.  He also committed to setting up a Task Force on Indigenous Peoples and promised to release indigenous persons unfairly criminalized for pursuing their livelihoods.

Oil Palm Free Islands

From outsiders to political representatives, the indigenous struggle in the Mentawai islands is a 20 year struggle to be heard. We learn through the eyes of Gugen, a future Indigenous leader, as he meets the villagers, shamens, newspaper & radio stations that unify these threatened islands.

Oil Palm Free Islands from Handcrafted Films on Vimeo.

ALDAW: CSO Letter to EU

Update from ALDAW:

The CSO letter to the EU has now been fully finalised, with 197 signatories, of which 18 are from the Philippines and amongst these 4 are from Palawan-based organisations and federations.

The final version of the letter here. There is a link to the letter and short article on FoEE's website http://www.foeeurope.org

Yangon Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia: Proceedings

On 4 – 6 November, National Human Rights Commissions and civil society organisations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Lao PDR and Myanmar, congregated in Yangon for the Fourth Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia. This year it was hosted by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, co-organised by Forest Peoples Programme and RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests, and supported by the Rights and Resources Initiative, Ford Foundation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and the UK Department for International Development.