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Indigenous women in Central Africa “increasingly vulnerable” when it comes to access to land

A wide-ranging discussion on the rights of indigenous women in Africa was held last Sunday at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples Rights.  The panel, organised by the Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations, looked at different aspects, including access to services, barriers to participation in decision-making and harmful traditional practices.

Sengwer Women’s Experiences of Evictions

Since the 1960s, the Sengwer peoples of western Kenya have been experiencing forced evictions from their home in the name of conservation. Since 2014, these evictions have intensified.

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination adopts NGO submissions on human rights in Papua

Following the submission of inputs on the human rights situation in Indonesia and Papua by indigenous peoples' organisations for the UN Universal Periodic Review in September 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has considered, under its early warning and urgent action procedure, allegations of excessive use of force, arrests, killings and torture of persons belonging to the Papuan indigenous people in West Papua, Indonesia

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) expresses serious concerns about the situation of the Karen people evicted from Kaeng Krachan

In an unusually strongly worded formal communication to the Royal Thai Government, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has expressed its serious concerns regarding the eviction of Karen communities from the area of Kaeng Krachan National Park, and the subsequent nomination of the park as part of a World Heritage Site.

World Bank undermines decades of progress on building protections for the rights of indigenous peoples

On the 4th of August 2016, the Executive Board of the World Bank approved its new safeguard approach, detailed in a text called the ‘Environmental and Social Framework’.

The Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) is intended to contribute to the so-called ‘twin goals’ of the Bank: eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It defines the approach that the World Bank will take to assess and minimise negative impacts from World Bank investments, and promote social and environmental goods.

Communities make their voices heard in palm oil discussions

Communities in Liberia have spoken to palm oil sector representatives about ongoing land tenure issues and participation of peoples in future plans for their customary lands.

Sixteen representatives from across Liberia attended the 2nd Annual Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogue to talk about the future of both their lands and large-scale agricultural developments in the country.

Masyarakat menyuarakan aspirasi mereka dalam diskusi minyak sawit

Masyarakat di Liberia telah berbicara kepada perwakilan sektor minyak sawit tentang masalah-masalah penguasaan lahan yang terus berkelanjutan dan partisipasi masyarakat dalam rencana masa depan untuk tanah adat mereka.

Enam belas perwakilan dari seluruh Liberia menghadiri dialog nasional tahunan ke-2 Aliansi Hutan Tropis 2020 (Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogues) untuk membicarakan masa depan tanah mereka dan masa depan pembangunan agrikultur skala besar di negara ini.

FPP plans and priorities for CBD COP13 in Cancun, Mexico

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4 to 17 December 2016. For indigenous peoples and local communities this will be a platform to highlight their contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and celebrate the importance and vibrancy of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

Planes y prioridades del FPP para la COP 13 del CDB en Cancún, México

La decimotercera reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes en el Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica (COP 13 del CDB) se celebrará en Cancún, México, del 4 al 17 de diciembre de 2016. Para los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales se trata de una plataforma para destacar sus contribuciones a la conservación y la utilización sostenible de la diversidad biológica, y para celebrar la importancia y la vitalidad de los conocimientos tradicionales y la diversidad cultural.

Projets et priorités du FPP pour la COP13 de la CDB à Cancun, Mexique

La treizième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique (COP13 CDB) se tiendra à Cancun, au Mexique, du 4 au 17 décembre 2016. Pour les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales, cet événement sera l’occasion de mettre en évidence leurs contributions à la conservation et à l’utilisation durable de la biodiversité, et de célébrer l’importance et le dynamisme des savoirs traditionnels et de la diversité culturelle.

Rencana dan prioritas FPP untuk CBD COP13 di Cancun, Meksiko

Pertemuan ketiga belas dari Konferensi Para Pihak Konvensi Keanekaragaman Hayati (CBD COP13) akan diadakan di Cancun, Meksiko, dari tanggal 4 sampai 17 Desember 2016. Bagi masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal pertemuan ini akan menjadi sebuah platform untuk menyoroti kontribusi mereka terhadap konservasi dan pemanfaatan berkelanjutan dari keanekaragaman hayati dan merayakan kepentingan dan semangat pengetahuan tradisional dan keanekaragaman budaya.

A New Platform for Indigenous Peoples in Cameroon

Indigenous forest peoples in Cameroon have come together to form an official platform to better represent their views locally, nationally and internationally. For the first time in Cameroon, representatives from more than fifty indigenous Baka and Bagyeli communities have united to form a national organisation to represent Cameroon’s forest peoples and defend their rights at the local, national and international levels.

Une nouvelle plateforme pour les peuples autochtones au Cameroun

Les peuples autochtones des forêts du Cameroun se sont rassemblés pour former une plateforme officielle afin de mieux représenter leurs points de vue aux échelons local, national et international.

Pour la première fois au Cameroun, des représentants de plus de cinquante communautés autochtones baka et bagyeli se sont rassemblés en vue de former une organisation nationale représentant les peuples des forêts du Cameroun et défendant leurs droits aux niveaux local, national et international.