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Shipibo community in the Peruvian Amazon call on UN to safeguard their forests from government sanctioned landgrab

Indigenous and human rights organisations in the Peruvian Amazon have filed a formal petition to the UN to appeal for urgent action to prevent the land grab and destruction of their lands. The action comes in response to the decision by the Regional Government of Ucayali to remove protections for 3.5 million hectares of Amazon rainforest and allow for the invasion of indigenous lands.

Suriname: Association of Saramaka Authorites and FPP Request to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination under the Urgent Action and Early Warning procedures, January 2012

Association of Saramaka Authorites and FPP request to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) under the Urgent Action and Early Warning procedures made in relation to Suriname's failure to implement the Saramaka People v. Suriname judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

Teribe people of Costa Rica demand their rights in relation to the Diquís Dam

For over 40 years, the Costa Rican government has planned the construction of one of the largest hydroelectric dams in Central America. The plan has been modified several times due to serious criticism for its potential negative environmental and social impacts – especially on indigenous peoples. In 2008, the government of Costa Rica declared the Diquís Dam as being of public interest and national convenience, giving full support for its construction. The proposed Diquís Dam will flood more than 10% of the traditional and titled lands of the Teribe people and more than 5% of those of the Cabécar People. The Teribe people consider the Diquís Dam as a grave threat to their survival as a people, since the Teribe total around only 750 individuals.

Follow-up to CERD regarding the urgent situation of the Achuar people of the Rio Corrientes region of Peru

Following the submission of July 2009 (see related reports), and CERD's subsequent Concluding Observations of September 2009, this request seeks CERD's immediate follow-up with the Government of Peru about the continued suffering of the Achuar people.Submission by Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Río Corrientes (FECONACO), Grupo de Trabajo Racimos del Río Corrientes – UNGURAHUI, and Forest Peoples Programme

Indigenous lands of Raposa Serra do Sol in Brazil: continued need for urgent action

The Conselho Indígena de Roraima, Rainforest Foundation US and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) submitted an update to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in January 2010, following their request for urgent action of July 2009. The update reports that indigenous peoples' rights in Brazil are being seriously threatened and that the Brazilian government has still failed to provide a full account of the status of the violent attacks against the indigenous peoples of Raposa, as requested by CERD.

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Brazil - Update to CERD regarding the situation of indigenous peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol

Report summarizes events that have taken place since February 2009, including an important Supreme Court decision which had the immediate effect of allowing for the removal of the remaining non-indigenous occupants from RSS, but which may have negative impacts on indigenous peoples in Brazil as a whole in the long run.Submission by Conselho Indígena de Roraima, Rainforest Foundation US, and Forest Peoples Programme

Submission to CERD on the urgent situation of the Achuar people in Rio Corrientes, Peru

Report about the grave situation over the last two months in the Amazon resulting in numerous deaths, injuries and disappeared persons. Information provided in support of CERD's forthcoming review of the Achuar matter, as well as in the context of their comprehensive examination of Peru’s latest periodic report, scheduled for the August 2009 session.Submission by FECONACO, Racimos and Forest Peoples Programme