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
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.
Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.
An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ
Decisions are due to be made about the controversial Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill 2015 in India.
The Bill would create a Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF), which means centre and state authorities - with little indigenous representation - would decide how to spend most of the compensatory funds rather than sharing them with forest-dependent communities.
INDONESIA: The Yerisiam Gua, an indigenous people in Nabire district in Indonesian Papua have filed a complaint with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil against the palm oil developer, PT Nabire Baru.
Meeting in Paris in October, the World Heritage Committee has decided to refer the nomination of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex back to the Royal Thai Government “in order to allow it to more fully address the concerns that have been raised by the Office of the United Nation
Sabah (Malaysia) - The High Court of Sabah just settled a landmark agreement between the indigenous Dusun and Sungai peoples of Tongod District and Genting Plantations. The case, which has dragged on since 1997 and been in the courts since 2002, concerns a large-scale palm oil development on community lands in central Sabah (North Borneo).
In December 2013, following pressure from its customers and investors, the palm oil giant Wilmar committed to delinking its entire supply chain, including joint ventures and third-party suppliers, from deforestation, peatland development, and human rights abuses. The commitment, to be fully implemented by December 2015, was welcomed by groups who had tracked and criticised Wilmar for its environmental destruction and human rights abuses. Two years on however, despite its promises, Wilmar has failed to resolve many long standing conflicts between its operations and impacted communities. The following material looks at a couple of cases where Wilmar has failed to resolve its conflicts with communities.
En diciembre de 2013, bajo la presión de sus clientes e inversores, el gigante del aceite de palma Wilmar se comprometió a desvincular toda su cadena de suministro de la deforestación, la creación de turberas y los abusos de los derechos humanos, incluyendo a sociedades conjuntas y proveedores indirectos.
En décembre 2013, suite à des pressions exercées par ses clients et investisseurs, le géant du secteur de l’huile de palme Wilmar s’était engagé à dissocier l’ensemble de sa chaîne d’approvisionnement, y compris ses joint ventures et ses fournisseurs externes, de la déforestation, de l’exploitation des tourbières, et des violations des droits humains.
Pada bulan Desember 2013, setelah mendapat tekanan dari para pelanggan dan investor, raksasa kelapa sawit Wilmar berkomitmen untuk memutus seluruh rantai pasokan, termasuk usaha patungan dan pemasok pihak ketiga, dari deforestasi, pengembangan lahan gambut, dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Komitmen ini, yang akan diberlakukan secara penuh pada bulan Desember 2015, disambut baik oleh kelompok-kelompok yang sebelumnya telah melacak dan mengkritik Wilmar atas kerusakan lingkungan dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Dua tahun telah berlalu, namun meski pun telah mengutarakan janji-janji, Wilmar telah gagal menyelesaikan banyak konflik yang telah lama berlangsung antara perusahaan-perusahaan miliknya dan masyarakat yang terkena dampak. Materi berikut mengamati beberapa kasus di mana Wilmar telah gagal untuk menyelesaikan konflik dengan masyarakat.
The Coalition Against Land Grabbing (CALG), Palawan, have released revised versions of three major reports produced mainly through the Ecosystem Alliance Fund. One report focuses on the case of oil palm expansion in Sarong (Municipality of Bataraza), another deals with the conversion of primary upland forest for rubber plantations on the West Coast of Aborlan and the last one concerns organised squatting by migrants into the forest land of indigenous Tagbanua tribes.