Today, on International Human Rights Defenders Day, we remember the stories which inspired the Zero Tolerance Initiative which aims to tackle the killings and violence linked to global supply chains.
On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
1 October 2019 saw a historic moment in Suriname. Two draft laws were submitted to the Minister of Regional Development: a proposal for a Collective Rights Act for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname (including land rights), and a proposal for an amendment of the constitution.
Ten years ago, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) made a commitment to end deforestation in member companies’ supply chains by 2020. As this date approaches, it is apparent that CGF companies will fail to achieve their goal of Zero Net Deforestation.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
La situación de violencia, discriminación y discursos de odio contra indígenas, afrodescendientes y campesinos socios del Forest Peoples Programme en Colombia ha empeorado drásticamente en los últimos meses, a pesar de los Acuerdos de Paz de 2016 que le valieron al entonces presidente Santos el Premio Nobel de la Paz.
Grâce à la cartographie participative, des communautés autochtones Baka se disent prêtes à défendre leur forêt face à la possible implantation d’une cimenterie à Mintom au Sud Cameroun.
From 6-9 June 2019, a regional workshop in Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was organised with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme.
On July 23 and 24, under the canopy of the Nomedjo community forest, the Gbabandi Platform came together for its second General Assembly. Gbabandi comprises eight indigenous organisations, and over 100 Baka and Bagyeli attended the meeting, travelling from across Cameroon's forests.
Les 23 et 24 juillet, sous le couvert de la forêt communautaire Nomedjo à Lomié, la plateforme Gbabandi s'est réunie pour sa deuxième Assemblée Générale. Gbabandi comprend actuellement huit organisations autochtones, et plus de 100 Baka et Bagyeli ont participés à cette réunion de deux jours, venant de différentes régions forestières du Cameroun.
Acting in response to statements from the Brazilian President, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the lands of the indigenous Yanomami peoples in the Amazon basin.
Just weeks after a grenade was hurled into a community gathering on May 4 2019, Colombia’s Afro-descendant leaders have once again been threatened.
Regional authorities in Ucayali, Peru are to issue an order which will remove protections for over 100,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest, opening it up to settlers and allowing for the invasion of indigenous lands. The affected forests have previously been declared as “Permanent Production Forests” (BPP), meaning they enjoy a high degree of legal protection from deforestation.
Esta mañana en Bonn, Alemania, cinco defensores del medio ambiente y de los derechos humanos se reunieron en el escenario del Foro Mundial de Paisajes para compartir historias de las amenazas a las que ellos y sus comunidades se enfrentan por defender sus tierras.
In June 2019, environmental and human rights defenders are speaking at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn to look at how we can address the growing threats of violence and criminalisation of indigenous peoples and defenders as they fight for the survival of their forests, territories and communities.
Indigenous communities very often face territorial threats which call for an agile response to avoid them escalating. In this second post of a two-part series, Miluska Elguera, who works alongside Kichwa communities in San Martin, Peru, shares how an innovative Early Response Fund mechanism is supporting grassroots responses to territorial conflicts.
Muchas veces, las comunidades indígenas en la Amazonía peruana enfrentan amenazas territoriales que requieren una respuesta ágil para evitar que se intensifiquen. Miluska Elguera, que acompaña las comunidades kichwa en San Martín, Perú, describe un mecanismo innovador, el Fondo de Respuesta Temprano, para apoyar respuestas desde abajo a los conflictos territoriales.
On top of a hill on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in Kenya, the sun is warm but the air is fresh and cool. Moments ago, music of resistance filled the air as Sengwer women practiced traditional dance, song and solidarity.