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.
The subject of this request is the extreme harm caused to indigenous Papuans by the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project (the MIFEE project), a State-initiated, agro-industrial mega-project implemented by a variety of corporate entities that, to-date, encompasses around 2.5 million hectares of traditional indigenous lands in Merauke. The affected indigenous peoples have already lost a considerable area of their lands due to acquisition by these companies and conversion to plantations of one kind or another. The irreparable harm they have already experienced continues to expand and intensify as more companies commence operations.
Subyek permohonan ini adalah kerusakan ekstrim yang ditimbulkan terhadap masyarakat adat Papua oleh proyek Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (selanjutnya disebut “proyek MIFEE”), sebuah proyek agroindustri raksasa inisiatif Negara yang dijalankan oleh berbagai perusahaan, yang hingga saat ini mencakup tanah masyarakat adat Merauke seluas 2,5 juta hektare. Masyarakat adat yang terkena dampak proyek telah mengalami kehilangan tanah yang luas akibat pengambilalihan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan yang terlibat dan dikonversi menjadi perkebunan. Kerusakan permanen yang mereka alami terus meluas dan meningkat seiring dengan bertambahnya jumlah perusahaan yang mulai beroperasi.
12th – 13th March 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Free, Prior and Informed Consent as an expression of right to self-determination of indigenous peoples
Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the palm oil sector in Southeast Asia
This letter provides Mark Canning HMA with further information on the MIFEE project in West Papua and on South-East Asian regional approaches to human rights.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination responded to the Urgent Action submission with a letter issued to the Government of Papua New Guinea in March 2011:
Letter to Ambassador of Nepal from CERD
(Also see July NGO submission to CERD)
Letter from CERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), under the urgent action procedure, in response to request submitted by AMAN, Sawit Watch, FPP and others. (See original correspondence, July 2009)
(See July NGO submission to CERD in related reports)Letter to Ambassador of Nepal from CERD
Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concerning the exclusion of indigenous peoples from the process of drafting Nepal's new constitution. Submitted by ten indigenous peoples organisations and FPP
Submission by by the United NGOs Mission Manipur (a network of 235 indigenous peoples' organisations from North East India) and Forest Peoples Programme
Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concerning Indonesia REDD laws and plans. Submitted by AMAN, SawitWatch and FPP
Letter adopted under the urgent action and early warning procedures expressing serious concerns about indigenous peoples' rights in relation to oil plam plantations and a proposed regulation on REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)
This request to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), under its early warning and urgent action procedures, addresses Nepal's exclusion of indigenous peoples' representatives from the process of revising and adopting a new constitution. Submission by 15 NGOs.