Statement of Indigenous Participants at the Consultation on the World Bank's Draft Policy on Indigenous Peoples (OP/BP 4.10) - Dhaka, Bangladesh

This statement was jointly issued by representatives of the National Adivasi Coordination Committee, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, Hill Tracts NGO Forum, Committee for the Protection of Forest and Land Rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Hill Women's Federation, Rakhain Development Foundation, Mro Social Council, Tripura Kalyan Foundation, Khashia Students’ Association, Bawm Social Council, Trinamul Unnayan Sangstha, Zabarang Kalyan Samiti, Abima Garo Youth Association (AGYA), Society for Environment & Human Development (SEHD) and Taungya, and included representatives of the Bawm, Chakma, Garo, Khasi, Marma, Mro, Rakhain, Santal, Tanchangya and Tripura peoples from different parts of Bangladesh. The list of signatories is annexed hereto.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights: FPP Briefing Paper - October 2001

This Briefing was produced with the support of a grant from the Ford Foundation

This briefing paper provides an overview of the African system for the protection of human and peoples’ rights. This system is based upon the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights and implemented through the African Commission of the same name. While this system suffers from a number of deficiencies, particularly related to the Commission’s lack of enforcement powers and qualifications to the rights recognised in the African Charter, it is nonetheless a tool that may be of use to Indigenous peoples and organizations in Africa. While an explanation of the procedure for filing a complaint with the Commission is provided here, this briefing paper should not be considered as a complete explanation of the process.

La Commission Africaine des Droits de l’homme et des peuples: Briefing du FPP - Octobre 2001

Ce briefing a été réalisé grâce à une subvention de la Ford Foundation

Ce briefing présente une vue générale du système africain de protection des droits de l’homme et des peuples. Celui-ci est basé sur la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples et appliqué par la Commission Africaine du même nom. Bien que ce système présente certaines insuffisances, qui sont dus en particulier aux pouvoirs limités de la Commission de faire appliquer les dispositions, et à des restrictions concernant les droits reconnus dans la Charte Africaine, il est toutefois un instrument qui pourrait se révéler utile pour les peuples autochtones et leurs organisations en Afrique. Bien que la procédure à suivre pour saisir la Commission soit évoquée dans ce document, le but de ce briefing n’est pas de faire une présentation détaillée de cette procédure.

From principles to practice: Indigenous peoples and protected areas in Africa - Case Study 1: Rwanda

The situation of the Batwa forest dwellers and conservation of the Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Natural Forest, RwandaThis study addresses the socio-economic situation of Batwa forest dwellers of the Volcanoes National Park and the Nyungwe Natural Forest. It reviews data gathered from a range of sectoral studies, and examines the fundamental activities of the NGOs and other institutions operating in the above zones.