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Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights Defenders Network website launched on December 10th, 2010

http://www.iphrdefenders.net is dedicated to help advance advocacy for indigenous peoples' rights and issues in the Asia region. Contributions of articles, statements, photos, videos and other documents on human rights are welcomed. This website will be linked to the main Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) website and the main website of the Asia Human Rights Monitoring System (ARMS) project of the Southeast Asia e-Media Center based in Malaysia.

Guyana’s forest and climate plans continue to generate controversy and sideline indigenous peoples

While the President of Guyana was named a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN earlier this year in relation to his efforts to secure international support for forest protection and “low carbon” growth, some indigenous leaders and civil society organisations both inside and outside the country continue to expose and challenge the deep contradictions in the government’s forest and climate plans. In June 2010, the President of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) made a strong statement to the Sixth Participant’s Committee meeting of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) in Georgetown, asking why key land rights issues raised repeatedly by APA have still not been addressed in the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) latest REDD+ readiness proposals.

Les projets forestiers et climatiques du Guyana continuent de soulever la controverse et d’exclure les peuples autochtones

Alors que le Président du Guyana a été nommé « Champion de la terre » par les Nations Unies cette année pour ses efforts en faveur de la mise en œuvre d’un soutien international à la protection des forêts et d’une croissance à faible intensité de carbone, des leaders autochtones et des organisations de la société civile du pays et de l’étranger ne cessent de souligner et de mettre en cause les vives contradictions des projets forestiers et climatiques du gouvernement. n juin 2010, le Président de l’Association des peuples amérindiens (APA) a prononcé une intervention sans appel lors de la Sixième réunion du Comité des participants du Fonds de partenariat pour la réduction des émissions de carbone forestier de la Banque mondiale (FCPF) à Georgetown, qui demandait pourquoi les questions clés relatives aux droits fonciers soulevées à maintes reprises par APA n’avaient pas encore été prises en compte dans les dernières propositions de préparation REDD+ de la Commission forestière du Guyana (GFC).

Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to hear case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

Communiqué de presse : la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme accepte de connaître le litige des Peuples autochtones à Raposa Serra do Sol au Brésil

Après des années d’attente pendant lesquelles ils ont été les victimes de violentes attaques et de la dégradation de leurs terres ancestrales, les peuples autochtones Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang et Wapichana de Raposa Serra do Sol ont reçu une décision favorable de la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme. Lors de sa dernière session fin octobre, la Commission a rendu une décision de recevabilité dans le litige qui les oppose au Gouvernement du Brésil. Par cette décision, la Commission a non seulement indiqué que la façon dont le gouvernement traite les peuples autochtones à Raposa pourrait constituer une violation de leurs droits humains, mais également que la Commission est aujourd’hui prête à débuter le stade ultime de l’examen du litige et à rendre un rapport final.

Malaisie - Radio Free Sarawak commence à émettre

Radio Free Sarawak a commencé à émettre en novembre 2010. La nouvelle station de radio alternative proposera chaque jour deux émissions sur les ondes courtes. Leur public cible est composé des communautés rurales de Sarawak, qui n’ont pas accès aux médias indépendants. Informations relatives aux émissions :

1ère émission : 06h30-07h30 heure locale (GMT +8) sur 7590 kHz (ondes courtes)

2ème émission : 18h00-19h00 heure locale (GMT +8) sur 15680 kHz (ondes courtes)

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.

Le peuple Teribe du Costa Rica revendiquent ses droits dans l’affaire du barrage de Diquís

Le gouvernement du Costa Rica planifie depuis plus de 40 ans la construction de l’un des plus grands barrages hydroélectriques d’Amérique centrale. Le plan a été modifié à plusieurs reprises suite aux vives critiques fondées sur ses potentiels impacts environnementaux et sociaux négatifs, surtout sur les peuples autochtones. En 2008, le gouvernement du Costa Rica a déclaré le barrage de Diquís d’intérêt public et national et a donné son plein accord à sa construction. Le barrage de Diquís tel qu’il est proposé inondera plus de 10% des terres traditionnelles et des terres détenues conformément à des titres de propriété du peuple Teribe et plus de 5% des terres du peuple Cabécar. Le peuple Teribe considère que le barrage de Diquís représente une grave menace à sa survie en tant que peuple, puisque les Teribe ne comptent plus que quelques 750 individus.

Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to Hear Case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil, November 15th, 2010. Rainforest Foundation US and Forest Peoples Programme

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

The Ancestral Forest in Sanjan Land

This article comes from our partners Institut Dayakologi and is taken from an original article by Dominikus Uyub in the Kalimantan Review magazine, in November 2010.

Swimming Against the Current:The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica, Report by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law

Students from the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law traveled to Costa Rica in the spring of 2010 to investigate the proposed creation of the largest hydroelectric project of its kind in Central America and its impact on the indigenous Teribe people. In violation of international human rights law, the Costa Rican government is proceeding without the consultation with and the free, prior and informed consent of the Teribe people who live on the proposed site. The Human Rights Clinic published the following report in English and in Spanish: Swimming Against the Current: The Teribe Peoples and the El Diquis Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica

Brazilian advocates' and indigenous organizations' letter to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) concerning Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project in Brazil

A group of Brazilian advocates and indigenous organizations concerned about the large Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project in Brazil have written to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), urging them to adopt the Brazil - Raposa do Sol case, which is being assisted by Forest Peoples Programme, in this October session of the Commission.

Wayuu women in Colombia ask UN Permanent Forum to act

In July 2010, the Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, an indigenous women’s organisation, created by and composed of members of the Wayuu community in Colombia, presented a report to the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), denouncing the multiple forms of human rights violations that Wayuu women experience due to their gender and because they belong to an indigenous group fighting for the recognition of their land rights in Colombia. 

Les femmes Wayuu de Colombie demandent à l’instance permanente des Nations Unies d’agir

En juillet 2010, Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, une organisation de femmes autochtones, créée et composée de membres de la communauté Wayuu en Colombie, a présenté un rapport à l’Instance permanente des Nations Unies sur les questions autochtones (UNPFII) qui dénonce les multiples formes de violations des droits humains auxquelles les femmes Wayuu font face en raison de leur genre et de leur appartenance à un groupe autochtone qui lutte pour la reconnaissance de ses droits fonciers en Colombie.