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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.

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.

Sold Down the River. The need to control transnational forestry corporations: a European case study.

BOOK AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM FPP OFFICE: info@forestpeoples.org

The EU's role in forest resource management is examined in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Profiles of 16 European-owned companies illustrate their impacts on the local populations, the environment and the economy.

73 pages   Paperback   Published by Forests Monitor

The Bitter Fruit of Oil Palm: Dispossession and Deforestation

BOOK AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM FPP OFFICE: info@forestpeoples.org

Soap, lipsticks, chocolate or perfumes are products not usually associated with deforestation and human rights abuses in the tropics. However, as one of their components is palm oil, these abuses can easily occur. WRM has brought together research and local struggles in a book designed as a tool for action, and including three representative cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Ogiek Chronology 1991-2001

1991- 94

  • The Ogiek ancestral lands were opened up for settlement besides the opening of closed schools and gazetting of locations and wards.
  • Exodus of the new settlers to the Ogiek ancestral lands.

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