Paris, 26 November 2015 – The Wapichan people in Guyana, South America, have received the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in recognition of their prolonged efforts to legally secure their ancestral lands and conserve extensive rainforests and diverse wildlife habitats in the South Rupununi.
Paris, 26 de noviembre de 2015 – El pueblo Wapichan de Guyana, América del Sur, ha recibido el prestigioso Premio Ecuatorial del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en reconocimiento a sus esfuerzos prolongados para asegurar legalmente sus tierras ancestrales y conservar las extensas selvas tropicales y los diversos hábitats de vida silvestre en el Sur del Rupununi.
Paris, le 26 novembre 2015 – Le peuple wapichan au Guyana, Amérique du Sud, a reçu le prestigieux Prix Équateur du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) en reconnaissance de leur prolongés efforts pour sécuriser légalement leurs terres ancestrales et conserver les vastes forêts tropicales et les habitats fauniques dans le sud du Rupununi.
In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.
“The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]
London, 18 November 2015: Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm.
In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar received the following handwritten and explicit notes in quick succession:
Washington Bolívar, un activista indígena en el Perú ha recibido una nueva amenaza siniestra de muerte como consecuencia inmediata de sus esfuerzos para desafiar la destrucción de la selva amazónica para la extracción de madera y la conversión a la palma de aceite.
En el transcurso del mes pasado el Sr. Bolívar, defensor de los derechos humanos, recibió en sucesión varias notas explícitas escritas a mano:
"WASHINGTON… TE VAMOS A MATAR SI NOS SIGUES JODIENDO. LAS TIERRAS NO SON TUYAS. TU Y TU FAMILIA NO VIVIRAN. DEJANOS TRABAJAR SI NO QUIEREN MORIR TODOS…”
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The report, Mining, the Aluminium Industry and Indigenous Peoples: Enhancing Corporate Respect for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, provides a global overview of the challenges facing indigenous peoples, and presents five case studies from Australia, Cambodia, Guinea, India and Suriname. The case studies reveal that indigenous communities are affected by primary production activities, such as mining and associated infrastructure (Australia, India, Guine
Cameroonian authorities must stop the repression of environmental human rights defender according to an international coalition of six environmental and human rights organizations, which includes Greenpeace Africa, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), GRAIN, Fern, Oakland Institute and SAVE.
Two new reports launched today by the Paraguayan Federation of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) call for greater recognition of land rights and legislative reforms to secure community collective rights to land, tackle deforestation, curb land use emissions and harmonise national laws with international obligations to uphold human rights.
Asunción, noviembre 12, 2015: dos nuevos informes lanzados hoy por la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) exigen un mayor reconocimiento de los derechos a la tierra y reformas jurídicas para garantizar los derechos colectivos de las comunidades a la tierra, hacer frente a la deforestación, reducir las emisiones provenientes del uso del suelo y armonizar las leyes nacionales con las obligaciones internacionales para defender los derechos humanos [disponible únicamente en español].
Los informes pueden ser descargados aquí:
Puerto Princesa: 11th November 2015 - A recent fact-finding mission by regional human rights groups in the south-western island of Palawan, the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, has revealed a pattern of land grabs and forest destruction by palm oil companies, partly owned by Malaysian and Singaporean investors.
NGO letter to Calleja Crespo the newly appointed EU Director for the Environment. The letter highlights the most important forest-related items that should be addressed in DG Environment’s work plan for the coming months and years.
Participants at the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers, WISER Baram 2015, hosted by the grassroots network SAVE Rivers collectively produced a declaration that acknowledges the widespread suffering and destruction caused by dams, and stresses the importance of obtaining Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities impacted by dam building.
A regional network of Asian human rights commissions and supportive NGOs has issued a strong statement supporting calls for a moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Philippines southern island of Palawan. The call came at the conclusion of a week of fact-finding trips and discussions of the 5th South East Asian Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness which was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the Coalition on Land Grabbing of the Philippines supported by the Forest Peoples Programme.
Indigenous Peoples' organisations raise concerns regarding the use of the terms “country ownership” and “multi-stakeholder engagement" ahead of Green Climate Fund meetings in Zambia, 2015. The letter is significant as it is the first official and widely supported position on the GCF expressed by Indigenous Peoples.
Read the full letter here
London, 2nd November 2015: Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, a leader of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon has travelled to a global forum in London on business, deforestation and human rights to highlight the destruction of his people’s traditional lands by an international agribusiness group and member of the RSPO (Round Table for Sustainable Palm oil), a global body that certifies that the production and trade of palm oil is sustainable and respects human rights.
[Londres, 2 de noviembre de 2015]: Robert Guimaraes Vásquez, un líder del pueblo indígena Shipibo-Konibo de la Amazonía peruana, ha viajado para participar en un foro mundial en Londres para tratar asuntos de negocios, deforestación y derechos humanos.
The Board of the Green Climate Fund must reject the applications for accreditation of both HSBC and Crédit Agricole. Their accreditation would pose serious reputational and moral risk to the GCF via the banks’
The failure to resolve the underlying land tenure problems of indigenous peoples is one of the main factors behind the increasing deforestation in Peru as reported in a national deforestation study produced by FPP and AIDESEP and launched at the UN Climate talks held in Peru in 2014. Peru hands over the Presidency of the climate change talks to France in Paris this year and since 2010 has made ambitious pledges to resolve indigenous peoples’ landrights struggles as part of its commitments to protect forests and mitigate climate change in which it has pledged to reduce net deforestatio