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Thailand: Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress

Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.

Call to India's government to protect rights of indigenous forest communities

Decisions are due to be made about the controversial Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill 2015 in India.

The Bill would create a Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF), which means centre and state authorities - with little indigenous representation - would decide how to spend most of the compensatory funds rather than sharing them with forest-dependent communities.

Behind the Veil: Transparency, Access to Information and Community Rights in Cameroon's Forestry Sector

In 2010, Cameroon and the European Union signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber and derived products. One apparently positive element highlighted by the European Union and civil society organisations has been the inclusion of a 'transparency annex' in the document, which aimed to "make information available for public scrutiny to improve transparency and accountability".

Derrière la voile: transparence, l'accès à l'information et droits communautaires dans le secteur forestier au Cameroon

En 2010, le Cameroun et l’Union européenne ont signé un Accord de partenariat volontaire (APV) sur l’application des réglementations forestières, la gouvernance et les échanges commerciaux des bois et produits dérivés. Un élément en apparence positif mis en évidence par l'Union européenne et les organisations de la société civile a été l'inclusion d’une « annexe sur la transparence » dans le document, qui avait pour but de « mettre les informations à la disposition du public afin d'améliorer la transparence et l'obligation de rendre compte».

Press Release: Amerindian Peoples Association calls for Government of Guyana to secure full extent of traditional lands

GEORGETOWN, May 13, 2016: The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) held its 9th General Assembly on 10-12 May 2016 in the village of Pakuri, Region 4. The main issues discussed during the assembly included land rights, climate change, and the various social and environmental issues affecting indigenous communities throughout the country. The assembly also highlighted the proactive measures communities are engaged in to build a stronger, greener, and more just Guyana.