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FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

Indigenous organisations petition Peruvian government to protect the rights of isolated peoples before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights

On 1 November 2013 indigenous and civil society organisations from Peru including FENAMAD, AIDESEP, Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), and the National Human Rights Coordinator presented evidence in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission.

The petitioners documented the failure of the Peruvian government to provide effective protection for isolated indigenous peoples in Peru.

Organizaciones indígenas piden ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que el Gobierno peruano proteja los derechos de pueblos en aislamiento voluntario

El 1 de noviembre de 2013 una serie de organizaciones indígenas y de la sociedad civil de Perú, a saber, FENAMAD, AIDESEP y Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), junto con la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos presentaron pruebas en una audiencia ante la Comisión Interamericana.Los peticionarios documentaron que el Gobierno peruano no había proporcionado protección efectiva a pueblos indígenas en aislamiento voluntario en Perú.

Peru: Indigenous and human rights organisations demand that the State guarantee strict protection for indigenous peoples in isolation in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve

In statements published in a Peruvian national newspaper and online, both AIDESEP (the national indigenous Amazonian organisation) and over 50 Peruvian and international civil society organisations, including Forest Peoples Programme, have reiterated their demand that the State establish strict measures for the protection of isolated peoples in Peru.

Peruvian indigenous organisations insist that the World Bank establishes mechanisms to ensure that the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) in Peru respects their rights

On the eve of the Peruvian government's final consultation with indigenous peoples on the draft investment plan of the FIP, indigenous organisations expressed their cautious welcome of the latest version of the plan, which includes key agreements on their customary land rights reached with indigenous peoples. Nevertheless, they expressed their grave concern that last minute adjustments were made to the plan without their agreement.

Peru commits to respecting indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources in its forest and climate plan: but will it keep its promise?

On 2 August 2013 indigenous organisations and representatives of the Peruvian government reached an agreement to modify controversial aspects of the government’s draft Forest Investment Plan (“FIP Plan”), an initiative financed by the World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme (FIP), to address deforestation. The plan was due to be presented to the World Bank’s FIP sub-committee in October 2013 but a draft version was roundly denounced by indigenous organisations in July as it continued to ignore indigenous proposals and violated Peru’s legal obligations to respect indigenous peoples’ rights to land and resources and the World Bank’s own safeguard policies. 

Perú se compromete a respetar los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a la tierra y los recursos en su plan para los bosques y el clima, pero ¿cumplirá su promesa?

El 2 de agosto de 2013 una serie de organizaciones indígenas y representantes del Gobierno de Perú llegaron a un acuerdo para modificar aspectos controvertidos del anteproyecto del Plan de Inversión del Programa de Inversión Forestal (PI-FIP) del Gobierno, una iniciativa financiada por el Programa de Inversión Forestal (FIP) del Banco Mundial para afrontar la deforestación. El plan iba a ser presentado ante el subcomité del FIP del Banco Mundial en octubre de 2013 pero el borrador fue rotundamente denunciado por organizaciones indígenas en julio, ya que seguía ignorando las propuestas indígenas e incumplía las obligaciones legales de Perú de respetar los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a la tierra y los recursos así como las políticas de salvaguardia del propio Banco Mundial. 

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

E-Boletín FPP Octubre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos: 

El principio de que el disfrute de los derechos humanos es a la vez el medio y el objetivo del desarrollo resalta la importancia de la supervisión de los derechos humanos como medio para empoderar a sus titulares  para que los ejerzan, al tiempo que exigen a los Estados y otros agentes que rindan cuentas de sus obligaciones relacionadas con los derechos humanos.  

Peruvian government u-turn paves way for illegal expansion of Camisea gas project

In an embarrassing u-turn the Peruvian Vice Ministry of Culture has withdrawn its formal observations on the proposed expansion of the Camisea gas project within a Reserve for isolated peoples which included the conclusions that the health, traditional economic activities and ways of life of the indigenous peoples in ‘initial contact’ and ‘voluntary isolation’ (‘isolated peoples’) in the region will be severely impacted and two of them, the Nanti and the Kirineri, could be made ‘extinct.’

El País: Perú estudia si permite la explotación gasística en una reserva indígena

Fuente: El País

La reserva indígena Kugapakori, Nahua, Nanti es objeto de debate y de posiciones enfrentadas en Perú. Mientras un par de entidades exigen proteger la vida e integridad de estas poblaciones vulnerables, como establece la ley, otras tres aprueban nuevas actividades de exploración sísmica y perforación de pozos en el Lote 88 del complejo gasífero de Camisea, que abarca un 23% de la reserva.

The Times: Row grows over threat to tribes

Source: The Times

Three ministers in Peru have resigned in protest at plans to drill for oil in a reserve for indigenous tribes, who risk being exposed to diseases that could kill them (James Hider writes).