New paper by Marcus Colchester: Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable production and conservation on forest peoples’ lands

FPP's founder and Senior Policy Advisor, Marcus Colchester, has published a paper on "Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable commodity production and forest conservation on forest peoples’ lands in Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia and Malaysia." The paper is published by Liverpool University Press.

Palm Oil controversies go global

In April, the European Parliament by a substantial cross-party majority adopted a report highlighting the human rights violations, labour abuses, land grabbing and environmental destruction associated with the production of palm oil. 

Las controversias del aceite de palma se globalizan

En abril el Parlamento Europeo aprobó, por una considerable mayoría de todos los partidos, un informe que pone de relieve las violaciones de los derechos humanos, los abusos laborales, el acaparamiento de tierras y la destrucción del medio ambiente asociados con la producción de aceite de palma.

Les différends sur l’huile de palme s’internationalisent

En avril, le Parlement européen, à une majorité importante tous partis confondus, a adopté un rapport mettant en évidence les violations des droits humains, les violations des droits des travailleurs, l’accaparement des terres et la destruction environnementale associés à la production d’huile de palme.

Llamamientos a una mayor protección de los derechos indígenas en el sector de los agronegocios del sudeste de Asia

“Para los pueblos indígenas el medio ambiente está estrechamente vinculado a todos los aspectos de su vida y su supervivencia, por lo que son los pilares de una gobernanza ambiental sólida”, fueron las palabras de bienvenida de Tan Sri Razali Ismail, de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Malasia (SUHAKUM), a los asistentes a la 6.ª Conferencia del Sudeste Asiático sobre los Derechos Humanos y los Agronegocios.

Appels à une protection accrue des droits autochtones dans le secteur agro-industriel en Asie du Sud-Est

« Pour les peuples autochtones, l’environnement est étroitement lié à chaque aspect de leur vie et de leur survie. Ils sont les piliers de la bonne gouvernance de l’environnement ». C’est avec ces mots que Tan Sri Razali Ismail, de la Commission des droits humains de la Malaisie (SUHAKUM), a salué les participants à la 6e Conférence de l’Asie du Sud-Est sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie.

Baram Dam Declaration

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.

New film denounces forced resettlement of Dayak peoples in Sarawak

Sarawak, Malaysia: A new film from the Borneo project, Broken Promises: Displaced by Dams,  made in conjunction of the indigenous peoples of central Sarawak and many support organisations summarises the threat posed by 17 large dams under development. Featuring interviews with numerous Dayaks and activists, the film describes the impact of previous dams, shows the strong and growing mobilisation in opposition to these impositions and calls for alternative development and energy supply systems.

Yangon Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia: Proceedings

On 4 – 6 November, National Human Rights Commissions and civil society organisations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Lao PDR and Myanmar, congregated in Yangon for the Fourth Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia. This year it was hosted by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, co-organised by Forest Peoples Programme and RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests, and supported by the Rights and Resources Initiative, Ford Foundation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and the UK Department for International Development.

Securing Forests, Securing rights: Report of the International Workshop on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

The global forest crisis is worsening and infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities are rising, according to a detailed assessment of nine country cases. Climate change mitigation and conservation policies must place community land rights and human rights centre-stage if they are to achieve the goal of sustainably reducing deforestation says the report.

Deforestation Drivers and Human Rights in Malaysia

Deforestation and forest degradation in Malaysia is a complex phenomenon with varying causes. So far, however, the focus has been largely on direct causes like industrial logging, large-scale commercial oil palm plantations and agribusiness, road construction and large dams. Far less attention has been paid to the indirect or underlying causes and agents, inter-linking and working to enrich the very few while creating hardships for many people as a result of degraded or diminished resources.