PRESS RELEASE: Call for Action - Indonesian Government must address violation of community's rights

The Indonesian government must address the human rights violations in Long Isun, Indonesia – a global gathering has declared. Delegates from Africa, Asia and Latin America heard first-hand testimonies of the growing harm facing forest communities around the world. From Indonesia, many cases demonstrated that Government plans and policies favoured the interests of large companies to the detriment of unprotected communities. They have called on the Government to protect the rights of the communities.

PRESS RELEASE: Himbauan Aksi: Pemerintah Indonesia harus bertindak atas pelanggaran terhadap hak-hak masyarakat

Pemerintah Indonesia harus bertindak atas pelanggran hak asasi manusia di Long Isun, Mahakam Hulu, Indonesia-Deklarasi dari sebuah pertemuan internasional. 

Delegasi dari Afrika, Asia dan Amerika Latin mendengar langsung kesaksian dari perkembangan yang membahayakan masyarakat kehutanan di seluruh dunia. Dari Indonesia, banyak kasus memperlihatkan bagaimana rencana dan kebijakan pemerintah lebih menguntungkan kepentingan dari perusahaan-perusahaan besar yang dapat mengakibatkan kerugian pada masyarakat yang tidak terlindungi dengan baik.

JUMPA PERS: RSPO memutuskan Wilmar telah melanggar hak-hak masyarakat adat Kapa dari Sumatera Barat

Panel Pengaduan RSPO baru saja mendapatkan temuan, yang mendukung pengaduan terhadap raksasa minyak sawit, Wilmar International, bahwa perusahaan tersebut memang secara tidak sah telah mengambilalih tanah masyarakat adat Kapa tanpa persetujuan masyarakat bersangkutan. Di bulan Oktober 2014, masyarakat Kapa, yang merupakan masyarakat adat dari Sumatera Barat, telah mengajukan pengaduan resmi kepada RSPO yang menyatakan bahwa anak perusahaan Wilmar International, PT PHP1, telah mengambil alih sebagian tanah adat mereka dan membangun perkebunan sawit tanpa persetujuan masyarakat. 

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.

Karen Indigenous People - Request for Consideration of the Situation

An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ

Asserting community land rights using RSPO complaint procedures in Indonesia and Liberia

The complaints procedure of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is one of the options available to communities threatened by the negative impacts of the palm oil industry. Drawing on direct experiences of supporting communities to use the RSPO complaints mechanism in Indonesia and Liberia, this review summarises how communities can get the most out of this procedure. Realistic outcomes include a temporary freeze on plantation development by palm oil companies while longer term solutions are negotiated.

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.

Oil palm land grabs and deforestation in Philippines condemned by human rights groups

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.

AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Public Statement, 23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples inits comments [link to the letter] on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.