A new report by the Forest Peoples Programme launched today demands greater accountability from HSBC, the biggest bank funding the palm oil sector in South East Asia. The fast-expanding palm oil sector is known to be a major driver of deforestation and the take-over of indigenous peoples' lands without their consent. Conflicts between indigenous peoples and palm oil companies are widespread in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Ever since the much-awaited implementation of the historic Forest Rights Act 2006 (FRA) had started in North Bengal, the State Government did everything possible to slaughter it. Grossly illegal orders were issued from the Writers Buildings, and the Government Officers in charge of the process have succeeded to make a mockery of the provisions of the Law.
Commissioner Soyata Maiga, Special Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa, heard directly from indigenous women about the difficulties that they and their communities face, at a special event held at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
La Commissaire Soyata Maiga, Rapporteuse spéciale sur les droits des femmes en Afrique, a entendu directement des femmes autochtones les difficultés auxquelles celles-ci et leurs communautés doivent faire face, lors d'un événement spécial organisé à la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples.
The opening ceremony of the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights took place yesterday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Attending the ceremony were 10 indigenous and civil society delegates from Central Africa, supported by Forest Peoples Programme. The delegates are taking the opportunity of the Session to directly inform the Commission of the issues facing indigenous peoples in their home countries.
Nadine Mballa, CED, Cameroon
Why have you decided to attend the African Commission? I came here because FPP gave me the opportunity. I am working on the indigenous issue and the African Commission allows NGO representatives to speak on human rights issues. I am here to try to bring awareness of violations of indigenous peoples' rights in my country.
Nadine Mballa, CED, Cameroun
Nadine Mballa, CED, Cameroun
(Avec autorisation de la Commission d'intervenir sous l'ombrelle de Forest Peoples Programme - ONG partenaire avec le statut d'observateur)
Madame la Présidente, Honorables Commissaires, mesdames et messieurs.
Report by the Government of Uganda to the African Comission on Human and Peoples' rights presented at the 44th ordinary session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, November 10th - 24th 2008
Presented at the 44th Ordinary Session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria 10-24 November 2008. Read the report in English here.
Forest peoples and indigenous women speak out at the 44th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights - Nigeria
Des peuples des forêts et des femmes autochtones prennent la parole à la 44ème Session ordinaire de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples - Nigéria
The fast-expanding palm oil sector is known to be a major driver of deforestation and of the take-over of indigenous peoples' lands without their consent. This report calls on HSBC to put pressure on the 17 major palm oil corporate groups that are among its clients in order to end violations of forest peoples' rights.