Today, on the 70th Anniversary of the International Declaration on Human Rights, the Gbabandi platform has launched their report on citizenship of indigenous forest peoples in Cameroon.
A member of one of Cameroon’s Baka Communities in the Ngoyla Mintom area, talks about being driven out of his ancestral forests, and the issues his people face on a daily basis through lack of land rights and lack of access to food, medicine and education.
United under the banner of the Gbabandi platform, more than 32 Baka and Bagyeli indigenous peoples from Cameroon met to validate data on indigenous peoples’ experiences of the protection of their rights.
Bersatu di bawah bendera platform Gbabandi, lebih dari 32 masyarakat adat Baka dan Bagyeli dari Kamerun bertemu untuk memvalidasi data pengalaman masyarakat adat tentang perlindungan hak-hak mereka.
Delegates from the 'Closing the Gap' forum on human rights, deforestation and supply chains are visiting Paris to call on governments and companies to put in place strong rights protections for communities and their forests, and share a set of technical recommendation they have developed for achieving this.
Over half of global tropical deforestation is caused by four commodities: soy, palm oil, beef, and pulp & paper, resulting in 15% of total global greenhouse gas emissions – more than all the cars, trucks and buses in the world combined.
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A delegation of 14 indigenous leaders and human rights defenders from Africa, Asia, and South America have written a statement to the EU, after a 3-day forum on local solutions for closing the gap between policy and practice in the global agro-commodity trade.
Alternative report submitted by Association Okani and FPP to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), 3-16 April 2018, to assist with the preparation of the list issues to consider in the forthcoming examination of the State Report of the Republic of Cameroon.
Laporan alternatif disampaikan oleh Asosiasi Okani dan FPP kepada Kelompok Kerja Pra-Pertemuan Komite Hak-Hak Ekonomi, Sosial dan Budaya (CESCR), 3-16 April 2018, untuk membantu persiapan daftar masalah-masalah yang perlu dipertimbangkan dalam pemeriksaan Laporan Negara Republik Kamerun mendatang.
Arman Melinga was born in the nearby village of Bosquet but moved to Assoumindelé to live with his wife’s family. He says the Baka of Assoumindelé were not properly told about the community forest, and what it would mean. He explains how they feel cheated.
Arman Melinga lahir di desa Bosquet namun pindah ke Assoumindelé untuk tinggal bersama keluarga istrinya. Dia mengatakan bahwa masyarakat Baka dari Assoumindelé tidak diberitahu dengan benar tentang hutan masyarakat, dan apa maksudnya. Dia menjelaskan bagaimana mereka merasa tertipu.
Women from a village in south east Cameroon say they won’t be able to access a parcel of land that has been allocated to their community as part compensation for land lost to a national reserve.
Perempuan dari sebuah desa di Kamerun tenggara mengatakan bahwa sulit bagi mereka mengakses sebidang tanah yang telah dialokasikan bagi komunitas mereka sebagai bagian dari kompensasi atas tanah yang diambil untuk dijadikan sebuah cagar alam nasional.
Suzanne Ndjele, a Baka from the village of Assoumindelé, in south Cameroon, is one of many Baka who feels life has changed since they were stopped from entering the forest they had considered their land since birth.
Suzanne Ndjele, seorang warga Baka dari Desa Assoumindelé, di Kamerun selatan, adalah salah satu dari banyak masyarakat Baka yang merasa hidupnya berubah sejak mereka dilarang memasuki hutan yang mereka anggap tanah mereka sejak lahir.
Michel Mbengo moved to Assoumindelé 2 in 2011 through marriage. He says that the small parcel of land they have been given as a community forest is for selling timber, but they would like to be able to do more. He explains.