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Alternative Report to the 11th 12th 13th Periodic Reports of the DRC

In accordance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, States Parties to the Charter are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken, with a view to giving effect to the rights and freedoms recognised and guaranteed by the Charter.

Securing Tenure Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in DRC: Prospects and Challenges of the Recently Signed Community Forestry Decree (CFD)

There have been some significant gains in recent months in the journey towards securing community forest rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On 2nd August 2014, the long-awaited community forestry decree (CFD) was finally signed by the Congolese Prime Minister. This was seen as a notable improvement to the land tenure and forest governance regime in the DRC. Civil society organisations, and indigenous and local communities had been waiting for the decree with high hopes since the Forest Code was adopted in 2002, paving the way for a new forest governance framework.*

Mengamankan hak tenurial bagi masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK): Prospek dan tantangan dari surat keputusan hutan kemasyarakatan yang baru-baru ini diterbitkan

Ada beberapa hasil yang signifikan dalam beberapa bulan terakhir dalam perjalanan mengamankan hak masyarakat atas hutan di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK). Pada tanggal 2 Agustus 2014, surat keputusan hutan kemasyarakatan (Community Forestry Decree) yang telah lama ditunggu-tunggu akhirnya ditandatangani oleh Perdana Menteri Kongo. Hal ini dipandang sebagai peningkatan yang sangat penting bagi penguasaan lahan dan rezim tata kelola kehutanan di RDK. Organisasi masyarakat sipil, dan masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal telah menanti-nanti keputusan ini dengan harapan besar sejak Hukum Kehutanan diadopsi pada tahun 2002, yang membuka jalan bagi kerangka tata kelola hutan yang baru.*

FPP E-Newsletter July 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Juli 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman terhormat,

Saling mengakui, saling menghormati dan saling menguntungkan adalah atribut-atribut yang diinginkan dari semua hubungan manusia. Masyarakat adat dan masyarakat-masyarakat hutan lainnya juga mengharapkan hal-hal ini dalam hubungan mereka dengan orang lain – apakah dengan pemerintah, perusahaan swasta, NGO atau organisasi masyarakat adat dan komunitas lainnya. Edisi Lembar Berita Elektronik Forest Peoples Programme kali ini melaporkan keadaan hubungan-hubungan antara masyarakat hutan dengan berbagai lembaga – seraya hubungan-hubungan ini dibina, diuji atau pecah – dalam perjalanan penegasan untuk menegakkan hak asasi manusia, keadilan sosial dan solidaritas.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC

Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). States are required to submit reports to the Committee every four years, describing legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention). The DRC’s report will be examined by the Committee on 11 July 2013 in the presence of a delegation of Congolese government representatives. The proceedings can be watched live online at: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan harus menaruh perhatian khusus pada situasi perempuan adat yang rentan di Republik Demokratik Kongo

Lima belas organisasi yang bekerja bersama perempuan adat, termasuk Forest Peoples Programme, bergabung untuk menegaskan ketidakadilan dan berbagai bentuk diskriminasi yang diderita perempuan adat di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK) kepada Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Komite). Negara-negara diminta untuk menyampaikan laporan empat tahunan kepada Komite untuk menjelaskan langkah-langkah legislatif, judikatif dan administratif serta langkah-langkah lainnya yang telah mereka adopsi untuk melaksanakan ketentuan-ketentuan Konvensi Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Konvensi),.Komite akan mempelajari laporan RDK tanggal 11 Juli 2013 di hadapan delegasi perwakilan pemerintah Kongo.

‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ Posters

As part of its project on ‘REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of Forest Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’ Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and partners in the DRC: Actions pour les Droits, l’Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), le Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), le Cercle pour la Défense de l’Environnement (CEDEN) and le Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Écosystèmes Forestiers (Réseau CREF) have developed a set of posters on the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). By combining pictures and short pieces of text, the posters depict the stages of a process that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to free, prior and informed consent with regard to projects likely to affect their lands, territories and natural resources.

Poster ‘Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan”

Sebagai bagian dari proyek ‘Pembiayaan REDD, Hak Asasi Manusia dan Pembangunan Ekonomi untuk Pengentasan Kemiskinan Masyarakat Hutan Berkelanjutan di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK)’, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) dan para mitra di RDK, yaitu Actions pour les Droits, l ‘Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), le Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), le Cercle pour la Défense de l’Environnement (CEDEN) dan le Réseau pour la Konservasi et la rehabilitasi des Écosystèmes Forestiers (Réseau CREF) telah mengembangkan satu set poster tentang hak atas keputusan bebas, didahulukan dan diinformasikan (KBDD/FPIC). Dengan menggabungkan gambar-gambar dan potongan-potongan pendek teks, poster-poster tersebut menggambarkan tahapan proses yang menghormati hak-hak masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal atas keputusan bebas, didahulukan dan diinformasikan berkaitan dengan proyek-proyek yang mungkin mempengaruhi tanah, wilayah dan sumber daya alam mereka.

The Status of the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The considerable threats faced by the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to draw global attention because of the crucial role these large forests play in regulating the global climate. Estimates indicate that the forests of the Congo Basin as a whole capture and store about 10 to 30 billion tons of carbon, an increasingly significant ecosystem service in light of concerns about climate change. In recent years, projects aimed at the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have been developed to provide financial incentives based on performance to the owners of large areas of forests in order to reduce the loss of forests and promote the improvement of carbon stocks through conservation and tree planting.

Status proses REDD+ di Republik Demokratik Kongo

Ancaman besar yang dihadapi oleh hutan Republik Demokratik Kongo terus menarik perhatian global karena peran penting hutan yang luas dalam mengatur iklim global. Perkiraan menunjukkan bahwa hutan-hutan di Daerah Aliran Sungai Kongo secara keseluruhan menyerap dan menyimpan sekitar 10 sampai 30 miliar ton karbon, sebuah jasa ekosistem yang semakin penting mengingat kekhawatiran tentang perubahan iklim. Dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, proyek yang bertujuan untuk mengurangi emisi dari deforestasi dan degradasi hutan (REDD+) telah dikembangkan untuk memberikan insentif keuangan berdasarkan kinerja kepada pemilik kawasan hutan yang luas, untuk mengurangi hilangnya hutan dan mempromosikan peningkatan stok karbon melalui konservasi dan penanaman pohon.

Protection of the right to land, territory and natural resources in regional and international law in Africa: A Toolkit for NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This toolkit provides information on the protection of the right to land, territories and natural resources in international and regional law in Africa. Its aim is to provide NGOs with concise and accessible information about the legal framework that exists for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in DRC with regard to their lands, territories and natural resources. It also provides useful information on the international and regional mechanisms which NGOs, and the indigenous peoples and local communities they work with, can use in order to claim their rights and advocate for the DRC government to respect its legal obligations at the international and regional level. 

Perlindungan hak atas tanah, wilayah dan sumber daya alam dalam hukum regional dan internasional di Afrika: Serangkaian Alat (toolkit) bagi LSM di Republik Demokratik Kongo

Serangkaian alat (toolkit) ini menyediakan informasi tentang perlindungan hak atas tanah, wilayah dan sumber daya alam dalam hukum regional dan internasional di Afrika. Tujuannya adalah untuk memberikan informasi yang ringkas dan dapat diakses kepada LSM tentang kerangka hukum yang ada bagi hak-hak masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal di RDK terkait tanah, wilayah dan sumber daya alam mereka. Toolkit ini juga menyediakan informasi berguna tentang mekanisme regional dan internasional yang dapat digunakan LSM, serta masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal yang bekerja bersama mereka, untuk mengklaim hak-hak mereka dan mendorong pemerintah RDK untuk menghormati kewajiban hukumnya di tingkat regional dan internasional.   

Democratic Republic of Congo: Legal workshops in Bukavu, Boma, and Kinshasa, on the better protection of forest communities’ rights

In July and August 2012, three civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie (ADEV), the Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV), and Cercle pour la défense de l'environnement (CEDEN) - organised a series of legal workshops in collaboration with the Forest Peoples Programme and with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The workshops sought to reinforce the legal capacity of these organisations and to promote a better understanding of indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights to land and natural resources and of the mechanisms to advocate for and defend the rights of communities in the REDD+ process in the DRC.