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.
Opportunity to interview a delegation of indigenous and community leaders
Brussels February 20th ; London February 22nd
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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.
A Report on the Situation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname and Comments on Suriname’s 13th ‐ 15th Periodic Reports (CERD/C/SUR/13‐15)
This request is submitted by the Association of Saramaka Authorities, an association representing the traditional authorities of the Saramaka people, and the Forest Peoples Programme.
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their recent COP17 did not support performance indicators for reporting on the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights in REDD+. However, they did recognise that REDD+ benefits have to go beyond carbon to include biodiversity conservation and support for local livelihoods.
Forest Peoples Programme, with a delegation of indigenous peoples from Guyana, Kenya, Cameroon, Suriname and Peru, attended preparatory negotiations and the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in late November/early December 2011. The main purpose of FPP’s attendance was to support the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and closely follow negotiations on REDD+ safeguards and finance.
Association of Saramaka Authorites and FPP request to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) under the Urgent Action and Early Warning procedures made in relation to Suriname's failure to implement the Saramaka People v. Suriname judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).
On 23 November 2011, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights adopted
compliance orders in the Saramaka People v. Suriname case. The Court finds that Suriname has failed to comply with the most important of its orders made in the 2007 judgment; holds that Suriname is in some respects "in direct contravention of the Court's decision and, accordingly, of the State's international treaty obligations;" and decides to convene a hearing on the case during 2012. Click here to read the IACHR Order
In October 2011, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) conducted a survey of our local partners asking them to pinpoint key experiences and emerging lessons learned in relation to REDD+ and rights issues over the last three years. Partners who contributed include the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and Association Okani (Cameroon), CEDEN (DRC), Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Knowledge (Panama), Amerindian Peoples Association (Guyana), Association of Village Leaders in Suriname, Association of Saamaka Authorities (Suriname), AIDESEP (Peru), Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples (Paraguay) and Scale-up, Pusaka and FPP field staff (Indonesia). Observations and lessons are also drawn from workshops with local partners, field studies and issues stemming from indigenous peoples’ representatives in dialogues with national and international REDD+ policy-makers. Key observations and lessons are summarised below.
Report of the Victims' Representatives to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Saramaka People on Monitoring Implementation of the Judgment of 27 Nov 2007
At a ceremony in San Francisco this award was made to the leaders of the Saramaka Maroon community for their work on the 2007 Saramaka People v. Suriname case decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This case ultimately led to a landmark ruling for indigenous and tribal peoples throughout the Americas to control resource exploitation in their territories.
Given that indigenous peoples are the traditional owners of a large percentage of the world's remaining forests, this article raises the issue of the extent to which the various proposals for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) or Avoided Deforestation (AD) must account for and respect indigenous peoples' rights.
This report details systematic and long-standing practices of racial discrimination against indigenous and tribal peoples by Suriname.Submitted by the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders, the Association of Saramaka Authorities, and the Forest Peoples Programme
Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Suriname's request for interpetation in the Case of Saramaka People v. Suriname
Response of the Saramaka to Suriname's request for an interpretation of the Court's November 2007 judgment
Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Case of the Saramaka People v. Suriname
Affidavits submitted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the victims' representatives:
- Silvi Adjako