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Chico Vive! Conference eBook

The Cambridge Institutes Press (CIP) is pleased to release the eBook Chico Vive!.  It is available for download in PDF form, free of charge.  Please click on this link CHICO VIVE! to obtain your complimentary copy.

Press Release: Murder in the Peruvian rainforest

Upper Amazon Conservancy / ProPurúsFour indigenous Ashéninka leaders were found dead in the Peruvian Amazon due to their efforts to obtain legal title to their native community of Alto Tamaya Saweto and prevent continued illegal logging in their lands.

The lack of an effective safeguards policy at the Brazilian Development Bank

Despite the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) being a signatory of the Green Protocol, which ties favourable lending rates and terms to the adoption of social and environmental standards, and the Banks initiative to develop a specific policy for the cattle sector, the Banks environmental policy is still very vague and lacks transparency and concrete criteria.

Brazilian indigenous peoples and civil society challenge government backsliding on environment and development

Brazil has made significant gradual steps to combat deforestation since the first Earth summit in 1992. Increasing recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights in Amazonia, improved law enforcement and changes in rural credit subsidies (alongside external factors like changing commodity prices) have all helped slow annual Brazilian deforestation by 70% when compared to its peak in the 1990s (though in 2011 the country suffered a 127% rise in deforestation compared to 2010).

Cordaid partners' new publication - Biofuel Partnerships: from battleground to common ground? The effects of biofuel programs on smallholders' use of land and rights to land in four countries

This report includes a foreword by Marcus Colchester, Forest Peoples Programme, and focuses on the local experiences of smallholders, in different areas in four countries, related to the introduction of energy crop production and its effects on their land rights and land use. Click here to read the full report.

Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to hear case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to Hear Case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil, November 15th, 2010. Rainforest Foundation US and Forest Peoples Programme

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

Brazilian advocates' and indigenous organizations' letter to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) concerning Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project in Brazil

A group of Brazilian advocates and indigenous organizations concerned about the large Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project in Brazil have written to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), urging them to adopt the Brazil - Raposa do Sol case, which is being assisted by Forest Peoples Programme, in this October session of the Commission.

Indigenous lands of Raposa Serra do Sol in Brazil: continued need for urgent action

The Conselho Indígena de Roraima, Rainforest Foundation US and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) submitted an update to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in January 2010, following their request for urgent action of July 2009. The update reports that indigenous peoples' rights in Brazil are being seriously threatened and that the Brazilian government has still failed to provide a full account of the status of the violent attacks against the indigenous peoples of Raposa, as requested by CERD.

Read submission update to CERD

Read all documents related to Raposa Serra do Sol

Brazil - Further update to CERD regarding the continued need for urgent action with relation to the indigenous lands of Raposa Serra do Sol

Further to the submission of July 2009, (see related documents) this update reports that indigenous peoples' rights in Brazil are being seriously threatened. In addition, the Brazilian government has still failed to provide the full accounting of the status of the violent attacks against the indigenous peoples of Raposa, as requested by CERD.Submission by Conselho Indígena de Roraima, Rainforest Foundation US, and Forest Peoples Programme

Brazil - Update to CERD regarding the situation of indigenous peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol

Report summarizes events that have taken place since February 2009, including an important Supreme Court decision which had the immediate effect of allowing for the removal of the remaining non-indigenous occupants from RSS, but which may have negative impacts on indigenous peoples in Brazil as a whole in the long run.Submission by Conselho Indígena de Roraima, Rainforest Foundation US, and Forest Peoples Programme

Supreme Court upholds Raposa Serra do Sol as indigenous area

After nearly three-and-a-half decades of waiting for recognition of their land rights, on 19 March the Supreme Court of Brazil finally affirmed the constitutionality of the Raposa Serra do Sol lands, demarcated ten years ago by the State, and has ordered the Government of Brazil to resume its removal of all non-indigenous settlers.

 

See link to letter by the Conselho Indígena de Roraima (available in Portuguese only)