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Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the project for over five years. Though the findings validate community concerns, the World Bank has not committed to correcting the damage caused by its failures in this project.

Nepali Indigenous groups laud Supreme Court verdict on Constitutional Assembly nominations

Kamal Pariyar

KATHMANDU, May 13: Indigenous communities have lauded the Supreme Court´s (SC) recent order on filling the 26 vacant CA seats with representatives of indigenous communities that have not been represented in the CA. They have expressed hope that the implementation of the decision would make the new Constituent Assembly (CA) to be more inclusive. Of the total CA seats, 575 have already been filled, with only 23 of the total 59 scheduled indigenous communities represented at present.

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) New Publication: HerStory of Empowerment, Leadership and Justice

‘The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and as indigenous peoples.’ Joan Carling, Secretary General, AIPP.

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

Nepal: Identity and equality is all that indigenous women want

Source: MyRepublica

The contours of “New Nepal” we all dream of cannot be shaped without appropriately addressing the concerns being raised by the indigenous women, who comprise half the female population. Traditionally, these women enjoyed greater degree of freedom and socioeconomic status than those from the so-called high caste Hindu groups such as Bahun, Chhetri, and Thakuri, who were restricted by pervasive patriarchy and religious orthodoxy. Unlike these women of the Indo-Aryan origin, the indigenous women were adept in handicrafts and other enterprises and freely participated in socio-cultural events. They faced no restriction during menstruation and were even free to choose their life partner and to remarry if they became single. They were also less affected by the dowry system.

The experience of Asian indigenous peoples with the finance lending policies of international financial institutions: A select overview

Projects and programme interventions of multilateral development banks have a record of systematic and widespread human rights violations for indigenous peoples in Asia. In many countries, indigenous peoples have been subjected to widespread displacement and irreversible loss of traditional livelihoods. Behind these human rights violations is the denial of indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands, territories and resources and to their right to give their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to projects and programme interventions, including those in the name of sustainable development and human development. Among them, the large infrastructure (dams and highway construction) and environmental “conservation” projects have had the most detrimental adverse impacts on indigenous peoples. There are a good number of examples of such projects that have negatively impacted indigenous peoples’ communities in Asian countries, some of which follow below.

Pengalaman masyarakat adat Asia dengan kebijakan pinjaman lembaga-lembaga keuangan internasional: satu tinjauan pilihan

Berbagai proyek dan intervensi program bank-bank pembangunan multilateral memiliki satu jejak pelanggaran hak azasi manusia (HAM) sistematis dan meluas bagi masyarakat adat di Asia. Di banyak negara, masyarakat adat telah menjadi sasaran penggusuran dan kehilangan sumber penghidupan tradisional mereka. Pemicu berbagai pelanggaran HAM tersebut adalah pengabaian hak-hak masyarakat adat atas tanah, wilayah dan sumber daya mereka serta hak untuk memberikan keputusan bebas, didahulukan dan diinformasikan (KBDD/FPIC) atas berbagai proyek dan intervensi program, termasuk proyek-proyek atas-nama pembangunan berkelanjutan dan pembangunan manusia. Diantara hal-hal tersebut adalah, proyek infrastruktur raksasa (konstruksi bendungan dan jalan raya) dan proyek-proyek “konservasi” lingkungan yang telah berdampak paling buruk pada masyarakat adat. Ada banyak contoh proyek-proyek semacam ini yang mengorbankan masyarakat adat di negara-negara Asia. 

FPP E-Newsletter Special Edition on Safeguards, April 2013 (PDF Version)

As multiple international agencies adopt and update their social and environmental policies, this special edition Forest Peoples Programme E-Newsletter reviews experiences of communities and civil society with the safeguard policies of various international financial institutions. 

Recent reports and submissions

1. Destruction at Dawn: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Nepal

An in-depth report into the development of the Arun III hydropower project and the challenges it, and projects like it, pose to the Nepali government commitments to protect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples (LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN and FPP). 

Laporan dan masukan terbaru

1. Kehancuran di Pagi Buta: Hak-Hak Masyarakat Adat di Republik Nepal (Destruction at Dawn: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Nepal)

Sebuah laporan mendalam terkait  pembangunan proyek pembangkit listrik tenaga air Arun III dan tantangan-tantangannya, serta proyek lain yang serupa, mempertanyakan komitmen pemerintah Nepal untuk melindungi hak-hak dan kepentingan-kepentingan masyarakat adat (LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN dan FPP). 

FPP E-Newsletter December 2012 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.