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.

Sustainable development or business as usual? A critical evaluation of the IFC-funded Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Station Project in Chhattisgarh, India

An analysis of the social impacts and community engagement process for an IFC-supported project in Chhattisgarh, India. It also provides an assessment of the application of IFC Performance Standard 7 (Indigenous Peoples) and related IFC standards and due diligence requirements, in the light of the project's significant adverse impacts on affected communities. It is based on a detailed reading of project documents, interviews and correspondence with relevant officials, and five days offieldwork conducted in the affected communities in March 2008.

Further Follow-up report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Follow-up report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) regarding grave and persistent violations of indigenous peoples' rights in North East IndiaSubmitted to the 73rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 28 July - 15 August 2008         

(Also see original submission to CERD, CERD's Concluding Observations of March 2007, and Follow-up report, January 2008)

Killing of tribal youth at the hands of the Forest Department in Buxa Tiger Reserve, North Bengal, condemned by NFFPFW

A group of four youths from North Poro forest village in Buxa Tiger Reserve near Alipurduar, North Bengal went in the morning today, 8 February 2008, to the forest to collect fuelwood. While they were coming back, they met the routine Patrol Unit of the Forest Department (FD). The FD Patrolling unit stopped them to question about the fuelwood they were carrying. It was just when the boys, aged between 20-25 years of age, were telling them, one of the Patrol unit members of FD shot one of the boys - aiming straight at the head of the boy from a very close range.

Conference demands that Indian government passes Forest Bill - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) commenced here with hundreds of delegates deliberating on diverse issues ranging from community control of forests, environmental politics and livelihood, privatisation of forests - role of International Financial Institutions and future of forest communities, and challenges before the youth.

Community leaders to take charge of forest governance - Ranchi, India

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers concluded with a unanimous resolution to bring community leaders from various forest movements into the forefront of the national struggle for achieving community control over forests. NFFPFW sees this as an historic juncture for the forest movement in the country and recognized the importance of bringing women and youth into the decision making process.

United Naga Council says "No" to Tiapimukh Dam: The Free Press

(NNN): Even as the pros and cons parties of the construction of the controversial Tipaimukh Dam are being debated on the media platform off and on, the United Naga Council (UNC) has, once and for all, resolved never to allow the construction of the dam at any cost.

This firm decision of the Naga organisation was taken in the October 20 special session of the UNC at Tahamzam (Senapati).