On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
1 October 2019 saw a historic moment in Suriname. Two draft laws were submitted to the Minister of Regional Development: a proposal for a Collective Rights Act for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname (including land rights), and a proposal for an amendment of the constitution.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
Acting in response to statements from the Brazilian President, an estimated 20,000 illegal miners are reported to have invaded the lands of the indigenous Yanomami peoples in the Amazon basin.
Just weeks after a grenade was hurled into a community gathering on May 4 2019, Colombia’s Afro-descendant leaders have once again been threatened.
Regional authorities in Ucayali, Peru are to issue an order which will remove protections for over 100,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest, opening it up to settlers and allowing for the invasion of indigenous lands. The affected forests have previously been declared as “Permanent Production Forests” (BPP), meaning they enjoy a high degree of legal protection from deforestation.
Indigenous communities very often face territorial threats which call for an agile response to avoid them escalating. In this second post of a two-part series, Miluska Elguera, who works alongside Kichwa communities in San Martin, Peru, shares how an innovative Early Response Fund mechanism is supporting grassroots responses to territorial conflicts.
An emotive candle light commemoration for all the indigenous leaders and community members killed in the two years since the adoption of the Colombian peace agreement was held in the town square of Riosucio, in Caldas, Colombia on 7 December 2018.
Clear improvements can be seen in the final text, but much still remains to be done before future FLEGT licenced timber can guarantee that indigenous peoples’ rights are fully protected.
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South Rupununi District Council presents the Wapichan Environmental Monitoring Report, which details the work of their Monitoring Programme in relation to the mining at Marudi Mountain; and presents their recommendations and requests.
More than 400 community leaders, women, elders and families of Montes de Maria met the departmental government and state authorities to denounce growing insecurity in their home area, and to call for more progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.
Lawyers representing the community from the Peruvian human rights organisation, the Institute of Legal Defence (IDL), have highlighted 4 groundbreaking aspects of the decision which could lead to major reforms affecting indigenous land rights and forest protection in the Peruvian Amazon.
In the past month, Brazil's first indigenous woman was voted to Congress while the nation’s newly elected President is expected to pursue assimilation policies toward indigenous peoples and seek an end to demarcations of their lands and protections to the environment.
In a high level meeting on 12th September, representatives of the regional government of San Martin agreed to abandon their attempts to suspend the titling of indigenous communities in the vicinity of the Cordillera Escalera Protected area (ACR-CE), a threat made by the government in response to a landmark law suit filed in August 2017.
Breaking news: Historic legal decision for Peru's indigenous peoples as the nation's highest court agrees to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya.
In July 2018, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, Peru, with help from FPP, launched a crowdfunding campaign to support urgently needed solutions in their fight to defend their forests and way of life from destruction by a palm oil company and land-trafficking gangs.
Colombian Afro-descendant activist Clemencia Carabalí Rodellaga has worked tirelessly towards ensuring the rights of her people are respected, and especially the rights of women and girls. And this valuable community work – which spans several municipalities in Northern Cauca – has sparked recent grave threats against her life, and the lives of her children.
The UN’s committee on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN-CERD) has issued its final observations on the performance of the Peruvian government.(1)