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Press Statement: Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources on the ropes

Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five (5) new complaints against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), after its failure to comply with RSPO standards. The NGOs have called for the conglomerate's certificates to be suspended, for GAR to be suspended from the RSPO Board of Governors and sanctioned for repeated non-compliance, and for the Complaints Panel to investigate GAR’s exceeding the land ceiling and hiding its ownership of majority-owned subsidiaries.

A Call for Solidarity and Support from the Peruvian Amazon

In mid-July, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, with help from FPP,  launched a crowdfunder 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.

Indigenous peoples in Uganda release landmark document outlining their rights

At the end of three intense days of discussion, exchange and drafting, representatives from the Ik, Tepeth, Batwa, Benet and Ngikarimajong have released the Kisoro Memorandum, a definitive statement of their rights and expectations for support from their government and from other actors, including the UN system.

Where next for the Sengwer and the EU WaTER Project?

The violence the Sengwer have been experiencing at the hands of KFS has continued, but a series of subsequent events and reports have emphasised that a radical restructuring of the EU funded WaTER projects is required before it can be resumed. 

Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders demand urgent EU action on deforestation

After taking part in meetings with the Amsterdam Declarations Partnership and DG Trade to present rights-based solutions for achieving deforestation-free trade, the 'Closing the Gap' delegation are travelling to Brussels to deliver a petition signed by 160,000 people urging EC President Jean-Claude Juncker to uphold the European Union’s international commitment to halt deforestation by 2020 by supporting an EU Action Plan to protect forests and respect forest peoples’ rights.

Supply Chain Solutions for People and Forests

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.

The threat of criminalisation

2017 saw the highest-ever number of murders of human rights defenders. Following the death of Berta Caceres in March 2016,[1] there has been heightened awareness of the plight of human rights defenders.