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This week, Pope Francis will meet with indigenous peoples in Peru and Chile contending with poverty, conflict, discrimination, and environmental destruction.
On the eve of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) annual meeting the Shipibo Konibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya and its representative organisation FECONAU has condemned the failure of the organisation’s complaints mechanism to secure justice for their community.
As the world marks 10 years since the formal adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the General Assembly, Forest Peoples Programme celebrates and supports the many gains made for indigenous peoples in legal advancements, key legal cases fought and won, increasing global respect, recognition and increasing, strong solidarity and collaborative work across the globe.
The Forest Peoples Programme has compiled and submitted detailed comments on the draft Indigenous Peoples Policy being developed by the Green Climate Fund.
The Ogiek of Kenya have won a landmark land rights case at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Nonuya, Uitoto, Muinane and Andoque peoples of the Colombian Amazon, who self-identify as the ‘People of the Centre’, are calling for more information and substantive changes in the design of the Indigenous Peoples component of the Vision Amazonia forest and climate programme funded by the UK, Germany and Norway, including clear mechanisms to uphold land and territorial rights.
Indonesia: Following a detailed joint submission by FPP, Pusaka, Greenpeace and EIA last month, the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued a Stop Work Order to Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd.
“We must restore the forests and protect the water basins so that the spirit of the water is back with us. Only in this way will the songs of the birds and the sound of the wind through the branches of the trees return to serenade the dawn, and from the lagoons will our spirits emerge to help our doctors heal the earth.”
Hector Jaime Vinasco ex-Governor of the Resguardo and coordinator of the program
The Fourth Constitutional Court of Lima has declared for the Wampis and Awajun peoples over land being explored for oil.
The Indonesian government must address the human rights violations in Long Isun, Indonesia – a global gathering has declared. Delegates from Africa, Asia and Latin America heard first-hand testimonies of the growing harm facing forest communities around the world. From Indonesia, many cases demonstrated that Government plans and policies favoured the interests of large companies to the detriment of unprotected communities. They have called on the Government to protect the rights of the communities.
The Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has just found in favour of a complaint against the oil palm giant, Wilmar International, finding that it has indeed unlawfully taken over the lands of the Kapa community without their consent.
Communities in Liberia have spoken to palm oil sector representatives about ongoing land tenure issues and participation of peoples in future plans for their customary lands.
Sixteen representatives from across Liberia attended the 2nd Annual Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA) National Dialogue to talk about the future of both their lands and large-scale agricultural developments in the country.
At IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in September 2016 key motions were approved calling for the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities where protected areas have been created on their territories and lands.
Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.
Best practices around indigenous peoples and the establishment, expansion, governance and management of protected areas was the focus of a discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress.
The event, organised by Forest Peoples Programme, brought together 14 people at a knowledge café to discuss implementation of elements of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Plan of Action on Customary Sustainable Use.
Steps will be made to grow the Whakatane Mechanism into a device that can help redress power imbalances against indigenous peoples, and become a conflict resolution tool that can be available to all for the long-term.
Progress has been made on the issue of recognising the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities where protected areas have been created on their lands.
The intricacies of rights-based work within World Heritage Conservation will be explored at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress this week.
A joint workshop, by the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, ICOMOS, the IUCN, ICCROM and Forest Peoples Programme, will discuss challenges in achieving greater progress in rights-based approaches around the 1,052 official World Heritage sites, and those vying for the status.
An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ