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Yangon Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia: Proceedings

On 4 – 6 November, National Human Rights Commissions and civil society organisations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Lao PDR and Myanmar, congregated in Yangon for the Fourth Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia. This year it was hosted by the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, co-organised by Forest Peoples Programme and RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests, and supported by the Rights and Resources Initiative, Ford Foundation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and the UK Department for International Development.

Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women against destructive mining

This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

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. 

E-Boletín FPP Edición Especial sobre las Salvaguardias, abril 2013 (PDF Version)

Mientras diversas entidades internacionales adoptan y actualizan sus políticas sociales y ambientales, este número especial del boletín electrónico de noticias del Forest Peoples Programme examina experiencias de comunidades y de la sociedad civil en relación con las políticas de salvaguardia de varias instituciones financieras internacionales. 

Bulletin d'Information FPP Édition Spéciale sur les Sauveguardes, avril 2013 (PDF Version)

Alors que de nombreuses institutions internationales adoptent et mettent à jour leurs politiques sociales et environnementales, cette édition spéciale du bulletin d’information du Forest Peoples Programme examine les expériences des communautés et de la société civile en matière de politiques de sauvegarde de différentes institutions financières internationales. 

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.

L’expérience des peuples autochtones d’Asie avec les politiques de prêt des institutions financières internationales : une vue d’ensemble

Les projets et les programmes d’interventions des banques multilatérales de développement sont connus pour les nombreuses violations systématiques et généralisées des droits humains des peuples autochtones d’Asie. Dans nombre de pays, les peuples autochtones ont été les victimes de déplacements massifs et d’une perte irréversible de leurs moyens de subsistance traditionnels. Derrière ces violations des droits humains se cache le déni des droits des peuples autochtones à leurs terres, territoires et ressources et leur droit à donner leur consentement libre, préalable et éclairé (FPIC) aux projets et programmes d’intervention, notamment aux projets et programmes élaborés au nom du développement durable et du développement humain. Parmi eux, les grands projets d’infrastructures (construction de barrages et d’autoroutes) et de « conservation environnementale » ont eu les répercussions négatives les plus graves pour les peuples autochtones. Il existe de nombreux exemples de projets de ce type ayant eu des effets néfastes sur les peuples autochtones de pays asiatiques.

Resumen selecto de la experiencia de los pueblos indígenas asiáticos con las políticas de financiación de préstamos de las instituciones financieras internacionales

Los proyectos y las intervenciones programáticas de bancos multilaterales de desarrollo tienen un historial de violaciones sistemáticas y generalizadas de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas en Asia. En muchos países, los pueblos indígenas han sido sometidos a desplazamientos generalizados y a la pérdida irreversible de sus medios de vida tradicionales. Detrás de estas violaciones de los derechos humanos está la negación de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a sus tierras, territorios y recursos, y de su derecho a dar su consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI) para proyectos e intervenciones programáticas, incluidas las que se hacen en aras del desarrollo sostenible y humano. Entre ellos, los grandes proyectos de infraestructura (construcción de presas y autopistas) y los proyectos de «conservación» medioambiental han tenido los impactos adversos más perjudiciales sobre los pueblos indígenas. Hay un gran número de ejemplos de proyectos de este tipo que han afectado negativamente a comunidades de pueblos indígenas de países asiáticos. 

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. 

A experiência de povos indígenas da Ásia com as políticas de empréstimos financeiros das instituições financeiras internacionais: Uma síntese seleta

Para os povos indígenas da Ásia, os projetos e intervenções dos bancos multilaterais de desenvolvimento têm um histórico de violações sistemáticas e generalizadas dos direitos humanos. Em muitos países, os povos indígenas são sujeitos a deslocamentos generalizados e perdas irreversíveis dos seus modos de subsistência tradicionais. Por trás destas violações de direitos humanos está a negação dos direitos dos povos indígenas às suas terras, territórios e recursos, e ao seu direito ao consentimento prévio, livre e informado (FPIC na sigla em inglês) em projetos e intervenções, inclusive os que levam a bandeira de desenvolvimento humano e sustentável. Entre eles, os grandes projetos de “conservação” ambiental e de infraestrutura (represas e construção de rodovias) tiveram os piores impactos prejudiciais nos povos indígenas. Existe um bom número de exemplos de projetos que tiveram um impacto negativo nas comunidades indígenas nos países asiáticos, alguns dos quais encontram-se abaixo.

Updated Press Release: Bali Declaration acclaimed at Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop

The international meeting of South East Asian Regional Human Rights Commissions on ‘Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform’ hosted by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (KOMNASHAM), in conjunction with Sawit Watch and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 28th November to 1st December 2011.

Press Release: Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop brings together Human Rights Commissioners, indigenous peoples’ representatives, academics and NGOs from across the world. November 2011

PRESS INFORMATION – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A landmark workshop, “Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform”, is taking place at the Santika Hotel, Kuta, Bali, from today until 1 December 2011, convened by the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and supporting NGOs SawitWatch and Forest Peoples Programme. The event will be attended by over 60 participants, from the National Human Rights Commissions of the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission, notable academics, representatives of indigenous peoples, as well as members of supportive national and international NGOs.

Nur Kholis, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), said,

“We are taking this initiative in collaboration with the other human rights commissioners of South East Asia as a way of ensuring a more balanced approach to development based on respect for peoples’ rights, with an emphasis on the need to secure livelihoods and the right to food.”

The Pulp Invasion: the international pulp and paper industry in the Mekong Region

BOOK AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM FPP: info@forestpeoples.org

This report looks at the current state of the pulp and paper industry in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It looks at the extent of plantations and their social and environmental impacts in the region, institutional support of industrial plantations, and local resistance to ecological damage and loss of livelihood. The book's aim is to support communities' rights to make their own decisions about the management of their rivers, farmlands and forests.