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Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the project for over five years. Though the findings validate community concerns, the World Bank has not committed to correcting the damage caused by its failures in this project.

Nepali Indigenous groups laud Supreme Court verdict on Constitutional Assembly nominations

Kamal Pariyar

KATHMANDU, May 13: Indigenous communities have lauded the Supreme Court´s (SC) recent order on filling the 26 vacant CA seats with representatives of indigenous communities that have not been represented in the CA. They have expressed hope that the implementation of the decision would make the new Constituent Assembly (CA) to be more inclusive. Of the total CA seats, 575 have already been filled, with only 23 of the total 59 scheduled indigenous communities represented at present.

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.

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

Nepal: Identity and equality is all that indigenous women want

Source: MyRepublica

The contours of “New Nepal” we all dream of cannot be shaped without appropriately addressing the concerns being raised by the indigenous women, who comprise half the female population. Traditionally, these women enjoyed greater degree of freedom and socioeconomic status than those from the so-called high caste Hindu groups such as Bahun, Chhetri, and Thakuri, who were restricted by pervasive patriarchy and religious orthodoxy. Unlike these women of the Indo-Aryan origin, the indigenous women were adept in handicrafts and other enterprises and freely participated in socio-cultural events. They faced no restriction during menstruation and were even free to choose their life partner and to remarry if they became single. They were also less affected by the dowry system.

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.