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FPP Statement: The inclusion of key human rights defenders on the ‘terrorist’ petition in the Philippines is an unacceptable attack on the international human rights system

The Forest Peoples Programme is shocked and dismayed at the inclusion of key human rights defenders in the recent Philippines Government petition labelling a large number of individuals in the Philippines as ‘terrorists’. The inclusion of these individuals, and those similarly dedicated to the peaceful realisation of human rights, constitutes an attack on the struggle of indigenous peoples for equitable realisation of their rights, including their rights to lands, resources, cultures and collective futures.

Declaración del FPP: La inclusión de destacados defensores de los derechos humanos en una petición del Gobierno de Filipinas calificándolos de «terroristas» es un ataque inaceptable al sistema internacional de derechos humanos

El Forest Peoples Programme (Programa para los Pueblos de los Bosques) es una organización de defensa de los derechos humanos que durante décadas se ha dedicado a trabajar con organizaciones y movimientos indígenas y de pueblos de los bosques para promover los derechos humanos.

Updates and Geotagged reports from Palawan

The Coalition Against Land Grabbing (CALG), Palawan, have released revised versions of three major reports produced mainly through the Ecosystem Alliance Fund.  One report focuses on the case of oil palm expansion in Sarong (Municipality of Bataraza), another deals with the conversion of primary upland forest for rubber plantations on the West Coast of Aborlan and the last one concerns organised squatting by migrants into the forest land of indigenous Tagbanua tribes. 

Human rights violations and agribusiness – Justice now for impacted communities!

Concerned human rights groups meet at the 5th Regional Meeting on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia

The raging forest fires in Indonesia and numerous extrajudicial killings related to agribusiness land grabs throughout South East Asia have made headlines all over the world. These shocking violations of peoples’ fundamental human rights have compelled concerned human rights groups to come together at the 5th Regional Meeting on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia during the 5th and the 6th of November 2015 in Puerto Princesa, on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.

Las violaciones de los derechos humanos y los agronegocios - ¡Ya es hora de que llegue la justicia para las comunidades impactadas!

Una serie de grupos de derechos humanos se dan cita en la 5. ª Reunión Regional de Derechos Humanos y Agronegocios en el sudeste de Asia

Los devoradores incendios forestales en Indonesia y las numerosas ejecuciones extrajudiciales relacionadas con la apropiación de tierras para agronegocios por todo el sudeste de Asia han sido noticia en todo el mundo. Esas estremecedoras violaciones de los derechos humanos fundamentales de los pueblos han llevado a grupos preocupados por los derechos humanos a juntarse en la 5.ª Reunión Regional de Derechos Humanos y Agronegocios en el sudeste de Asia, que se celebró los días 5 y 6 de noviembre 2015 en Puerto Princesa, en la isla de Palawan en Filipinas. Entre los 93 participantes había representantes de las Comisiones Nacionales de Derechos Humanos de Myanmar, Malasia, Indonesia, Tailandia y Filipinas, así como de organizaciones de la sociedad civil y miembros de comunidades preocupados que se han visto afectados por la apropiación de tierras para agronegocios.

Violations des droits humains et agro-industrie – Que justice soit faite immédiatement pour les communautés affectées !

Des groupes de défense des droits humains inquiets se sont réunis à l’occasion de la 5e Réunion régionale sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie en Asie du Sud-est

Les incendies de forêt ravageurs en Indonésie et les nombreuses exécutions extrajudiciaires liées aux accaparements de terres de l’agro-industrie dans toute l’Asie du Sud-est ont fait les gros titres dans le monde entier. Ces violations choquantes des droits humains fondamentaux des peuples ont contraint des groupes de défense des droits humains préoccupés à se rassembler à l'occasion de la 5e Réunion régionale sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie en Asie du Sud-est les 5 et 6 novembre 2015 à Puerto Princesa, sur l’île de Palawan aux Philippines.

Pelanggaran hak asasi manusia oleh agribisnis–Keadilan sekarang untuk masyarakat yang terkena dampak!

Kelompok-kelompok peduli hak asasi manusia bertemu dalam Pertemuan Regional Ke-5 Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara

Kebakaran hutan yang mengamuk di Indonesia dan banyak pembunuhan sewenang-wenang yang berkaitan dengan perampasan tanah untuk agribisnis di seluruh Asia Tenggara telah menjadi berita utama di seluruh dunia. Pelanggaran-pelanggaran yang paling mendasar terhadap hak asasi manusia yang terjadi pada masyarakat ini mengejutkan dan hal ini telah memaksa kelompok-kelompok yang peduli terhadap hak asasi manusia untuk bertemu dalam Pertemuan Regional Ke-5 Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara pada tanggal 5 dan 6 November 2015 di Puerto Princesa, di pulau Palawan, Filipina.

Oil palm land grabs and deforestation in Philippines condemned by human rights groups

A regional network of Asian human rights commissions and supportive NGOs has issued a strong statement supporting calls for a moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Philippines southern island of Palawan. The call came at the conclusion of a week of fact-finding trips and discussions of the 5th South East Asian Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness which was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the Coalition on Land Grabbing of the Philippines supported by the Forest Peoples Programme.

ALDAW: CSO Letter to EU

Update from ALDAW:

The CSO letter to the EU has now been fully finalised, with 197 signatories, of which 18 are from the Philippines and amongst these 4 are from Palawan-based organisations and federations.

The final version of the letter here. There is a link to the letter and short article on FoEE's website http://www.foeeurope.org

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.

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.

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).

Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.

Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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La creciente demanda mundial de aceite de palma está avivando la expansión a gran escala de plantaciones de palma de aceite por todo el sudeste de Asia y por África. La preocupación por las consecuencias ambientales y sociales de la conversión de vastas extensiones de tierra en plantaciones de monocultivo condujo al establecimiento en 2004 de la Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible (RSPO por sus siglas en inglés), la cual fomenta la expansión de la palma de aceite de maneras que no destruyan altos valores de conservación ni causen conflictos sociales. Numerosas agencias internacionales también han pedido reformas de los marcos nacionales para asegurar los derechos de las comunidades y establecer una gobernanza de la tierra buena y responsable.