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South East Asian Human Rights Commissions call for freeze on agribusiness concessions until indigenous and community rights secured

4 November, Kota Kinabalu: After a week of field investigations and searching discussions, the 6th Southeast Asian Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness issued a resolution calling for moratoriums to halt the further hand out of concessions throughout the region. The meeting noted how land conflicts as a result of agribusiness expansion are proliferating and urged a pause in the hand out of licenses while community and indigenous peoples’ land rights are secured.

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.

Making the Bali Declaration effective: The Phnom Penh Workshop on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia

On 9 – 11 October 2012, Forest Peoples Programme and Sawit Watch, with the support of Cambodian NGO Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) co-organised a workshop, ‘Making the Bali Declaration Effective: The Phnom Penh Workshop on Human Rights and Agribusiness’, as a follow-up event to the Bali Workshop on Human Rights and Agribusiness of 2011. Hosted by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), the workshop was attended by National Human Rights Commissioners from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, South Korea and Timor-Leste, the Indonesian representative to the ASEAN[1] Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), concerned Southeast Asian NGOs and the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Aplicación de la Declaración de Bali: el taller de Phnom Penh sobre los Derechos Humanos y los Agronegocios en el sudeste de Asia

Del 9 al 11 de octubre de 2012, el Forest Peoples Programme o FPP (Programa para los pueblos de los Bosques) y Sawit Watch, con el apoyo de la ONG camboyana Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), organizaron conjuntamente un taller, «Aplicación de la Declaración de Bali: el taller de Phnom Penh sobre los Derechos Humanos y los Agronegocios», como evento de seguimiento del taller de Bali sobre los Derechos Humanos y los Agronegocios de 2011. En el taller, que tuvo como anfitriona a la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos de Indonesia (Komnas HAM), participaron comisionados nacionales de derechos humanos de Tailandia, Malasia, Filipinas, Myanmar, Corea del Sur y Timor Oriental, el representante de Indonesia ante la Comisión Intergubernamental de Derechos Humanos de ASEAN[1] (AICHR), las ONG implicadas del sudeste de Asia y los Relatores Especiales de las Naciones Unidas sobre el derecho a la alimentación y los derechos de los pueblos indígenas.

Application de la Déclaration de Bali : l’Atelier de Phnom Penh sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie en Asie du Sud-Est

Du 9 au 11 octobre 2012, le Forest Peoples Programme et Sawit Watch, avec le soutien de l’ONG cambodgienne Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), ont co-organisé l’atelier « Application de la Déclaration de Bali : l’Atelier de Phnom Penh sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie » comme suivi de l’Atelier de Bali sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie de 2011. Sous l’égide de la Commission nationale des droits humains de l’Indonésie (Komnas HAM), les participants de l’atelier comprenaient les Commissaires nationaux des droits humains de la Thaïlande, de la Malaisie, des Philippines, du Myanmar, de la Corée du Sud et du Timor-Leste, le représentant indonésien de la Commission intergouvernementale des droits de l’homme de l’ASEAN[1] (AICHR), des ONG concernées d’Asie du Sud-Est, ainsi que les Rapporteurs spéciaux des Nations Unies sur le droit à l’alimentation et sur les droits des peuples autochtones.

Mengefektifkan Deklarasi Bali: Lokakarya Phnom Penh tentang Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara

Pada 9-11 Oktober 2012, Forest Peoples Programme and Sawit Watch, dengan dukungan NGO Kamboja Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), bersama-sama menyelenggarakan sebuah lokakarya bertajuk “Mengefektifkan Deklarasi Bali: Lokakarya Phnom Penh tentang Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara”, sebagai tindak lanjut dari Lokakarya Bali tentang Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis  tahun 2011 lalu. Dipandu oleh Komnas HAM Indonesia, lokakarya ini dihadiri oleh Komnas HAM dari Thailand, Malaysia, Filipina, Myanmar, Singapura, dan Timor Leste, perwakilan Indonesia untuk komisi hak asasi antar pemerintah ASEAN[1] (ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights/AICHR), NGO-NGO Asia Tenggara yang peduli dan Pelapor Khusus PBB tentang Hak atas Pangan dan Hak-Hak Masyarakat Adat.

South East Asian Human Rights Commissioners and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations adopt Bali Declaration on Human Rights and Agribusiness

Constructive dialogue and potential synergies between the National Human Rights Commissions and Institutions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia, reached an important milestone at a four-day workshop in November in Bali, Indonesia. The workshop was convened by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission and organised by Forest Peoples Programme and Indonesian NGO SawitWatch, with the support of the Rights and Resources Initiative, Samdhana Institute and RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests.

This landmark workshop on “Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform” was attended by 60 participants, including notable academics, indigenous peoples’ representatives and members of supportive national and international NGOs. An opening statement was made by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, and a presentation was delivered by Raja Devasish Roy, elected Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) and traditional chief of the Chakma circle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.