As land disputes over palm oil plantations in West Sumatra flare up, community leaders and human rights defenders are being subjected to increasing intimidation and criminalization by local police allegedly spurred on by planters.
Amicus Curiae Brief submitted by Global Justice Centre of New York and Forest Peoples Programme to the Constitutional Court of Peru in the Case of the Santa Clara Native Community of Uchunya v. Regional Government of Ucayali and the company Plantaciones de Pucallpa
Lawyers representing the community from the Peruvian human rights organisation, the Institute of Legal Defence (IDL), have highlighted 4 groundbreaking aspects of the decision which could lead to major reforms affecting indigenous land rights and forest protection in the Peruvian Amazon.
Urgent action is needed to halt the takeover of indigenous peoples’ lands for megaprojects in forested provinces like Kalimantan and Papua in Indonesia. The destruction of forests and rivers is undermining local indigenous livelihoods, and destroying ancestral lands. Between 40 and 70 million people in rural Indonesia depend on access to lands and resources, including water for drinking and sanitation, protected by customary laws.
A landmark declaration in 2010 brought human rights abuses by business activities into the spotlight. Since 2017, we have seen significant advances in legislating requirements for human rights due diligence in key markets, and in 2018 negotiations began on a possible Binding Treaty on business and human rights.
A Special Economic Zone in Chiang Khong, northern Thailand, could bring valuable investment into the area. But if it does go ahead, the wetland forests should be excluded to preserve the biodiversity of the local area, and to preserve the way of life of the local community.
Communities defending their human rights in areas of certified palm oil plantation will now be better protected under new policy announced by the RSPO this week at the Global Land Forum in Indonesia.
Delegates at the 8th Southeast Asian regional conference on Human Rights and Business in Chiang Khong, Thailand have released the Mekong Statement, committing to strengthening collaboration on confronting human rights abuses related to business activities in the region.
Breaking news: Historic legal decision for Peru's indigenous peoples as the nation's highest court agrees to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya.
A coalition of over a dozen rural and indigenous communities, in the San Martin and Loreto regions of the Peruvian Amazon, has issued an open letter
Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five (5) new complaints against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), after its failure to comply with RSPO standards.
In mid-July, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, with help from FPP, launched a crowdfunder to support urgently needed solutions in their fight to defend their forests and way of life from destruction by a palm oil company and land-trafficking gangs.
In response to the RSPO Complaints Panel’s damning verdict on GOLDEN VEROLEUM LIBERIA (GVL) – a verdict upheld on appeal – GVL has announced a decision to 'voluntarily withdraw' its RSPO membership.
Two Wampis indigenous communities in northeast Peru are seeing the environmental damage on their lands remedied following years of oil contamination in their territory.
On the eve of its address to the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (OTFF), Peru’s national indigenous organisation AIDESEP has launched a joint report with the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) which highlights the Peruvian government’s ongoing failure to meet its progressive commitments to recognise indigenous peoples’ land rights.
2017 saw the highest-ever number of murders of human rights defenders. Following the death of Berta Caceres in March 2016, there has been heightened awareness of the plight of human rights defenders.
“Indigenous peoples have the right, recognised in international law, to give or withhold consent to planned developments that will affect them, and more and more pulp and paper companies are committing to respect these rights along with the rights of local communities affected by their operations.
Jakarta – A civil society coalition took action outside the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Friday (23/03/2018), protesting a permit to release state forest land near the Wosimi River in Naikere and Kuriwamesa subdistricts of Wondama Bay Regency, Papua Barat which was issued to an oil palm company, PT Menara Wasior.