The Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Forest Peoples in Central Africa Statement by the Forest Peoples Programme made to the 40th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights 15-29 November 2006, Banjul, The Gambia

Madam Chair, Honourable Commissioners, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for this opportunity to address the Commission on  behalf of the Forest Peoples Programme. May I first commend the Commission for its ongoing work on indigenous peoples and in particular the excellent sensitisation seminar on the rights of indigenous peoples in Africa organised by the Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations, which took place in Yaounde, Cameroon in September 2006.

Liberia's forestry law in an international context - Reasons for concern

FPP analysis of the Liberian Forestry Law within the context of international human rights and environmental law. The report recommends retaining the current moratorium on timber exportation until issues such as land tenure and community rights have been clearly defined and safeguards are in place to ensure that income from logging will benefit the people of Liberia.