Recursos

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.

Promised Land: Palm oil and land acquisition in Indonesia – Implications for local communities and indigenous peoples

Oil palm plantations are expanding to meet escalating demand for edible oils and new markets for biofuels - of which Indonesia plans to secure a large share. But the widespread forest clearasnce to cater for this expansion has major implications for rural Indonesians, affecting settlements, ecosystems, trade activities and government agencies. This research documents the issues affecting local communities and their recommendations for national reforms to safegurad their rights under international law.

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.

Ghosts on our own land: Oil palm smallholders in Indonesia and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

'It's as if we are ghosts on our own land. We have been so pierced through by the spines on the oil palm that we are almost dead, left haunting what was once our own land. We don't usually say this, but this is how it is really. We need to make our case ourselves and explain how the oil palm is hurting us.' The words of a participant at one of the many workshops documented in this illustrated book which addresses the principles and practicalities of standard setting in palm-oil production under the umbrella of the 'Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil' (RSPO).

ISBN 979-15188-2-3    Also available in Bahasa as a book from the FPP office: info@forestpeoples.org

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN ATTACHED HERE IN SECTIONS DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE FILES. THERE IS ALSO A PDF TEXT ONLY VERSION. HARD COPY OF BOOK AVAILABLE FROM FPP OFFICE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND BAHASA.

Communication to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities Regarding the systematic, pervasive and widespread violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in DRC, October 2006

Communication to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities regarding the systematic, pervasive and widespread violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in DRC that have given rise to a threat of immediate and irreparable harm.

Communication au Groupe de travail d'experts de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples sur les populations/communautés autochtones concernant les violations des droits des peuples autochtones

Communication au Groupe de travail d'experts de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples sur les populations/communautés autochtones concernant les violations systématiques, omniprésentes et généralisées des droits des peuples autochtones en République démocratique du Congo, qui ont donné lieu à un risque de préjudice immédiat et irréparable.

Social conflict and environmental disaster A report on Asia Pulp and Paper's operations in Sumatra, Indonesia

By Rivani Noor and Rully Syumanda - discusses the social, economic and environmental impacts of APP's operations. Chapter One - an overview of Indonesia's forestry industry development paradigm, which led to the industrial tree plantation policy (or Hutan Tanaman Industri [HTI]) to satisfy the pulp and paper industry's demand for raw materials. Two - an overview of APP and its operations in Sumatra. Three - the environmental impacts of APP's operations in the provinces of Riau and Jambi.