Financial institutions have been warned today to avoid investments in pulp and paper mills associated with deforestation and human rights abuses in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Sinar Mas, ran into trouble recently when communities in Liberia complained about a 33,000 ha.
FPP partner the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) has produced a new video about a community school project in the Mowakhi indigenous community in Northern Thailand.
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As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.
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Two United Nations experts on food and indigenous peoples today urged South-East Asian states not to sideline the human rights of communities across the region who derive their livelihoods, traditions and ways of life directly from their natural environments.
Thailand has a population of more than 2 million indigenous people. It is estimated that 1.2 million live in the highlands in the north of the country. During the last four decades, most of these areas have been declared by the Thai government as protected areas, meaning that local communities don't have the right to manage their natural resources and to farm in their own areas.
FPP partner HuMa is a non-profit non-governmental organisation based in Indonesia, whose work focuses on the issue of law reform in the natural resources sector. HuMa was started 10 years ago and in this video, some of its founders talk about the organisation's history and their expectations and hopes for its future.
Indigenous Peoples representing 15 organizations from six ASEAN countries and other support organizations under the banner of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force on ASEAN (IPTF-ASEAN) have expressed their disappointment and condemnation for not allowing them to hold a workshop to discuss Indigenous Peoples rights to land, territories and resources and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People at the venue of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Read the CAOI press release (in Spanish only): Todas las instancias internacionales vinculadas a los derechos de los pueblos indígenas deben pronunciarse Fortalecimiento de la cultura, ejercicio pleno de derechos, autodeterminación y respeto a nuestros territorios, son componentes vitales del desarrollo sostenible.
Fortalecimiento de la cultura, ejercicio pleno de derechos, autodeterminación y respeto a nuestros territorios, son componentes vitales del desarrollo sostenible.