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Thai Government reminded again of human rights obligations

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) has again reminded the Royal Thai Government of its human rights obligations towards the Karen people in Kaeng Krachan National Park, and more widely to support and promote the retention and celebration of Karen culture as per the Royal Thai Government resolu

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) expresses serious concerns about the situation of the Karen people evicted from Kaeng Krachan

In an unusually strongly worded formal communication to the Royal Thai Government, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has expressed its serious concerns regarding the eviction of Karen communities from the area of Kaeng Krachan National Park, and the subsequent nomination of the park as part of a World Heritage Site.

Thailand: Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress

Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.

Karen Indigenous People - Request for Consideration of the Situation

An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ

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.

Widespread calls for release and investigation of Mr Billy (Pholachi)’s disappearance

FPP joins with indigenous organisations and human rights groups around the world in calling for the immediate release of, and investigation of the disappearance of, the young Karen leader Mr. Billy, or Pholachi Rakchongcharoen. Mr Billy disappeared on the 17th of April, and is an active human rights defender working on the rights of Karen communities in Kaeng Krachan National Parks.

To read the letter sent to the UN CERD please click here

Press Release - Sustainable Palm Oil: Marketing Ploy or True Commitment? New Research Questions Effectiveness of RSPO Standards

MEDAN, INDONESIA (7 November, 2013)—Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide, according to a new research publication released today. The study details the performance of 16 oil palm operations, many run by RSPO members, reporting on their failure to uphold human rights and environmental standards required.

The experience of Asian indigenous peoples with the finance lending policies of international financial institutions: A select overview

Projects and programme interventions of multilateral development banks have a record of systematic and widespread human rights violations for indigenous peoples in Asia. In many countries, indigenous peoples have been subjected to widespread displacement and irreversible loss of traditional livelihoods. Behind these human rights violations is the denial of indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands, territories and resources and to their right to give their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to projects and programme interventions, including those in the name of sustainable development and human development. Among them, the large infrastructure (dams and highway construction) and environmental “conservation” projects have had the most detrimental adverse impacts on indigenous peoples. There are a good number of examples of such projects that have negatively impacted indigenous peoples’ communities in Asian countries, some of which follow below.

Resumen selecto de la experiencia de los pueblos indígenas asiáticos con las políticas de financiación de préstamos de las instituciones financieras internacionales

Los proyectos y las intervenciones programáticas de bancos multilaterales de desarrollo tienen un historial de violaciones sistemáticas y generalizadas de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas en Asia. En muchos países, los pueblos indígenas han sido sometidos a desplazamientos generalizados y a la pérdida irreversible de sus medios de vida tradicionales. Detrás de estas violaciones de los derechos humanos está la negación de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a sus tierras, territorios y recursos, y de su derecho a dar su consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI) para proyectos e intervenciones programáticas, incluidas las que se hacen en aras del desarrollo sostenible y humano. Entre ellos, los grandes proyectos de infraestructura (construcción de presas y autopistas) y los proyectos de «conservación» medioambiental han tenido los impactos adversos más perjudiciales sobre los pueblos indígenas. Hay un gran número de ejemplos de proyectos de este tipo que han afectado negativamente a comunidades de pueblos indígenas de países asiáticos. 

L’expérience des peuples autochtones d’Asie avec les politiques de prêt des institutions financières internationales : une vue d’ensemble

Les projets et les programmes d’interventions des banques multilatérales de développement sont connus pour les nombreuses violations systématiques et généralisées des droits humains des peuples autochtones d’Asie. Dans nombre de pays, les peuples autochtones ont été les victimes de déplacements massifs et d’une perte irréversible de leurs moyens de subsistance traditionnels. Derrière ces violations des droits humains se cache le déni des droits des peuples autochtones à leurs terres, territoires et ressources et leur droit à donner leur consentement libre, préalable et éclairé (FPIC) aux projets et programmes d’intervention, notamment aux projets et programmes élaborés au nom du développement durable et du développement humain. Parmi eux, les grands projets d’infrastructures (construction de barrages et d’autoroutes) et de « conservation environnementale » ont eu les répercussions négatives les plus graves pour les peuples autochtones. Il existe de nombreux exemples de projets de ce type ayant eu des effets néfastes sur les peuples autochtones de pays asiatiques.

A experiência de povos indígenas da Ásia com as políticas de empréstimos financeiros das instituições financeiras internacionais: Uma síntese seleta

Para os povos indígenas da Ásia, os projetos e intervenções dos bancos multilaterais de desenvolvimento têm um histórico de violações sistemáticas e generalizadas dos direitos humanos. Em muitos países, os povos indígenas são sujeitos a deslocamentos generalizados e perdas irreversíveis dos seus modos de subsistência tradicionais. Por trás destas violações de direitos humanos está a negação dos direitos dos povos indígenas às suas terras, territórios e recursos, e ao seu direito ao consentimento prévio, livre e informado (FPIC na sigla em inglês) em projetos e intervenções, inclusive os que levam a bandeira de desenvolvimento humano e sustentável. Entre eles, os grandes projetos de “conservação” ambiental e de infraestrutura (represas e construção de rodovias) tiveram os piores impactos prejudiciais nos povos indígenas. Existe um bom número de exemplos de projetos que tiveram um impacto negativo nas comunidades indígenas nos países asiáticos, alguns dos quais encontram-se abaixo.