Today the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) accepted a complaint against Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), alleging numerous violations of Indonesian law and RSPO standards.
French translation below.
Forest Peoples Programme is no longer going to invest in efforts to facilitate dialogue between the management of Kahuzi-Biega National Park in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Batwa communities living around the Park.
On Tuesday 4 February 2020, the Bukavu Garrison Military Court (TMGB) handed down its verdict in the case of Jean-Marie Kasula and 7 co-defendants.
FPP has lodged a Policy of Association complaint against Roda Mas Group and requested that the group be disassociated from the FSC due to violations of traditional and human rights in their forestry operations. The complaint is brought on behalf of the community of Long Isun, in the Heart of Borneo.
In Uganda, many Batwa are homeless and isolated from their forests. For the women of the community, the situation is particularly challenging; rather than being able to gather foods from the forest, they must walk from one place to another in search of shelter, food and poorly paid work. Violence and discrimination are rife.
FPP's founder and Senior Policy Advisor, Marcus Colchester, has published a paper on "Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable commodity production and forest conservation on forest peoples’ lands in Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia and Malaysia." The paper is published by Liverpool University Press.
Encouraging investment in Indonesia’s sustainable development may indeed be important, as President Jokowi has said and I agree, but if this development makes people poorer and leads to protest and conflict in our society, then it is self-defeating.
Delegates at the 9th Southeast Asian regional conference on Human Rights and Business in Subic Bay, the Philippines, released the Bata’an Statement, committing ourselves to continued collaboration on tackling busines
The Sengwer Indigenous People have suffered severe human rights violations at the hands of the Kenyan Government.
Between 27-30 October 2019, representatives from indigenous peoples’ organisations, civil society and National Human Rights Institutions from across Southeast Asia are coming together in Subic Bay, the Philippines for the 9th Southeast Asia conference on human rights and business.
By Marcus Colchester
Indigenous peoples’ organisations and supportive NGOs in Papua have strongly condemned a draft Indonesian Land Law Bill, initially designed to regularise land ownership and encourage sustainable investment.
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) found to be one of the companies responsible for forest fires in Indonesia; NGOs call on APP to uphold its promises to both communities and forests
In recent years, the Government of Cameroon has negotiated access agreements (memoranda of understanding, MoUs) with Baka communities affected by a number of protected areas.
Au cours des dernières années, l’État camerounais a négocié des accords d’accès et d’utilisation, communément appelés « Memoranda of Understanding » (MoU), avec les communautés Baka touchées par différentes aires protégées.
The development of community forests is gaining momentum in Central Africa. They can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities.