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.
From 6-9 June 2019, a regional workshop in Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was organised with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme.
International NGOs have condemned an announcement by the Malaysian palm oil giant IOI Group (IOI) that it intends to sell its stake in a controversial palm oil plantation that has been at the center of a longstanding conflict with communities in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Una serie de ONG internacionales han condenado un anuncio del Grupo IOI (IOI), un destacado integrante malayo del mercado del aceite de palma, según el cual tiene intención de vender su participación en una controvertida plantación de palma de aceite que ha sido el núcleo de un largo conflicto con comunidades de Sarawak, Malasia.
Des ONGs internationales ont condamné une annonce faite par le Groupe malaisien d’huile de palme (IOI) selon laquelle il a l’intention de vendre ses parts d’une plantation d’huile de palme qui a été au centre d’un conflit persistant avec les communautés de Sarawak, en Malaisie.
“For indigenous peoples, the environment is inextricably linked to every aspect of their lives and survival. They are the pillars of sound environmental governance.” – with these words Tan Sri Razali Ismail, from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKUM), welcomed participants to the 6th Southeast Asian Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness.
“Para los pueblos indígenas el medio ambiente está estrechamente vinculado a todos los aspectos de su vida y su supervivencia, por lo que son los pilares de una gobernanza ambiental sólida”, fueron las palabras de bienvenida de Tan Sri Razali Ismail, de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Malasia (SUHAKUM), a los asistentes a la 6.ª Conferencia del Sudeste Asiático sobre los Derechos Humanos y los Agronegocios.
« Pour les peuples autochtones, l’environnement est étroitement lié à chaque aspect de leur vie et de leur survie. Ils sont les piliers de la bonne gouvernance de l’environnement ». C’est avec ces mots que Tan Sri Razali Ismail, de la Commission des droits humains de la Malaisie (SUHAKUM), a salué les participants à la 6e Conférence de l’Asie du Sud-Est sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie.
Sarawak, Malaysia: A new film from the Borneo project, Broken Promises: Displaced by Dams, made in conjunction of the indigenous peoples of central Sarawak and many support organisations summarises the threat posed by 17 large dams under development. Featuring interviews with numerous Dayaks and activists, the film describes the impact of previous dams, shows the strong and growing mobilisation in opposition to these impositions and calls for alternative development and energy supply systems.
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.
The global forest crisis is worsening and infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities are rising, according to a detailed assessment of nine country cases. Climate change mitigation and conservation policies must place community land rights and human rights centre-stage if they are to achieve the goal of sustainably reducing deforestation says the report.
Deforestation and forest degradation in Malaysia is a complex phenomenon with varying causes. So far, however, the focus has been largely on direct causes like industrial logging, large-scale commercial oil palm plantations and agribusiness, road construction and large dams. Far less attention has been paid to the indirect or underlying causes and agents, inter-linking and working to enrich the very few while creating hardships for many people as a result of degraded or diminished resources.
A new report issued by SAVE Rivers, a Sarawak Indigenous Peoples Network, details violations of Dayak peoples’ rights by both the government and companies planning to build a huge dam across Sarawak’s second largest river, the Baram.
This report issued by SAVE Rivers, a Sarawak Indigenous Peoples Network, details violations of Dayak peoples’ rights by both the government and companies planning to build a huge dam across Sarawak’s second largest river, the Baram.
"KUALA LUMPUR: A special task force will be set up to look into the outcome of the National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low.
The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) conducted the inquiry following numerous complaints as well as memorandum from the orang asli community on the violation of their human rights, especially on customary land rights.
Malaysia's National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) completed its National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in April 2013. The report has yet to be officially made public but the English language version can be patched together by downloading the leaked text from CSO websites.
This submission focuses on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples (orang asal) in Malaysia.
12th – 13th March 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Free, Prior and Informed Consent as an expression of right to self-determination of indigenous peoples
Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the palm oil sector in Southeast Asia