9th Southeast Asia Conference on Business & Human Rights

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.

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination adopts NGO submissions on human rights in Papua

Following the submission of inputs on the human rights situation in Indonesia and Papua by indigenous peoples' organisations for the UN Universal Periodic Review in September 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has considered, under its early warning and urgent action procedure, allegations of excessive use of force, arrests, killings and torture of persons belonging to the Papuan indigenous people in West Papua, Indonesia

New film denounces forced resettlement of Dayak peoples in Sarawak

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.

ALDAW: CSO Letter to EU

Update from ALDAW:

The CSO letter to the EU has now been fully finalised, with 197 signatories, of which 18 are from the Philippines and amongst these 4 are from Palawan-based organisations and federations.

The final version of the letter here. There is a link to the letter and short article on FoEE's website

Nepali Indigenous groups laud Supreme Court verdict on Constitutional Assembly nominations

Kamal Pariyar

KATHMANDU, May 13: Indigenous communities have lauded the Supreme Court´s (SC) recent order on filling the 26 vacant CA seats with representatives of indigenous communities that have not been represented in the CA. They have expressed hope that the implementation of the decision would make the new Constituent Assembly (CA) to be more inclusive. Of the total CA seats, 575 have already been filled, with only 23 of the total 59 scheduled indigenous communities represented at present.

AIPP Statement in Celebration of the 2013 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - Theme: "Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements"

Today, we commemorate the world’s indigenous peoples day with our fellow indigenous brothers and sisters across the globe. We gather in different places to celebrate the gains and achievements that we have had in the course of our struggles for the recognition, respect and protection of our rights as distinct peoples with collective rights. At the same time, we continue to address the challenges and emerging issues that seriously impact on our rights and well being.

The Importance of Mainstreaming Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Tenurial Conflict Resolution in Indonesia

A summary of ADR studies in Riau, West Sumatra, Jambi and South Sumatra, Indonesia, by Ahmad Zazali, Executive Director, Scale Up

An ongoing and heated debate is underway over the neglect of public access rights over forest resources in current modes of forest tenure in Indonesia. The role of local communities and their access to natural resources often overlap with the rights accorded to government/state enterprises and the private sector. The exploitation of forest resources has driven large companies to ignore the interests of these communities who live within and depend on forests for their livelihoods. This situation in turn has triggered the emergence of intra- and inter-community social conflict, conflict between communities and the government, as well as conflict between communities and companies.

Since the reform and the implementation of decentralisation policies, natural resource conflicts have become increasingly prevalent in Indonesia. The National Land Agency (BPN) reports that at least 7,491 natural resource conflicts have been dealt with by BPN and the Indonesian police. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) recorded 359 forest-related conflicts from January 1997 to June 2003. The highest frequency of conflicts occurred in 2000 with 153 recorded cases, or 43% of the total number of cases recorded over those 6 years. Conflicts in ​​Industrial Plantation Forests (HTI) were the highest at 39%, with conservation areas (including protected forests and national parks) representing 34% of conflict cases, and forest concessions (HPH) representing 27%.

La importancia de fomentar la Resolución Alternativa de Conflictos (RAC) para resolver las disputas territoriales en Indonesia

Resumen de estudios de la resolución alternativa de conflictos en Riau, Sumatra Occidental, Jambi y Sumatra Meridional, Indonesia, Ahmad Zazali, director ejecutivo de Scale Up

Hace ya tiempo que en Indonesia mantienen un acalorado debate sobre la falta de atención a los derechos de acceso público a los recursos forestales en las actuales modalidades de tenencia de los bosques. El papel de las comunidades locales y su acceso a los recursos naturales suele solaparse con los derechos concedidos a empresas del gobierno (estatales) y del sector privado. Hay grandes empresas que a la hora de explotar los recursos forestales han hecho caso omiso de los intereses de las comunidades que viven en los bosques y dependen de ellos para su subsistencia. Esta situación a su vez ha provocado conflictos sociales entre comunidades y dentro de una misma comunidad, entre las comunidades y el gobierno, y entre las comunidades y las empresas.

Los conflictos en torno a los recursos naturales se han hecho cada vez más  frecuentes en Indonesia, desde la reforma y la aplicación de políticas de descentralización. Según informa la Agencia Nacional para la Tierra (BPN por sus siglas en indonesio), entre ella y la policía indonesia han atendido al menos 7491 conflictos relacionados con los recursos naturales. El Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR) registró 359 conflictos relacionados con los bosques entre enero de 1997 y junio de 2003. La mayor frecuencia de conflictos corresponde al año 2000, en que se registraron 153 casos, el 43% del total de casos registrados en esos 6 años. El porcentaje más alto, un 39%, corresponde a conflictos en bosques con plantaciones industriales, un 34% a conflictos en zonas de conservación (incluyendo bosques protegidos y parques nacionales), y un 27% a conflictos en concesiones forestales.

Rural Indonesians Demonstrate to Demand Land Rights and an End to Land Grabs

Following high profile cases of police violence and killings of rural people protesting land grabs, a new alliance of rural people - indigenous peoples, farmers, workers and landless people as well as supportive NGOs - is demanding the repeal of laws which allow the State to expropriate people's lands and resources in favour or large businesses. They are also demanding the passing of new laws that secure the people's rights in land and ensure ecological justice, through agrarian reforms and the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights.