Ressources

Civil society organisations urge the World Bank Group to be more transparent in the process of developing the new Change Strategy

Thirty civil society organisations, including Forest Peoples Programme, have sent a letter to Pamela Cox (Senior Vice President of Change Management at the World Bank Group) to request updated information on the development of the new World Bank Group Strategy and the related institutional change process underway at the Group. The organisations urge the Bank to ensure that this process is undertaken in a participatory, transparent and inclusive manner.

“They want to take our bush”: An independent assessment of processes employed by Herakles/SGSOC to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of communities to be affected by their palm oil development in South West Cameroon

This report summarises the findings from an independent assessment by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) of the processes employed by Herakles/SGSOC to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of communities to be affected by their palm oil development project in Mundemba and Nguti Subdivisions in South West Cameroon. This assessment is framed in terms of the obligations on the company and government of Cameroon to comply with international law with respect to protecting community rights, and especially the need to secure the FPIC of local and indigenous peoples over the development of their customary lands.  

Joint NGO technical briefing on the World Bank Safeguard Review sent to the UK Executive Director

Following the closure of Phase 1 of the World Bank's safeguards review consultations, various international NGOs, including FPP, have written to Gwen Hines (UK World Bank Executive Director) to urge her to engage with the safeguards review team ahead of their presentation to the World Bank Board on 23 July, on issues of critical importance. These issues include the scope and process of the review, the architecture for the new system of safeguard application, implementation concerns, recommendations on  ‘Emerging Issues’ identified in the October 2012 approach paper, and consultation concerns. More details of these issues are included with the letter in a technical briefing.

World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme in Peru denounced by indigenous organisations who demand suspension of consultation process

Yurimaguas, 10th July 2013: On the eve of a government consultation of indigenous peoples in Yurimaguas on the latest draft of its Forest Investment Plan, an initiative financed by the World Bank's Forest Investment Programme, to address deforestation, indigenous peoples organisations in the San Martin and Loreto regions of the Peruvian Amazon have rejected both the planned consultation as well as warned that the latest draft still fails to respect their rights. They highlight the failure of the Peruvian government to conduct consultation in good faith due to inadequate prior notice or allocation of sufficient time for the event as well as the failure to include the Candoshi, Shawi and Shiwilo peoples in the same consultation process. More seriously still they highlight that the current proposal includes plans for the creation of the Shawi regional conservation area (ACR Shawi), a new protected area that overlaps with indigenous peoples’ customary lands. They say that this plan has not respected indigenous peoples rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and, as a result, risks serious land and resource conflict with indigenous peoples.

We Have Rights: A Community Guide for Indigenous Peoples on the 2009 ADB Safeguard Policy Statement and Accountability Mechanism

The Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP) is proud to offer this community guide as a response to the continuing need to produce resource materials useful for advocacy work and community actions. In addition, the materials can contribute in strengthening the capacity of member-organizations for local, national and regional engagements. The Guide also hopes to contribute in building a fully-informed network of indigenous communities and advocates that actively addresses the multi-faceted challenges confronting the world’s indigenous peoples, particularly in Asia where majority of indigenous communities are found.

FPP E-Newsletter July 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

Mutual recognition, mutual respect and mutual benefit are among the desirable attributes of all human relationships. Indigenous peoples and other forest peoples also expect these qualities in their relationships with others – be they governments, private corporations, NGOs or other indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities. This issue of Forest Peoples Programme’s E-Newsletter reports on the state of various relationships between forest peoples and different institutions – as these are forged, tested or broken –in the course of assertions for upholding basic human rights, social justice and solidarity.

E-Boletín FPP Julio 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

El reconocimiento, el respeto y el beneficio mutuos son algunos de los atributos deseables en toda relación humana. Los pueblos indígenas y otros pueblos de los bosques también esperan estas cualidades en sus relaciones con otros, ya sean gobiernos, empresas privadas, ONG u otras organizaciones y comunidades de pueblos indígenas.  Este número del boletín electrónico de noticias del Forest Peoples Programme informa del estado de varias relaciones entre pueblos de los bosques y diferentes instituciones, mientras estas son forjadas, puestas a prueba o rotas, en el curso de las afirmaciones de la defensa de los derechos humanos básicos, la justicia social y la solidaridad.

Bulletin d'information FPP Juillet 2013 (PDF Version)

Chers amis,

La reconnaissance mutuelle, le respect mutuel et les avantages réciproques figurent parmi les attributs souhaitables de toute relation humaine. Les peuples autochtones et les autres peuples des forêts s’attendent eux aussi à trouver ces qualités dans leurs relations avec des tiers, qu’il s’agisse de gouvernements, d’entreprises privées, d’ONG ou d’autres organisations et communautés de peuples autochtones. Cette édition du bulletin d’information du Forest Peoples Programme rend compte du statut de diverses relations entre les peuples des forêts et différentes institutions, au fur et à mesure de leur établissement, mise à l’épreuve ou rupture, suite à des revendications en faveur du respect des droits humains fondamentaux, de la justice sociale et de la solidarité.

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Juli 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman terhormat,

Saling mengakui, saling menghormati dan saling menguntungkan adalah atribut-atribut yang diinginkan dari semua hubungan manusia. Masyarakat adat dan masyarakat-masyarakat hutan lainnya juga mengharapkan hal-hal ini dalam hubungan mereka dengan orang lain – apakah dengan pemerintah, perusahaan swasta, NGO atau organisasi masyarakat adat dan komunitas lainnya. Edisi Lembar Berita Elektronik Forest Peoples Programme kali ini melaporkan keadaan hubungan-hubungan antara masyarakat hutan dengan berbagai lembaga – seraya hubungan-hubungan ini dibina, diuji atau pecah – dalam perjalanan penegasan untuk menegakkan hak asasi manusia, keadilan sosial dan solidaritas.

Indonesia: el gigante del aceite de palma Wilmar defrauda una vez más a comunidades locales y pone en peligro sus futuros

Wilmar, gigante del aceite de palma y miembro de la Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible (RSPO por sus siglas en inglés), ha llegado a un acuerdo para la venta de su concesión de palma de aceite PT Asiatic Persada sin consultar previamente a las comunidades indígenas Batin Sembilan, que ya habían iniciado un proceso de mediación en un conflicto por la tierra, y sin obtener o respetar su consentimiento libre, previo e informado. El acuerdo de venta a empresas que no son miembros de la RSPO ni están financiadas por la Corporación Financiera Internacional (CFI) pone en peligro el actual proceso de mediación de la Oficina del Asesor en Cumplimiento/Ombudsman (CAO por sus siglas en inglés) de la CFI iniciado a principios de 2012 con motivo de numerosos conflictos por la tierra surgidos en dicha concesión.

Indonésie : le géant de l’huile de palme, Wilmar, abandonne encore une fois les communautés locales et met leur avenir en péril

Le géant de l’huile de palme, membre de la Table ronde pour une huile de palme durable (RSPO), Wilmar, a accepté de vendre sa concession de palmier à huile PT Asiatic Persada sans consultation préalable ou respect du consentement libre, préalable et éclairé des communautés autochtones batin sembilan, déjà engagées dans un processus de médiation des conflits fonciers. L’accord de vente passé avec des entreprises non-membres de la RSPO et qui ne sont pas financées par la Société financière internationale compromet le processus de médiation actuel du Compliance/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) de la Société financière internationale (SFI) sur de nombreux conflits fonciers dans la concession, en cours depuis début 2012.

Indonesia: Perusahaan kelapa sawit raksasa Wilmar kembali mengecewakan komunitas lokal dan membahayakan masa depan mereka

Perusahaan kelapa sawit raksasa dan anggota Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Wilmar, telah menyetujui penjualan konsesi kelapa sawit PT Asiatic Persada, tanpa konsultasi sebelumnya atau penghormatan terhadap Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan dari masyarakat adat Batin Sembilan yang sudah terlibat dalam proses mediasi konflik lahan. Kesepakatan penjualan dengan perusahaan yang bukan merupakan anggota RSPO dan  tidak didanai oleh International Finance Corporation membahayakan proses mediasi yang tengah ditenggarai International Finance Corporation (IFC) Compliance/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) atas berbagai konflik lahan di konsesi tersebut sejak awal 2012.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC

Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). States are required to submit reports to the Committee every four years, describing legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention). The DRC’s report will be examined by the Committee on 11 July 2013 in the presence of a delegation of Congolese government representatives. The proceedings can be watched live online at: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

El Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer debe prestar especial atención a la situación vulnerable de las mujeres indígenas en la RDC

Quince organizaciones que trabajan con mujeres indígenas, incluido el Forest Peoples Programme, se han aliado para resaltar la injusticia y las múltiples formas de discriminación que sufren las mujeres indígenas de la República Democrática del Congo (RDC) ante el Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (el Comité). De acuerdo con el procedimiento del Comité para examinar los informes periódicos que los Estados partes están obligados a presentar cada cuatro años, en los que los Estados describen las medidas legislativas, judiciales, administrativas y de otro tipo que han adoptado para aplicar las disposiciones de la Convención sobre la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer (la Convención), el Comité estudiará el informe de la RDC con fecha del 11 de julio de 2013 en presencia de una delegación de representantes del gobierno congoleño. Esta reunión y sus procedimientos pueden verse en vivo en línea en el sitio internet: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/