Urgent appeal against the forced eviction of Sengwer communities in Kenya

We are deeply concerned by the forced evictions of the 6,000-7,000 Sengwer indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).

For many years the Government has been trying to move the indigenous inhabitants of Embobut off their land by burning their homes. They have done this in the name of a fortress conservation approach which seeks to remove local people from their lands. As IUCN and all pre-eminent conservation organisations now acknowledge, such an approach only ever makes the environmental situation worse, and adds a human rights disaster to the environmental crisis. The new President has taken what at first appeared to be a new approach: he came in November and promised them a small amount of money to move, however now that it is clear people are refusing to move, this is being followed up with this threat of imminent eviction.

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

The Rights of Non-Indigenous ‘Forest Peoples’ with a focus on Land and Related Rights - Existing International Legal Mechanisms and Strategic Options

The rights of indigenous and tribal peoples are relatively well defined in international law and to some extent, however imperfectly, also in a growing number of national laws. This is largely due to decades of indigenous advocacy at the national and international levels, which has resulted in considerable (although still evolving) jurisprudence, international instruments on indigenous peoples’ rights, and an established institutional presence within intergovernmental organisations.

Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): The Land Rights of Rural Women. 31 October 2013

A formal submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to contribute to the elaboration of a General Recommendation on Rural Women under the Convention. The submission highlights the specific circumstances of indigenous women and the need to focus on achieving coherence between CEDAW and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

New film produced by HuMa: Indonesia - Customary Forests after the Constitutional Court’s Ruling No.35

A new film by the community rights support NGO, HuMA, explains the Constitutional Court's ruling recognising that customary forests are not within State forests. While the historic ruling has opened a way towards justice for indigenous peoples to reclaim as much as 40 million hectares of their forests, the ruling still leaves it to the Government to first clarify who are indigenous peoples and where their territories actually are before the Forestry Ministry is obliged to reclassify their claimed areas as outside of State Forests.

Global Conference on Community Land and Resource Rights: “Land owned or managed by indigenous peoples and local communities must be doubled by 2018”

From 19 - 20 September 2013, representatives from Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and from FPP’s partner organisations attended an international conference in Interlaken, Switzerland, on community land and resource rights, organised by the Rights and Resources Initiative, the International Land Coalition, Oxfam, IUCN and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. 

Conferencia mundial sobre los derechos de las comunidades sobre sus tierras y recursos: «Para 2018 la tierra perteneciente a pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales o gestionada por ellos debe haberse duplicado»

Los días 19 y 20 de septiembre de 2013 unos representantes del Forest Peoples Programme o FPP (Programa para los Pueblos de los Bosques) y de organizaciones asociadas asistieron a una conferencia internacional en Interlaken, Suiza, sobre los derechos de las comunidades sobre sus tierras y recursos, organizada por la Iniciativa para los Derechos y los Recursos, la Coalición Internacional para el Acceso a la Tierra, Oxfam, la UICN y Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. 

Conférence mondiale sur les droits des communautés aux terres et aux ressources : « Les terres possédées ou gérées par des peuples autochtones et des communautés locales doivent doubler d’ici 2018 »

Du 19 au 20 septembre 2013, des représentants du Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) et d’organisations partenaires du FPP ont participé à une conférence internationale sur les droits des communautés aux terres et aux ressources à Interlaken, en Suisse, organisée par l’Initiative des droits et ressources, la Coalition internationale pour l’accès à la terre, Oxfam, UICN et Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. 

Konferensi Global tentang Hak Atas Tanah dan Sumberdaya Masyarakat: “Tanah yang dimiliki atau dikelola oleh masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal harus meningkat dua kali lipat menjelang 2018”

Dari tanggal 19 - 20 September 2013, perwakilan dari Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) dan dari organisasi mitra FPP menghadiri sebuah konferensi internasional di Interlaken, Swiss, tentang hak atas tanah dan sumberdaya masyarakat, yang diselenggarakan oleh Rights and Resources Initiative, International Land Coalition (Koalisi Tanah Internasional), Oxfam, IUCN dan Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

E-Boletín FPP Octubre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos: 

El principio de que el disfrute de los derechos humanos es a la vez el medio y el objetivo del desarrollo resalta la importancia de la supervisión de los derechos humanos como medio para empoderar a sus titulares  para que los ejerzan, al tiempo que exigen a los Estados y otros agentes que rindan cuentas de sus obligaciones relacionadas con los derechos humanos.  

Bulletin d'information FPP Octobre 2013 (PDF Version)

Chers amis, 

Le principe selon lequel la jouissance des droits humains constitue à la fois le moyen et l’objectif du développement souligne l’importance du suivi des droits humains comme un moyen de permettre aux détenteurs de droits d’exercer leurs droits, tout en rendant les États et les autres acteurs responsables de leurs obligations en matière de droits humains. 

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Oktober 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman yang baik, 

Prinsip bahwa pemenuhan hak asasi manusia adalah sarana sekaligus tujuan pembangunan membawa perhatian pada pentingnya pemantauan hak asasi manusia sebagai sarana untuk memberdayakan para pemegang hak untuk menegakkan hak-hak mereka, seraya tetap menuntut tanggungjawab negara dan aktor-aktor lainnya untuk melaksanakan kewajiban hak asasi mereka.

Opinion piece by James Anaya in Aljazeera: Is natural resource development a blessing, a 'quick-fix,' or a curse?

Source: Aljazeera

The "resource curse" is alive and well in the global south, as natural resource development deepens poverty.

Geneva, Switzerland - Economic development is widely assumed to bring the blessings of higher standards of living and to be a quick fix for cash poor countries. However, there are many who look at economic development and instead consider it to be a curse in the "global south" - South America, Africa, and Asia - and also in parts of the more industrialised world where indigenous peoples live.