Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Self-determination

FPP works to realise forest peoples’ right to self-determination, a fundamental right of all peoples that underpins the work of the United Nations. That this right also applies to peoples within nation states is made explicitly clear in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Articles 3 and 4.

What does the right to self-determination mean?

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Articles 3 and 4 states:

Article 3
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 4
Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.

FPP’s work with forest peoples is guided by forest peoples themselves. The focus of this work is to:

  • get the rights and interests of forest peoples recognised in policies and programmes
  • support forest peoples to build their capacity to claim and exercise their human rights
  • counter top-down policies and projects that affect forest peoples
  • promote community-based, sustainable forest management
  • coordinate NGO actions on forests in line with forest peoples’ visions
  • link up indigenous and forest peoples’ movements at the regional and international level.

Relevant resources

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COICA Statement: The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before the COP20

17 September, 2014

Statement by Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin – COICA

The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before COP20: Without territories and rights there will be no climate solutions

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Press Release: Murder in the Peruvian rainforest

9 September, 2014

Upper Amazon Conservancy / ProPurús

Four indigenous Ashéninka leaders were found dead in the Peruvian Amazon due to their efforts to obtain legal title to their native community of Alto Tamaya Saweto and prevent continued illegal logging in their lands.

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No Consent to Proceed: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Violations at the Proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP)
Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) - The Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia
PACOS Trust, Sabah (Partners of Community Organisation)

18 August, 2014

No Consent to Proceed

 

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.

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Forest Peoples Programme letter to the President of Brazil raises concerns over recent death threats against Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa

1 August, 2014

The Forest peoples Programme and other Civil Society organisations are requesting that the Brazilian authorities provide protection to Davi Kopenawa, the internationally renowned spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

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Venezuela: Indigenous peoples of the Caura demand their constitutionally guaranteed territorial rights

2 June, 2014

Invoking their right to self-determination, the Ye’kwana and Sanema peoples of the Caura River in the State of Guayana have issued a statement demanding recognition of their territorial rights. Pointing out that their fully documented land claim has been unanswered by the executive since 2006, the statement also rejects the imposition of any protected areas on their lands and territories until their constitutionally recognised rights to the ‘habitats’, as territories are referred to in Venezuela law, are first recognised.

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Peru's indigenous leaders face life sentences for defending their rights

13 May, 2014

Clima-Selvas-Pueblos somos Uno Solo

On the 14th May 2014 the trial will begin of 53 of Peru's indigenous leaders who are charged with crimes related to the tragic events at Bagua on the 5th June 2009 where over 20 people died and hundreds were injured after Peruvian forces opened fire on indigenous peoples blockading a road in peaceful protest at the efforts of the Peruvian government to dismantle legal protections for their lands.

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Nepali Indigenous groups laud Supreme Court verdict on Constitutional Assembly nominations

13 May, 2014

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.

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Companies promoting Genetically Modified Trees open up to scrutiny

15 April, 2014

Following an information sharing meeting of The Forests Dialogue hosted by Forests Peoples Programme and FERN in November 2013, five major pulp and paper companies have released information about their plans to develop Genetically Modified Trees (GMT).

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