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The National Constitution and Forest Dweller Land Rights in Kenya

Liz Alden Wily

20 January, 2016

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity.

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Conserving injustice: The unnecessary ongoing eviction and displacement of Sengwer communities in Embobut

14 December, 2015

The Sengwer community at Embobut has been dispersed, with most still living in their forests and glades high in the Cherangany Hills despite the evictions by the Government’s Kenya Forest Service (KFS). There they hide from the forest guards’ harassment, from having their now makeshift and temporary homes burnt and basic household property destroyed, as well as from being threatened with arrest despite the existence of a High Court injunction forbidding such harassment and evictions.

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Forest Peoples Programme Dialogue on Community-based Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

14 December, 2015

MRV Meeting participants

From 16-19 Nov. 2015, FPP in collaboration with its local partners working across the Africa region organized in Yaoundé in Cameroon a meeting on Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV). The objective of this MRV meeting was to develop a common approach to community-based monitoring and set out appropriate indicators and tools for MRV that FPP and partners can mainstream throughout various initiatives on the ground to secure the rights of forest communities.

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International civil society alarmed by Conviction of Cameroonian environmental human rights defender

15 November, 2015

Cameroonian authorities must stop the repression of environmental human rights defender according to an international coalition of six environmental and human rights organizations, which includes Greenpeace Africa, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), GRAIN, Fern, Oakland Institute and SAVE.

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VIDEO: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Relation to the Green Climate Fund and Deforestation in DRC

11 June, 2015

At the Bonn 2015 Climate Change Conference, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Tebtebba held the side event 'Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: the cases of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).’

In this video by IISD Reporting Services, the event panelists discuss the need for the Green Climate Fund and upcoming UNFCCC decisions to adopt a rights-based approach to climate change. Panelists also discuss the drivers of deforestation in the DRC and gave examples of eviction of indigenous peoples from their land.

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Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon

4 June, 2015

Mundemba: May31, 2015 (SEFE/FR/MY01/2015)

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas (including the iconic Korup National Park in south west Cameroon) has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015.

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An International Festival to Promote Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

1 June, 2015

The indigenous Pygmy peoples in DRC are custodians of a rich culture. Their indigenous knowledge and traditional practices have contributed enormously to the preservation and sustainable management of the country’s forest ecosystems. They play a central role in improving forest governance.

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Inga Dam in the DRC to Result in the Resettlement of up to 20,000 People

1 June, 2015

In March 2014, the World Bank Board of directors gave final approval for a grant of USD$73 million towards the construction of the Inga 3 Dam on the Congo River in the Bas Congo Province of the DRC.  Inga 3 represents the first phase of a vast programme to create the largest and most powerful hydroelectric network in the world, even surpassing the China’s Three Gorges Dam. 

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Indigenous Peoples in Uganda: A Review of the Human Rights Situation of the Batwa People, the Benet people and Pastoralist Communities

11 May, 2015

Alternative report to the Initial report of the Republic of Uganda to be presented at the 55th session of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: 1st – 19th June 2015

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Indigenous peoples in Uganda: A review of the human rights situation of the Batwa people, the Benet people and pastoralist communities

27 April, 2015

Alternative report to the fifth periodic report of the Republic of Uganda presented at the 56th Ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 21 April to 7 May 2015.

You can read the report in English and French

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