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World Bank’s Draft Safeguards Fail to Protect Land Rights and Prevent Impoverishment: Major Revisions Required

29 July, 2014

97 non-governmental organizations and civil society networks and 17 distinguished individuals from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe sent this collaborative statement to the World Bank’s Board, demanding that the draft be sent back to the drawing board and re-written with serious safeguards to respect and protect the land, housing and livelihood rights of the poor.

View the statement here

Final Statement on Draft World Bank Safeguard Policy

29 July, 2014

This statement, prepared jointly by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), contains views and recommendations for improving the draft for the second round of consultations. We have been engaging in the review process since it was launched in 2011 and we hope that the dilutions to the current safeguard policies shall be addressed properly, and the added provisions such as the on the free prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples be strengthened, along with the legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and resources.

CSO letter on support for CAO

15 July, 2014

CSO letter to the President of the World Bank Group expressing support for the office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).

Indonesia needs political reform, not just legal prosecution, to eradicate corruption in palm oil plantations

10 July, 2014

The article looks at the links between oil palm business and public officials. It comes to the conclusion that the prosecution of corrupt officials is failing to stop corruption by elected officials, and that reform of electoral funding laws is needed so that politicians and political parties do not have to reply on bribes or oligarchs to fund their election campaigns.

To read the full article please click here

 

Unidos para la defensa de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas

1 July, 2014

Federación por la Autoderterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI)

“FAPI Informa”, una revista que publica las acciones y luchas de las doce asociaciones indígenas que conforman la organización.

El primer número de la revista de la Federación por la Autodeterminación por los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) se publica este mes de junio. Esta edición incluye notas que tienen que ver con acciones, actividades y luchas que llevan adelante los líderes de las doce asociaciones que conforman la  FAPI.

Statement on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

26 June, 2014

Joint statement of AIPP, CAOI and ENIP regarding the work of the UN Working Group on Buisness and Human Rights at the occasion of the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

To read the statement in English please click here

Press Release: Communities protest that UK's Equatorial Palm Oil are poised to seize land in Liberia

24 June, 2014

The UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which is threatening to seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments by Liberia’s President, will today receive a visit from affected communities. Members of the Jogbahn Clan, together with representatives from Liberian and international NGOs, will deliver a petition with over 90,000 signatures, reminding EPO that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands, and that doing so could escalate violence. EPO’s past operations in Liberia have triggered allegations of conflict and human rights abuses.

Organizaciones indígenas denuncian el desalojo forzoso de una comunidad Ava-Guaraní en Paraguay

17 June, 2014

La organización indígena FAPI denuncia el desalojo forzoso de una comunidad Ava-Guaraní en Paraguay. Véase además el pronunciamiento de CONAPI - solamente disponible en español.

Indigenous organization FAPI condemns the forced eviction of Ava-Guarani community in Paraguay: see also statement by CONAPI  - only available in Spanish (June 2014).

COMUNICADOA LA OPINIÓN PUBLICA (CONAPI)

Comprehensive land-use planning: A rights-based approach

11 June, 2014

The paper looks at issues arising from including land use mitigation in a future climate agreement and suggests 3 key principles -

Ambition, that mitigation in the land sector should not undermine mitigation in other sectors;
Food security and equity, as a priority for developing countries where are to 80% of people rely on smallholder livelihoods;
and rights, recognising the importance of tenure, usage and access rights.