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Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) bond offering: Briefing to banks and potential investors on the ongoing risks and outstanding social conflicts in the palm oil agribusiness sector

15 April, 2015

Joint NGO statement

Credit Suisse, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities are acting for Golden Agri-Resources - part of the Sinar Mas Group - in a new bond offering worth up to USD 400 million, according to a Debtwire report last week.[i] The syndicate has begun meetings with credit investors this week in Hong Kong and Singapore.

PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Controlled Mining Under Fire in Colombia Following Death of Human Rights Defender

9 April, 2015

Leading indigenous human rights defender has been killed by unknown gun men

At 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, Fernando Salazar Calvo was gunned down brutally outside his home. He was a prominent human rights defender and community member of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) in Colombia.

A long time member of the Resguardo’s Ancestral Miners’ Association (ASOMICARS), 52-year-old Fernando Salazar was a key spokesperson for implementing the Traditional Authorities’ rules and regulations for ancestral mining taking place within Resguardo Territory.

Golden Agri-Resources still in violation of RSPO standards

8 April, 2015

Golden Agri-Resources, which owns Indonesia’s largest palm oil conglomerate operating under the brand name Sinar Mas, is still in violation of RSPO standards, according to Forest Peoples Programme.

PRESS RELEASE: Harmful Social and Environmental Impacts of Liberia Palm Oil Project Exposed

1 April, 2015

Golden Veroleum and Golden Agri-Resource’s palm oil operations in Liberia are compounding poverty and food insecurity by taking land without community consent and making hollow promises of development benefits, says new report

New film highlights the struggle faced by the Panduamaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra

30 March, 2015

'From our Ancestors' is a very powerful and moving story about the Panduamaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra, Indonesia. They are fighting to stop the growth of pulp plantations owned by PT Toba Pulp Lestari. Previously formerly affiliated with pulp and paper giant, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and its parent Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), and is still controlled by notorious Indonesian business tycoon Sukanto Tanoto through holding companies.

Venezuela: Ye’kwana and Sanema of the Caura have again appealed to the Government to halt abuse of their rights by the armed forces

26 March, 2015

A delegation of indigenous representatives presented a petition to the Venezuela Government’s Ministry of Public Affairs to denounce the continuing of abuse of their rights by the armed forces who have been actively involved in illegal gold-mining on the indigenous peoples’ lands. They note that the commander of the local brigade, who along with several other members of his unit burned down two Ye’kwana houses in February and had then been detained by the Ye’kwana before being handed over to the authorities [who promised to investigate], remains in command of his brigade.

Indigenous peoples of Putumayo say no to mining in their territories

23 March, 2015

March 2015

Twelve indigenous peoples inhabit the Putumayo region in Colombia. In the last few years, they have tried to be heard through constant demonstrations to say ‘no’ to mining and megaprojects in ancestral territories! They demonstrated once again last Friday the 13 of March in Bogotá through colourful actions, which back in the in the Sibundoy Valley of the Upper Putumayo they call “cultural marches and sit-ins”.  The cultural protest in Bogotá took place at the entrance of the Ministry of the Interior. 

Government of Finland fails to ratify the ILO 169 on Saami Rights

17 March, 2015

Government of Finland fails to ratify the ILO 169 – Saami organisations called to urgent meeting on Monday.

Despite eight years of negotiations between the Saami Parliament and the Government of Finland, the Parliament did not ratify the ILO 169 convention today. Last minute attempts to influence the Parliament failed.

The acting Saami Parliament President, Mrs. Tiina Sanila-Aikio, summarised that the decision is greatly damaging to the relations between the Saami and the state.

African human rights body warns the World Bank on proposals to reverse decades of advancement in protection of indigenous peoples’ rights

12 March, 2015

LONDON, 12 March 2015: In February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights met in Banjul, The Gambia, for its 17th Extra-Ordinary Session, to deal with critical matters pending since the cancellation and delay of previous sessions due to the spread of Ebola during 2014.

Forest Peoples Programme complaint against Golden Agri Resources upheld

9 March, 2015

Palm oil conglomerate criticised for multiple violation of RSPO’s requirements that lands only be acquired from indigenous peoples and local communities with their free, prior and informed consent.