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UN urges Indonesia to respect the land rights of Aru Islanders threatened by giant sugar plantation

7 October, 2015

In response to an appeal submitted by the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) and Forest Peoples Programme under its urgent action procedure, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on the Indonesian government to reconsider its plans to allow a private sugar company to take over half of the Aru Islands as a plantation.

UN Expert: “the World Bank is a human rights-free zone”

5 October, 2015

In a report to the UN General Assembly, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, characterizes the World Bank as a “human rights-free zone” and criticizes the institution’s current approach to human rights as “incoherent, counterproductive and unsustainable”.

The Indigenous Wampis people of the Upper Amazon in Peru set to establish their own autonomous self governing body

28 September, 2015

The Indigenous Wampis people of the Upper Amazon in Peru are on the verge of establishing their own autonomous self governing  body to control and oversee their integral
territory. The Wampis communities reject large dam, road and hydrocarbon projects in their territory, (Statements and resolutions available in Spanish only).

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Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Geneva, July 20, 2015

27 July, 2015

Human Rights Council
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Eighth Session
20-24 July 2015

Item 3 of the Provisional Agenda

Follow up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
including the review of the Mandate of the Expert Mechanism
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

New film denounces forced resettlement of Dayak peoples in Sarawak

24 July, 2015

Sarawak, Malaysia: A new film from the Borneo project, Broken Promises: Displaced by Dams,  made in conjunction of the indigenous peoples of central Sarawak and many support organisations summarises the threat posed by 17 large dams under development. Featuring interviews with numerous Dayaks and activists, the film describes the impact of previous dams, shows the strong and growing mobilisation in opposition to these impositions and calls for alternative development and energy supply systems.

RRI Study reveals India's tribal and forest communities have rights over half of its forests

23 July, 2015

NEW DELHI, INDIA (22 July 2015): A new study has revealed that India’s 2006 Forest Rights Act (FRA) has the potential to recognize the rights of approximately 150 million forest dwellers on at least 40 million hectares of forested land.

Statement and Recommendations of the Indigenous Peoples' Major Group

23 July, 2015

International Indian Treaty Council

United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Eighth session July 20 – 24, 2015
Agenda Item 5: Post 2015 development agenda and Indigenous Peoples’ rights

Statement and Recommendations of the Indigenous Peoples' Major Group

Final Draft of the Outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

15 July, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the project for over five years. Though the findings validate community concerns, the World Bank has not committed to correcting the damage caused by its failures in this project.

Groups Propose New Development Model for BRICS New Development Bank

11 July, 2015

Today as the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) meet in Ufa, Russia to launch the New Development Bank, over 40 civil society organizations and social movements from around the world sent an open letter, urging the BRICS to break with the failed development models of the past and ensure that the NDB is truly something new. The letter lays out 4 Principles for a New Development Model: 1) Promote development for all; 2) Be transparent and democratic; 3) Set strong standards and make sure they’re followed; 4) Promote sustainable development.

Guyana Article: Gold For Green Forests

9 July, 2015

The large-scale hunt for gold not only destroys rainforest in Guyana, it also threatens a deal for billions in funds from Norway

Read the full article on the Forest Peoples Programme Oximity page here