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International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Statement to the Press, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

13 October, 2014

Press release from the press conference held by IIFB at the 12th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The press release addresses an impasse that has emerged within the negotiations concerning the use of the terminology "Indigenous Peoples and local communities" to replace the current phrase "indigenous and local communities".

IIFB Press Statement

FIPN letters to the World Bank's President Kim

7 October, 2014

Letters from Peter Kitelo, Kenya Forest Indigenous Peoples Network (FIPN), to President Kim of the World Bank on behalf of the requesters, the Sengwer indigenous people:

FIPN Pre-Board letter to President Kim

FIPN Post-Board letter to President Kim

"World Bank pledge to resolve the land issues of the Sengwer forest indigenous community"

6 October, 2014

Thousands of homes belonging to hunter-gatherer Sengwer people living in the Embobut forest in the Cherangani hills were burned down earlier this year by Kenya forest service guards who had been ordered to clear the forest as part of a carbon offset project that aimed to reduce emissions from deforestation.

Ecuador apologizes to indigenous community for allowing oil drilling

2 October, 2014

Thursday, October 2nd 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Ecuador has apologized to an indigenous community for authorizing oil drilling on ancestral land without their permission. The apology to the Sarayaku community came two years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the OPEC nation had violated the tribe's right to be consulted on oil concessions granted for their land.

Ecuador paid 1.3 million dollars to the community, which lives in the southeastern jungle region of Pastaza, as a result of the court's decision.

IACHR Calls upon Member States of the OAS to Guarantee Fully and Effectively the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

1 October, 2014

September 22, 2014

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) / Washington, D.C. – On the occasion of the First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urges Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) to take all available measures in order to respect and guarantee effectively the rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas, free from any form of discrimination.

Colombian court orders mining companies to return land to indigenous Embera-Katio people

30 September, 2014

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(Reuters) - A Colombian legal tribunal has ordered 11 companies to halt gold-mining operations in a 50,000-hectare (124,000-acre) reserve in the northwest of the country and return the land to the tribe that previously lived there.

The ruling, the first of its kind in the Andean nation, restores the territory in Choco department to the 7,270-person Embera Katio tribe, which inhabited the area before it was forced out by mining activities and violent illegal armed groups.

Briefing Paper: Peace in Papua - Protecting the land and livelihoods of Papua's Indigenous Peoples

29 September, 2014

PUSAKA and Koalisi Masyaralat Sipil Peduli Ruang Adat Papua

This report documents the limitations and loopholes of Papua's existing Spatial Planning regulations, with recommendations to the Indonesian government towards better recognition and security of Papua's indigenous peoples.

Papua Damai: Lindungi Ruang Hidup Masyarakat Adat Papua (BI only)

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