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EVENT (8th June 2015): Roundtable on Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

21 May, 2015

Forest Peoples Programme and Tebtebba invite you to the roundtable:

Deforestation, climate finance and the rights of indigenous peoples: the cases of DRC and the Green Climate Fund

DAY: Mon, 08 Jun 2015
TIME: 13:15-14:45
PLACE: Bonn Climate Change Conference June 2015, Room Bonn II (40)

To make palm oil 'sustainable' local communities must be in charge

14 May, 2015

Ecologist 14th May 2015

The palm oil industry's repeated failure to keep its promises illustrates why global initiatives to achieve 'sustainable palm oil' must place communities centre-stage, writes FPP. Standard-setters like the RSPO must demand action, enforcement and accountability - not just lofty commitments that inspire hope, but rarely deliver.

IACHR Tackles Violence Against Native Peoples in Costa Rica

12 May, 2015

SAN JOSE, May 11 2015 (IPS) - After years of violence against two indigenous groups in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded that the government adopt measures by May 15 to protect the life and physical integrity of the members of the two communities.

The IACHR granted precautionary measures in favour of the Bribri community living in the 11,700-hectare Salitre indigenous territory, who have been fighting for years to reclaim land that has been illegally occupied by landowners.

Traditional authorities condemn killings of healers in San Lorenzo Reserve, Colombia

11 May, 2015

Traditional authorities of Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reserve in Colombia condemn killings of two traditional healers of neighbouring San Lorenzo Indigenous Reserve (May 2015): see resolution here (only available in Spanish)

Autoridades tradicionales del Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta, en Colombia, condenan el asesinato de dos médicos tradicionales del vecino Resguardo Indígena San Lorenzo (mayo de 2015).

Golden Agri's wings clipped by RSPO in West Kalimantan

8 May, 2015

By Philip Jacobson / Mongabay.com

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has prohibited Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of its most prominent members, from "acquiring or developing any new areas" pending the resolution of a formal complaint against the palm oil giant in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province.

The decision by the RSPO, the world's largest voluntary certification scheme for palm oil, is a stern directive from an organization that has been criticized for failing to take action against companies that flout its standards.

Precautionary Measures issued by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in favor of the Teribe (Bröran) and the Bribri indigenous peoples of Costa Rica.

7 May, 2015

Due to a series of violent attacks and threats against these two indigenous peoples in the last few years, the Commission decided that the acts and omissions of the State were not adequate and ordered Costa Rica, together with the affected peoples, to take the measures necessary to better protect the lives and physical integrity of the two indigenous peoples and their members.  The State has 15 days to respond to the Commission and the Commission will continue to monitor the matter.

Press Release: Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

7 May, 2015

Palm oil conglomerate ordered to halt expansion of operations following multiple violations of RSPO standards.

7th May, 2015: The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

NGO Forum on ADB Calls on AIIB to Have Robust Safeguard Standards

5 May, 2015

With 57 nations already on board the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as prospective founders, a 250-member strong civil society network made an appeal to the newly-formed bank to adopt robust safeguards in its principles, policies and operations.

Palawan: Stop Blaming Indigenous Peoples’ Farming Practices (Kaingin) for Deforestation

5 May, 2015

By Coalition against Land Grabbing and United Tribes of Palawan

Oil Palm Free Islands

5 May, 2015

From outsiders to political representatives, the indigenous struggle in the Mentawai islands is a 20 year struggle to be heard. We learn through the eyes of Gugen, a future Indigenous leader, as he meets the villagers, shamens, newspaper & radio stations that unify these threatened islands.

Oil Palm Free Islands from Handcrafted Films on Vimeo.