29 April, 2013
As multiple international agencies adopt and update their social and environmental policies, this special edition Forest Peoples Programme E-Newsletter reviews experiences of communities and civil society with the safeguard policies of various international financial institutions.
29 April, 2013
Projects and programme interventions of multilateral development banks have a record of systematic and widespread human rights violations for indigenous peoples in Asia. In many countries, indigenous peoples have been subjected to widespread displacement and irreversible loss of traditional livelihoods. Behind these human rights violations is the denial of indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands, territories and resources and to their right to give their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to projects and programme interventions, including those in the name of sustainable development and human development. Among them, the large infrastructure (dams and highway construction) and environmental “conservation” projects have had the most detrimental adverse impacts on indigenous peoples. There are a good number of examples of such projects that have negatively impacted indigenous peoples’ communities in Asian countries, some of which follow below.
15 March, 2013
Press release from the Lawyer’s Association for the Human Rights of Nepal’s Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP):
Kathmandu, 15 March 2013
In a meeting with World Bank officials today, representatives of indigenous and local communities of Sindhuli district in central Nepal have urged the Bank to take actions for alternatives to the construction of Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 KV Transmission Line in the district under Nepal Power Development Project co-financed by the Bank.
Ethnic Media Foundation
21 February, 2013
This documentary film is a joint effort of Ethnic Media Foundation and LAHURNIP to present the experiences and challenges of Indigenous Constituent Assembly Members (who represented in the historic Constituent Assembly of Nepal) when they try to incorporate Indigenous peoples issues, concerns and rights in their respective thematic committees and in the top most decision making level of the country between 2008 and 2012.
10 December, 2012
1. Destruction at Dawn: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Nepal
An in-depth report into the development of the Arun III hydropower project and the challenges it, and projects like it, pose to the Nepali government commitments to protect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples (LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN and FPP).
10 December, 2012
The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.
6 December, 2012
An in-depth report by LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN and Forest Peoples Programme into the development of the Arun III hydropower project and the challenges it, and projects like it, pose to the Nepali government commitments to protect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples.
National Indigenous Women's Federation (NIWF)
Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous (LAHURNIP)
National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD)
Forest Peoples Programme
3 December, 2012
Click here to read the submission.
11 January, 2012
This submission had been made jointly by the Nepal Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF), the Lawyer’s Association for the Human Rights of Nepal’s Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).
7 October, 2011
In July, the 49th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) met in New York. Indigenous women in Nepal, under the umbrella of the Nepal Indigenous Women’s Federation (NIWF), attended the session for the first time to defend and explain the findings that they had presented to the Committee in their Shadow Report.
The report was supported also by the Lawyer’s Association for the Human Rights of Nepal’s Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and by the Forest Peoples Programme, and represented the first national level, self-researched and written, report on the status of indigenous women in the newly emerging Nepalese republic.