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Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous Perspectives on Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

Forest Peoples Programme

4 December, 2014

Revealing the Hidden


The report, Revealing the Hidden: Indigenous perspectives on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon was compiled by Peru’s national indigenous peoples’ organisation (AIDESEP) and international human rights organisation, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and is based on the analysis and perspectives of Peru’s indigenous leaders and organisations whose lives, lands and livelihoods are threatened by deforestation on a daily basis.

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Report on the grave and persistent violation of indigenous peoples' rights in Costa Rica

16 July, 2015

This report addresses the pattern of pervasive, long-standing and inter-connected violations or denials of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Republic of Costa Rica, and the ongoing situation of impunity in which they occur and persist.

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Report on the situation of indigenous tribal peoples in Suriname

16 July, 2015

A Report on the Situation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname and Comments on Suriname’s 13th ‐ 15th Periodic Reports (CERD/C/SUR/13‐15)

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 87th Session (2015)


The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname
The Association of Saramaka Authorities
The Forest Peoples Programme

14 July 2015

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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

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Venezuela: Indigenous peoples call again for recognition of their territorial rights and an end to mining on their lands

8 June, 2015

On 4th June, the regional organisation of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Venezuela (ORPIA) issued an appeal to President Maduro and the national administration to halt the mining that is destroying the lands and livelihoods of the indigenous peoples of the States of Amazonas and Bolivar.

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Forthcoming Publication: Where They Stand

1 June, 2015

They are bound to that land, and they are its true custodians.”

Written by author and journalist Fred Pearce, Where They Stand reveals the reality of life for the Wapichan people. With detailed observations, Pearce documents their determined efforts to secure effective recognition of their customary land rights covering extensive rainforests in the Upper Essequibo basin and savannah grasslands, dry tropical forests and montane forest in the South Rupununi District of Guyana.

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Indigenous peoples in Caldas Department, Colombia, march in protest

29 May, 2015

Indigenous peoples in Caldas Department, Colombia, march in protest to denounce violence against their communities (May 2015) (only available in Spanish).

Pueblos indigenas en el departamento de Caldas, Colombia, realizan un marcha para protestar y denunciar la violencia contra sus comunidades (solamente disponible en Castellano) (mayo de 2015)

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The Story of FLEGT in Guyana

14 May, 2015

This video is an adaptation of "The Story of FLEGT" produced by FERN for the context of Guyana.

FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The European Union's FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber. The video focuses on the status of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) process in Guyana.

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Forest governance and why it matters

14 May, 2015

This video is produced by the Amerindian Peoples Association with assistance from the Forest Peoples Programme with the aim of supporting the process of enhancing the capacity of indigenous communities in Guyana to participate in the national VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreements) process. An important part of the VPA, which is being negotiated with the EU to ensure the export of legal timber to the European market, is improved forest governance.

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