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Securing Forests, Securing rights: Report of the International Workshop on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

5 December, 2014

Securing Forests, Securing rights: Report of the International Workshop on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples

The global forest crisis is worsening and infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities are rising, according to a detailed assessment of nine country cases. Climate change mitigation and conservation policies must place community land rights and human rights centre-stage if they are to achieve the goal of sustainably reducing deforestation says the report.

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

Forest Peoples Programme
AIDESEP

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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Case Merits: The Kaliña and Lokono Peoples of Suriname

20 April, 2015

This report concerns the merits of a petition received by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) on February 16, 2007.

The petition alleges that the State of Suriname has violated the rights protected in Articles 3 (right to judicial personality), 21 (right to property) and 25 (right to judicial protection) of the American Convention on Human Rights in connection with Articles 1 and 2 thereof to the prejudice of the Kaliña and Lokono peoples.

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PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Controlled Mining Under Fire in Colombia Following Death of Human Rights Defender

9 April, 2015

Leading indigenous human rights defender has been killed by unknown gun men

At 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, Fernando Salazar Calvo was gunned down brutally outside his home. He was a prominent human rights defender and community member of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) in Colombia.

A long time member of the Resguardo’s Ancestral Miners’ Association (ASOMICARS), 52-year-old Fernando Salazar was a key spokesperson for implementing the Traditional Authorities’ rules and regulations for ancestral mining taking place within Resguardo Territory.

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Venezuela: Ye’kwana and Sanema of the Caura have again appealed to the Government to halt abuse of their rights by the armed forces

26 March, 2015

A delegation of indigenous representatives presented a petition to the Venezuela Government’s Ministry of Public Affairs to denounce the continuing of abuse of their rights by the armed forces who have been actively involved in illegal gold-mining on the indigenous peoples’ lands. They note that the commander of the local brigade, who along with several other members of his unit burned down two Ye’kwana houses in February and had then been detained by the Ye’kwana before being handed over to the authorities [who promised to investigate], remains in command of his brigade.

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Indigenous peoples of Putumayo say no to mining in their territories

23 March, 2015

March 2015

Twelve indigenous peoples inhabit the Putumayo region in Colombia. In the last few years, they have tried to be heard through constant demonstrations to say ‘no’ to mining and megaprojects in ancestral territories! They demonstrated once again last Friday the 13 of March in Bogotá through colourful actions, which back in the in the Sibundoy Valley of the Upper Putumayo they call “cultural marches and sit-ins”.  The cultural protest in Bogotá took place at the entrance of the Ministry of the Interior. 

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FAPI denuncia expresiones grotescas de odio racial contra los pueblos indigenas en Paraguay, marzo, 2015: vease el pronunciamiento de FAPI aqui

2 March, 2015

Comunicado a la opinión pública federación por la autodeterminación de los pueblos indígenas (FAPI)

Con ocasión del artículo de prensa publicado bajo el título ‘INDIOS DE MIERDA’, en el cual el periodista Miguel  H. López denuncia y reproduce expresiones graves atribuidas a Luis Aníbal Schupp, en el periódico Ultima Hora, en fecha 26 de febrero del corriente año, la FAPI manifiesta cuanto sigue:

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IDB Land Titling Project in Peruvian Amazon Must be Redesigned to Avoid violating Indigenous Rights and Increasing Deforestation

24 February, 2015

Illegal logging camp located on the border of the Alto Purús National Park near the Sepahua River

The future of an 80 million USD land titling project in Peru, financed by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), is on a knife-edge. AIDESEP, Peru’s national indigenous Amazonian peoples’ organisation, argues that conflicts over land and forest destruction will be intensified as a result of the initiative. Indigenous organisations have filed a petition to the Peruvian government demanding a formal process of consultation before the project proceeds.

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