New paper by Marcus Colchester: Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable production and conservation on forest peoples’ lands

FPP's founder and Senior Policy Advisor, Marcus Colchester, has published a paper on "Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable commodity production and forest conservation on forest peoples’ lands in Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia and Malaysia." The paper is published by Liverpool University Press.

Thai Government reminded again of human rights obligations

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) has again reminded the Royal Thai Government of its human rights obligations towards the Karen people in Kaeng Krachan National Park, and more widely to support and promote the retention and celebration of Karen culture as per the Royal Thai Government resolu

Palm Oil controversies go global

In April, the European Parliament by a substantial cross-party majority adopted a report highlighting the human rights violations, labour abuses, land grabbing and environmental destruction associated with the production of palm oil. 

Les différends sur l’huile de palme s’internationalisent

En avril, le Parlement européen, à une majorité importante tous partis confondus, a adopté un rapport mettant en évidence les violations des droits humains, les violations des droits des travailleurs, l’accaparement des terres et la destruction environnementale associés à la production d’huile de palme.

Appels à une protection accrue des droits autochtones dans le secteur agro-industriel en Asie du Sud-Est

« Pour les peuples autochtones, l’environnement est étroitement lié à chaque aspect de leur vie et de leur survie. Ils sont les piliers de la bonne gouvernance de l’environnement ». C’est avec ces mots que Tan Sri Razali Ismail, de la Commission des droits humains de la Malaisie (SUHAKUM), a salué les participants à la 6e Conférence de l’Asie du Sud-Est sur les droits humains et l’agro-industrie.

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) expresses serious concerns about the situation of the Karen people evicted from Kaeng Krachan

In an unusually strongly worded formal communication to the Royal Thai Government, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has expressed its serious concerns regarding the eviction of Karen communities from the area of Kaeng Krachan National Park, and the subsequent nomination of the park as part of a World Heritage Site.

Thailand: Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress

Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.

Karen Indigenous People - Request for Consideration of the Situation

An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ