Peru’s Ministry of Culture (MINCU) has issued a report that blocks, at least temporarily, the expansion of the country’s biggest gas project in the Amazon rainforest in a Reserve set aside for the protection of isolated indigenous peoples.
Medan, Indonesia, 13 November 2013 – Progressive palm oil companies and environmental and social NGOs today launched the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Annual General Assembly. The group is made up of producers and civil society organizations and includes Agropalma, DAABON, New Britain Palm Oil, as well as WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace.
MEDAN, INDONESIA (7 November, 2013)—Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide, according to a new research publication released today. The study details the performance of 16 oil palm operations, many run by RSPO members, reporting on their failure to uphold human rights and environmental standards required.
INFORMASI UNTUK PERS - NOVEMBER 7, 2013
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16 Studi Kasus Menyimpulkan Beberapa diantara Perusahaan Minyak Sawit Terbesar Dunia Meremehkan Mandat PBB Keputusan Persetujuan Masyarakat Adat & Masyarakat Lokal Sebelum Membabat Hutan, Lahan Gambut
Press Event to Issue Research in Advance of the RSPO’s 11th Annual Meeting in Medan; NGOs From Across Asia and Africa Question Effectiveness of RSPO Standards.
Siaran Pers Peluncuran Hasil Penelitian Menjelang Pertemuan Tahunan RSPO Ke-11 di Medan; NGO-NGO dari Asia dan Afrika Mempertanyakan Efektivitas Standar RSPO
Meningkatnya permintaan global akan minyak sawit memicu ekspansi perkebunan kelapa sawit secara besar-besaran di hutan-hutan Asia Tenggara dan Afrika. Keprihatinan akan dampak lingkungan dan sosial yang ditimbulkannya telah menyebabkan pembentukan forum minyak sawit Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) di tahun 2004. RSPO mensertifikasi operasi-operasi yang menghormati hak-hak masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal yang tinggal di lokasi operasi dan yang juga melestarikan tanah dan hutan dengan nilai konservasi tinggi.
On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands.
The board of controversial mining giant BHP Billiton is set to be slammed at its AGM by an Indonesian activist over seven coal concessions collectively covering an area of more than 350,000 hectares in the relatively unspoilt rainforest centre of the island of Borneo. Part of this project overlaps the transnational Heart of Borneo conservation area, described by the Asian Development Bank as “the lungs of Southeast Asia".
Photos in an internal report by a Peruvian government agency reveal illegal clearings in a reserve in the Amazon purportedly protecting indigenous peoples living in ‘voluntary isolation’ and ‘initial contact.’
Nurman Nuri, Leader of the Suku Anak Dalam group 113 of Pinang Tinggi in the Indonesian province of Jambi, stated in a press conference held on 3 October 2013 at the office of Indonesian NGO CAPPA: "We demand that the Governor of Jambi Province immediately revokes the HGU (Business Use Permit) of PT Asiatic Persada, as since its establishment in the 1980s no benefits at all have been derived by the indigenous Suku Anak Dalam living in this territory, only misery."
Informasi untuk Pers – 7 Oktober 2013
“Kami menuntut agar Gubernur Propinsi Jambi segera mencabut HGU PT Asiatic Persada, karena keberadaan PT Asiatic Persada sejak tahun 1980-an tidak sedikitpun memberikan manfaat bagi masyarakat Suku Anak Dalam yang berdiam diwilayah tersebut, justru kesengsaraan yang terjadi.” Itulah kalimat yang diucapkan Nurman Nuri, Ketua Kelompok SAD 113 Pinang Tinggi dalam konferensi press yang dilakukan pada hari Kami, 3 Oktober 2013 di kantor CAPPA.
The Indonesian government has issued an industrial timber plantation licence for use on the Zanegi community’s customary lands to timber company PT Selaras Inti Semesta, a subsidiary of the Medco Group, whose concession extends over 169,400 ha, and which is one of over 80 companies operating as part of the government-sponsored Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) agro-industrial mega-project.
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Kampung Zanegi di Kabupaten Merauke Provinsi Papua suram dan sunyi, berkebalikan dengan gemuruhnya suara bulldozer dan chainsaw yang terdengar dari kejauhan. Di ujung sebuah deretan rumah sederhana, Yosefa, 31 tahun, seorang ibu asli Orang Malind beranak tiga, membungkuk di samping tungku untuk mengorek-ngorek bara yang hampir mati. Ia menimang anaknya berumur tiga tahun untuk menidurkannya. Mata anak itu kurus dan cekung. Yosefa sendiri kurus kering dan lesu akibat kurang gizi, ia mengusap bulir keringat di dahinya yang panas karena demam. Ia menceritakan kisah sebuah kampung di ambang kematian.
Peru’s Vice-Ministry of Inter-Culturality (VMI) has issued a critical report temporarily blocking the expansion of Peru’s biggest gas project and claiming that two ‘isolated’ indigenous peoples living in the region could be made extinct if it goes ahead.
Kathmandu, Nepal, July 10, 2013 – Today, communities in Nepal filed a complaint with the World Bank, demanding accountability for a Bank-funded high-voltage transmission line slated to affect over 100,000 poor and marginalized indigenous villagers.
Recently and even more than before there has been a spate of letters appearing in the Guyana Chronicle leveled at criticizing the work of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and making totally false and malicious statements and assertions about the organisation and its Vice President Tony James. These include ones written by Noel Antone (June 6), Patrick Austin (June 9) and Peter Persaud (June 12). Letters such as those above have been given ready publication by the Chronicle but when the APA has responded to provide the truth, our letters or releases are never published by the paper.
As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and its local partners in the DRC have published the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines.
Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa.
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.
This week, indigenous women from throughout the Asia-Pacific region have gathered to raise their voices and present their concerns to the on-going session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This session of the CSW is focusing on the priority theme of violence against women and girls.