On the 30th March 2018, an alliance of civil society organisations submitted a shadow report to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (CERD).
April 7, 2018 marks the third anniversary since the brutal assassination of Colombian Indigenous leader Fernando Salazar Calvo, a member of the Embera Chamí People of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (municipalities of Risoucio and Supia, Caldas), and a vocal member of the Resguardo’s Ancestral Miners Association, ASOMICARS.
Since 2013, the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya has been struggling against the destruction and appropriation of their traditional lands for the purposes of conversion of forests to oil palm plantations, with the support of their representative organisation (FECONAU).
Leaders from the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, Peru, have reported a spike in violent threats and intimidation in the weeks following a court injunction against the palm oil company responsible for appropriating and deforesting more than 7,000 hectares of their ancestral territory.
On the 11th December a community delegation from the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya accompanied by representatives of FECONAU and IDL conducted a field visit to confirm reports of invasion of their lands farmed by community members close to the banks of the river Aguaytia.
On the international day of human rights, indigenous federation FAPI issued a statement expressing solidarity with the Jejytymiri community of the Ava Guaraní people, denouncing further abuses committed against the Makutinga indigenous community, of the Mbya Guaraní people.
Human rights defenders, whistle-blowers and witnesses face a huge variety of dangers while fighting to expose human rights abuses and related illegal resource use, land grabs and corruption. Recent reports show that defenders are facing ever higher risks, yet current protection mechanisms are failing to keep up.
Indigenous peoples in Geneva call on the UN, governments and corporate actors to urgently ramp up efforts to prevent human rights abuses by corporations and introduce effective mechanisms to hold them to account. Key messages include:
Where there are peoples with rights there will always be forests for everyone
On the eve of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) annual meeting the Shipibo Konibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya and its representative organisation FECONAU has condemned the failure of the organisation’s complaints mechanism to secure justice for their community.
In December 2015, the indigenous organisation FECONAU filed the first ever complaint to the RSPO about a Peruvian member.
On the 26th October 2017 the community of Santa Clara issued the following statement about the ongoing destruction of their lands for palm oil operations and their continued struggle for recognition of their land rights.
“Before asking permission from someone or from any institution, we always ask permission from the forest.
At 6:00 pm on October 14, 2017, the members of the Ethnic Council of the Kichwa People of the Amazon (CEPKA) gathered in the community meeting space in the district of Lamas to issue the following statement regarding inaccurate information that has been spread about the lawsuit filed by the Kichwa Nati
Around 5 per cent of the world’s population are indigenous, and every day huge numbers of indigenous people risk their life in protection of their ancestral lands.
According to Global Witness’ Defenders of the Earth 2017 report, nearly 40 per cent of the defenders who died in 2016 were indigenous.
Documents produced by the Palenke Alto Cauca, the traditional governance body of Black Communities in Northern Cauca (represented nationally by Proceso de Comunidades Negras-PCN), outlining the key challenges and perspectives of Afro-Descendant communities in Northern Cauca around territorial threats.
A “living document” outlining the rules and regulations governing Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the ancestral territories of the Black Communities of Northern Cauca, Colombia.
Documents and videos produced by the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Riosucio, Supia – Caldas), synthesizing key moments in a two-year project (2015-2017)