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Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women against destructive mining

This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?

Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.

Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): The Land Rights of Rural Women. 31 October 2013

A formal submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to contribute to the elaboration of a General Recommendation on Rural Women under the Convention. The submission highlights the specific circumstances of indigenous women and the need to focus on achieving coherence between CEDAW and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

New film produced by HuMa: Indonesia - Customary Forests after the Constitutional Court’s Ruling No.35

A new film by the community rights support NGO, HuMA, explains the Constitutional Court's ruling recognising that customary forests are not within State forests. While the historic ruling has opened a way towards justice for indigenous peoples to reclaim as much as 40 million hectares of their forests, the ruling still leaves it to the Government to first clarify who are indigenous peoples and where their territories actually are before the Forestry Ministry is obliged to reclassify their claimed areas as outside of State Forests.

Recent report prompts Southeast Asian National Human Rights Institutions and civil society organisations to adopt new Resolution on human rights and agribusiness

From 7 – 9 August 2013, representatives  from National Human Rights Institutions of the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Myanmar and supportive civil society organisations, met in Bangkok to assess developments in the agribusiness sector and human rights since the Bali Declaration on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia in 2011 and the Phnom Penh Workshop on Human Rights and Agribusiness in 2012, and to develop an action plan for the effective enforcement of human rights by State parties in the agribusiness sector. The meeting was convened by the Thai National Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Forest Peoples Programme and the Rights and Resources Initiative. 

Laporan terbaru mendorong Lembaga-Lembaga Hak Asasi Manusia Nasional Asia Tenggara dan organisasi-organisasi masyarakat sipil untuk mengadopsi Resolusi baru mengenai hak asasi manusia dan agribisnis

Pada tanggal 7 - 9 Agustus 2013 perwakilan dari Lembaga-Lembaga Hak Asasi Manusia Nasional Filipina, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Timor Leste dan Myanmar serta organisasi-organisasi masyarakat sipil pendukung, mengadakan pertemuan di Bangkok untuk menilai perkembangan di sektor agribisnis dan HAM sesudah Deklarasi Bali tentang Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis di Asia Tenggara pada tahun 2011 dan Lokakarya Phnom Penh tentang Hak Asasi Manusia dan Agribisnis pada tahun 2012, dan juga untuk mengembangkan rencana aksi pelaksanaan penegakan hak asasi manusia yang efektif oleh pihak Negara di sektor agribisnis. Pertemuan itu diselenggarakan oleh Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia Thailand, dengan dukungan dari Forest Peoples Programme dan Rights and Resources Initiative.

Indonesia: Renewed appeal to UN-CERD for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending remedy and respect for the rights of the indigenous Malind people

On 25 July 2013, 26 Indonesian and international organisations and the Forest Peoples Programme, submitted a report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN-CERD) requesting its consideration of the situation of the Malind and other indigenous peoples of Merauke in the Indonesian province of Papua under the Committee’s urgent action and early warning procedures (EW/UA procedures).

Indonesia: Permohonan baru kepada UN-CERD untuk penangguhan proyek MIFEE di Papua menunggu penyelesaian ganti rugi dan terwujudnya penghormatan terhadap hak-hak masyarakat adat Malind

Pada tanggal 25 Juli 2013, dua puluh enam (26) organisasi di Indonesia dan internasional serta Forest Peoples Programme menyampaikan laporan kepada Komite PBB tentang Penghapusan Diskriminasi Rasial (UN-CERD) yang meminta agar Komite tersebut mempertimbangkan situasi masyarakat adat Malind dan masyarakat adat lainnya di Merauke, provinsi Papua, Indonesia, di bawah prosedur aksi mendesak dan peringatan dini milik Komite (EW/UA procedures-Early Warning/Urgent Action). Laporan ini menyoroti kerugian-kerugian besar yang menimpa masyarakat asli Papua yang ditimbulkan oleh Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (proyek MIFEE) yang merupakan mega-proyek agro-industri yang diinisiasi negara yang saat ini mencakup sekitar 2,5 juta hektar tanah adat di Merauke. Kerugian-kerugian ini meliputi: pelanggaran hak masyarakat Malind atas pangan, pembatasan kebebasan berekspresi, kurangnya penghormatan terhadap Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan (KBDD/FPIC), pemiskinan karena janji-janji manfaat ekonomi yang tak terpenuhi, perampasan tanah adat semena-mena tanpa kompensasi yang layak, dan pengabaian atau kooptasi perwakilan dan lembaga adat. Penyampaian surat yang pertama kepada UN-CERD dua tahun lalu telah menyebabkan Komite mengadopsi sebuah langkah komunikasi di bawah prosedur EW/UA dengan pemerintah Indonesia pada tanggal 2 September 2011.  

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Oktober 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman yang baik, 

Prinsip bahwa pemenuhan hak asasi manusia adalah sarana sekaligus tujuan pembangunan membawa perhatian pada pentingnya pemantauan hak asasi manusia sebagai sarana untuk memberdayakan para pemegang hak untuk menegakkan hak-hak mereka, seraya tetap menuntut tanggungjawab negara dan aktor-aktor lainnya untuk melaksanakan kewajiban hak asasi mereka.

Montien Resolution on Human Rights and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia

The 64 participants of this workshop drawn from South East Asian National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Myanmar and from supportive civil society organisations from these countries as well as Cambodia, met in Bangkok between the 7th and 9th August 2013, to develop an action plan for the effective observance of human rights in the agribusiness sector. The meeting was convened by the Thai Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Forest Peoples Programme and the Rights and Resources Initiative.

Press Release - Starvation and poverty in Indonesia: civil society organisations appeal for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending redress for local communities

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.

Kelaparan dan kemiskinan di Indonesia: organisasi masyarakat sipil menyerukan penghentian proyek MIFEE di Papua sebelum ada perbaikan bagi masyarakat setempat

Informasi untuk Pers – tidak untuk disiarkan hingga pukul 07:00 WIB 2 September 2013

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. 

Request for Further Consideration of the Situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Merauke, Papua Province, Indonesia, under the UN CERD's Urgent Action and Early Warning Procedures. 25 July 2013

The subject of this request is the extreme harm caused to indigenous Papuans by the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project (the MIFEE project), a State-initiated, agro-industrial mega-project implemented by a variety of corporate entities that, to-date, encompasses around 2.5 million hectares of traditional indigenous lands in Merauke. The affected indigenous peoples have already lost a considerable area of their lands due to acquisition by these companies and conversion to plantations of one kind or another. The irreparable harm they have already experienced continues to expand and intensify as more companies commence operations. 

Permohonan untuk Mempertimbangkan Lebih Lanjut mengenai Situasi Masyarakat Adat Merauke, Provinsi Papua, Indonesia, dalam Prosedur Aksi Mendesak dan Peringatan Dini dari Komisi Pemberantasan Diskriminasi Rasial. 25 Juli 2013

Subyek permohonan ini adalah kerusakan ekstrim yang ditimbulkan terhadap masyarakat adat Papua oleh proyek Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (selanjutnya disebut “proyek MIFEE”), sebuah proyek agroindustri raksasa inisiatif Negara yang dijalankan oleh berbagai perusahaan, yang hingga saat ini mencakup tanah masyarakat adat Merauke seluas 2,5 juta hektare. Masyarakat adat yang terkena dampak proyek telah mengalami kehilangan tanah yang luas akibat pengambilalihan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan yang terlibat dan dikonversi menjadi perkebunan. Kerusakan permanen yang mereka alami terus meluas dan meningkat seiring dengan bertambahnya jumlah perusahaan yang mulai beroperasi.

UN OHCHR: UN rights chief Navi Pillay urges States to do more to respect treaties with indigenous peoples

"GENEVA (07 August 2013) –States need to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said in a statement to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August.

“Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of indigenous peoples, determining the relationship they have with the State. They are thus of major significance to human rights today,” she said.