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Press Release: Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop brings together Human Rights Commissioners, indigenous peoples’ representatives, academics and NGOs from across the world. November 2011

PRESS INFORMATION – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A landmark workshop, “Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform”, is taking place at the Santika Hotel, Kuta, Bali, from today until 1 December 2011, convened by the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and supporting NGOs SawitWatch and Forest Peoples Programme. The event will be attended by over 60 participants, from the National Human Rights Commissions of the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission, notable academics, representatives of indigenous peoples, as well as members of supportive national and international NGOs.

Nur Kholis, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), said,

“We are taking this initiative in collaboration with the other human rights commissioners of South East Asia as a way of ensuring a more balanced approach to development based on respect for peoples’ rights, with an emphasis on the need to secure livelihoods and the right to food.”

Ensuring respect for ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ in Indonesia

Working closely with partners in Indonesia, Forest Peoples Programme helped convene a global meeting of The Forests Dialogue about how to make sure that the right to ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)’ is respected in Indonesia. The four day field dialogue held in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, in October 2010, brought together over 80 participants from a great variety of backgrounds including indigenous peoples, representatives of local communities, non-governmental organisations, international financial institutions, government agencies and the private sector. The meeting was the first in a planned series of field dialogues which have the main aim of exploring how in practice government agencies, commercial enterprises and non-government organizations should respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent, as expressed through their own freely chosen representative organisations, to activities that may affect their rights.

Protección del consentimiento libre, previo e informado en Indonesia

En estrecha colaboración con socios de Indonesia, el Forest Peoples Programme (Programa para los Pueblos de los Bosques) ayudó a convocar una reunión global de The Forests Dialogue (El Diálogo de los Bosques) dedicada a asegurar que el derecho al consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI) sea respetado en Indonesia. El encuentro se desarrolló a lo largo de cuatro días del mes de octubre de 2010 en la provincia de Riau de la isla de Sumatra, Indonesia, con más de 80 participantes de variada procedencia, entre ellos pueblos indígenas, representantes de comunidades locales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, instituciones financieras internacionales, organismos gubernamentales y el sector privado. Esta reunión fue la primera de una serie de diálogos sobre el terreno que se ha planificado con la finalidad principal de explorar cómo los organismos gubernamentales, las empresas comerciales y las organizaciones no gubernamentales deberían respetar en la práctica el derecho de los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales a dar o denegar su consentimiento libre, previo e informado, a través de sus organizaciones representativas libremente elegidas, para actividades que puedan afectar a sus derechos.