Updated Press Release: Bali Declaration acclaimed at Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop

The international meeting of South East Asian Regional Human Rights Commissions on ‘Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform’ hosted by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (KOMNASHAM), in conjunction with Sawit Watch and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 28th November to 1st December 2011.

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


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.”

FPP E-Newsletter October 2011 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

In Africa, Asia and Latin America alike, forest peoples are speaking out against the continuing violations of their rights imposed by development and conservation plans that ignore their interests and deny them a voice. They go beyond resistance, insisting on their own ways of managing their lives, lands and forests.

E-Boletín FPP Octubre 2011 (PDF Version)

Estimados amigos:

Tanto en África, como en Asia y en Latinoamérica los pueblos de los bosques están alzando su voz contra las continuas violaciones de sus derechos impuestas por planes de desarrollo y conservación que hacen caso omiso de sus intereses y les niegan su derecho a opinar. Estos pueblos van más allá de la resistencia, insistiendo en sus propias formas de manejar sus vidas, sus tierras y sus bosques.

Request for Consideration of the Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Merauke, Papua Province, Indonesia, under the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s Urgent Action and Early Warning Procedures. 31 July 2011

This request concerns the situation of the Malind and other indigenous peoples of the Merauke District, Papua Province, in the Republic of Indonesia. The Malind and others are presently experiencing and are threatened with additional and imminent irreparable harm due to the massive and non-consensual alienation and conversion of their ancestral lands and forests by the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project (“MIFEE project”).

9th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, London, February 2011

The 9th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, co-organized with Forest Peoples Programme, Tebtebba and Forest Trends, took place in London, UK on 8 February 2011. The Dialogue drew together a number of key actors involved in REDD, including representatives from Indigenous Peoples organizations, governments of UK Mexico and Norway, the banking sector, NGOs and researchers.

The consensus emerging from the discussion was that REDD should not proceed before clear safeguards are put in place. Gregory Barker, British minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change outlined that before REDD projects take place, it is crucial to assess drivers of deforestation, secure clarity of land tenure and ensure equitable benefit-sharing for Indigenous Peoples. To that end, he assured that the UK government will apply safeguards in bilateral REDD agreements with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Despite this commitment he avoided mentioning whether the UK would push for stronger safeguards in the readiness processes of the World Bank’s FCPF initiative.

El IX Diálogo sobre los Bosques, la Gobernanza y el Cambio Climático de la RRI, Londres, febrero 2011

El 8 de febrero de 2011 se celebró en Londres, Reino Unido, el IX Diálogo sobre los Bosques, la Gobernanza y el Cambio Climático de la RRI, organizado conjuntamente con el Forest Peoples Programme, Tebtebba y Forest Trends. El Diálogo reunió personas clave  de la REDD, entre ellas representantes de organizaciones de los pueblos indígenas, de los Gobiernos del Reino Unido, México y Noruega, del sector bancario, de ONG y de instituciones de investigación.

El consenso que surgió del debate fue que la REDD no debería proseguir mientras no se apliquen salvaguardias claras. Gregory Barker, viceministro británico, Departamento de Energía y Cambio Climático, indicó que antes de poner en práctica proyectos de REDD es crucial evaluar los impulsores de la deforestación, obtener  la claridad de la tenencia de la tierra y asegurar la participación equitativa de los pueblos indígenas en los beneficios obtenidos. Con ese fin, aseguró que el Gobierno del Reino Unido aplicará salvaguardias en acuerdos de REDD bilaterales con pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales. A pesar de este compromiso, evitó mencionar si el Reino Unido ejercería presión para que se apliquen salvaguardias más estrictas en los procesos de preparación del FCPF del Banco Mundial.

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.