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.

FPP Bulletin d'Information Octobre 2011 (PDF Version)

Chers amis,

Que ce soit en Afrique, en Asie ou en Amérique latine, les peuples des forêts s’élèvent contre les violations continues de leurs droits, imposées par des projets de développement et de conservation qui ne tiennent aucun compte de leurs intérêts et ne leur accordent pas la parole. Leur position va au-delà de la résistance et met l’accent sur leurs propres modes de gestion de leurs vies, de leurs terres et de leurs forêts.

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.

Le 9ème Dialogue de l’Initiative pour les droits et ressources sur les forêts, la gouvernance et les changements climatiques

Le 9ème Dialogue de l’Initiative pour les droits et ressources sur les forêts, la gouvernance et les changements climatiques, co-organisé avec le Forest Peoples Programme, Tebtebba et Forest Trends, a eu lieu à Londres, au Royaume-Uni, le 8 février 2011. Le Dialogue a réuni plusieurs acteurs clé de la REDD, notamment des représentants des organisations des peuples autochtones, les gouvernements du Royaume-Uni, du Mexique et de la Norvège, le secteur bancaire, des ONG et des chercheurs.  

Le consensus ayant émergé des discussions était que la REDD ne devrait pas se poursuivre tant que des garanties claires n’auront pas été mises en place. Gregory Barker, Ministre adjoint du Ministère de l’énergie et du changement climatique du gouvernement britannique, a souligné qu’il était crucial, avant que les projets REDD ne soient réalisés, d’évaluer les moteurs de la déforestation, de garantir un régime foncier clair et d’assurer un partage équitable des avantages pour les peuples autochtones. Dans ce but, il a affirmé que le gouvernement britannique appliquera des garanties dans les accords bilatéraux REDD avec les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales. Malgré cet engagement, il n'a pas indiqué si le Royaume-Uni oeuvrerait en faveur de garanties plus strictes dans les processus de préparation de l’initiative FCPF de la Banque mondiale.  

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.