Forest Peoples Programme

Forest Peoples Programme supports the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. We work to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Livelihoods and Forests at Increased Risk if Land Rights are Ignored, Says New Report
London, March 2 nd 2016: The Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights , backed by more than 300 organizations all over the world, launches today with the publication of a new report. Entitled “ Common Ground: Securing Land Rights and Safeguarding the Earth ,” the report...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Indigenous Activist's Life in Danger After Opposing Destruction of Peruvian Amazon by Oil Palm Companies
Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm. In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar...
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Monday, November 16, 2015
Report Calls on Aluminium Industry to Respect Indigenous People's Rights
While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Human Rights Groups Call for Palm Oil Moratorium in Palawan, Philippines: End Land Grabs and Forest Destruction Now!
A recent fact-finding mission by regional human rights groups in the south-western island of Palawan, the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, has revealed a pattern of land grabs and forest destruction by palm oil companies, partly owned by Malaysian and Singaporean investors. Motalib...
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Monday, November 02, 2015
Peruvian Indigenous Leader in London to Denounce Illegal Deforestation of 5000 Hectares of Peru’s Amazon for Palm Oil
Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, a leader of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon has travelled to a global forum in London on business, deforestation and human rights to highlight the destruction of his people’s traditional lands by an international agribusiness group and member of the...
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Monday, June 01, 2015
Palm Oil Regulator Asked to Investigate Illegal Land Grabs by Wilmar Group Supplier in Borneo
Acting on behalf of local indigenous communities, on 11 th May 2015 human rights and environmental organization Lingkaran Advokasidan Riset (LinkAR) Borneo delivered a complaint letter to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) alleging multiple violations of RSPO requirements by PT. Swadaya...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
Indigenous Controlled Mining Under Fire in Colombia Following Death of Human Rights Defender
At 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, Fernando Salazar Calvo was gunned down brutally outside his home. He was a prominent human rights defender and community member of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) in Colombia. A long time member of the Resguardo’s Ancestral Miners’ Association (...
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
African Human Rights Body Warns the World Bank on Proposals to Reverse Decades of Advancement in Protection of Indigenous Peoples' Rights
In February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights met in Banjul, The Gambia, for its 17 th Extra-Ordinary Session, to deal with critical matters pending since the cancellation and delay of previous sessions due to the spread of Ebola during 2014. One critical matter in front of...
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Monday, March 09, 2015
Forest Peoples Programme complaint against Golden Agri Resources upheld
In what may turn out to be an important step to curb land-grabbing by palm oil companies, the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) recently sent a letter to Golden Agri Resources noting that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to find that the company has ‘breached the RSPO’s...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Communities Protest That UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil Are Poised to Seize Land in Liberia
The UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which is threatening to seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments by Liberia’s President, will today receive a visit from affected communities. Members of the Jogbahn Clan, together with representatives from Liberian and international NGOs, will deliver a petition with over 90,000 signatures, reminding EPO that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands, and that doing so could escalate violence. [1] EPO’s past operations in Liberia have triggered allegations of conflict and human rights abuses.
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