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India – “The State of the Forest Rights Act: Undoing of historical injustice withered”

Press Release from the The Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network claiming that the Forest Rights Act has not been properly implemented with 54% of claims made under it having been rejected.

"....The claims under the FRA are not being recognised in the protected areas such as National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries...." In many cases, more than one person/family has been granted title over the same plot of land

More… May 07, 2012

India - The relocation conundrum

How does one ensure the fundamental non-negotiables of equity, justice and sustainability? What values do we want to uphold and what will be the process to make that happen?

"For a while it appeared that the relocation issue had gone onto the back burner because we were not hearing about it a lot. It never disappeared for sure, because it was central in many of the discussions around the declaration of Critical Tiger Habitats, Critical Wildlife Habitats and the Scheduled Tribes and Other....."

More… Mar 27, 2012

Ethiopia: Government Suspends Allocations, Accelerates Domestic Preparation of Land.

The Ministry reported that it receives at least 400 monthly requests for information on investments in the area.

The Ministry of Agriculture denies human rights violations in the clearing of lands that amount to 42 percent of the region, claiming that the relocation of Indigenous peoples who formerly occupied to land was ‘voluntary.’

More… Mar 24, 2012

Leaked map reveals Ethiopia’s mass evictions plan

Leaked to Survival International, the map shows where Ethiopia intends to resettle tribes whose land and communities stand in the way of their ‘development’ plans.

"This leaked map reveals what the Ethiopian government has wanted to conceal – its intention to resettle indigenous tribes in the Lower Omo Valley. Taken together with the widespread reports of violent evictions and intimidation, it clearly shows Ethiopia’s end goal – and its refusal to respect the rights of anybody who stands in its way."

More… Mar 23, 2012

Kenya Continues To Drag Its Feet In Recognising Indigenous Peoples’ Ownership Of Wildlife Park

Two years on from the African Commission’s ruling the Endorois are still waiting for justice to be brought home

"Although the Commission recognised, for the first time in the continent, indigenous peoples’ rights over traditionally occupied land and their right to be involved in, and benefit from, any development affecting their land, the Endorois still have no land title, .."

More… Mar 03, 2012

Karen People forcibly expelled from the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand

Many of the villagers’ houses and rice stores were burned and money, jewellery, fishing and agricultural tools were stolen by a group comprising National Park wardens and military forces

The letter to the Thai Prime Minister is signed by the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), a network of organisations representing indigenous peoples and local communities from across the world

More… Jan 31, 2012

Villagization, Land Grabbing and Conservation in Gambella, Ethiopia – An open question

Given the scale of the relocation of people from traditional land holdings and the enormous areas of high biodiversity forest and park under direct and imminent threat, are conservation organizations complicit through silence?

This is the accusation Human Rights Watch challenges the major donors with, but to what extent are NGOs and donors complicit?

More… Jan 24, 2012

African Commission: FPIC is essential for protected status on indigenous lands

African Commission condemns the recent decision of the World Heritage Committee to inscribe Lake Bogoria in Kenya on the World Heritage List.

This earlier decision and the recent resolution both emphasize that the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) must be adhered to in the lands and territories of indigenous peoples.

More… Dec 07, 2011