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Malaysia: Govt forms task force on Orang Asli report

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has set up a national task force to look into the implementation of recommendations made by Suhakam in their national inquiry report concerning Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was released today [ on August 5]. The task force will be led by Integrity Institute of Malaysia chairman Mohd Tap Salleh and made up of government and NGO representatives from East and West Malaysia. There is no time frame for the task force at present. Speaking at a press conference after the report handover ceremony, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Paul Low said the government ...

Bangladesh: Bengali settlers set fire on Jumma houses in Matiranga of Khagrachari district

On 3 August 2013 around 3:00 pm, Bengali settlers set fire on Jumma houses at Bandarshing Para, Baga Para, Monudas Para and Sorbeswar Para under Taindong union of Matiranga upazila in Khagrachari district. Local sources said that around 50 houses were burnt to ashes. The Jumma villagers fled into the Indian border. Bengali settlers looted and ransacked valuables of more than 200 houses of Jumma villagers. It is also reported that Bengali settlers held three Jummas namely Foni Bhushan Chakma current UP member), Bakul Kanti Chakma (returnee refugee leader) and Bineswar Chakma (former UP member) from Baga Para village of ...

India: Niyamgiri as precedent

The developments in the Niyamgiri hills are nothing short of a revolutionary change in India’s experiment with democracy. Eight out of 12 villages of the Dongria Kondh tribe have opposed the plans of Vedanta and state-run Orissa Mining Corporation to mine the hills, sacred to them, for bauxite. In 2010, the Union environment ministry had denied environmental clearance to the project. Subsequently, the Supreme Court in a landmark order this April, directed India’s smallest unit of governance, the humble gram sabha, to decide the fate of the mighty Vedanta. In the democratic exercise presided over by a district judge, some ...

Philippines: Philex still needs to clean up, pay compensation – indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples group demand the suspension of Philex’s mining operation, and a probe on environment secretary Ramon Paje for his questionable ‘handling’ of the largest mining disaster in Ph - See more at: http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/02/philex-still-needs-to-clean-up-pay-compensation-indigenous-peoples/#sthash.ncsb4iPA.dpuf

MANILA – Bearing mugshots of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, Philex Mining Corp. chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, and President Noynoy Aquino III, the indigenous peoples and environment activists called the trio ‘criminals’ who should be arrested for crimes against the environment and the indigenous peoples. They picketed the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Aug 1, a year after Philex’s Padcal mines began dumping million tons of minewastes downstream.

Malaysia: Malaysian NGOs form alliance to address palm oil concerns

Seven Malaysia-based NGO’s have banded together to form an alliance to provide a Malaysian civil society perspective on social and environmental issues related to palm oil production. The initiative aims in part to counter Malaysian industry claims that concerns over palm oil are purely driven by Western NGO’s. The alliance, called the Malaysian Palm Oil NGO Coalition (MPONGOC), currently includes the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS), Land Empowerment Animals People, (LEAP), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Sabah branch, Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS) Trust and WWF Malaysia, according to a ...

‘Regional Networking Workshop & Developing Media Strategy for Indigenous Peoples’ held

Even as the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) project aims to ensure that indigenous peoples in Asia have access to all forms of media as enshrined in Article 16 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a four-day ‘Regional Networking Workshop and Developing Indigenous Media Strategy’ was organized at Bangkok, Thailand from July 15-18 as part of the IVA Project. The workshop which was initiated by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), an organization of indigenous peoples’ movement in Asia, brought together Human Rights activists and journalists from several parts of Asia including India, Myanmar, Philippines, ...

FAC decision on Tipaimukh Dam a just decision : SIPHRO

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) disapproval for the diversion of 24,329 hectares of forest land in Manipur and Sinlung Hills, Mizoram for Tipaimukh Multi-purpose Hydro Electric Project is a just decision; upholding and securing the interests and rights of the marginalized tribals that are dictated by a coterie from distant power corridors. The FAC decision will go a long way to save and preserve the land, forests and rivers on which thousands of invisible tribals are dependent for their livelihood.

India: Mizoram to ban sale of Bamboo shoots

The Environment and forest department of Mizoram has raised up a controversy by banning the collection and sale of bamboo shoots in tribal markets under the Forest Conservation Act 1985 which is a clear violation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006) or the FR Act in short. Mizoram had passed the FR Act in 2009 and notified it in 2010, adopting in to the guidelines under this Act as notified by the Government of India. By this the State had agreed to “ensure that the forest rights relating to Minor Forest ...

Malaysia: More natives protest in Baram area

Another group of villagers in Baram gathered to protest the Federal Court’s decision to uphold a Court of Appeal ruling to overturn a victory for natives over their right to NCR land. KUCHING: Yet another group of Baram natives have protested against encroachment on their native customary rights lands (NCR). The latest protest comes days after a similar demonstration by another group of affected villagers in Long Panai, Tutoh. Hundreds of villagers from native communities in Long Teran Kanan, Tinjar gathered last Saturday at an oil palm plantation operated by IOI Pelita Plantation Sdn Bhd.

Indigenous Communities not happy with Federal Court decision and vowed to defend their NCR

Miri – On the 27th July 2013, hundreds of Indigenous Peoples gathered at an oil palm plantation where IOI Pelita Plantation Sdn. Bhd. is operating to protest against the recent Federal Court decision which dismissed the application of Lah Anyie and 3 others to appeal against the Court of Appeal (CA) decision which held that the indigenous communities of Long Teran Kanan, Tinjar have no Native Customary Rights (NCR) over two Provisional Leases issued to IOI Pelita for the development of an oil palm plantation. IOI Pelita is a a Joint Venture (JV) company between IOI, a company from West ...