Forest Peoples Programme

Thailand: Koh-ee Mee, the centenarian indigenous Karen leader of the Kaeng Krachan forest, passes away

Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, sends his condolences to the family and community members of Koh-ee Mee who passed away today. Koh-ee Mee is an indigenous Karen leader of the Kaeng Krachan forest who fought a legal battle to claim their right to live in their own land.

Kittisak challenges the indigenous youth to continue the fight that Koh-ee Mee has started.

Comments of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact on the 2nd draft of the Environmental and Social Framework of the World Bank

AIPP submitted its comments and recommendations regarding the second draft of the Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), with particular focus on Environmental and Social Standard 7 (ESS7): Indigenous Peoples. The comments and recommendations were based on the submission of participants of Southeast Asia Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Consultation for the review and update of the …

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[Sign On] Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

The Global Call to Action (GCA) is a worldwide alliance campaign, its goal is to ‘double the area of land recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020’. The Call is conceived as a response to the vast amount of communities and indigenous peoples – 1.5 billion globally – whose …

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Stefan Verwer, Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

“Land-rights defenders face growing threat”, that is the headline at Aljazeera America today ( http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/5/land-rights-defenders-face-…). The conclusion stems from a recent report by Global Witness (https://www.globalwitness.org/campaigns/environmental-activists/how-many…), which flags the confrontational fact that worldwide there is an increase in killings of activists, with indigenous communities hit hardest. Globally the importance of indigenous and community land rights is …

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