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In response to an appeal submitted by the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) and Forest Peoples Programme under its urgent action procedure, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on the Indonesian government to reconsider its plans to allow a private sugar company to take over half of the Aru Islands as a plantation.
The land grab threatens the lands and very survival of the indigenous peoples of the island. The UN body, which oversees State parties’ compliance with their obligations under the treaty (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) notes that under the Convention, long ratified by the Republic, Indonesia has a duty to recognise and protect indigenous peoples’ land rights. The Committee also reminded the government of its previous requests to ensure that the State does not allow its development plans to override indigenous peoples’ rights and amend its Plantations Act so that it respects these rights. The Committee notes that Indonesia has persistently failed to respond to the CERD for over eight years.Request for consideration of the situation of indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands, Indonesia
Greenpeace warns fires raging across forest and peatlands will match the worst year ever and exceed the total annual carbon output of the UK
Fires raging across the forests and peatlands of Indonesia are on track to pump out more carbon emissions than the UK’s entire annual output, Greenpeace has warned.
As well as fuelling global warming, the thick smoke choking cities in the region is likely to cause the premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in the region and is also destroying vital habitats for endangered orangutans and clouded leopards.Continue reading...
By: Jan Carl Matysiak*
After my environmental science studies I decided it would be good to experience the real world, beyond the seminars in university. So I applied for a programme run by the German government called Weltwärts that gives me the opportunity to work for one year at a South African organisation called GeaSphere. Now you might ask yourself: That sounds nice but how does this connect to the Global Forest Coalition? I may answer that this is the story ...
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