Ethnic Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in Southeast Asia Solidarity and Human Rights for All
A programme of FORUM-ASIA that covers seven countries: Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, East Timor, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The programme seeks to build capacity for advocacy, enable access to justice and the rule of law, and insure the enjoyment of human rights for ethnic minorities and Indigenous Peoples.
Journey To The Mekong's SourceLast Updated on 2011-02-22 00:00:00To have a background on the ;Mekong and its powerful river... The Tibetan plateau is the source of almost all of Asia's great rivers — the Yangtze, the Ganges and the Mekong among them. It's the largest source of freshwater outside the polar ice caps. More »
DAP to Launch an International AppealLast Updated on 2011-02-22 00:00:00
Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 11:53 am
Press Release: The East Timor Action Network ETAN
DAP to Launch an International Appeal
The Papuan Traditonal Council (Dewan Adat Papua) has decided to abandon underground or concealed ways of struggling for Papuan sovereignty and intends to make an open approach to the international community as its strategy for the year 2010.
The chairman of DAP, Forkorus Yobisembut told the press in Abepura on Friday, 19 March, that he was taking forward the contents of the speech he made on the occasion of the murder o Kelly Kwalik. One of the points made in that speech was that DAP had set a deadline of the end of February 2010 for the Indonesian government to respond to the Papuan people's struggle for their political rights.
It has now become clear that this has not happened which has convinced... More »
Indonesia sees need for more troops in PapuaLast Updated on 2011-02-22 00:00:00
Indonesia sees need for more troops in Papua
(AFP) – Mar 23, 2010
JAKARTA — The Indonesian military is considering sending thousands of extra troops to restive Papua province where it stands accused of widespread human rights abuses, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Rear Marshal Sagom Tamboen said up to four battalions from a "Rapid Reaction Strike Force" division based in Jakarta could be sent to the restive province to "maintain the territory's unity within eastern Indonesia".
"There are many things we took into consideration... including tackling the separatist movement and terrorism," he told AFP.
"In case of an emergency, it takes at least eight hours to send troops from Jakarta to Papua. If we have (more) troops there, automatically we can save time and can react swiftly," he said.
He did not say how many troops were... More »
French-Norwegian Partnership on Forests and ClimateLast Updated on 2011-02-22 00:00:00
Forest Peoples Programme PRESS RELEASE – March 19, 2010 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DENOUNCE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND PARTICIPATION IN FRENCH-NORWEGIAN PARTNERSHIP ON FORESTS AND CLIMATE DISCUSSIONS. INDIGENOUS Peoples were excluded when forest countries and donor governments met in Paris on March 11, 2010 to discuss a major forests and climate initiative. The parties met under an invitation from the French and Norwegian governments to start developing governance structures for the 3.5 billion USD Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) readiness funds announced in Copenhagen at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP15 last December. The UNFCCC negotiations are still far from delivering final commitments in full respect of indigenous peoples’rights. “Failure to include indigenous peoples from the... More »