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Nigeria: Open letter regarding ongoing harassment, criminalisation, human rights abuses and deforestation in the Ekuri forest.

The Indigenous Ekuri community have been peacefully resisting deforestation on their lands, but in response they have faced threats and intimidation from the logging company. 

This open letter calls on the Government of Nigeria to take action to stop these human rights violations that threaten the collective survival of the community and the Ekuri forest.

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Ecuador: Open Letter - Serious human rights violations and criminalisation of HRDs by Palm Oil company in Nestlé's supply chain

Palm Oil company Energy & Palma has been using Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) to criminalise defenders in Ecuador. Afro-descendant land rights defenders have been ordered to pay fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of peacefully protesting against Energy & Palma's illegal occupation of their land. Nestle's attempts to establish a mediated dialogue process were full of irregularities.


The letter urges Nestlé to take concrete measures to halt the human rights impacts and environmental harms connected with Energy & Palma's operations.

Read the full open letter here


Guatemala: REPSA's response to Open Letter on palm oil sourcing is misleading and fails to take responsibility for rights violations and environmental disaster

On June 10, 2021, a variety of national and international NGOs sent an Open Letter to multinational companies that were sourcing palm oil from Reforestadora de Palma S.A (REPSA) in Guatemala, which is linked to rights violations and ecocide. 

REPSA issues a response in which it claimed to have resolved issues stemming from two oil spills, but this is not the case. This second letter, dated January 2022, calls again on multinationals to stop all sourcing of palm oil from REPSA until these issues are resolved. 

Read the full letter in English and in Spanish

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Human rights defenders: Consumer Goods Forum companies must prevent violence and killings in supply chains 

The agribusiness sector has seen a 60% increase in killings of human rights defenders in the last year, most of them indigenous peoples.

“The agribusiness supply chain is one of the riskiest for human rights defenders and communities,” said Michel Forst, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.


“The Consumer Goods Forum – as a key platform for retailers, producers of products from palm oil, soya among others – can play a key role in advancing the [human rights] debate and improve corporate practices related to human rights defenders and environmental rights defenders.”

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Le Brésil : L'IWGIA condamne le meurtre d'un leader indigène au Brésil

Emyra Waiãpi, un leader indigène de 68 ans, a été poignardé à mort alors qu'une cinquantaine de chercheurs d'or, dont une douzaine étaient lourdement armés, entraient dans la réserve indigène Waiãpi, située dans le nord de l'État brésilien d'Amapá. L'IWGIA condamne le meurtre du leader Waiãpi et de tous les peuples indigènes qui défendent leurs droits sur leurs terres traditionnelles, qui sont rapidement exploitées dans le cadre de la ruée mondiale vers les ressources naturelles.

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Indonesia: Open Letter - Ongoing criminalization, human rights abuses, and land grabbing by Astra Agro Lestari and subsidiaries

Representatives from Indigenous Peoples, civil society,
and community-based organizations around the world sent an open letter to household consumer goods companies demanding they immediately suspend Indonesia's second largest palm oil company, Astra Agro Lestari from their supply chains and work to redress the grievances of impacted communities.

The letter is directed at the “Forest Positive Coalition” of the Consumer Goods Forum – a consortium of the world’s top consumer brands – ahead of its meeting during NYC Climate Week 2022.

Read the full open letter in English and in Bahasa Indonesian.

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Colombia: Open letter against the criminalization, delegitimization and smear campaigns of ZTI member Danilo Rueda.

This open letter, signed by organisations from across the world, stands in support of Colombian human rights organisation Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz. It highlights the attacks carried out against Justicia y Paz's legal representative Danilo Rueda, and other human rights defenders in Colombia.


Danilo has been subject to a smear campaign against him by powerful sectors of the Colombian media and political class. These accusations, attacks and smear campaign have put Rueda's life and integrity at risk. Danilo is a member of the ZTI steering group.

Read the full open letter here


Colombia: Illegal mining leads to grave human rights violations in Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reserve

International and national non-governmental and academic organisations have sent a letter to Colombian governmental and security authorities to highlight their concern about illegal mining in the Resguardo Indígena de Origen Colonial Cañamomo Lomaprieta.

The letter states their concern about the lack of implementation of the orders of Colombia's Constitutional Court Decision T530 of September 2016. This Court Decision reiterates the Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta's right to self-govern their own territory and create their own regulations regarding mining on their land. 

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Peru: Shipbo-Konibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya

The Shipibo-Konibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya are struggling against the dispossession and devastation of their ancestral lands due to the aggressive expansion of oil palm. As well as negatively impacting food security and destroying their way of life, the company’s presence has driven fierce competition for control over lands between groups of settlers dedicated to land-trafficking and exposed the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous community to intimidation, threats and attacks. 

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Colombie : La dernière bataille des Arhuacos sur les hauteurs de la Sierra Nevada

La Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria est riche en minéraux précieux. 261 concessions minières ont déjà été accordées et 244 autres sont en cours d'attribution. Toutefois, les Arhuacos, une population indigène, n'ont pas été inclus dans ces décisions et processus. En 2017, cela a conduit à une protestation massive contre les projets miniers et leur impact destructeur sur leurs territoires.

"Pour nous, Arhuaco, notre territoire est la base de notre savoir et il constitue le cadre dans lequel notre culture peut se développer", déclare Rubiel Zalabata.

Lisez l'histoire, et regardez un court métrage sur les Arhuacos de l'IWGIA ici


Peru: Open Letter - AIDESEP repudiates Ocho Sur palm oil group intimidation, demands buyers step up to protect human rights and forests

In response to an open letter by the Ocho Sur palm oil group, the National Amazonian Indigenous Peoples’ organisation, AIDESEP, issued a public letter in response on July 7, 2022. This letter accuses Ocho Sur of using intimidatory purposes to conceal its "divide and rule" strategy, which affects the self-determination and self-government of the Amazonian Indigenous peoples of Ucayali.

The letter further calls on Ocho Sur's international buyers to exercise due diligence before buying palm oil from this company.

Read the full open letter here

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Peru: Paohyan community declare state of emergency due to deforestation and State abandonment

After a meeting from 28-29 March, 2022, the Shipibo-Konibo community of Paohyan declared a state of emergency on their territory  in the face of the abandonment of the Peruvian state and the pressure on their territory due to deforestation, illegal logging and drug trafficking. 

The Paohyan community invited President Pedro Castillo Torres to listen to their demands. They will not allow anybody into their community apart from State officials and representatives of allied NGOs. 

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Voices from the Ground: Tackling the growing threats to human rights defenders, indigenous leaders and communities through business and government respect for collective land rights  

On December 3, Zero Tolerance Initiative held a webinar where four distinguished Indigenous leaders shared their reflections on the implications the recent COP26 summit and UNGPs in the next decade (following on from the 10th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights) could have to land and environmental defenders and securing collective rights. 

Read the story


Étude de cas : Communauté coutumière de Nagari Koto Baru

Alors que les conflits fonciers concernant les plantations de palmiers à huile dans l'ouest de Sumatra, en Indonésie, s'enflamment, les dirigeants communautaires et les défenseurs des droits de l'homme font l'objet d'une intimidation et d'une criminalisation croissantes de la part de la police locale, prétendument encouragées par les planteurs.

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Le Cambodge : Un défenseur des droits des indigènes de 75 ans

Jusqu'à récemment, les derniers membres du peuple indigène Souy vivaient paisiblement sur leur territoire ancestral. Mais l'arrivée d'une compagnie de canne à sucre, liée au président, leur a fait perdre l'accès à leurs terres et à leurs points d'eau. La compagnie a obtenu le soutien de la police, et lorsque les villageois ont commencé à bloquer les routes, la compagnie a utilisé la force pour les enlever, et de nombreux villageois ont été arrêtés ou battus. L'IWGIA raconte l'histoire d'une femme courageuse de 75 ans, qui a aidé le Souy à défendre ses terres contre cette entreprise agricole envahissante.

Lisez l'histoire

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