WEBINAR #X: ADDRESSING HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES

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MODERATOR

Helen Tugendhat – Environmental Governance Programme Coordinator, Forest Peoples Programme, United Kingdom

SPEAKERS

Shankar Lumbu – Lawyer’s Association for Human Rights for Nepal’s Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
Discussing the findings regarding management of Chitwan National Park

Venant Messe – Coordinator of Gbabandi, conservation and protected areas in Cameroon
Speaking in French, with English subtitles

Jean-Marie Bantu – Programme Officer at ERND, speaking about Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Speaking in French, with English subtitles

John Knox – former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law

Colin Luoma – Researcher, Minority Rights Group International

STEFAN DISKO – International Work Group on International Affairs

ABSTRACT

This panel will explore the experiences and current situations in a number of World Heritage sites caught up in a scandal in 2019/2020 about human rights abuses perpetrated by park guards. The speakers will discuss the parks from the perspectives of the indigenous communities, and the organizations supporting these communities. It will raise questions about legacy issues of sites inscribed under natural criteria, but which now appear much more suited to a ‘cultural landscape’ inscription or inscription as a mixed site (under both cultural and natural criteria).

Specific to 2021, the panel will also hear a video presentation from Kaeng Krachan National Park, part of a newly nominated site that was considered by the World Heritage Committee in 2018. In the light of serious human rights violations and on-going forcible evictions, the nomination was not approved, but the Park returns to the Committee this year for reconsideration.

Finally, the panel will ask the question and discuss possible answers for: what should the role of the World Heritage Centre and the World Heritage Committee be where persistent human rights abuses are found in inscribed World Heritage Sites?