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Analysis: OAS’s American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The following comments provide an analysis of document GT/DADIN/doc.334/08 rev. 12, which includes both the original English and Spanish versions of the text of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be submitted to the General Assembly of


African Commission examines States compliance of human rights  

A recurrent theme during the session was the evolving armed conflicts threatening the stability of many African States. The issue of antiterrorism responses as a contributing factor to an ever shrinking space for the activities of legitimate human rights defenders was also strongly brought up


Tanzania: CSOs protest renewed harassment of pastoralists in Ngorongoro

On May 12, 20 civil society organizations issued a joint declaration requesting the government of Tanzania to take action and make sure that the rights of the pastoralists in Loliondo are respected.

The concern of Tanzanian civil society has been raised after the report of a range of


Nepal: Representation of indigenous peoples is almost nil

Representation of indigenous peoples in five constitutional bodies is almost nil. Until the dissolution of the first CA, regressive forces were silent. However, emboldened by the results of the second CA elections, they are now rearing their heads. They are not openly speaking against


The role of Kechua Lamas midwives in Peru

The Kechua Lamas are an indigenous people living in the San Martin region of the Peruvian Amazon. The local midwives play a vital role in the endurance of their cultural heritage by carrying on traditional practices. They are the godmothers and advisors during pregnancy and childbirth, and


ILO Convention No. 169

The ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention No. 169 is an international treaty, adopted by the International Labour Conference of the ILO in 1989.

Land grabbing

Land grabbing is the large-scale acquisition of land for commercial or industrial purposes, such as agricultural and biofuel production, mining and logging concessions or tourism

Land grabbing involves land being purchased by investors, often foreign investors, rather than producers.


Peru: Indigenous women address critical role in combatting climate change

More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change.

At an international forum on community land and resource rights which took place 15 and 16 July, women from across the world called for


Aché people of Paraguay: Madrid Conference on a forgotten genocide

On Friday 4 July, a conference will be held in Madrid on the crimes committed against the Aché people of Paraguay during the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in the late 60s. These human rights violations were brought to light by the anthropologist Mark Munzel, through IWGA’s


Russia: Sakhalin authorities and Exxon playing Divide and Conquer

The 4000 indigenous peoples living in the North of Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East are confronted with an attempt to roll back all progress achieved during their 2005 protests. Now, the regional government refuses to recognize their representatives and scraps the most important


Debate about uranium mining in Greenland

Next week, Greenlandic and Danish environmental organizations will host a conference on uranium mining in Greenland. The half-day conference will take place in Copenhagen and aims at having a critical debate on the impacts of uranium mining in both Greenland and in the rest of the world. In


Big victory for indigenous peoples in Indonesia

Yesterday (May 16), at 14-16pm, The Constitutional Court of Indonesia came out with a Decision on the Judicial Review on Forestry Law No.41/1999, filed by AMAN last year. The Constitutional Court has decided that "Customary Forest is forest in the ancestral domain/indigenous peoples territory".


World Bank: Poverty Rates Strikingly High Among Indigenous Populations

The highest percentages of indigenous people in proportion to the total national population are in China (36 percent), South Asia (32 percent) and Southeast Asia (10 percent), according to “Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development”, a treatise on indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin


Cameroon: Justice for victims of powerful commercial landowner

For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) Party. As the biggest


Guatemala: Indigenous victims still await compensation

Carlos Chen Osorio is the only survivor of a Mayan Achí family whose members were brutally slaughtered by the army in five different massacres perpetrated during Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war against the inhabitants of Río Negro, a town in the northeastern department of Baja Verapaz. Chen


USA: Uranium mining in Black Hills

A planned uranium mine site in the southern Black Hills can impact four aquifers. Powertech, Inc. USA plans to begin uranium extraction in 2011 and operate for 15 years in the permit area of 10,580 acres located in Dewey and Burdock Counties, north of Edgemont, SD. PT plans to drill 4000-8000




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