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Protecting the Amazon is the key to resolving the climate crisis

December 11 2015: It is 11.30 in the morning in Paris, the negotiation among the members of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) is crucial to build consensus towards a new global climate agreement, an agreement that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus mitigate climate change.

Indigenous peoples in Guyana call for strong protections for customary land rights and application of FPIC in timber trade agreement with the EU

In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.

The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]

Press Release: “We are going to kill you”: Indigenous activist’s life in danger after opposing destruction of Peruvian Amazon

London, 18 November 2015: Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm.

In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar received the following handwritten and explicit notes in quick succession:

Comunicado de prensa: “Lo vamos a matar”: la vida de un activista indígena corre peligro luego de oponerse a la destrucción de la Amazonía peruana.

Washington Bolívar, un activista indígena en el Perú ha recibido una nueva amenaza siniestra de muerte como consecuencia inmediata de sus esfuerzos para desafiar la destrucción de la selva amazónica para la extracción de madera y la conversión a la palma de aceite.

En el transcurso del mes pasado el Sr. Bolívar, defensor de los derechos humanos, recibió en sucesión varias notas explícitas escritas a mano:

"WASHINGTON… TE VAMOS A MATAR SI NOS SIGUES JODIENDO. LAS TIERRAS NO SON TUYAS. TU Y TU FAMILIA NO VIVIRAN. DEJANOS TRABAJAR SI NO QUIEREN MORIR TODOS…”

Indigenous peoples in Paraguay recommend action on land rights and national legal reforms to uphold community rights, slow deforestation and protect the climate

Two new reports launched today by the Paraguayan Federation of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) call for greater recognition of land rights and legislative reforms to secure community collective rights to land, tackle deforestation, curb land use emissions and harmonise national laws with international obligations to uphold human rights.

Los pueblos indígenas en Paraguay recomiendan que se adopten medidas sobre los derechos a la tierra y las reformas jurídicas nacionales para defender los derechos de la comunidad, frenar la deforestación y proteger el clima

Asunción, noviembre 12, 2015: dos nuevos informes lanzados hoy por la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) exigen un mayor reconocimiento de los derechos a la tierra y reformas jurídicas para garantizar los derechos colectivos de las comunidades a la tierra, hacer frente a la deforestación, reducir las emisiones provenientes del uso del suelo y armonizar las leyes nacionales con las obligaciones internacionales para defender los derechos humanos [disponible únicamente en español].

Los informes pueden ser descargados aquí:

‘State of emergency’ for Paraguay’s tribal peoples

Indigenous peoples in Paraguay are in a state of emergency according to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur for indigenous peoples.

A new U.N. report [Spanish] found “persistent racism,” “discrimination” and a total failure by the Paraguayan state to uphold indigenous peoples’ land rights.

Venezuela: indigenous peoples appeals to President to halt ‘neo-slavery’ in illegal mines in Caura

The Ye’kuana and Sanema indigenous peoples of the Caura River in Estado Bolivar have again appealed to President Maduro of Venezuela, to halt the sub-human conditions to which they are being subjected in the illegal mines on the river. They claim there are now some 3,000 illegal miners operating in the Yuruani river an affluent of the Caura above the high waterfall of Salto Para, which hitherto had kept the headwaters of the river system among the best conserved in the whole Orinoco basin.