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Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to hear case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

Comunicado de prensa: La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos accede a escuchar el caso de los pueblos indígenas de Raposa Serra do Sol, Brasil

Tras años de espera, durante los cuales han sufrido ataques violentos y la degradación de sus tierras ancestrales, los pueblos indígenas Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang y Wapichana de Raposa Serra do Sol recibieron una decisión favorable de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Durante su última sesión a finales de octubre, la Comisión emitió una decisión de admisibilidad en su caso contra el Gobierno de Brasil. Con ello, la Comisión señaló no solo que el tratamiento de los pueblos indígenas de Raposa por parte del Gobierno podría constituir una violación de sus derechos humanos, sino que además ahora la Comisión está dispuesta a pasar a su fase final de examen del caso y a emitir un informe concluyente.

Communiqué de presse : la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme accepte de connaître le litige des Peuples autochtones à Raposa Serra do Sol au Brésil

Après des années d’attente pendant lesquelles ils ont été les victimes de violentes attaques et de la dégradation de leurs terres ancestrales, les peuples autochtones Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang et Wapichana de Raposa Serra do Sol ont reçu une décision favorable de la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme. Lors de sa dernière session fin octobre, la Commission a rendu une décision de recevabilité dans le litige qui les oppose au Gouvernement du Brésil. Par cette décision, la Commission a non seulement indiqué que la façon dont le gouvernement traite les peuples autochtones à Raposa pourrait constituer une violation de leurs droits humains, mais également que la Commission est aujourd’hui prête à débuter le stade ultime de l’examen du litige et à rendre un rapport final.

Press Release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Agrees to Hear Case of Indigenous Peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol, Brazil, November 15th, 2010. Rainforest Foundation US and Forest Peoples Programme

 

After years of waiting, during which they suffered from violent attacks and the degradation of their ancestral lands, the Ingaricó, Macuxi, Patamona, Taurepang and Wapichana indigenous peoples of Raposa Serra do Sol received a favorable decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  During its last session at the end of October, the Commission issued an admissibility decision in their case against the Government of Brazil. In doing so, the Commission signaled not only that the Government’s treatment of indigenous peoples in Raposa may constitute a violation of their human rights, but that the Commission is now ready to enter its final stage of review of the case and issue a concluding report.

Press Release Guyana - Indigenous leaders harassed for exercising their constitutional rights; criticized for demanding respect for their inherent land rights

Indigenous leaders, who chose to exercise their right to free speech as guaranteed in the Constitution of Guyana, are now being targeted by the government as a direct result of the public statement by participants at the Workshop on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Extractive Industries and National Development Policies in Guyana. (See the public statement under related reports)Press Release issued by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA)

Press Release - Guyana - Indigenous Peoples Demand Action on Land Rights, Consent Issues

At a week-long workshop on 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Extractive Industries and National Development Policies in Guyana' from 2-8 March 2010, the topics covered were: indigenous peoples' right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and the extractive sector, the Government of Guyana's recent Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and REDD+ policies. Amerindian leaders shared their experiences of both public-sector and private development projects and proposals within their territories.