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Press Release: Amerindian Peoples Association calls for Government of Guyana to secure full extent of traditional lands

GEORGETOWN, May 13, 2016: The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) held its 9th General Assembly on 10-12 May 2016 in the village of Pakuri, Region 4. The main issues discussed during the assembly included land rights, climate change, and the various social and environmental issues affecting indigenous communities throughout the country. The assembly also highlighted the proactive measures communities are engaged in to build a stronger, greener, and more just Guyana.

Las Naciones Unidas reconocen el trabajo constante del pueblo Wapichan para defender sus tierras y bosques

Paris, 26 de noviembre de 2015 – El pueblo Wapichan de Guyana, América del Sur, ha recibido el prestigioso Premio Ecuatorial del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en reconocimiento a sus esfuerzos prolongados para asegurar legalmente sus tierras ancestrales y conservar las extensas selvas tropicales y los diversos hábitats de vida silvestre en el Sur del Rupununi.

Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Press Release: Concerns with Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF)

On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands. 

AMERINDIAN PEOPLES ASSOCIATION (APA) PRESS RELEASE: The APA Has Never Called for a “State within a State” but Instead Respect for Indigenous Rights

Recently and even more than before there has been a spate of letters appearing in the Guyana Chronicle leveled at criticizing the work of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and making totally false and malicious statements and assertions about the organisation and its Vice President Tony James. These include ones written by Noel Antone (June 6), Patrick Austin (June 9) and Peter Persaud (June 12). Letters such as those above have been given ready publication by the Chronicle but when the APA has responded to provide the truth, our letters or releases are never published by the paper.

Comunicado de Prensa: Un fallo judicial en Guyana viola los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA - Para divulgación inmediata

Una decisión judicial controvertida favorece a los mineros por encima de los pueblos indígenas, en momentos en los que el país desciende a niveles aún más bajos de doble estándares en materia de derechos humanos y desarrollo

El 17 de enero de 2013, la Corte Superior de Guyana falló a favor de un minero que tiene una concesión minera en tierras indígenas tituladas. La sentencia dictamina que los mineros que obtuvieron los permisos de minería antes de la Ley Amerindia de 2006 no están sujetos a sus disposiciones. Por consiguiente, no tienen que obtener un permiso de las comunidades indígenas antes de realizar sus operaciones en las tierras de la comunidad.

Press Release: Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes

As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.

Press Release: Wapichan people in Guyana showcase community proposal to save tropical forests on their traditional lands

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Georgetown, 7 February: The indigenous Wapichan people of Guyana, South America, will make public today a locally-made digital map of their traditional territory alongside a ground-breaking community proposal to care for 1.4 million ha of pristine rainforest for the benefit of their communities and the world. The territory’s rich variety of rainforests, mountains, wetlands, savannah grasslands and tropical woodlands are the homeland of 20 communities, who make a living from small-scale farming, hunting, fishing and gathering, which they have practised over the whole area for generations. The same area, located in the South Rupununi District, south-west Guyana, has an outstanding abundance of wildlife, including endangered species such as giant river otters, jaguars, and rare bush dogs as well as endemic species of fish and birds, like the Rio Branco Antbird.

The grassroots proposal comes at a crucial time because the entire Wapichan territory in Guyana, like many other parts of the Amazon basin and Guiana Shield, is threatened by mega road and dam projects as well as external plans for logging, mining and agribusiness development. In common with many indigenous peoples across Guyana and South America, the communities are vulnerable to land grabs and marginalisation because they lack secure legal title over much of their traditional lands.

Comunicado de prensa : El pueblo Wapichan en Guyana comparte su propuesta comunitaria para salvar los bosques tropicales en sus tierras tradicionales

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Georgetown, 7 de Febrero: en el día de hoy, el pueblo indígena Wapichan de Guyana, Suramérica, hará público un mapa digital de su territorio tradicional que ha sido recopilado por sus comunidades, junto con una innovadora propuesta para cuidar 1.4 millones de Ha de bosque tropical para el beneficio de sus comunidades y del mundo. La rica variedad de selvas pluviales, montañas, humedales, y pastizales de sabana mezclado con bosque seco que se encuentran en este territorio, son las tierras ancestrales de 20 comunidades que viven de la agricultura de pequeña escala, la caza, la pesca y la recolección, actividades que han realizado en toda la zona por generaciones. El mismo territorio, localizado en el Distrito Sur del Rupununi al suroeste de Guyana, tiene una abundancia excepcional de vida silvestre, incluyendo especies en peligro de extinción como las nutrias gigantes de río, los jaguares, y los perros de monte, así como especies endémicas de peces y aves, como por ejemplo el pájaro hormiguero del río Branco.

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)