Human rights defenders, whistle-blowers and witnesses face a huge variety of dangers while fighting to expose human rights abuses and related illegal resource use, land grabs and corruption. Recent reports show that defenders are facing ever higher risks, yet current protection mechanisms are failing to keep up.
Around 5 per cent of the world’s population are indigenous, and every day huge numbers of indigenous people risk their life in protection of their ancestral lands.
According to Global Witness’ Defenders of the Earth 2017 report, nearly 40 per cent of the defenders who died in 2016 were indigenous.
Documents produced by the Palenke Alto Cauca, the traditional governance body of Black Communities in Northern Cauca (represented nationally by Proceso de Comunidades Negras-PCN), outlining the key challenges and perspectives of Afro-Descendant communities in Northern Cauca around territorial threats.
A “living document” outlining the rules and regulations governing Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the ancestral territories of the Black Communities of Northern Cauca, Colombia.
Documents and videos produced by the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Riosucio, Supia – Caldas), synthesizing key moments in a two-year project (2015-2017)
The indigenous authorities of the Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, jurisdiction of the municipalities of Riosucio and Supia, Caldas, publicly denounce before the national government, investigation agencies, and national and international human rights organisations, the serious events that occurred today, 12 August 2017, in the indigenous community
It’s Wednesday morning at La Mandragora, a small finca (ranch), with colourful walls in the indigenous Resguardo of Cañamomo Lomaprieta, four hours north of Medellin, in Colombia.
Final Synthesis Report for a collaborative project financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombia and The Kingdom of the Netherlands (2014-2017). This report synthesizes the outcomes of a two-year, innovative, peoples-driven project that brought together Indigenous and Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia whose gold-rich ancestral lands are coveted and threatened by outside actors.
The Nonuya, Uitoto, Muinane and Andoque peoples of the Colombian Amazon, who self-identify as the ‘People of the Centre’, are calling for more information and substantive changes in the design of the Indigenous Peoples component of the Vision Amazonia forest and climate programme funded by the UK, Germany and Norway, including clear mechanisms to uphold land and territorial rights.
Palm oil monoculture is expanding in the “Montes de María” mountains in Colombia, generating protests among communities who are left without lands.
The Embera Chamí indigenous people of the Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, an indigenous reserve located in the municipalities of Riosucio and Supia in Colombia, know all too well that when it comes to protecting their territory and upholding their rights, they need to move forward autonomously.
Bogotá 25 April: We, the traditional authorities and elected leaders of the Uitoto, Muinane, Andoque and Nonuya peoples of the Middle Rio Caquetá region of the Colombian Amazon are in Bogotá between the 25th and 28th of April to represent our peoples and our Traditional Association of Indigenous Authorities - the Regional Indigenous Council of Middle Amazonas (CRIMA) in meetings with different State institutions and international agencies. We self-identify ourselves as the "People of the Centre" and heirs of the Green Territory of Life in the Amazon rainforest.
The Muinane people of the Colombian Amazon have published a book researched and written by their elders titled Fééne fíívo játyɨme iyáachimɨhai jíínɨje: Territorio primordial de vida de la descendencia del Centro. Memorias del territorio del Pueblo Féénemɨnaa Gente de Centro.
“We must restore the forests and protect the water basins so that the spirit of the water is back with us. Only in this way will the songs of the birds and the sound of the wind through the branches of the trees return to serenade the dawn, and from the lagoons will our spirits emerge to help our doctors heal the earth.”
Hector Jaime Vinasco ex-Governor of the Resguardo and coordinator of the program
Press release: The Colombian Constitutional Court has found in favour of an indigenous peoples’ centuries -old fight for their territory, granting the petition for the protection of constitutional rights requested by the Embera Chamí people of the Indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, in western Colombia.
Arnobia Moreno lives in the indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, one of the oldest colonial reserves in Colombia. Over the years she has played a key role in involving women in the protection and conservation of their traditional land. As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Arnobia told us about the importance of the Collective of Indigenous Women, which she helped creating, and her work to obtain the restitution of the original territory of the indigenous communities living in the Resguardo.
LONDON, 4 May 2016. Indigenous, community and civil society leaders visiting Europe from across the world today issued an urgent call to action for the EU to respond to the human rights abuses directly or indirectly linked to palm oil supply chains.
Bogotá, April 25: A new report “Deforestation and indigenous peoples rights in the Colombian Amazon” co-published by social justice and environmental NGO DEDISE and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) underlines the critical role of secure land and territorial rights and traditional knowledge in sustaining one of the most culturally and biologically diverse forests on the planet.
New report on indigenous peoples’ rights and deforestation in the Colombian Amazon highlights that effective measures to save the Amazonian forest need to uphold FPIC, secure land and territorial rights, and harness traditional knowledge.
Press Note for the Global call to action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights
In Colombia, over 30% of the national territory has been officially titled to Indigenous Peoples, with some 6 million hectares of collective lands recognized for Afro-Descendant Communities. Nonetheless, in practice these territories are not recognized in the State’s actions, with mining, oil and gas, logging and other concessions issued unilaterally without upholding Indigenous or Afro-Descendant Peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent.