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.
Whenever someone remarks that a solution is being frustrated by ‘lack of political will’, I automatically ask myself: whose is the political will and what are the interests pushing for the opposite?
Saat seseorang mengatakan bahwa suatu solusi gagal karena ‘kurangnya kemauan politik’, saya secara otomatis langsung bertanya pada diri sendiri: kemauan politik siapa dan kepentingan-kepentingan apa yang mendorong hal sebaliknya?
This urgent communication by FPP and APA has been submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights Obligations relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment, the UN Special Rapporteur on to the
Controversial Court decision favours miners over indigenous peoples as country sinks to new low on double standards on human rights and development.
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)
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.
Statement by participants,including Toshaos, village leaders, regional leaders, district leaders, community leaders, and APA Executive LeadersGeorgetown, Guyana 2-8 March 2010
Amid growing concerns regarding top-down climate and low carbon development policies, Amerindian leaders met in Georgetown to identify risks and opportunities stemming from these initiatives. This document contains a summary of the discussions and the outcome of the meeting.
Submitted by the Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana (APA) and the FPP(See also Original submission and Concluding Observations, 2006)
on the adoption of racially discriminatory legislation by the Republic of Guyana