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Leaders from the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya, Peru, have reported a spike in violent threats and intimidation in the weeks following a court injunction against the palm oil company responsible for appropriating and deforesting more than 7,000 hectares of their ancestral territory.
On the 11th December a community delegation from the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya accompanied by representatives of FECONAU and IDL conducted a field visit to confirm reports of invasion of their lands farmed by community members close to the banks of the river Aguaytia.
On the international day of human rights, indigenous federation FAPI issued a statement expressing solidarity with the Jejytymiri community of the Ava Guaraní people, denouncing further abuses committed against the Makutinga indigenous community, of the Mbya Guaraní people.
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.
The Kichwa people of the San Martin region have traditionally occupied the upland forests which since 2005 were classified as the Regional Protected Area - Cerro Escalera by the regional government of San Martin.
In a statement published in national newspapers, Peru’s national indigenous organisation calls on the government to take immediate steps amongst others to:
Public Statement (Pronunciamento Publico in Spanish only).
The Piaroa indigenous leader Freddy Menare was killed earlier this month, in circumstances which remain to be investigated.
Venezuela: The indigenous peoples of the Caura River in South Venezuela, the Ye’kwana and Sanema, through their organisation Kuyuhani have rejected the imposition of a national park on their lands. The protected area which was announced in the Official Gazette in March 2017 embraces the whole of the Caura Basin, which is one of the largest areas of relatively pristine forests left in the Orinoco watershed.
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
The Fourth Constitutional Court of Lima has declared for the Wampis and Awajun peoples over land being explored for oil.
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.