18 March - Washington, DC - reposted (original available here)
Storytelling is an age-old tradition in many indigenous cultures. But worldwide, the knowledge of ancient stories is decreasing among indigenous youth, as is the ability to speak their native language and the skill of storytelling.
This week, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, has divested all its holdings in Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp S.A.A., after it was revealed that the company was acquiring palm oil from a plantation linked to serious violations of indigenous peoples land right
On 14 February, residents and leaders of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta were targeted by a new armed actor defacing the walls of community buildings, and outlining threats in pamphlets under household doors.
El día 14 de febrero, los residentes y líderes del Resguardo Indígena de Origen Colonial Cañamomo Lomaprieta en Ríosucio y Supía, Caldas, Colombia, fueron atacados por un nuevo actor armado que dañó los muros de los edificios comunitarios, y repartió panfletos con amenazas por debajo de las puertas de los hogares.
In a milestone for the defence of indigenous territories and forests in the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Government of Ucayali (GOREU) has repealed a regional ordinance which sought to remove protections for more than 3.5 million hectares of rainforest and facilitate the invasion of indigenous lands.
Following a violent attack against one of their community members, and less than a year after the murder of their leader Sergio Rojas, the Bribri people of the Indigenous Territory of Salitre, Costa Rica, call on the government to end the impunity for the violence against them, and to protect them as human rights defenders.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, has concluded his visit to Peru stating he is “appalled” by the criminalisation of environmental defenders.
In December 2019, the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its Final Observations and Recommendations on Colombia. This follows the review carried out by CERD every five years to evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
En diciembre de 2019, el Comité de Expertos de la ONU para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial publicó Observaciones Finales y Recomendaciones al Estado Colombiano, luego del examen que el CERD realiza cada cinco años para evaluar los avances en el cumplimiento de las obligaciones adquiridas por el Estado al ratificar la Convención para la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación Racial.
Wampis and Awajun communities devastated by oil contamination demand justice as State-run oil company Petroperu is found responsible, and hit with historic US$ 5.1 million fine by environmental regulator.
In June 2014, an oil spill occurred along the Northern Peru pipeline. Over five years later and following a lengthy court battle, the indigenous communities most gravely impacted by this disaster have managed to secure approval and financing for an unprecedented health action plan.
On 4 October 2019, 23 community leaders from Colombia and Peru arrived in the village of Soledad on the foothills of the Kampankis Mountain range in the heart of the territory of the Wampis Nation in northern Peru.
On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
In 2018, Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice declared under judgement STC 4360 that the Amazon Rainforest is a subject with rights that need to be respected. It ordered that the state must take measures at the local and national levels to protect these rights, defend the forest and combat climate change.
En el año 2018, la Corte Suprema de Justicia declaró en virtud de la sentencia STC 4360 al bosque tropical del Amazonas como un “sujeto de derechos”, y que dichos derechos deben ser respetados.
The UN has requested that the Regional Government of Ucayali cancel its plans to remove protections for a 3.5 million hectare area of Amazon rainforest. This would facilitate the invasion of indigenous Shipibo lands in Peru, and expose at least 100,000 hectares to immediate threat from settlers and agribusiness operations.
La ONU ha pedido al Gobierno Regional de Ucayali la derogación de una ordenanza que iniciaría la remoción de protecciones sobre un área de 3.5 millones de hectáreas de la Amazonía y facilitaría la invasión de territorios indígenas. Eso expone a por lo menos 100,000 hectáreas a amenazas inmediatas de colonización y operaciones de agro-negocios.