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Venezuela: Indigenous peoples call again for recognition of their territorial rights and an end to mining on their lands

8 June, 2015

On 4th June, the regional organisation of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Venezuela (ORPIA) issued an appeal to President Maduro and the national administration to halt the mining that is destroying the lands and livelihoods of the indigenous peoples of the States of Amazonas and Bolivar.

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Forthcoming Publication: Where They Stand

1 June, 2015

They are bound to that land, and they are its true custodians.”

Written by author and journalist Fred Pearce, Where They Stand reveals the reality of life for the Wapichan people. With detailed observations, Pearce documents their determined efforts to secure effective recognition of their customary land rights covering extensive rainforests in the Upper Essequibo basin and savannah grasslands, dry tropical forests and montane forest in the South Rupununi District of Guyana.

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Indigenous peoples in Caldas Department, Colombia, march in protest

29 May, 2015

Indigenous peoples in Caldas Department, Colombia, march in protest to denounce violence against their communities (May 2015) (only available in Spanish).

Pueblos indigenas en el departamento de Caldas, Colombia, realizan un marcha para protestar y denunciar la violencia contra sus comunidades (solamente disponible en Castellano) (mayo de 2015)

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The Story of FLEGT in Guyana

14 May, 2015

This video is an adaptation of "The Story of FLEGT" produced by FERN for the context of Guyana.

FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The European Union's FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber. The video focuses on the status of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) process in Guyana.

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Forest governance and why it matters

14 May, 2015

This video is produced by the Amerindian Peoples Association with assistance from the Forest Peoples Programme with the aim of supporting the process of enhancing the capacity of indigenous communities in Guyana to participate in the national VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreements) process. An important part of the VPA, which is being negotiated with the EU to ensure the export of legal timber to the European market, is improved forest governance.

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IACHR Tackles Violence Against Native Peoples in Costa Rica

12 May, 2015

SAN JOSE, May 11 2015 (IPS) - After years of violence against two indigenous groups in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded that the government adopt measures by May 15 to protect the life and physical integrity of the members of the two communities.

The IACHR granted precautionary measures in favour of the Bribri community living in the 11,700-hectare Salitre indigenous territory, who have been fighting for years to reclaim land that has been illegally occupied by landowners.

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Traditional authorities condemn killings of healers in San Lorenzo Reserve, Colombia

11 May, 2015

Traditional authorities of Cañamomo Lomaprieta Indigenous Reserve in Colombia condemn killings of two traditional healers of neighbouring San Lorenzo Indigenous Reserve (May 2015): see resolution here (only available in Spanish)

Autoridades tradicionales del Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta, en Colombia, condenan el asesinato de dos médicos tradicionales del vecino Resguardo Indígena San Lorenzo (mayo de 2015).

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Precautionary Measures issued by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in favor of the Teribe (Bröran) and the Bribri indigenous peoples of Costa Rica.

7 May, 2015

Due to a series of violent attacks and threats against these two indigenous peoples in the last few years, the Commission decided that the acts and omissions of the State were not adequate and ordered Costa Rica, together with the affected peoples, to take the measures necessary to better protect the lives and physical integrity of the two indigenous peoples and their members.  The State has 15 days to respond to the Commission and the Commission will continue to monitor the matter.

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APA letter expressing concerns about Guyana's proposal to the FCPF Carbon Fund

30 April, 2015

 

letter submitted by APA to the Carbon Fund of the FCPF before their meeting (27-30 April) to consider the eligibility of Guyana to develop an Emission Reduction Project Idea Note (ER PIN) under the FCPF framework. The letter makes arguments for why Guyana is not ready to develop an emission reductions programme yet.

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