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.
“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.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
In a statement published in a national newspaper, the council of AIDESEP, which represents over 1800 communities in the Peruvian Amazon called for the repeal and shelving of recent legal reforms being pushed through Peru’s parliament that threaten to further weaken indigenous peoples’ rights to land in favour of development projects.
This report concerns the merits of a petition received by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) on February 16, 2007.
The petition alleges that the State of Suriname has violated the rights protected in Articles 3 (right to judicial personality), 21 (right to property) and 25 (right to judicial protection) of the American Convention on Human Rights in connection with Articles 1 and 2 thereof to the prejudice of the Kaliña and Lokono peoples.
At 8pm on Tuesday 7 April, Fernando Salazar Calvo was gunned down brutally outside his home. He was a prominent human rights defender and community member of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Caldas) in Colombia.
A delegation of indigenous representatives presented a petition to the Venezuela Government’s Ministry of Public Affairs to denounce the continuing of abuse of their rights by the armed forces who have been actively involved in illegal gold-mining on the indigenous peoples’ lands. They note that the commander of the local brigade, who along with several other members of his unit burned down two Ye’kwana houses in February and had then been detained by the Ye’kwana before being handed over to the authorities [who promised to investigate], remains in command of his brigade.
Twelve indigenous peoples inhabit the Putumayo region in Colombia. In the last few years, they have tried to be heard through constant demonstrations to say ‘no’ to mining and megaprojects in ancestral territories! They demonstrated once again last Friday the 13 of March in Bogotá through colourful actions, which back in the in the Sibundoy Valley of the Upper Putumayo they call “cultural marches and sit-ins”. The cultural protest in Bogotá took place at the entrance of the Ministry of the Interior.
In order for the Inter-American human rights system to adequately recognise, protect and fulfil the human rights of indigenous women, it is necessary for indigenous women to engage with the system, to make their voices heard and to tell their stories with all their complexities. This toolkit, which contains a series of information notes explaining different aspects of the Inter-American system, is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively.
This statement was presented by the indigenous representatives participating in a seminar organised by the Amerindian Peoples Association in Georgetown, February 2015.
The future of an 80 million USD land titling project in Peru, financed by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), is on a knife-edge. AIDESEP, Peru’s national indigenous Amazonian peoples’ organisation, argues that conflicts over land and forest destruction will be intensified as a result of the initiative. Indigenous organisations have filed a petition to the Peruvian government demanding a formal process of consultation before the project proceeds.
Deforestation reports launched and hearing held with the presence of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples were centre stage at the Lima UNFCCC COP20 in December 2014. An international dialogue with governments took place before the beginning of the negotiations. Meanwhile initiatives and presentations were organised to underline the need to respect indigenous peoples' rights as one of the pillars for environmentally sound and socially just mitigation and adaptation.
Yanomami from their organization, Horonami, marched through the regional capital in the Venezuelan Amazon on 20th February demanding better health-care and respect for their culture and dignity. Noting the problems they suffer from introduced diseases and lack of consistent health care, they issued a statement demanding a roundtable to address their problems.