Me’phaa Indigenous Fight Mexicans Mining Act

Me’phaa Indigenous Fight Mexicans Mining Act

Originally published by TeleSUR on 23rd May. Me’phaa Indigenous communities in Guerrero urged the Supreme Court to set a legal precedent and declare the mining act unconstitutional. Me’phaa Indigenous communities, in the state of Guerrero, urge the Supreme Court to set a legal precedent and declare unconstitutional the mining act....

Indigenous Protests in Brazil to Protect Their Territories

Indigenous Protests in Brazil to Protect Their Territories

  • Written on: 20 May 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

This video, by AJ+, gives a quick low-down on the indigenous protests in Brazil against the proposed change to the constitution which would allow the government to demarcate sacred indigenous territories for mining and other extractive activities....

Indigenous Governance and Mining in Bolivia

Indigenous Governance and Mining in Bolivia

This report, by Kathryn Robb, Mark Moran, Victoria Thom and Justin Cobur, looks at how mining companies can advance indigenous governance and sustainable socioeconomic development. Whilst it comes from a traditional ‘development’ mindset it is still useful insofar as looking at how mining firms approach how to get consent from...

Outcry as Adivasi activist Gladson Dungdung is prevented from traveling to the UK

Outcry as Adivasi activist Gladson Dungdung is prevented from traveling to the UK

Originally published by Intercontinental Cry on 17/05/16   Last Monday Indian Government authorities prevented well-known Indian indigenous rights activist Gladson Dungdung from boarding a flight to the UK, sparking outcry from the international community who have condemned what appears to be a politically motivated move to muzzle the voices of...

Take Action to prevent the destruction of Sami Forest Lands in Finland

Take Action to prevent the destruction of Sami Forest Lands in Finland

  • Written on: 24 March 2016
  • Posted under: Campaigns

An unprecedented land grab threatens the last old growth forests in Finnish Lapland and the homeland of the Sámi indigenous people if a new Forestry Act legislation passes in the Finnish Parliament next week. Both Indigenous Sámi leaders and Arctic scientists are concerned about the proposed new reforms. All of the Sámi reindeer herding...

Common Ground: Securing Land Rights and Safeguarding the Earth

Common Ground: Securing Land Rights and Safeguarding the Earth

A new report, published by the Forest Peoples’ Programme, looks at the relationship between the increasing global land-grab and the lack of formal land rights enjoyed by indigenous peoples. Indigenous and local communities protect over half the world’s land, but formally own less than 10% – land grabbing is a...

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

Originally written by Kanchi Kohli and Alok Shukla for  by The Wire on 19/02/2016 The cancellation of  the community rights of Ghatbarra village over the Hasdeo Arand forest to make way for a coal mine raises many questions. When the Forest Survey of India’s 2011 report celebrated Hasdeo Arand as...

Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem

Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem

Originally published by Survival International on 15/02/16. Venezuelan Indians attacked amidst mining mayhem Yabarana Indians in the Amazon region of Venezuela were violently attacked at the end of January by armed miners working illegally on their land. Yabarana leader Benjamin Perez, who heads the Yabarana organization OIYAPAM, was badly beaten...

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Originally published by Indian Country on 24/01/16.   This will allow us to defend our forests from the threats of logging, mining, oil and gas and mega dams. The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek independence from Peru but intends...

Voices of Indigenous Women Human Rights Defenders from the Philippines

Voices of Indigenous Women Human Rights Defenders from the Philippines

  • Written on: 20 January 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

This video, produced by the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact provides an introduction to the indigenous communities of the Philippines and the problems they face as regards land-use and resource exploitation by former and current governments. It shows up the dogma of liberalization and deregulation which favours multinational corporations and marginalizes...