Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights

Brazil’s largest hydroelectric dam project suspended by Indigenous action

June 7, 2016

By Robert A. Vigna 

Cross-posted from Grassroots International

Originally posted on May 6, 2016

April has been an exceptional month for Indigenous groups in Brazil.

On April 19th, which happens to be Indigenous people’s day in Brazil, Ibama, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, suspended the license of one of the biggest hydroelectric dam projects in Brazil, São Luiz do Tapajós in the Amazon, which was to be started this year. The company building the dam was planning on flooding about 7% of the Mundruku peoples land, which would be unconstitutional once the indigenous status of land is confirmed.  

"People of the World: Intensify the Struggle" Declaration of the International Summit in Honor of Berta Cáceres

April 21, 2016

Reposted from Honduras Resists

April 17, 2016

Final Statement of the Berta Cáceres Lives International Peoples' Summit

[Declaración original en español]

Photo: Giorgio Trucchi

In this land of over 500 years of struggle, with the sound of free-flowing rivers, the strength of mountains, barrios and villages, the fury and tenderness of natural life, the spirit of the ancestors, the hopes and pain of men, women and children, the people of Berta gather in memory of her rebellious life.

Illegal and Illegitimate Hydroelectric Project Reinitiated on Gualcarque River in Honduras

February 24, 2016

Reposted from COPINH

The Government of Honduras continues to permit and be complicit in the violation of the human rights of the Lenca People of Río Blanco and the nothern part of the Department of Intibucá, to support DESA’s second attempt to build the “Agua Zarca” hydroelectric project on the Gualcarque River – a natural heritage, cultural, economic and functional habitat of the Lenca people. This new attempt by DESA-Agua Zarca is based on the same illegal concession that violates the right to prior, free and informed consultation of the Lenca people, as well as [International Labor Organization] Convention 169, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares this hydroelectric project since its inception, illegitimate and illegal.

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

February 18, 2016

Reposted from Yes! Magazine

Originally Shared on February 12, 2015

By David Goodman

Nina Gualinga, Sarayaku resident and international activist on indigenous rights, traveling on the Bobonaza River, Sarayaku, Ecuador. Photo by Caroline Bennett / Amazon Watch.

Patricia Gualinga stands serenely as chaos swirls about her. I find this petite woman with striking black and red face paint at the head of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. She is adorned with earrings made of brilliant bird feathers and a thick necklace of yellow and blue beads. She has come here from Sarayaku, a community deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Bearing Witness: In Honduras, Garifuna Women Fight Climate Change & State Violence

February 18, 2016

Reposted from Feministing

Originally Shared in December 2015

By Juliana Britto Schwartz

Image by Felipe Canova

Ed. note: This post is part of a series, “Bearing Witness,” highlighting indigenous women fighting for climate justice in the Americas. Read the rest of the series here.

When children in the United States learn about the transatlantic slave trade, they rarely hear stories of revolt or resilience in the face of violence and cultural erasure. The Garifuna are such a people

1,500 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose the TPP

January 14, 2016
Reposted from Citizen Trade
Orignially Shared on 1/7/2016
A united cross-sector movement of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith and other organizations have escalated their campaign to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with a joint 1,525-group letter urging Congress to oppose the trade agreement.

Western Corporations Carve up Africa: the New Scramble for Africa

December 1, 2015

Reposted from This is Africa

Orignially shared on November 22, 2015

By Grace Kiwanga

Huge tracts of land in African countries with access to the sea and high economic growth are being targeted by corporations such as Monsanto and Unilever with help from the British and American governments –including millions of dollars that are intended for helping the poor, says a report published today by UK campaigning group World Development Movement.

The document, titled Carving up a continent: How the UK government is facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems, explains that a G8 initiative called the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is using money intended for poverty reduction to instead ease access to key African locations for some of the world’s biggest companies, which already control much of the global food market.



December 1, 2015

An update from COPINH


¡HOY nos movilizamos frente a la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y al segundo  Plantel del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico  Agua Zarza  que amenaza el Río Gualcarque!


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