With the world’s supply of natural resources increasingly depleted or polluted, the carefully protected repository on indigenous lands is now a target of big business. Globalization has increased the risks for indigenous peoples living on lands that contain such strategic resources as water, oil, gas, forests, minerals, and biodiversity. All this - not to mention knowledge, plants, animals, and human genetic information - are subject to privatization by government and to sale on the stock market.
Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights
By Carol Schachet
Cross Posted from Grassroots International
Widespread protests and strategic organizing succeeded in defending Mayan lands and food sovereignty in Guatemala. This marks a major – and unprecedented – victory as the congress repealed the “Monsanto Law,” preventing threatened exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies.
Daniel Pascual, director of Grassroots International’s partner organization the Committee for Campesino Unity (CUC), said the widespread demonstrations against the "Monsanto law" showed that Mayan people consider it a flagrant violation of national sovereignty. He added, “This is a victory for the movement, but do not forget there are other laws that we need to repeal that are designed to favor certain companies and control the movement resistance to defend the territory.”
The article below, originally posted on the Via Campesina website, describes the victory and ongoing efforts to protect seeds, land and food sovereignty in Guatemala.
Today, September 29, 2014, Mexicans celebrate National Day of Maize, with demonstrations, marches, and expositions. Known as the Land of Maize, Mexico now imports one-third of this sacred icon and staple food, mostly from the US. A fierce battle is being waged over corn that is still grown in Mexico, with small farmers and seed sovereignty activists pitted against Monsanto and other GMO giants, the Mexican government, the US government, and the World Trade Organization.
An Interview with Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Maya K’iche
from the Mayan Women’s Movement, Guatemala
By Deepa Panchang and Jessica Hsu
As a member of the Mayan Women’s Movement which is a part of the Council of K’iche People, we have joined forces to generate action from the people, the community. We are in the midst of change where we are defining our needs, what actions we need to take, what power we have, what our way of looking at the world is. And to say no to corporations, while saying yes to life.
Cross-posted from Amazon Watch.
On June 12th the World Cup kicks off in Brazil; the country has been beset by protest in the run up to the tournament.
June 4, 2014 | Bianca Jagger | Source: Huffington Post
Chief Raoni walking away from protests in Brasilia. Photo credit: Maira Irigaray / Amazon Watch
Cross-posted from COPINH
Otra cuña para nuestro 21° aniversario. Celebraremos con ceremonias, haciendo memoria histórica, con programas especiales en las radios Lencas del COPINH, reflexión y análisis. http://giss.tv:8000/guarajambala.mp3.m3u
Desde tempranito una compostura a la tierra en UTOPIA. Habrá alborada.
¡Victoria para la lucha del COPINH, la tenacidad y la solidaridad! ¡Dictan Sobreseimiento Definitivo a Bertha Cáceres en el caso que se ventilaba en el Juzgado Primero de Letras de Santa Barbará!
Cross-posted from COPINH
COPINH hereby communicates to the world that today, Sunday January 26, 2014, the mandated sovereignty indigenous action continues, in defense of the collective rights to autonomy and respect, for the establishment of the Legitimate Municipal Indigenous Council, to fulfill indigenous governmental functions. This historic action took place yesterday, in the presence of some 800 Lenca indigenous people of Opalaca, of COPINH and ADRO.
Versión en español abajo.
Cross-posted from Amnesty International
The Constitutional Court ruling which deprives thousands of individuals of foreign descent of their Dominican nationality is being implemented. This has created an increasing nationalist and hostile atmosphere where individuals of Haitian descent are particularly discriminated against and at risk of violence and further violations.