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
DECLARATION-- FIRST REGIONAL FORUM REGARDING THE MINING INDUSTRY AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. MAGDALENA TEITIPAC AUGUST 17TH 2013
Important declaration created following the Regional Forum on Mining and Indigenous Communities:
The peoples, communities, and organizations that have gathered in the community of Magdalena Teitipac to analyze the impact of the mining industry on the region of the Tlacolula valley in Oaxaca; as well as to share the experiences of resistance of other affected communities and towns by mining projects both in their territory as well as in social issues.
Join Delegation to Mexico: Learn from indigenous communities defending their land against mega-development projects
SURCO A.C., Oaxaca, México invites you to join an:
EDUCATIONAL / SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO OAXACA, MÉXICO
“DEFENSE OF INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES: COMMUNITY WELL-BEING, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT Versus INTERNATIONAL MINING COMPANIES IN OAXACA”
Currently available 2013 delegation dates:
October 5-13, Nov. 23-Dec. 1
Please respond to this urgent demand, circulated by our friends at Agricultural Missions, Inc.
Brief: COPINH (Honduras) leaders face trumped up charges to break the back of 140+ day road occupation which has effectively stopped the installation of a hydro electric dam project on the Sacred Gualcarque River in Lenca Territory in Rio Blanco, Honduras. Lenca People: No means No!* (*Indigenous peoples have an internationally recognized right to collectively be consulted and approve or deny proposals for use of their lands, under ILO Convention 169)
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Co-authored by Lauren Elliott
Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series
Consuelo Castillo and son in their land reform community in Bajo Aguán, Honduras.
Photo: Jennifer Jewell.
For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land, indigenous territories, agriculture, food systems, and the global commons.
The Sustainable Palm Oil Round Table, the World Wildlife Fund, and the "Certification" of the "Palm Oil Producer of Death."
(English translation by S. Bartlett)
Starting on August 6 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras the 4th Latin American
Conference and Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will take place,
an event organized by the Honduran Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock,
the Palm Oil Federation, the World Worldlife Fund (WWF) and the Dutch
Cooperation and Development Service (SNV).
Take Action: This is the second time since July 15 that one of our colleagues fighting for indigenous and small-farmer control over their lands and rivers has been assisinated. Cross-posted from Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero.
Acción Urgente por el asesinato de Noé Vázquez Ortiz durante el X
Aniversario del MAPDER
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series
In a land reform encampment in Brazil, where families hope to win title to unused land. Photo: Andy Lin.
As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn’t, battles over land have been fought from time immemorial. One of the earliest may have been led by Adam and Eve as they attempted to reclaim their garden after having been evicted. Even before the Crusades, through centuries of colonization, to the oil- and water-motivated wars of the present day, land has long been the currency of religious, national, and imperial power.
ALERTA URGENTE: LLAMADO A LA SOLIDARIDAD NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL
SE INCREMENTA LA PERSECUCIÓN JUDICIAL
CONTRA BERTA CÁCERES Y LÍDERES COMUNITARIOS DEL COPINH.
SITUACION DE RÍO BLANCO, INTIBUCÁ. REITERAMOS NUESTRO LLAMADO A ARTICULAR LEVANTAMIENTOS TERRITORIALES ANTE EL SAQUEO.