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
Cross-posted from Movimiento M4
19 DE OCTUBRE De 2013
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Cross-Posted From Amnesty International
An estimated three-quarters of the world’s mining and minerals exploration
companies are headquartered in Canada. Through new trade agreements and
other initiatives, the federal government is opening doors for further
expansion of Canadian oil and gas, mining and other extractive industries,
around the world—including in countries like Colombia and Guatemala where
there is widespread and brutal violation of the human rights of Indigenous
Join Amnesty International's call to the Canadian government to ensure
that Indigenous Rights are safeguarded whenever they may be affected by
resource companies operating at home and abroad.
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Check out this video from San Francisco's action on the National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras, September 10, 2013. For more information on how you can support indigenous communities defending their lands and resources from violence enacted by the government and corporate entities, check out our action alert here.
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
The hip-hop group Kunarevolution celebrate the Kuna Yala nation’s recent rejection of carbon trading. Photo: Beverly Bell.
Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters.
At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, minerals, oil, gas, biodiversity, knowledge (otherwise known as intellectual property), rights, and autonomy. Stacked against all these are extraction, “development,” and profit by Honduran and international business, with backing from the Honduran government and US military aid. Rio Blanco, a Lenca indigenous community of 400 families, tells one story of plunder, violence, and resistance.
By Beverly Bell and Tory Field
Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.
The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the river, blockaded. Photo: Beverly Bell.
On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION SEPT 10: PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT LEADERS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES & CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS OF LAND AND WATER
Tomás Gomez, Berta Caceres,and Aureliano Molina
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