Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

August 4, 2013

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.

Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras COPINH

August 2, 2013

Bo. Las Delicias, Intibucá, Intibucá;

Tel. (504) 2783-0817http://copinh.orgFB: Copinh Intibucá; twitter: @copinhhonduras






Human Rights Crisis in Río Blanco / Crisis de Derechos Humanos en Río Blanco

July 8, 2013

Cross-posted from Honduras Resists / Honduras Resiste.

Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:49 PM PDT

To the Honduran and international media
To national and international human rights authorities
To the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
To the President, Congress and Supreme Court of Honduras
To the Honduran public and international community
We are extremely worried about the deterioration of the already volatile situation in Rio Blanco, in particular the militarization of the area and recent accusations made in the Honduran media against indigenous Lenca community members and their supporters by the police and the SINOHYDRO and DECA companies who seek to build the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River near Rio Blanco. Blood has already been shed and there is grave danger of a broader bloodbath in the near future. Many media reports have irresponsibly repeated serious claims and accusations that police themselves admit have yet to be corroborated and we have serious questions regarding the official version of events and express our concern in the strongest terms possible about the potential worsening of violence, intimidation, repression, criminalization and legal persecution.

One Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

April 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor

By Annie Murphy

Lidia Romero (c.), a member of the Community Police, stands guard on a road at the entrance to the town of Cherán one week ago. Residents of remote regions have taken up arms to patrol and defend their communities from organized crimes and gangs. Alan Ortega/Reuters


About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

More on Canada's Idle No More Indigenous Movement

March 12, 2013

by Talli Nauman

Cross-posted from CIP Americas.

Idle No More (INM),  started in late 2012 as an aboriginal movement to block regressive legislation threatening indigenous, territorial and treaty claims in Canada, has quickly become a worldwide vehicle for indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental complaints.  By early 2013 It has attracted significant attention from Latin American quarters.

Declaration from COPINH in Honduras: Walk for Dignity and Sovereignty

March 1, 2013

Small farmers in Honduras have taken to the streets, marching to the capital Tegucigalpa in protest of privately owned Charter Cities and industry mining on their land. The following declaration was released by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH on February 27, 2013.

Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH

Walk for Dignity and Sovereignty, Step by Step.

COPINH has begun the Dignity and Sovereignty Walk, Step by Step, leaving the headquarters of COPINH to meet the other walkers that have left La Barca, everyone on their way to Tegucigalpa.

Food and Land at the Service of People: An Interview with Peter Rosset

February 21, 2013

Part 3 of the Harvesting Justice Series
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Agricultural economist Peter Rosset is with the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico
and the Land Research Action Network. He is also a member of the technical support team of
Via Campesina. Beverly Bell talked with Peter Rosset in Havana in 2009; they updated the
interview in 2012.

There are several fundamental pillars that are necessary to take control over food and agricultural
systems. One is to force even reluctant or reactionary governments to regain control over their
national borders from the flow of imported food. That means canceling free trade agreements
and not signing WTO agreements. It means stopping the import either of incredibly cheap,
subsidized food from agro-export countries which drives local producers out of business, or of
food made ridiculously expensive by food speculation.

Harvesting Justice: Food Sovereignty Blog Series

February 18, 2013

“Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of ‘making salt’ has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement – one that spans the globe – seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems, with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.”



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