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
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.
Cross-posted from Honduras Resists / Honduras Resiste.
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:49 PM PDT
Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor
By Annie Murphy
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.
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.