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Zimbabwe: Zanu PF targets San leaders 

(As reported in the Newsday of 16 April 2013)ZANU PF has been accused of intimidating members of the San community in Tsholotsho after they complained about marginalisation to National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu last year.The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) in Matabeleland North reportedly dispatched a team to investigate the allegations and found them to be true.“Investigations established that...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Nepal: Supreme Court directs Government to address issues of free participation of indigenous peoples in constitution-making process 

22 April 2013, Kathmandu In response to a writ petition filed by indigenous peoples’ organizations, Supreme Court of Nepal on Sunday has issued a directive order to the Government to study the demands of the organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process through their freely chosen representatives and address the demands in drafting new constitution, laws and rules. In...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Cameroon: The trial of Musa Usman Ndamba - further evidence of discrimination against the indigenous Mbororo community 

On May 10, 2013, Musa Usman Ndamba was put on trial before the Court of First Instance in Bamenda, Cameroon. He was put on trial for the crimes of defamation committed by one Musa Adamu against a powerful billionaire rancher and landowner in the N.W Region of Cameroon (Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo). Now, Musa Usman Ndamba is not or has never ever been Musa...

Norway: Global indigenous preparatory conference underway in Alta 

Indigenous Peoples of the world are meeting in Alta, Norway to prepare for the 2014 High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The conference that began on the 10th of June 2013 and is ending on the 13th of June 2013, is attended by about 800 indigenous peoples delegates from Africa, Arctic,...

Kenya: Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek  

SHALIN Finland proudly presents 'Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek'The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek's relationship to their homeland and to the world.An indigenous people without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades.Time after another they have returned...

Belize: Maya People Return to Supreme Court for Protection 

Press Release Punta Gorda, Toledo District, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association are once again turning to the courts to hold the government of Belize to its responsibilities and to find the government in contempt of orders issued by the Supreme Court in the Maya Land Rights cases of 2007 and 2010.In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Maya villages...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

Chile: Easter Islands, silent genocide 

Easter Island, one of the most magnificent tourist spots in the Pacific Ocean, is mainly known for its moais (Polynesian stone sculptures). If you stay there for a week you’ll enjoy it for sure: archeological sightseeing tours, pink sand beaches, exciting dances.But if you get the chance to know the Rapa Nui people, the originary inhabitants, you’ll find out that there is a well-hidden...

Fiji: Disputes over Chiefly status in the Ai iTaukei community 

The Fiji Islands and Rotuma’s Chiefly system does not follow nor adopt the British Monarchy system of the Kingdom (Chiefly) Title successor appointments.Ai iTaukei Communities in the Fiji Islands and Rotuma had and are becoming very educated and knowledgeable about the various principles of Leaderships from all over the world, that sometimes support or contradict the very nature and fibre of the Ai iTaukei...

Chile: Watch a new trailer for a film on Easter Island's indigenous people 

On Easter Island a silent genocide of the Rapa Nui people has been occurring. One of the surviving tribes, the Hito Clan, occupies a 5 star hotel built upon the ancestral land illegally expropriated from them, confronting police violence, criminalization and the courts. visit: www.nuarapanui.com support at: http://cort.as/4zxq Facebook: http://goo.gl/HAIjsK...

Belize: The "bitter sweet" ruling of the Court of Appeal 

On Thursday, 25th of July 2013, The Court of Appeal in Belize met and gave its final judgement on the appeal of the 2010 Supreme Court case on Maya land rights in Belize.In a Landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Belize on June 28th, 2010, Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh reaffirmed the customary land rights of 38 Maya communities in southern...

Ecuador: One indigenous woman’s perspective on discrimination in the health system 

In the public hospital in Otavalo in Ecuador, indigenous women have seen a major change in their maternal and child health services and this has increased their trust in the system. In the past, discrimination was a major problem, and women were not allowed to use their traditional birth practices or bring their traditional birth attendants (TBAs) with them. They were not able to...

India: Power of participation - women’s groups dramatically improve health for Adivasi mothers and newborns in eastern India 

Case study by Dr Audrey Prost, Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Soumen SarangiInvolving Adivasi women in the planning and evaluating of health care has significantly reduced deaths and empowered women among India’s Adivasi communities in Jharkhand and Odisha.Over 84 million Adivasis (original inhabitants) from more than 500 tribal groups live in western, central, eastern and north-eastern India. Today a quarter of all Adivasis reside in...

Belize: Photo story - Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land 

Toledo, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people.  Under human rights law, the government of Belize must recognize and protect the rights of Maya and Garifuna peoples to their traditional land.But without consulting Maya or Garifuna, the government has opened Toledo to oil drilling by USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd.  The government has ignored decisions by domestic and international...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...


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