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Cowboys vs. Indians in Nicaragua's 'Wild East' 

As Nicaragua gears up for the elections that will determine whether the country sticks with the current trend for left-leaning Latin American governments, a largely unreported and increasingly violent struggle for control of communal lands dominates the lives of the Mayangna Indians of Wasakin, in the autonomously administered east of the country.Click on the link below to download the full article....

Colombia: Interview with Hollman Morris, director of MRG documentary 'Suarez Gold' 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage. Hollman Morris, director of the the film and world-wide recognized journalist spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. View photos of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/amnestylondon/sets/ or download the video at...

Colombia: Interview with Dr Andy Higginbottom on the links between mining, militarisation and displacement 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage, Andy Higginbottom, principal lecturer in politics and Human Rights at Kingston University and also secretary of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. See...

Phillipines: ‘Where is your title?’ asked NCIP Commissioner to protesting IPs 

It seems these words are not exclusive to land-grabbers, says Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) Malayao referred to the words spoken by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chairperson Hon. Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid when members of Lumad tribes in Mindanao staged protest in her office in Quezon City. “We were taken aback by when Pawid asked...

Israel: Uphold the right to land and decent living for Bedouins in the Naqab 

This morning, the residents of the AlAraqib village in the Naqab (Negev) witnessed yet another demolition of their homes and community by the Israeli Interior Ministry. The Palestinian Bedouin population of AlAraqib is being confined to the village cemetery by police forces, barred from protecting their properties or salvaging their belongings. The Israeli Interior Ministry and Land Authority have also continued their destructive policy...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn killing of Margarito Cabal 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan n Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the killing of Margarito Cabal, a government employee from Kibawe, Bukidnon. Cabal was shot down by two unidentified men on a motorcycle last May 9, Cabal sustained four gunshot wounds to the head and chest. In a protest action at the gates of the Department of National Defense, KAMP, Katribu Partylist and other human...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Colombia: estudio sobre la comunidad de mineros de Buenos Aires, Cauca 

Proyecto de Practica por Julián Mesa y Frei Díaz.Programa de Artes visuales y estética, Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia, 2011En la primera fase de nuestro trabajo comenzamos creando nexos con la comunidad de mineros de la vereda Munchique municipio Buenos Aires departamento del Cauca, donde tuvimos la oportunidad de relacionarnos mucho con las personas y enterarnos un poco más sobre las actividades de esta...

Bangladesh: An indigenous Jummo girl child is raped and brutally killed by settler Bengali 

On 10th, 12th and 14th May 2012 mass protest rallies and processions were brought out in several places of Rangamati Hill Tracts and Dhaka capital city. The mass processions demanded justice of rape and killing of an indigenous Jummo girl child in Atarakchara Union under the Langudu upazila of Rangamati Hill Tracts.Through the procession, the mass people, indigenous people’s leaders, activists and political leaders...

Ethiopia: Land grabs fuel violence in Gambella 

The Ethiopian government has committed gross human rights violations by uprooting the indigenous people of Gambella from their traditional territories, which they have inhabited for centuries, in order to make more land available for commercial agricultural investment.During the first phase of the government’s “villagization” programme, over 21,000 households were forcefully relocated from their traditional villages, farms and water resources. By the end of the...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Escalation of border conflict between ethnic communities 

This report highlights the most recent conflicts between the Dassenetch community of Southwest Ethiopia and the Kenya security forces at Todonyang along the Kenya – Ethiopia common border on 15th April, 2012.The Dassenetch community, who are agro –pastoralists living along the banks of River Omo extending to where the River ends in the Lake at the Kenya – Ethiopia border. The Turkana neighboring community...

Chile: Anti-terror law used against Mapuche activists  

In late November 2011, Mapuche protesters in the southern region of Araucania once again clashed with Chilean police. They demonstrated against plans to build an airport on Mapuche land; police used tear gas against the demonstrators, who were blocking the highway. Earlier in January, the Santiago Court of Appeals had rejected the Mapuche claim and ruled that the airport project could go ahead. The...

Malaysia: Indigenous groups contest mega-dams in Sarawak 

Sarawak — a forested Malaysian state on the island of Borneo — is home to 2.5 million people and 40 indigenous groups. The rights of many of these groups are now under threat as three of China’s state-owned companies are helping to build as many as 51 controversial dams in Sarawak. These projects will displace large numbers of indigenous communities who lack the legal...

Burma: International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution 

Statement, 14 June 2012 Odhikar is deeply alarmed by rapidly deteriorating sectarian violence in the Rakhine State of western Burma since June 3, 2012. So far the facts and evidence received by Odhikar depicts a grim scenario in which the minority Rohingyas are particularly persecuted and forced to leave their homeland. They are being killed, wounded and their villages burnt and when they try...

Burma: Dams feed ethnic conflict  

‘The soldiers came to my house and said, “Starting now you cannot grow on the farms near the river,” and I asked him back: “Why?” He gave the reason that they will build the dam in that area. They confiscated the land from my farm, it was about 18 acres.’  Molo villager facing eviction. On 30 September 2011, President Thein Sein announced an indefinite...

Australia: Aborigines halt Rio Tinto mining project  

The Jabiluka uranium deposit in the Northern Territory of Australia lies beneath the ancestral lands of the Mirarr Aboriginal people. The site is surrounded by, but not included in the Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The uranium deposit was discovered in the 1960s. In 1998 the Australian government granted Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), majority-owned by Rio Tinto, permission to begin...

DRC: Buela community at a disadvantage  

The Buela, a forest community in the Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, signed an agreement in 2011 with Sodefor (Société de Developpement Forestier), a subsidiary of Nordsudtimber, a Liechenstein-based company, to allow forest areas used by the community to be logged by the company. However, the process leading up to the signing was skewed in favour of the company. According to...

Uzbekistan/Kazakhstan: Retreating Aral Sea displaces Karakalpaks 

The shrinking of the Aral Sea by 90 per cent and desertification of most of its territory is one of the most visible environmental disasters in the world over the last fifty years. While improved water management has led to modest growth in the volume of Kazakhstan’s northern portion of the sea in recent years, there is little prospect of similar changes in the...

South East Asia: The campaign against destructive palm oil  

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in South East Asia is being driven by rising global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels. Thailand and the Philippines have a burgeoning palm oil industry, plantations have been established in Cambodia, and Vietnam is exploring the possibility of cashing in on this crop. Malaysia and Indonesia are the top producers of palm oil in the world,...


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