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Yatama Vindicated by Nicaraguan Protests

     by Laura Hobson Herlihy / Cultural Survival The Miskitu Yatama (Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka/Children of the Mother Earth) organization remained silent during last week’s violent protests in Nicaragua, ignited by the government’s April 16, 2018 approval of social security reforms. Many Miskitu people on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast claimed the Instituto Nicaragüense … Continue reading Yatama Vindicated by Nicaraguan Protests

UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

     by Terri Hansen / Cultural Survival What do you do when a country places a United Nations Special Rapporteur on a terrorist hit list? If you’re the UN, you hit back. A petition filed February 21 in a Manila court by apparently unstable President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines labels Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN … Continue reading UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

Environmental Defender Guadalupe Campanur Tapia Murdered in Mexico

     by Cultural Survival Cultural Survival condemns the murder of the Purépecha environmental activist Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, whose body was found on January 16, 2018 in the municipality of Checrán, Michocán, Mexico. She was strangled to death by two unidentified killers. Investigators have not indicated that Campanur’s death was due to her activism, but … Continue reading Environmental Defender Guadalupe Campanur Tapia Murdered in Mexico

The Past, Present, and Future of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

     by Rawiri Taonui / Cultural Survival This month marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP 2007). Indigenous Peoples have come a long way. Our individual struggles coalesced during the 1970s in the Indigenous-initiated World Council of Indigenous Peoples. A decade of consultation and … Continue reading The Past, Present, and Future of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Arson Attack on Jumma Villages by Bengali Settlers in Longadu, 300 Houses Torched

     by Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) via Cultural Survival A massive communal and arson attack on four Jumma localities was carried by the Bengali Muslim settlers with the support of army and police in Longadu under Rangamati hill district of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) on 2 June 2017. This organized and army-police-backed arson … Continue reading Arson Attack on Jumma Villages by Bengali Settlers in Longadu, 300 Houses Torched

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court Stops Hydro Project for Failing to Consult Indigenous Peoples

On November 1, 2016, the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court provided some good news to a Terraba (Teribe) Indigenous territory when it stopped the state-run Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE by its Spanish acronym) from going forward with the Diquis hydroelectric project for failing to consult Indigenous communities who would see part of their lands flooded. ... Continue reading →

#SOSPuebloShuar: Respect the Right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent in Ecuador

Featured image: Domingo Ankuash of the Shuar speaking at the Inter-American Commission in Washington DC.  By Daniel Cima.      by Cultural Survival Cultural Survival condemns the action of the Ecuadorian government in the raiding of the Shuar federation, FICSH (Federación Interprovincial de Centros Shuar), and the arbitrary detention of its president, Agustin Wachapa, on December 20, 2016. … Continue reading #SOSPuebloShuar: Respect the Right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent in Ecuador

IIPFCC in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

"We call upon all member states, to condemn the destruction of our sacred places and to support our nation’s efforts to ensure that our sovereign rights are respected. We ask that you call upon all parties to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and to protect the environment, our nation’s future, our culture and our way of life." - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II ... Continue reading →

Miskitu People Under Siege in Nicaragua

By Laura Hobson Herlihy / Cultural Survival The Miskitu people (pop. 185,000) live in Muskitia, a rainforest region that stretches along the Central American Caribbean coast from Black River, Honduras to just south of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Two-thirds of Muskitia and the Miskitu people reside in Nicaragua. The Miskitu people in Nicaragua today are in a … Continue reading Miskitu People Under Siege in Nicaragua

Bangladesh: Protestors Killed by Police Over Coal Project

By Cultural Survival At least four people were killed after police opened fire at a massive protest of several thousand villagers in Bangladesh Monday, April 4th, reported the Phulbari Solidarity Group. “This is a terrible tragedy and major news. It is the largest loss of life at an anti-coal protest in Bangladesh since the tragic deaths in … Continue reading Bangladesh: Protestors Killed by Police Over Coal Project