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Ngäbe-Buglé Movement Calls on UN, International Organizations to Save Dam-Threatened Communities

Featured image: Residents of Kiad around an important boundary post for the Ngäbe people at the border of the comarca. (Photo courtesy Duiren Wagua) Este artículo está disponible en español aquí      by Tracy Barnett / Intercontinental Cry Cultural Community of Kiad, Panama — Members of the grassroots indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé group known as The April … Continue reading Ngäbe-Buglé Movement Calls on UN, International Organizations to Save Dam-Threatened Communities

Panama Meeting on Human Rights, Environmental Issues Sows Hope, Disappointment

Featured image: The Barro Blanco Dam in the Province of Chiriqui, western Panama. The dam is complete and will begin operation within weeks, according to the government. The Ngäbe-Bugle have been opposed to the project since its inception. Photo by Camilo Mejia Giraldo      by Tracy Barnett / Intercontinental Cry PANAMA CITY, Panama – The … Continue reading Panama Meeting on Human Rights, Environmental Issues Sows Hope, Disappointment

Panama’s Barro Blanco Dam to Begin Operation

Featured image: Ngäbe-Bugle community members canoe on the Tabasará River. By Camilo Mejia Giraldo      by Camilo Mejia Giraldo / Mongabay For nearly a decade, Panama’s Barro Blanco dam has met with strong opposition from indigenous Ngäbe communities. It has also generated violent suppression from government forces, and attracted criticism from international organizations. An agreement on the … Continue reading Panama’s Barro Blanco Dam to Begin Operation

Panamanian Police Assault Indigenous Dam Protesters

Featured Image: Police clashes. Credit: Frenadeso By Richard Arghiris / Intercontinental Cry Panama’s national police left approximately 20 indigenous Ngäbe protesters injured last week in what one medic described as an “absurd and irresponsible act.” The protesters, all residents of Gualaquita, mobilized against the Barro Blanco hydro dam after the project’s owner and operator, Honduran-based Generadora … Continue reading Panamanian Police Assault Indigenous Dam Protesters

Panama President Destroys Indigenous Communities and Claims “Success”

Featured image: Floodwaters from the Barro Blanco dam have submerged communities and forests. Photo: Chiriquí Natural By Richard Arghiris / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous Ngäbe communities living on the banks of the Tabasará River in western Panama are scrambling for their lives as flood water from the Barro Blanco hydroelectric reservoir inundates their houses, schools, farms and … Continue reading Panama President Destroys Indigenous Communities and Claims “Success”

Ngäbe Communities Facing Evictions Call For International Solidarity

Featured image: The Barro Blanco Dam will have a disastrous effect on Ngäbe communities inside the Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle and campesino communities also living on the banks of the river. Photo Oscar Sogandares By Jennifer Kennedy/ Intercontinental Cry Ngäbe communities in western Panama are calling for support from the international community after officials from the Honduran-owned energy … Continue reading Ngäbe Communities Facing Evictions Call For International Solidarity

Barro Blanco Protesters Injured and Arrested During Crackdown in Panama

By Richard Arghiris / Intercontinental Cry Protests against the Barro Blanco hydro dam in western Panama turned violent last Saturday, July 25, when riot police, claiming to act in self-defense, unleashed pepper spray and batons on some 50 Ngäbe activists, women and children among them. At least three protesters were badly injured in the clash. The crackdown … Continue reading Barro Blanco Protesters Injured and Arrested During Crackdown in Panama

Illegal dam threatens to flood Ngäbe territory; Panama planning forcible eviction

By Richard Arghiris / Intercontinental Cry Having fought tirelessly against the unlawful Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam, the indigenous Ngäbe communities on the banks of Panama’s Tabasará river are today threatened with forced eviction at the hands of Panama’s notoriously brutal security forces. The 29 MW dam, built by a Honduran-owned energy company, Genisa, received funding … Continue reading Illegal dam threatens to flood Ngäbe territory; Panama planning forcible eviction

Video: Message to the World from the Naso Indigenous People in Panama

By Selva Rico Project The Panamanian government has plans to build a massive hydroelectric plant within the Naso Indigenous Reserve.  The Naso partake in week long road blocks as we hear from one of the matriarchs of the community, Virginia, and her views on what will become of their culture if the project is allowed … Continue reading Video: Message to the World from the Naso Indigenous People in Panama

Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry Two people have died and three others are injured following a confrontation between indigenous peoples and loggers of an endangered tree in Panama. The conflict began began on March 30, when a group of Wounaan attempted to burn logging equipment that was being used by a group of loggers working … Continue reading Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees