Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization » Colonialism & Conquest

Historic Ruling Set to Decide Future of Brazilian Tribes

Featured image: Brazil has seen frequent indigenous protests this year, against the anti-Indian policies of President Temer.  © Rogerio Assis      by Survival International Brazil’s Supreme Court will next week deliver a historic judgement on tribal territories which could strike the greatest blow to indigenous land rights since the country’s military dictatorship. The judgement will be … Continue reading Historic Ruling Set to Decide Future of Brazilian Tribes

Increased Militarization under Martial Law Threatens Lumad Teachers in the Philippines

Featured image: This month, hundreds of Lumad evacuated their homes out of fear of being attacked by the military. Photo: ALCADEV      by Cristina Rey / Intercontinental Cry Last May, the government of the Philippines announced the decision to subjugate the southern island of Mindanao to Martial Law. Now, the state is using its repressive … Continue reading Increased Militarization under Martial Law Threatens Lumad Teachers in the Philippines

Clouds of Uncertainty

A web of impunity, corruption and extractivism confronts indigenous leaders in Colombia’s southwest Featured image: A cloud hangs over Rioblanco, a Yanacona reservation in the municipality of Sotará, in Cauca, Colombia. Photo: Robin Llewellyn      by Robin Llewellyn / Intercontinental Cry When the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the left-wing Revolutionary Armed … Continue reading Clouds of Uncertainty

Indigenous-Led Resistance

Water Is Life On May 19th, 2017, members of Deep Green Resistance Santa Barbara attended the Water Is Life: Standing With Standing Rock conference hosted at UC Santa Barbara.  This conference was presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the American Indian & Indigenous Collective, the American Indian Student Association, the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the … Continue reading Indigenous-Led Resistance

Indigenous South Americans Condemn Failure to Protect Uncontacted Tribes as “Genocide”

Featured image: The Zo’é are a very isolated tribe, who were forcibly contacted in the 1980s. Many of them died of diseases to which they had no resistance. © Fiona Watson/Survival International      by Survival International 29 indigenous organizations from across South America have come together in Brazil to slam governments for failing to … Continue reading Indigenous South Americans Condemn Failure to Protect Uncontacted Tribes as “Genocide”

Bronx Zoo Organization Funds Serious Human Rights Abuses

Featured image: Vast swathes of the Bayaka’s ancestral homelands in the Republic of Congo have been taken over without their consent by loggers and big conservation NGOs. © Lambert Coleman      by Survival International An investigation by Survival International has revealed that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the parent organization of New York’s Bronx … Continue reading Bronx Zoo Organization Funds Serious Human Rights Abuses

India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody

Featured image: Bari Pidikaka, Dongria activist, who died in police custody after being detained in 2015. © Survival International    by Survival International A leader of a tribe in India, which made headlines around the world when it won a David and Goliath battle against a British mining corporation, has died in police custody – following a … Continue reading India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody

Indigenous and Environmental Rights Under Attack in Brazil

     by UN Human Right Office of the High Commissioner  GENEVA / WASHINGTON DC – Three United Nations experts and a rapporteur from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have joined forces to denounce attacks on indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil. “The rights of indigenous peoples and environmental rights are under attack in … Continue reading Indigenous and Environmental Rights Under Attack in Brazil

UN Condemns Brazil’s “Attack” On Indigenous Peoples

Featured image: The UN has condemned Brazil’s onslaught on indigenous rights, which threatens to wipe out uncontacted tribes © G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival International      by Survival International The United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have condemned Brazil’s “attack” on its indigenous peoples. In a new statement, UN and IACHR experts have warned that … Continue reading UN Condemns Brazil’s “Attack” On Indigenous Peoples

Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

Featured image: A pair of macaws in flight. The Amazon basin is under extreme threat, as the Brazilian government passes measure after measure to gut environmental, indigenous and social movement protections. Photo by Rhett A. Butler      by Sue Branford and Maurício Torres / Mongabay “The first five months of 2017 have been the most violent … Continue reading Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements