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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

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 →

Hidro Santa Cruz leaves Guatemala

     by Real World Radio via Intercontinental Cry After eight years of struggle, communities in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala, are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to leave Guatemala and start the “process of extinction of Hidro Santa Cruz S.A.” The Dec. 29 announcement signals the end to a tragic legacy of political persecution … Continue reading Hidro Santa Cruz leaves Guatemala

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”

Jaluar Mega Dam in the Philippines Threatens to Displace Indigenous Peoples

Featured image: International Solidarity Mission delegates listen to testimonies by Tumandok men and women in Barangay Agcalaga, Calinog. Photo Credits: Jalaur River for the People Movement. By Karlo Mikhail Mongaya, GlobalVoices The Tumandok (Panay-Bukidnon) indigenous peoples of the central Philippine Island of Panay are facing the real possibility of being forced from their homes due to the construction of … Continue reading Jaluar Mega Dam in the Philippines Threatens to Displace Indigenous Peoples

“Stop Brazil’s Genocide”: Brazil blocks dangerous dam

Featured image: On the eve of the Rio Olympics, Brazil has blocked a dam which would have destroyed forest of the Munduruku tribe © Maíra Irigaray/Amazon Watch By Survival International As the Rio Olympics kick off, Brazil has blocked the construction of a controversial dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The São Luiz dam, … Continue reading “Stop Brazil’s Genocide”: Brazil blocks dangerous dam

Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement will “Condemn Tribe to Poverty”

By Dan Bacher / Intercontinental Cry On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.” The Tribe filed its complaint prior to a hearing on … Continue reading Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement will “Condemn Tribe to Poverty”