People & Groups Archives: Indigenous peoples

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

Survival International Calls on UN to Condemn Shoot on Sight Conservation

Survival International has called on the UN expert on extrajudicial executions to condemn shoot on sight conservation policies. In a letter to the Special Rapporteur charged with the issue, Survival stated that “shoot on sight policies directly affect tribal people who live in or adjacent to ‘protected areas’… particularly when park guards so often fail to distinguish subsistence hunters from commercial poachers.” ... Continue reading →

Indigenous Communities Bring Guatemala to a Standstill

Featured image: Protesters gathered at Los Encuentros, by Anna Watts    by Anna Watts / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous communities across Guatemala have brought the country to a standstill for the second day in a row. Blockading major crossroads and highways, the nationwide peaceful demonstrations are protesting against the Guatemalan congress’s rejection of a constitutional reform … Continue reading Indigenous Communities Bring Guatemala to a Standstill

India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Featured image: Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight.  © Survival International      by Survival International A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television, … Continue reading India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Land and The Persistence of Culture: Indigenous Yukpa Community Strives to Recover Its Land

Featured image: A Yukpa woman tends laundry high in the clouds of the Yukpa lands, which rise over 3000 meters in the Sierra Perijá on the border of Colombia and Venezuela.     by Nicholas Parkinson / Intercontinental Cry A community of indigenous Yukpa saw their land reduced to a third of what it once was due to … Continue reading Land and The Persistence of Culture: Indigenous Yukpa Community Strives to Recover Its Land

Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Featured image: Without access to their ancestral land, the Baka’s health has deteriorated and they face an uncertain future. © Survival International      by Survival International An internal report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) into the impact of its conservation work in Cameroon on Baka “Pygmies” has been leaked after WWF denied it … Continue reading Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Letter From the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and The World

To my Shuar brothers and sisters, to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andes, to the men and women of Ecuador and the World.

As many of you know,recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning of a great territorial dispute initiated by the National Government against the Shuar Arutam People. ... Continue reading →

By Blood and Fire: Mining and Militarization in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Before dawn on Dec. 21, 2016, dozens of police raided the headquarters of the Shuar Federation (FISCH) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and arbitrarily detained its president, Agustin Wachapá. The indigenous leader was thrown to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and ridiculed beneath the boots of police in front of his wife. The police then razed the Shuar Federation’s office—turning over furniture and carrying away computers. According to the indigenous leader's wife, her husband was taken away without any kind of explanation. An arrest warrant for Wachapá was never presented. ... Continue reading →

Obama’s Pettus Bridge

     by Noah Weber On Sunday, March 7, 1965, roughly 600 African Americans and their allies gathered and marched towards Montgomery, Alabama in order to take a stand and draw attention to the fact that 99% of Selma, Alabama’s registered voters were white, and that the African American community was being denied their legal … Continue reading Obama’s Pettus Bridge

India: Mining company targets Dongria’s sacred hills – AGAIN

A mining company in India has renewed its efforts to start mining on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh people, despite previous defeat in the Supreme Court, and determined opposition by the tribe. The Dongria Kondh consider the Niyamgiri Hills to be sacred and have been dependent on and managed them for millennia. Despite this the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), which previously partnered with British-owned Vedanta Resources, is once again attempting to open a bauxite mine there. ... Continue reading →