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Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

Featured image: Dan From Indiana on flickr. Some Rights Reserved.  The Rights of Nature Movement continues to advance through lawmaking and court decisions.      by The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) via Intercontinental Cry MERCERSBURG, PA, USA: Today, the Colombia Supreme Court of Justice issued a decision declaring that the Amazon region in Colombia … Continue reading Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

All images by Robin Llewellyn      by Robin Llewellyn / Intercontinental Cry Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos may have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but peace has not come to Colombia. Social leaders and members of indigenous communities have been targeted in a wave of assassinations that has swept through the countryside during this … Continue reading An Inside Look at Colombia’s Indigenous Guards

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

Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Featured image:  Fracking well. The damage that causes earthquakes seems to occur after the drilling, when the wastewater is injected deep underground, stimulating existing fault lines.  Indigenous and other communities want Colombia to join France, Germany, Scotland and Bulgaria in banning fracking.  By Thinkstock.      by Rick Kearns / Indian Country Today Media Network Fracking … Continue reading Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Featured image: Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia. © El Heraldo      by Survival International Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights. The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de … Continue reading Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

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

Silencing of the River: Environmental Racism and Afro-Descendent Displacement along Colombia’s Patia River

Featured image: Afro-Colombian communities along the Patia River plundered by corporate privatization of water sources.      by Mary Louisa Cappelli Colombia’s infrastructure development projects have led to privatized water grabbing and the marginalization and displacement of many indigenous and Afro-descendent communities living along the Patia River Corridor. Ingeneria de Vias SA (VIAS SA), a … Continue reading Silencing of the River: Environmental Racism and Afro-Descendent Displacement along Colombia’s Patia River

Reclaiming Stolen Lands

Documentary film spotlights Nasa struggle to regain what was wrongfully taken      by Intercontinental Cry Tired of waiting for lands promised by the Colombian government, in 2015, the Indigenous Nasa Peoples from southern Colombia decide to take direct action to reclaim lands that have been industrialized by one of the richest people in the … Continue reading Reclaiming Stolen Lands

17 percent of Colombian political killings environmental and indigenous activists

Featured image: Adelina Gómez Gaviria, an anti-mining activist in the Colombian department of Cauca, was killed in 2013. Photo courtesy of Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado. By Camilo Mejia Giraldo / Mongabay 534 political activists were assassinated across Colombia between 2011 and 2015, around 17 percent of them indigenous-rights or environmental activists. A … Continue reading 17 percent of Colombian political killings environmental and indigenous activists

Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”

This article is very telling. Many people—even leftists—still assume that so-called “development” is a positive thing. We at Deep Green Resistance, and many indigenous people and critics of modern life around the planet, disagree. Civilization and development are destroying the planet and impoverishing human culture. The costs of “development” far outweigh the benefits. — “UNITED … Continue reading Indigenous Leader: “We’re fighting NOT to have roads or electricity.”