Indigenous Children’s Education as Linguistic Genocide and a Crime Against Humanity? A Global View
The Convention on the Rights of the Child and Sámi children in Norway
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous
peoples, James Anaya
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human
rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people
State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Developed nations have a long history of exploiting indigenous populations for their own personal benefit. Whereas the ill treatment was once centered on acquiring land and natural resources, the latest developments suggest a new form of abuse: biopiracy.

The nuclear war against Australia´s Aboriginal people
AUSTRALIA - Australia´s nuclear industry has a shameful history of ´radioactive racism´ that dates from the British bomb tests in the 1950s, writes Jim Green. The same attitudes have been evident in recent debates over uranium mines and nuclear waste, but Aboriginal peoples are fighting back!

Indigenous Organizations Prepare for World Conference
UN - Native peoples´ issues will define the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September, but critics say Native nations won´t have enough of a say in the historic, high-level meeting.

Paradise Lost: Aerial Images of Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest
BRASIL - Rodrigo Baleia first embarked on a Greenpeace trip to make photographs of the Amazon rainforest in 2000- and after twelve years and about 218,000 miles of flight documentation, he is still not satisfied with his mission in chronicling the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon.

Digital indigenous
BRASIL - Produced in 2010, Indigenas Digitais recounts the experiences of Indios Online, a network of Pataxo Hahahae, Kariri-Xocó, Tupinambá, Pankararé and other Indigenous Peoples in Brazil that strives to provide communities with access to information and promote intercultural dialogue.

Indigenous mountain farmers unite on climate change
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge.

Remote Indigenous Tribe Adopts Wi-Fi Network in Hopes of Survival

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa´s Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Yamal Reindeer Herders Fight Against Poachers
YAMAL, RUSSIA - Indigenous peoples of Yamal complain about numerous death of reindeer this winter. The reason of this death loss is not only very severe winter but also poaching.  “Today’s situation is not that bad, it used to be that poachers could hunt 20-30 of our reindeer” – said reindeer herder Natal’ya Pyak.

UNEP Year ebook Update 2014 – Rapid Change in the Arctic
The Arctic is changing twice as fast in terms of warming as the rest of the world. What happens to migratory species in the Arctic will affect what happens in the overwintering grounds of those species, and what happens to the melting glaciers and permafrost thaw will affect sea level rise in the rest of the world.

. Planned Powerline Concerns Reindeer Herders
NORTHERN NORWAY - Reindeer herders are concerned that the animals will avoid a planned 500-km powerline in northern Norway.

Brazil’s agribusiness lobby pushes back against indigenous land recognition
BRAZIL - Agribusiness interests in Brazil are facing off against Indigenous Peoples calling for official recognition of territorial claims. During the opening ceremony of the World Cup, a Guarani Indian youth held up a small banner saying, in Portuguese, “Demarcation Now”. Demarcation meaning land recognition. There are over 400 indigenous groups in Brazil waiting for their ancestral lands to be officially recognized but Brazil’s powerful agricultural lobby is pushing for changes that would make it so they never are.

The zero draft document released
The zero draft document for the upcoming WCIP 2014 has now been released
Zero draft document
Washington´s militarized land-grabs: Targeting the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota
SOUTH DAKOTA, USA - In the wake of a Bundy Ranch crisis sparked by a militarized federal land-grab effort in Nevada, it seems that the Department of Interior has set its sights on a new prize - this time targeting once protected Indian reservation land on Pine Ridge in South Dakota.

Oilsands development linked to cancer, First Nations say
EDMONTON, CANADA - First Nations leaders and scientists from the University of Manitoba will release a report Monday they say shows links between the oilsands and impacts on wildlife, the environment and human health in aboriginal communities.

Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887
Rodney writes, "Between 1776 and 1887, the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres, an eighth of the world, from America´s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. This 1:27 video maps it year by year."
Catholic groups lose residential school argument
WINNIPEG – Priests, nuns and oblates have lost a small court battle related to residential school documents.

CONTACT: uncontacted Indians emerge, illegal logging blamed
BRAZIL - a highly vulnerable group of uncontacted Amazon Indians has emerged from the rainforest in Brazil near the Peru border and made contact with a settled indigenous community.
South American tribe sues over historic genocide
PARAGUAY - The survivors of a South American tribe which was decimated during the 1950s and 60s are taking Paraguay’s government to court over the genocide they suffered. The case of the hunter-gatherer Aché tribe, who roamed the hilly forests of eastern Paraguay until being brutally forced out, became notorious in the 1970s.

Bagua Massacre – A Test for Justice in Peru
LIMA - The trial of 52 indigenous people that just got underway for a 2009 massacre near the city of Bagua in northwest Peru will test the judicial system’s independence and ability to impart justice.
Kiribati President Purchases ‘Worthless’ Resettlement Land as Precaution Against Rising Sea
NAVIAVIA, Fiji - You can count the inhabitants of this isolated, tidy village of multi-coloured houses and flower bushes among global warming’s first victims – but not in the usual sense.

Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protesters
Law exempts soldiers and police from criminal responsibility if they cause injuries or deaths
Zimbabwe’s Unfolding Humanitarian Disaster – We Visit the 18,000 People Forcibly Relocated to Ruling Party Farm
ZIMBABWE: More than 18,000 people live in the Chingwizi transit camp in Mwenezi district, about 150 kms from their former homes in Chivi basin as they wait to be allocated one-hectare plots of land by the government.

First Nations from British Columbia win major land title decision
The highest court in Canada issued a landmark decision today, recognizing Native title in British Columbia and defining what it means.
Ecuador breaks its Amazon deal
QUITO, Ecuador — In 2007, Ecuador pledged to refrain from oil drilling in the Amazon’s Yasuni National Park in exchange for financial compensation from several foreign governments. The so-called Yasuni-ITT initiative, named for the park’s Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini oil fields, which together contain some 846 million barrels of heavy crude, sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, prevent deforestation and protect one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. To offset the renounced revenue, then estimated at over $7 billion, Ecuador requested $3.6 billion to be paid over a period of 13 years by some of the world’s richest nations. It was the first time a country had proposed keeping such a large reserve permanently in the ground.

Rainforest tribes seek World Cup spotlight
Tribal leaders from the Amazon rainforest are using the glare of publicity on the football World Cup in Brazil to highlight an impassioned plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.
Chile Vows to Dispel Lingering Shadow of Dictatorship
SANTIAGO - Chile has made a commitment to the international community to improve human rights in the country and erase the lingering shadow of the dictatorship on civil liberties.Making progress on women’s sexual and reproductive rights, reforming the controversial anti-terrorism law, guaranteeing the human rights of indigenous peoples and universal access to education and health are among the promises Chile made to the United Nations in June.

EU Aims to Scuttle Treaty on Human Rights Abuses
UNITED NATIONS - When the United Nations began negotiating a Code of Conduct for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) back in the 1970s, the proposal never got off the ground because of vigourous opposition both from the powerful business community and its Western allies.
When Nature Gets a Price Tag
UNITED NATIONS - How much does a forest cost? What’s the true economic value of an ocean? Can you pay for an alpine forest or a glacial meadow? And – more importantly – will such calculus save the planet, or subordinate a rapidly collapsing natural world to market forces?

Nicaragua’s Mayagna People and Their Rainforest Could Vanish
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - More than 30,000 members of the Mayagna indigenous community are in danger of disappearing, along with the rainforest which is their home in Nicaragua, if the state fails to take immediate action to curb the destruction of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, the largest forest reserve in Central America and the third-largest in the world.
Quest for Self-Determination Continues in New Caledonia
SYDNEY, Australia - Since the French overseas territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific was reinstated on the United Nations Decolonisation List in 1986, the indigenous Kanak people have struggled not only against socio-economic disadvantages, but also for the right to determine their political future after more than a century of colonialism.


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Rights and Resources Initiative Community forests around the world hold 37.
25/07 20:37 Red Orbit
Rights defenders are not protected in their line of work.
25/07 20:23 Latinamerica Press
Lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing at 5:30 p.m.
25/07 19:24
25/07 18:46 NunatsiaqOnline
Latin America NGO director Omaira Bolaños explains the barriers to getting women's voices heard in climate change talks Source: The Guardian How is deforestation and climate change affecting the lives of indigenous women?
24/07 22:59 Upside Down World
After Ecuador issued a permit to drill for oil in Yasuni National Park in May, there's already been one of its largest oil spills.
24/07 22:34 Sustainable Business
The second Monday of October, the federal holiday known as Columbus Day, should henceforth be recognized in Seattle as “Indigenous Peoples Day” according to a resolution passed by the Seattle Human Rights Commission.
24/07 22:32 Blogs -
Despite heavy police presence in the region, violent conflict between indigenous activists and landowners continues in the Araucanía.
24/07 13:16 VICE Scandinavia
Report: Indian mascots hurt Native American children A report from the Center for American Progress released on Tuesday calls on state and federal boards of education to enforce civil rights protections for American Indian and Alaska Native students who face hostile education environments related
23/07 11:23 Native News Today
Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial harassment of 36 members of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), who are being tried on sedition charges in the southwestern department of Intibucá.
22/07 19:28 Reporters Without Borders