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  • Atlantic Conquest - Indigenous land rights and primary rainforest in Panama under threat

    Atlantic Conquest - Indigenous land rights and primary rainforest in Panama under threat

    515 years after the arrival of Columbus, a silent, yet expanding operation now threatens the existence of dozens of communities in one of the last lungs of primary rainforest of Panama— the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. A massive infrastructure project that includes miles of new roads, hydroelectric, mega-mining, a network of electric power transmission lines and associated groundwork in protected forests. These projects are anchored by nineteen miles of asphalt that will connect the Panamerican Highway with the Caribbean sea. Read more

  • A call to action for land rights now in Paraguay

    A call to action for land rights now in Paraguay

    Displaced from their ancestral lands, for over 20 years, Inocencia and 76 Enxet Sur families have been living by the side of a road without access to adequate food, water, housing, education or health services. Their roadside camp nonetheless is a site of resistance: a historic land rights struggle which brought their case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Read more

  • Land Rights Now – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

    Land Rights Now – 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

    When women from indigenous and local communities do not have secure rights to their land and resources, they are more vulnerable to violence. Read more

  • ’Our Voices have been heard’’

    ’Our Voices have been heard’’

    Good news! Indigenous communities in Lote 192 have won an overwhelming victory and signed an agreement with the Peruvian Government which recognizes their right to be consulted over the use of their ancestral lands. Read more

  • No Petrol without Consultation: Indigenous communities in Peru stage protests

    No Petrol without Consultation: Indigenous communities in Peru stage protests

    The Peruvian Government continues to refuse the Indigenous Communities of Lote 192 or ‘Block 192’ a say in what happens to their lands, their waters, and their health. 24 days after meeting with the Block 192 communities, and four days after the communities’ ultimatum to have their claim to the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent respected, the Peruvian Government sent out an e-mail declaring this claim to be unfounded. Read more

  • Land Rights on the agenda: Tharu Indigenous communities meet local government in Nepal

    Land Rights on the agenda: Tharu Indigenous communities meet local government in Nepal

    During the first week of September, Indigenous communities met with newly elected local government representatives in the Kailali and Bardiya districts of western Nepal to ensure land rights will be one of their top priorities. Read more

  • Stand for Indigenous Land Rights in Camerooon

    Stand for Indigenous Land Rights in Camerooon

    Declaration of Gbabandi Platform in Cameroon Read more

  • ''Our forest is now occupied by the government''

    ''Our forest is now occupied by the government''

    In 2014, the Ngoyla-Mintom Reserve was created in an area of dense forest in south east Cameroon. At a size of 156,672 hectares, the reserve borders land inhabited by several communities who, for generations, entered the forest freely. Suzanne Ndjele, a Baka from one of the affected villages Assoumindelé, has not been able to enter the forest for four years. She shares her story: Read more

  • Stand for Land Rights in Peru

    Stand for Land Rights in Peru

    Deep down in the Amazon rainforest, communities in the “Lote 192” area have been devastated by the consequences of over 45 years of oil exploitation on their lands: petroleum has seeped into their water and food affecting their health and the Peruvian government simply seems not to care. Read more

  • 2016 - the deadliest year on record for defending land rights

    2016  - the deadliest year on record for defending land rights

    Two hundred indigenous leaders, environmental activists, wildlife rangers and community representatives were brutally murdered protecting land and environmental rights n 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness. Read more

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