Knowing that his life was in danger, Abarca began to raise his public profile. In July 2009, he traveled to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City to deliver a message about Blackfire’s conduct and the threats to his person. A video from that visit shows him telling an embassy representative that Blackfire is using its employees as shock troops for violent attacks on activists.
Tribal chairmen decried the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline when reports surfaced that its first crude oil spill in South Dakota occurred even before the private infrastructure project went into service.
The law, which only has 11 articles, prohibits the exploration and exploitation of metals in the country by domestic or foreign companies or persons, and prohibits the use of toxic substances that endanger the health of peasant communities and the environment.
The basic principle at the core of demands of indigenous peoples at Standing Rock and at Loma de Bacum has been supported internationally by two former UN Special Rapporteurs for Indigenous Rights, and recently endorsed by the current Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli Corpus. That principle states that governments must ensure that companies consult with indigenous peoples prior to launching megaprojects and was first set out in the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The broad student movement that won Chile’s alamedas – with demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of young people and the occupation of dozens of secondary schools, demanding changes in the education system – has sedimented in the creation of some thirty self-managed education initiatives in working-class territories.
The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace talks dedicated to ending 52 years of bloodshed.
Six months after the murder of Berta Caceres, far from forgetting, people throughout the world demanded justice and vowed to continue her organizing work in defense of land and territory locally, regionally and internationally.