Native leadership, key to open climate justice door

Native leadership, key to open climate justice door

With the release in April of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the time is ripe to celebrate a breakthrough by Indigenous Peoples in participation on the scientific advisory board that guides global warming policy for 195 U.N. countries. Opinion leaders should push the envelope for more of the same.

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Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, between States’ criminalization and the violence of armed groups

Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, between States’ criminalization and the violence of armed groups

Indigenous Peoples in Latin America are facing a profoundly grave situation. They are on the losing end in the gap between the development of national and international normative standards for the protection of their rights and their lack of implementation on the ground. They not only face the State’s force, imposing “development” projects and dispossessing them from their lands; but also illegal armed groups that dispute their territories with deadly force.

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Organizational Sign-on Statement on David Castillo trial for murder of Berta Cáceres

Organizational Sign-on Statement on David Castillo trial for murder of Berta Cáceres

The March 2, 2016 murder of Honduran indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of the Lenca organization COPINH, provoked indignation in Honduras and around the world. Berta was murdered while supporting Indigenous Lenca communities in opposing the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project that was being advanced through a public limited company created for the project, Desarrollos Enérgeticos S.A. (DESA).

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