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September 24 2014

Chief Wilton Littlechild at the closing of the WCIP
Indigenous peoples express moderate satisfaction with the Outcome Document adopted Monday 22 September at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: It is not as action oriented as was hoped for, but it confirms and reaffirms the language of the UN Declaration and will be an important tool for lobbying for implementation of rights back home “I was actually quite surprised that we were able to hold the line on critical rights such as land and Free, Prior and Informed Consent...

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September 2 2014
Report reveals that discriminatory attitudes are still deeply embedded in Peruvian society and UN calls for Peru to adopt national policy to combat racism and racial discrimination.   Through an official statement, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed its regret for the dissemination of negative stereotypes of indigenous peoples, through TV shows such as ‘The Peasant Jacinta‘.   The Committee asked the Peruvian State to adopt...

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July 22 2014
More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change. At an international forum on community land and resource rights which took place 15 and 16 July, women from across the world called for inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives and participation in the dialogue around national and international climate change adaption and mitigation policies. These recommendations to ensure women’s rights and c...

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July 16 2014
The national organizations assembled in the Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru convened a meeting to present their vision, proposals and agenda on climate change, put together by the indigenous peoples, as well as their mobilization and advocacy strategy gearing towards the COP 20. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 21 at 4 pm, at the headquarters of the National Agrarian Confederation (CNA), located on Jr. Miro Quesada 327, Cercado de Lima (first floor). Civil socie...

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July 16 2014
They call for all of those committed to a better future to participate in the upcoming Peoples Climate Summit to be held in Lima, parallel to the official COP20. A National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth signed a statement to raise struggle proposals at national and global levels. From June 17 to 19, the conference held in in Lima brought together representatives from the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) affiliated to the i...

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June 12 2014
On Friday 4 July, a conference will be held in Madrid on the crimes committed against the Aché people of Paraguay during the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in the late 60s. These human rights violations were brought to light by the anthropologist Mark Munzel, through IWGA’s documentation work. The main objective of the conference is to promote actions in favour of truth, justice and reparation for the Aché people by publicising the crimes committed against them and...

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May 6 2014
Unity Pact of Indigenous Organisations of Peru, an organisation that articulates national indigenous organisations, criticized the omission of key issues in the national agenda on climate change developed by the Peruvian government. According to Unity Pact, the thematic scheme of the national climate change agenda, based on five areas: Oceans; Forests; Glaciers, Mountains and Water Security; Renewable Energy and Sustainable Cities, omitted fundamental factors in the region. For...

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May 5 2014
Uruguay will be the 16th country in Latin America to ratify the strongest international instrument on indigenous peoples’ rights, the ILO Convention 169, according to a recent announcement by the Uruguayan Ministry of Social Development. "We emphasize the strong conviction that Uruguay has to ratify Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples”, said the Director of Social Policy of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), Andrés Scagliola, during the “Forum on ILO Co...

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May 5 2014
On April 24 the Paraguayan Senate finally approved the expropriation of 14,400 hectares of land to be returned to the Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community. With nearly five years delay, this approval will lead the way for the implementation of a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, obliging the Paraguayan government to return the ancestral land of the Enxet Sawhoyamaxa community, unlawfully appropriated by private companies twenty years ago. In 2009 however, on the b...

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April 8 2014
Taking into account the interdependent and indivisible nature of human rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided to initiate a process to create an Office of the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR). Through this decision the Commission seeks to strengthen and expand its work of defending and protecting the economic, social, and cultural rights of the people of the Americas. The process begun April 3 with the establishment o...

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April 7 2014

Alberto Chirif and Margarita Benavides presenting at the Ministry of Culture, Lima. Photo: Allison Cadenillas/SERVINDI
As a result of research in the Peruvian Amazon, anthropologist Alberto Chirif has recently published a book titled Pueblos de la yuca brava. Historia y culinaria (People of the bitter manioc. History and cuisine). The book, supported by IWGIA, focuses on the history and cuisine of the the Bora, Huitoto, Ucaina and Secoya peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, who cultivate and process the bitter manioc as a main staple. The book was presented in the Ministry of Culture in Lima on March 1...

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April 7 2014
On 25 March the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, delivered a lecture on international human rights and indigenous peoples at a conference hosted by the Andean University Simón Bolivar and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in La Paz. During his presentation, Anaya addressed the objectives of consultation and consent mechanisms. He highlighted that the process of consultation instrumentalises the right to self-determination and...

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January 31 2014
Adopted from Redd-Monitor.org
Peru has given the go-ahead to the expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. The impacts on the people and their forest will be devastating.

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December 16 2013

Photo: www.lamula.pe
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, acknowledged the cooperation of the Peruvian Government and the information provided with respect to laws, policies and programs on indigenous issues. He also highlighted the collaboration of the United Nations Development Programme that enabled his visit and also expressed his gratitude to the indigenous peoples for invited him to their territories, for their hospitality and for sharing their stories, concerns...

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November 20 2013

V Continental Indigenous Summit
The Continental Board of Indigenous Communication, meeting from 10 to 15 November under the framework of the V Continental Indigenous Summit, demanded the states to respect the international legal framework which protects the rights to communication. It urged differential promotion of communication policies based on human rights and collective rights of indigenous peoples. Through a statement, the Board demanded international bodies, particularly the World Conference of Indigenous P...

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November 6 2013

Selva vida
IWGIA is proud to present "Selva Vida: de la destrucción de la Amazonía al paradigma de la regeneración", a new collection of essays about the Amazon region. The publication has the support of the Centre Sachamama for Biocultural Regeneration (Peru) and from the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas, University of California, Davis. The book suggests a critical gaze at the current situation of indigenous peoples in the Amazon concerning the behaviors and needs of modern cons...

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November 4 2013

Petitioners: Daysi Zapata (AIDESEP). Photo credits: Eddie Arrossi
Coverage by Servindi

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May 7 2013
It is believed that Peru’s biggest gas project, situated in the southeast Peruvian Amazon, will create conflict between the indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve and other indigenous peoples living in the neighbouring Manu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to truth-out.org a department within Peru’s Environment Ministry is concerned that the expansion of the country's biggest gas project in the south...

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October 15 2012
A group of United Nations independent experts, including the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, issued a press release today urging the Government of Guatemala to clarify the violent events that occurred on 4 October 2012 in the locality of Cumbre de Alaska, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá that resulted in the death of 6 indigenous persons, as well as 33 indigenous community members and 13 members of the military being injured.

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October 9 2012
This report examines the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Argentina and makes recommendations in this regard on the basis of information the Special Rapporteur received during his visit to the country from 27 November to 7 December 2011.

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August 18 2012
Special Rapporteur urged the Government of El Salvador to adopt new measures to recover indigenous cultures and establish participatory mechanisms

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August 17 2012
Luis Ángel Saavedra in Quito
The Ecuadoran government is committed to promoting large-scale mining, and to do so it must implement national legislation that, although contrary to constitutional principles, satisfies the economic interests of multinational mining companies that have been reluctant to invest in the country until they are guaranteed total control over the royalties the industry will produce. Ecuador’s most recent Constitutional Assembly (2007-2008) not only incorporated environmental rights into...

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August 13 2012
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit El Salvador from 13 to 17 August 2012.

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August 10 2012
James Anaya
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, issued a public statement calling for the Government of Colombia to advance the dialogue process recently initiated with indigenous authorities in the northern part of the Department of Cauca to address the military presence in nasa territory among other matters.

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