Indigenous women of Peru demand repeal of the law that arms civilians

BY ONAMIAP FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

Under the pretext of fighting against terrorism and drug trafficking, Congress approved, by insistence, Law 31.494, which promotes the arming of civil society groups as a form of self-defense. Indigenous women warned that these armed bands could be used by extractive companies or illegal economies to repress or intimidate the population. The law was passed without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples, violates our autonomy and would overlap with the peasant and rural patrols.

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Violence against Indigenous women: a global challenge

BY SIGNE LETH FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

Indigenous Women around the world face disproportional levels of violence and harassment due to past and present colonialisation of their territories, and because they are Indigenous and women. They are often subjected to harassment, violence and even killings by representatives of the State, armed opposition and criminal groups. And even in their own communities they are not always safe and are exposed to domestic violence and attacks on their physical integrity and autonomy. But Indigenous women shall not only be portrayed as victims. They are active change agents and important leaders in the struggle for the rights of their peoples.

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The Izhora people of Russia: the strength of a people is not in its number

BY DMITRII HARAKKA-ZAITSEV FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

A century ago, the Izhora people of Russia numbered about 30,000 individuals, but the repression experienced under Stalinism and multiple wars filled this Indigenous community's history with tragedy. Today, they number less than 1000 and mostly live in some 30 villages in an area close to Russia’s border with Estonia, just a couple of hours drive from Russia’s second largest city, Saint Petersburg. Intensive industrial development on their ancestral territory is posing a serious threat to their survival,  but the Izhora remain strong thanks to their determination to preserve their traditions and defend their land.

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The ruling on the Napalpí Massacre in Argentina: justice for the past and inspiration for the present

BY CARLOS SALAMANCA VILLAMIZAR FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

The Truth Trial for the Napalpí Massacre that took place in 1924 recognised the State’s responsibility in the crimes of aggravated homicide and subjection to servitude as crimes against humanity committed as part of a process of genocide. In addition, it stipulated a series of reparatory measures such as progress in identifying the location of the mass graves and the establishment of a memorial site.

Cover photo: Toba, Napalpí, 1924. Photo: Lehmann/IAI

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