Wednesday, January 30, 2008

January 21-27: Five Important Indigenous People's Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of January 21-27, 2008.

United Nations Human Rights Commission Establishes New Subsidiary Body

The United Nations Human Rights Council has established a new subsidiary body to focus on the issues facing indigenous groups and provide expertise both to advise and inform the Council. Read more here.

More Troops Won’t Solve Indigenous Peoples’ Mining Woes in Tampakan, Philippines

Philippine green groups cautioned the Environment Secretary against supporting larger deployments of military and police personnel to protect the operations of foreign mining firms such as Xstrata in South Cotabato, warning that this would give rise to even more conflict and human rights violations against mining-affected communities. The full story is here.

Land Shortage in Brazil Provokes Murders of Indigenous People

At least 76 indigenous people were murdered in Brazil in 2007, 58 percent more than in 2006. The killings increased the most in the west-central state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where the Guaraní people are confined to territories too small for them to maintain their traditional way of life. Get the rest of the news here.

Writer and Author Andrés Henestrosa Morales - 101 - Promoted Zapotec Indian Culture

Andrés Henestrosa Morales, a prolific poet, essayist and journalist whose lyrical writings helped raise the cultural profile of Mexico's indigenous people, particularly the Zapotec Indians of southern Oaxaca state, and whose wide circle of friendships and intellectual partnerships included Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Langston Hughes, passed away at his Mexico City home after a months-long battle with pneumonia. The full article is here.

Marlon Santi, the New President of Ecuador's Indigenous Confederation Interviewed

Marlon Santi, the new president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE, Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador), was elected by consensus on January 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, and granted this first interview before the rest of the Governing Council was elected. Read the rest here.

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