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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country's massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.

They Say the Land is ‘Uninhabited’ but Indigenous Communities Disagree

Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLOMBO/BALI, Oct 30 (IPS) - Disregarding the rights of indigenous people to their traditional lands is costing companies millions of dollars each year, and costing communities themselves their lives.

Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY, Oct 28 (IPS) - On Oct. 14, Guatemala's Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled that charges would be brought against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q'eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco, and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 28 (IPS) - The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years.

OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TUVALU, Oct 25 (IPS) - The fate of my country rests in your hands: that was the message which Ian Fry, representing Tuvalu gave at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen five years ago. This is also the message that the Pacific Climate Warriors have come to Australia to bring.

The Nagoya Protocol: A Treaty Waiting to Happen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal's western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla' - a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.

Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port

Saturday, October 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries.

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn't a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud' as locals call them "just in the backyard".

Vanuatu Puts Indigenous Rights First in Land Reform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PORT VILA, Oct 14 (IPS) - Stemming widespread corruption in the leasing of customary land to investors is the aim of bold land reform, introduced this year in the Southwest Pacific Island state of Vanuatu, which puts the rights of traditional landowners above the discretionary powers of politicians.

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