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On Kenya’s Coast, a Struggle for the Sacred

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

, Jun 23 (IPS) - Travel into the heart of Kenya's southern Coast Province, nearly 500 km from the capital city of Nairobi, and you will come across one of the planet's most curious World Heritage Sites: the remains of several fortified villages, revered by the indigenous Mijikenda people as the sacred abodes of their ancestors.

Smart Phones New Tool to Capture Human Rights Violations

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide.

Opinion: G7 Makes Commitment on Climate … to Climate Chaos

Thursday, June 11, 2015

LONDON, Jun 11 (IPS) - One of the promises made by the leaders of the world's seven richest nations when they met at Schloss Elmau in Germany earlier this week was an energy transition over the next decades, aiming to gradually phase out fossil fuel emissions this century to avoid the worst of climate change.

Native Communities in Mexico Demand to be Consulted on Wind Farms

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Jun 03 (IPS) - "It hurts us that our land is affected, and the environmental impacts are not even measured. Wind farm projects affect streams and hurt the flora," said Zapotec Indian Isabel Jiménez, who is taking part in the struggle against the installation of a wind park in southern Mexico.

Indigenous Voices Ignored in Financing Panamanian Dam Project

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

AMSTERDAM, Jun 02 (IPS) - Indigenous people who would be directly affected by the impact of a hydroelectric project in Panama were not consulted despite national and international human rights obligations to obtain their free, prior and informed consent, according to a just-released report.

Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ Not a Closed Chapter

Saturday, May 30, 2015

BRISBANE, May 30 (IPS) - Every year since 1998, Australia has marked ‘National Sorry Day' on May 26, a day to remember the tens of thousands of indigenous children who, between the 1890s and 1970s, were forcibly removed from their communities by government authorities and placed into the care of white families or institutions to be assimilated into settler society.

Bougainville: Former War-Torn Territory Still Wary of Mining

Friday, May 22, 2015

, May 22 (IPS) - From Arawa, once the capital city of Bougainville, an autonomous region in eastern Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a long, winding road leads high up into the Crown Prince Ranges in the centre of the island through impenetrable rainforest.

Minorities Threatened More by Governments than Terrorist Groups, Says Study

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Lessons from an Indian Tribe on How to Manage the Food-Forest Nexus

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.

Opinion: Bangladesh’s Persecuted Indigenous People

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEW YORK, May 18 (IPS) - The August 2014 killing of Timir Baran Chakma, an indigenous Jumma activist, allegedly in Bangladeshi military custody, was protested by his supporters. His death, and the failure of justice, like the plight of his people across the Chittagong Hills region, received little international notice.

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