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Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People – Part 2

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MUDJA/BIGANIRO, Sep 15 (IPS) - The Bambuti people were the original inhabitants of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oldest national park in Africa whose boundaries date back to 1925 when it was first carved out by King Albert of Belgium. But forbidden from living or hunting inside, the Bambuti now face repression from both park rangers and armed groups.

Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People - Part 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MUDJA/BIGANIRO, Sep 14 (IPS) - It is late afternoon when a light drizzle begins to fall over a group of young men seated together in Mudja, a village about 20 kilometres north of Goma on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park. Mudja is home to a community of around 40 families of indigenous Bambuti, also known as ‘pygmies.'*

Without Indigenous People, Conservation Is a Halfway Measure

Monday, September 05, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA, Sep 05 (IPS) - "You don't convert your own house in a tourist site," said Oussou Lio Appolinaire, an activist from Benin, wearing a traditional outfit in vivid yellows and greens. He was referring to opening up to tourists places that are sacred to indigenous people.

Honduras still a death trap for environmental activists six months after Berta Cáceres’ slaying

Thursday, September 01, 2016

LONDON, Sep 01 (IPS) - Chills ran down Tomás Gómez Membreño's spine when he first heard about the brutal murder of his renowned friend and ally, the Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, six months ago this week.

Indigenous People Demand Shared Benefits from Forest Conservation

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Aug 31 (IPS) - "Why don't the authorities put themselves in our shoes?" asked Cándido Mezúa, an indigenous man from Panama, with respect to native peoples' participation in conservation policies and the sharing of benefits from the protection of forests.

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Friday, August 26, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 (IPS) - "Go and tell my dad that they're holding me here," Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at the migration station in Chablé, in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. It was the last time he was ever seen, and his parents have had no news of him since.

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Monday, August 22, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-oriented approach to biodiversity.

Education: An Elusive Dream for Cameroon's Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, Aug 09 (IPS) - It is a sunny afternoon in Boui, a small village in the Boumba and Ngoko Division of Cameroon's South East Region. A primary school teacher is drawing some wild animals on the blackboard. Then she turns to the class of fifteen pupils.

Indigenous Communities Risk Lives in Struggle for Self-determination in Education

Monday, August 08, 2016

Oaxaca, MEXICO / UNITED NATIONS, Aug 08 (IPS) - Indigenous peoples around the world continue to struggle for self-determination over their education, as highlighted by recent protests against proposed education reforms in Oaxaca, Mexico, which have left several indigenous teachers dead.

Right to Education Still Elusive for Native People in Latin America

Thursday, August 04, 2016

SANTIAGO, Aug 04 (IPS) - Education, the most powerful instrument in the struggle against exclusion and discrimination, is still elusive for indigenous people in Latin America who remain the most disadvantaged segment of the population despite their wide presence in the region.

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