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Belo Monte Dam Marks a Before and After for Energy Projects in Brazil

Friday, July 31, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 31 (IPS) - Paulo de Oliveira drives a taxi in the northern Brazilian city of Altamira, but only when he is out of work in what he considers his true profession: operator of heavy vehicles like trucks, mixers or tractor loaders.

Museums Taking Stand for Human Rights, Rejecting ‘Neutrality’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LIVERPOOL, England, Jul 21 (IPS) - An exhibition on modern-day slavery at the International Slavery Museum in this northern English town is just one example of a museum choosing to focus on human rights, and being "upfront" about it.

Indigenous People in Brazil’s Amazon – Crushed by the Belo Monte Dam?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 16 (IPS) - Ethnocide, the new accusation leveled against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, brings to light deeper underlying aspects of the conflicts and controversies unleashed by megaprojects in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

New Census Paints Grim Picture of Inequality in India

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jul 14 (IPS) - Despite being Asia's third-largest economy, positioning itself as a major geopolitical player under a new nationalist government, India's first ever Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a grim picture of poverty and deprivation despite billions of dollars being funneled into state-sponsored welfare schemes.

Earthquakes Don’t Kill, Buildings Do – Or Is It Inequity?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

KATHMANDU, Jul 12 (IPS) - 70-year-old Chiute Tamang was working in his field when the earth shook on Apr 25. He grabbed a tree. His wife and daughter were inside the house at the time, but managed to run out. In the blink of an eye, the building turned into a heap of stones. They were the lucky ones.

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.

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