News headlines for “Rights of Indigenous People”

  1. Bangladesh’s Indigenous Forest Dwellers Fear Losing Ancestral Land as Officials Grapple with Land Grabs

    - Inter Press Service

    TANGAIL, Bangladesh, Jul 07 (IPS) - When the Bangladesh Forest Department felled Basanti Rema’s banana orchard, Rema, a Garo indigenous forest-dweller of Madhupur Forest, felt she was living a nightmare.

    Rema, from Pegmari village in Madhupur, Tangail district, had cultivated the banana plants on half an acre in the Madhupur Forest. But the Forest Department claimed that the land on which the bananas were cultivated belonged to the department. 

  2. Weaponizing Science in Global Food Policy

    - Inter Press Service

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    SANTA CRUZ, California, Jun 25 (IPS) - In July, the United Nations will convene “Science Days”, a high-profile event in preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit later this year. Over the course of two days, the world will be treated to a parade of Zoom sessions aimed at “highlighting the centrality of science, technology and innovation for food systems transformation.”

  3. Agro-industry Surrounds Xingu Indigenous Territory in Brazil

    - Inter Press Service

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 21 (IPS) - Watatakalu Yawalapiti is 40 years old. She was born in the Amakapuku village, surrounded by a large preserved forest in the heart of Brazil. She spent part of her childhood on the white sands and clear waters of the Tuatuari river. At other times, she would sit in a circle listening to her great-grandfather telling stories, like the one about how the white man would arrive with a huge blade and cut down the trees as one shaves one's body hair.

  4. Indigenous Communities in Mexico Fight Energy Projects

    - Inter Press Service

    MEXICO CITY, Mar 19 (IPS) - Indigenous farmers on communally owned lands have blocked since 2016 a private solar farm in the southeastern Mexican state of Yucatan by means of legal action, due to the company’s failure to hold consultations with local native communities and the risk of environmental damage.

  5. Why Australia's Indigenous People are the Highest Incarcerated Globally

    - Inter Press Service

    SYDNEY, Australia, Feb 15 (IPS) - Keenan Mundine grew up in the Aboriginal community social housing called The Blockinfamous for poor living conditions, alcohol and drug use, and violence, in Sydney’s Redfern suburb. At the age of about seven, soon after losing his parents to drugs and suicide, he was separated from his siblings and placed in kinship care.

  6. Learning From Indigenous Peoples: My Morocco Diary

    - Inter Press Service

    BONN, Jan 11 (IPS) - Once a year, on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is commemorated, celebrating their unique culture and knowledge. This is done mostly from a distance, from our homes in (nominally) developed countries. But are we as developed as we pretend to be? On this question, I reflected for a while, still remembering a special and personal experience of having spent several days with an indigenous Berber family in Morocco.

  7. Mining giant Rio Tinto Face Environmental, Human Rights Complaint in Papua New Guinea

    - Inter Press Service

    CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 04 (IPS) - Local communities in the vicinity of the abandoned Panguna copper mine, have taken decisive action to hold the global mining multinational, Rio Tinto, accountable for alleged environmental and human rights violations during the mine’s operations between 1972 and 1989.

  8. Belo Monte Dam: Electricity or Life in Brazil's Amazon Rainforest

    - Inter Press Service

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (IPS) - "We are no longer familiar with the Xingú River," whose waters govern "our way of life, our income, our food and our navigation," lamented Bel Juruna, a young indigenous leader from Brazil´s Amazon rainforest.

  9. Reclaim Your Rights: Defend Indigenous Peoples Lands

    - Inter Press Service

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines, Dec 17 (IPS) - Rights are earned through hard-fought struggles. And for Indigenous Peoples (IP), its fulfillment comes from the collective and continuous defense of ancestral land and territory, and assertion of their ways of life and the right to self-determination.

  10. Q&A: Mro Indigenous Community Plea for Halt of Construction of 5-Star Hotel

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) - The construction of a five-star hotel in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, could lead to the forced eviction of the Mro indigenous community from their ancestral lands and destroy “the social, economic, traditional and cultural fabric of the community”, warns Amnesty International.

    But local activist Reng Young Mro told IPS that the international community must rally behind the Mro indigenous community to halt the construction.

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