indigenous peoples

torres strait islanders worried about climate change are set to lodge a complaint with the un human rights committee against the australian government

Torres Strait Islanders take climate change complaint to the United Nations

A group of Torres Strait Islanders from low-lying islands off the northern coast of Australia will on Monday lodge a complaint with the United Nations human rights committee against the Australian government, alleging climate inaction.

joenia wapichana, Brazil's first indigenous congresswoman

Brazil’s first indigenous congresswoman defends her people’s rights from Bolsonaro

Joênia Wapichana helped to win land titles for five indigenous groups in Brazil’s far north, but the president is threatening to re-open the area to white farmers and miners — When indigenous leader Joênia Wapichana first came across Jair Bolsonaro, she was appalled. The year was 2008, and there was a heated debate about the …

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‘large-scale depopulation’ resulted in vast tracts of agricultural land being left untended

European colonization of Americas helped cause climate change

Research finds killing of native people indirectly contributed to a colder period by causing deaths of around 56 million by 1600 — European colonization of the Americas resulted in the killing of so many native people that it transformed the environment and caused the Earth’s climate to cool down, new research has found. Settlers killed …

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federal environment agents destroy vehicles loaded with logs inside the aripuanã park indigenous territory

Bolsonaro’s Davos speech promised anguish in indigenous lands

Presenting an acceptable Brazil to global investors, the president failed to mention measures he has taken that are already fuelling violence in indigenous lands — The first speech by president Jair Bolsonaro on an international stage, on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland causes immense concern to Brazil’s indigenous peoples. When Bolsonaro …

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Indigenous peoples gain foothold in climate talks

At China’s request, the deal for indigenous and local input makes clear it will not infringe on state sovereignty — Indigenous peoples clinched a deal in Poland that will give them a voice in global climate change negotiations, but only after conceding to a push to put national sovereignty above their rights. During the first …

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Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48 — (PARIS, France) More than 200 environmental activists were murdered in 2017 as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture multinationals soared, a global rights watchdog warned on …

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Rights not ‘fortress conservation’ key to save planet, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples calls for a new, rights-based approach to conservation — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released a report highly critical of the global conservation movement and calling for indigenous peoples and other local communities to have a greater say in protecting the world’s forests. Titled …

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