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  • The Supreme Court of Justice of Panama Declares Mining Law 406 Unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court of Justice of Panama Declares Mining Law 406 Unconstitutional

    On November 28th, various social sectors, social organizations, and citizens took to the streets to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling of unconstitutionality of Mining Law 406. Over a month of resistance and street protests by different sectors positioned social sectors against mining extractivism due to a series of consequences in economic, environmental, human rights and…

  • New Awasqa Web Site for Linguistic Justice and Participatory Communication

    New Awasqa Web Site for Linguistic Justice and Participatory Communication

    After a long hiatus, Awasqa is on its way to a new phase. Based on its original objectives of promoting linguistic justice and participatory communication for indigenous peoples in Abya Yala, at Awasqa we took the initiative to redesign its website. This will allow us to create a more collaborative process to make Awasqa a…

  • Peru’s Constitutional Court’s Racist Disregard for the Right to Consultation and the ILO Convention No. 169

    Peru’s Constitutional Court’s Racist Disregard for the Right to Consultation and the ILO Convention No. 169

    SOURCE: http://aidesep.org.pe/node/13825, originally posted on March 4, translated to English by Awasqa. Declaration by the Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP) The Peruvian Constitutional Court’s recent ruling on Case 03066-2019-PA/TC disregards its own jurisprudence and appears to be a mere opinion, with no more than two lines worth of legal or factual basis.…

  • Land Evictions Leave Thousands Homeless in Paraguay

    Land Evictions Leave Thousands Homeless in Paraguay

    FROM THE EDITORS: Please find below an interview with Carlos Goncalvez, radio journalist at Cáritas about the current situation in Paraguay of evictions and criminalization of peasant and indigenous communities. AWASQA: Carlos, what is the current situation in Paraguay with a president linked to agribusiness and laws that generate social conflicts CARLOS GONCALVEZ: Maiteí (greeting in Guaraní),…

  • Looking Forward from COP26: An Interview with Andrés Tapia from Lanceros Digitales and CONFENIAE

    Looking Forward from COP26: An Interview with Andrés Tapia from Lanceros Digitales and CONFENIAE

    Awasqa: You participated in COP26. Tell us a little about your experience as a member of the organizations  Andrés Tapia: We participated as part of COICA (Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica) as part of the nine countries that represent the Amazon basin, that is, we were able to participate in COP26…

  • COP26: “There Will Be No Solution for Humanity Without Us”

    COP26: “There Will Be No Solution for Humanity Without Us”

    Representatives of indigenous organizations continue to fight to have their voices and perspectives heard during the COP26 negotiations and climate crisis solutions. Civil and environmental organizations have denounced that governments and large corporations have left them out of many of the most important decisions, such as the carbon market and financing structures for climate adaptation…

  • Indigenous Midwives and Healers Denounce Appropriation of Traditional Medicine via Mexico’s Health Law Reform

    Indigenous Midwives and Healers Denounce Appropriation of Traditional Medicine via Mexico’s Health Law Reform

    FROM THE EDITORS: Last April, the House of Representatives approved reforms to Mexico’s Health Law to regulate traditional and complementary medicine. Several indigenous and civil society groups have rejected the reforms, calling the law unconstitutional for violating the right of indigenous people to free, prior, and informed consent. Traditional indigenous medicine and practices, including midwifery,…

  • Miskitos and Mayangnas in Nicaragua Demand Sovereignty to Prevent More Violence by Armed Settlers

    Miskitos and Mayangnas in Nicaragua Demand Sovereignty to Prevent More Violence by Armed Settlers

    Nicaragua faces a human rights crisis that is particularly bitter towards indigenous nations. From April 2018 to August 2021, there have been 32 murders of indigenous peoples. According to the Center for Legal Assistance to Indigenous Peoples (CALPI), the most recent incident was the massacre of at least 15 indigenous Miskitos and Mayangnas on August…

  • Panama: Outright Rejection to New Mining Projects

    Panama: Outright Rejection to New Mining Projects

    According to Radio Temblor, a coalition of over 30 organizations that make up Panama Is Worth More without Mining Movement (MPVMSM, for its acronym in Spanish) has outright rejected the government’s plans to expand mining projects in the country, citing mismanagement and corruption. Members of this coalition gathered in mid-September for a conference to explore…

  • Indigenous Activism Has Helped Lower Greenhouse Gases by 24 Percent

    Indigenous Activism Has Helped Lower Greenhouse Gases by 24 Percent

    A new report released by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International, shows the positive impact indigenous peoples’ fight for the environment has had in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. According to the report, by quantifying the amount of carbon dioxide that has been stopped or delayed in the last decade through indigenous and environmental…