A dramatic announcement by a Piaroa interest group last week not only outlined their opposition to illegal mining activity within their territory, it also denounced the presence of armed groups that violate their peaceful ethos. The manifesto was published on March 9 on the website of the Observatory of Political Ecology of Venezuela. People from […]

The increasingly strident demand by younger Nubians for fair and equal treatment by the government of Egypt has become a major development among the peaceful societies over the past year. A recent scholarly analysis of the reasons for the protests is thus quite timely. The point of the article by Maja Janmyr, a post-doctoral researcher […]

While many people around the world celebrated the 60th anniversary last Wednesday of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Botswana took the occasion to announce repressive measures against the G/wi. That country apparently did not notice the tragic paradox. Last Thursday morning, December 11, Google News provided links to 4,056 stories and […]

Representatives from indigenous groups around the world converged on New York Monday for the sixth meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will last until May 24. Over 1000 delegates from indigenous communities and organizations are attending sessions at the UN headquarters; they are focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples […]

A recent international conference on indigenous (Pygmy) rights in Central Africa issued a call “for an immediate stop to practices that generate the destruction of our ways of life…” Indigenous delegates from Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, and Uganda met in Impfondo, a city in Republic […]

A small group of Protestants in the Zapotec town of Teotitlán, members of the Church of God, had been living quietly with the Catholic majority for several decades before trouble started brewing. Lynne Stephen describes the conflict and its resolution in a recent journal article about the collision of individual rights and collective rights. In […]

The lengthy court battle between the Botswana government and the G/wi and G//ana people, who want to regain their rights to live on their traditional lands, will wrap up by May 15th. Formal testimonies in the courtroom and brutal beatings in the Kalahari bush continue, as they have over the past two years, during the […]