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Resource Extraction threat to Indigenous Peoples

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One of the gravest threats to the security and health of indigenous peoples the world over, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is the affects of resource extraction by industries operating in or near indigenous territories. Special Rapporteur James Anaya presented his report to the UN Human Rights [&hellip... more →

The “Right” in “Indigenous Rights”

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Since the Fall of 2007 many have celebrated the UN General Assembly’s decision to endorse the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The governments of fifteen states either abstained or openly rejected the Declaration. China, the Russian Federation and the United States of America–three of the original UN organizing powers–chose to reject either by [&hellip... more →

Applying Indigenous Knowledge

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Bolivia’s Foreign Minister since 2006, David Choquehuanca is a leading voice in favor of promoting traditional knowledge and its parallel application to climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.  Foreign Minister Choquehuanca is Aymara born near Lake Titicaca in 1961.  He holds a graduate degree in History and Anthropology based on his dissertation, “Rights of Indigenous [&hellip... more →

Sex Trafficking and Indigenous People

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Sex sells and it makes people money.  If you enslave people and traffick in prostitution you are committing a crime against humanity producing huge sums of money for those who promote sex trafficking. Men and some women commit this odious crime and mostly men who sit in the halls of government in many countries act [&hellip... more →

Indigenous Peoples on the Back-burner in Bangkok

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Bangkok Climate Change Agenda Setting session comes to a close The one week meeting of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperation (AWG-LC) and the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocols (AWG-KP) met for five days (3 April – 8 April 2011) to 1, review progress of “developed countries” toward achieving carbon dioxide and [&hellip... more →

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