On the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’ and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project

Stand for The Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Ancestral Lands!

A Statement of Support to the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’
and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its support and solidarity to the struggles of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and Chile! Thousands of Indigenous Peoples (IP) from the 5 regions of Brazil gather in this year’s ‘Free Land Camp’ (Acampamento Terra Livre) happening from April 23 to 27 to demand for the demarcation of their traditional lands by the Brazilian state. Meanwhile in Chile, the Mapuche communities are asserting their right to their sacred space which was recently invaded by the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho ecotourism project.

In strong unity, the IPMSDL stands with the Brazil IP community against the attacks of the Brazilian state and by president Michel Temer with his anti-indigenous “Opinion 001/2017 from the Union General-Attorney” or the Territory Registration Law that will rampantly increase land grabbing by making it impossible to register IP lands. This will wipe out almost all IP lands in Brazil in favor of huge agro-business corporations and government businesses, putting at risk the lands, culture, livelihood, and identity of the Brazilian IP.

The IPMSDL also strongly supports the Mapuche communities’ rejection of the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project in their ancestral lands in the Villarica National Park. The protected area recognized as a National Park is also declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a Biosphere Reserve. The plunder of lands with projects masked as energy and recreational center projects unjustly disregards the ways of life, development, and culture of the IP.

We call on to IP movements, organizations, and advocates to link arms in defense against the violation of our collective rights as Indigenous Peoples! Grave violations of human rights, including threats of arrests and killings by state forces to IP leaders and communities defending their ancestral lands in Brazil, Chile, and in the whole of Latin America have been recorded in past years.

We condemn all forms of violations and destruction of our ancestral lands that put the IP at risk and further marginalization! We join the international IP movement in advancing our rights to self-determination, land, and life!

NO TO SKY LICAN RAY PINO HUACHO IN CHILE!

JUNK THE TERRITORY REGISTRATION LAW IN BRAZIL!

UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO
SELF-DETERMINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!

UNITE AND STRUGGLE FOR OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

PRESS RELEASE | ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

MEDIA RELEASE
May 18, 2018

ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

In a statement of “deep concern” over the alleged terrorist list filed in court by the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Council of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP) urged the DoJ Secretary to “withdraw the list if not the petition altogether” as great risk and threats of harassment looms on the individuals listed including two of the ECP’s members – International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid and the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

The ECP statement was released in response to the DoJ petition filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court last February seeking to tag the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist groups under the Human Security Act of 2007. The petition includes over 600 names accused of membership in the CPP-NPA. Other than Longid and Corpuz, both known as international Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights advocates who are also Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey from the Mountain Province, IP leaders also found in the list are Joan Carling, Atty. Jose Molintas, Windel Bolinget, Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, Joanna Carino, Datu Isidro Indao, Datu Mandayhon, and Datu Mampadayag.

“Due to my social involvement, I have experienced threats, harassments, and intimidation from suspected State agents,” Longid said in her personal statement. Similarly, the ECP stated that human rights advocates and ECP members accused of trumped up cases reported being subject of harassments making them vulnerable to unjust vexation – something they believe should have ended during the Martial Law years.

Attacks on IP and human rights activists is “a reaction [of the government] to [the] defense of Lumads caught in the massive military operations launched by Rodrigo Duterte” as Tauli-Corpuz pointed out in an interview. Longid also stressed, “Impunity reigns in my country, and the pronouncements and actions of Duterte show his total disregard for human rights, peoples’ welfare and interests, and rule of law, undermining our tight to speak freely and other basic freedoms.”

The ECP expressed that, instead of vilifying and putting people in great risk, the government must push for the peace talks with the National Democratic Front to prosper by addressing the ‘socio-economic issues [that] have spawned the long-drawn conflict in this land’ and put an end to ‘killing each other for another generation’. The IPMSDL reports that numerous cases of IP rights violations, killings, and attacks on culture and ways of life are the result of state military and para-military abuses carried out under the guise of counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism activities.

“The International IPMSDL organization, and I in my personal capacity, is overwhelmed by this show of solidarity to drop the DoJ terrorist list. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the whole Council,” Longid declared regarding the ECP’s statement. “At the same time, we appeal to all to echo the call to dismiss and delist the names in the DoJ petition and stand for everyone’s democratic rights for lawful dissent without fearing for their safety and security.”

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

CLICK HERE to view the ECP Council of Bishops’ Statement.

On the Struggle of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador Against Extractivism in the Aguarico River

Protect Indigenous Peoples Lives and Territories!
A Statement of Support to the Struggle of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador
Against Extractivism in the Aguarico River

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) condones the destructive and invasive gold mining and extraction operations in the Aguarico River and the Cayambe-Coca National Park in Ecuador that trample the rights of the Kofan people of Sinangoe over their ancestral lands and territories.

The Kofan Community of Sinangoe, along with several Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities and local organizations, expressed their strong condemnation of the Ecuadorian Government’s awarding of mining concessions within their ancestral territories in a public denunciation released on May 2, 2018 following the Sinangoe Indigenous Guards’ discovery of heavily equipped mining operations in the Aguarico River.

These extractive invasions are illegally operating without any prior consultation with Sinangoe and without a proper environmental license to which Mario Criollo, President of the Cofán de Sinangoe community, referred to as “a direct violation of the Ecuadorian Constitution and international treaties”. The pollution of the river and plunder of forest lands puts the Kofan people’s health, homes, livelihood, and culture at risk. These mining activities are prelude to the Amazon gold rush, which will bring about bigger environmental catastrophes with potentially devastating effects on the lands, waters, forests, and the fragile ecosystem of the region.

The Aguarico River, which extends across some parts of the Amazon rainforest, is the source of life not only of the Kofan people, but of all the Indigenous nationalities living along the Aguarico. Last April 16, the Sinangoe Community joined other mining-impacted communities in a national protest that called upon the government to cancel all new mining concessions and stop all operations in the headwaters of the Aguarico River.

Despite Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno’s bold pronouncements that not one mining concession will be awarded, the current administration – particularly the Environment Ministry, the Mining Ministry, the National Prosecutor, the Ombudsman Office, and the local governments remain tightlipped and hands-off on the issue.
We call on the international community, IP organizations and advocates to stand with the Kofan and the IP communities of Ecuador and continue to assert our right to our lands, territories, and ways of life! We stand steadfast against extractivism and a system that puts a higher value on profits than indigenous lives and lands.

STOP THE MINING AND GOLD EXTRACTIONS IN AGUARICO RIVER!
FIGHT FOR THE KOFAN PEOPLES RIGHT TO ANCESTRAL TERRITORIES!

SIGN THE PLEDGE: https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/stand-sinangoe/

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

PRESS RELEASE | International Indigenous Peoples Movement praises local councils’ resolution against PH terrorist list

MEDIA RELEASE
May 17, 2018

International Indigenous Peoples Movement
praises local councils’ resolution against PH terrorist list

“Activism is not terrorism. And with the growing support of local councils in the Philippines against the terrorist tagging by the Duterte administration, I am more than thankful for the reassurance that our fight for the rights, freedom, and justice of Indigenous Peoples are legitimate,” said International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, referring to the passing of Resolution No. 27 – 2018 by the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Sagada, the Resolution No. 2018-182 by the Mountain Province Provincial Board, and the Baguio City Council Resolution No. 92.

IPMSDL commends the Municipality of Sagada’s resolution last April 16 “requesting the Department of Justice/Philippine government to drop in its terrorist tag the following persons, namely: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling, Beverly L. Longid, Atty. Jose Molintas, Windel Bolinget, Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding and Joanna Cariño.” Similarly, last March 20, the Baguio City passed a resolution “urging the government to drop the ’terrorist’ tag against Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) leaders.”

“As a daughter of the Cordillera, I am glad that these councils recognized that the Department of Justice (DOJ) fabricated the terrorist list in the proscription which includes my name and my colleagues in the CPA. I have been with different internationally-recognized IP organizations and civil society movements here and abroad since the 80s. These councils know us and our passion in advocating for the respect and recognition of IP rights,” Longid, an Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey, explained.

The DOJ petition for proscription released on February 21, 2018 listed over 600 names for alleged membership in the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -organizations which allegedly use “acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government.”

With the recent killings and illegal arrests of human rights workers and activists, the ‘terrorist list’ merely intensifies the government’s free pass to arrest voices critical of the Duterte government, including IP and human rights defenders. Recently, Fr. Mark Ventura, a Catholic priest and an IP and anti-mining advocate was shot dead in front of children and choir members after having mass in Cagayan last April 29.

“These are dark times indeed for human rights in the Philippines. I recently became a grandmother and I would like to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter, without fearing for our safety. That’s why I thank all institutions, organizations, and individuals in the Philippines and abroad who echo our call to drop the DOJ petition and guarantee the protection of every activists’ human rights,” ended Longid.

Click on the links to access the resolutions:

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

On the renewed US-Philippines 34th Balikatan Exercises

NO TO IMPERIALIST MILITARY AGGRESSION IN PHILIPPINES AND ASIA!
STATEMENT ON THE RENEWED US-PHILIPPINES 34TH BALIKATAN EXERCISES

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) calls for the immediate termination and removal of military exercises by the United States (US) Military and other imperialist countries in the Philippines after the opening of the renewed Balikatan Exercises last May 7, 2018. This outright foreign military intervention will further instigate the aggression currently escalating in the West Philippine Sea putting the sovereignty and safety of women, children, and Indigenous Peoples (IP) in grave danger, and the natural environment at risk of destruction.

Major provinces in Central Luzon and Cagayan region, home for Aeta IP villages and other local communities, will be the war games zone to almost 8,000 military forces from the US, Japan, Australia, and Philippines in the guise of improved “counter-terrorism capabilities” for the “eradication of global terror networks.” For the Aeta farmers, this means threats of dislocation from their ancestral lands, as well as disruption of livelihood and ways of life. In Central Luzon, a sprawling 18,000 hectare Camp O’Donnell, a component facility of Clark Air Base which used to be US Air Force’s military base, captured the IP ancestral lands causing major dislocation to thousands of Aetas.

For 70 years under the US and Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) which was signed after World War II, the military machinery of US has mobilized direct and indirect military intervention to protect their political and economic interests in several countries. This militarism impacts against the people in their own countries through increased military bases occupation, proxy wars, intensive intelligence surveillance, and counterinsurgency plans usually employed to quell local dissent to both local and foreign economic and military intrusions.

The fueling of militarist actions is directly tantamount to several cases of massive environmental destruction like the damage caused by the US Navy warship to the World Heritage Site, Tubbataha Reef National Park in Palawan, in 2013 which also victimized indigenous fisherfolks. IP are also exposed to grave human rights violations as seen when 6,000 US troops, double of those deployed in Iran, occupied Zamboanga in Mindanao, where Lumad indigenous communities faced blows of attacks on their houses and schools. Subsequently, military exercises and military deployment target areas that are rich with natural resources which become ideal locations for mining, plantation, extractivism and energy projects by the state and multinational and transnational foreign corporations.

Intensified militarism only jeopardizes IP, peasants, women, fisherfolks, and children, subjecting them and their communities to military atrocities and human rights violations. It escalates environmental plunder and uses third world countries as pawns to global military offensive of imperialist powers. We call for solidarity from all IP and freedom advocates against US intervention and imperialist militarism that threatens the rights of peoples and IP all over the world!

STOP THE US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN PHILIPPINES!
STOP THE BALIKATAN EXERCISES!
FIGHT FOR IP RIGHTS ON ANCESTRAL LANDS AND TERRITORIES!
DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org