CRAM intervention on the 15th session of the UNPFII

15th Session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN HQ, 9 – 20 May 2016  

Agenda 4: implementation of the Six mandates areas of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Focus on Human Rights

Respected Chair, I am Jiten Yumnam, speaking on behalf of the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, an indigenous peoples’ human rights organization.

Manipur in India’s North East has for long been afflicted with an armed conflict premised on its indigenous peoples’ movement for self-determination to reject India’s forced merger of Manipur on 15 October 1949. The self-determination efforts of indigenous peoples of Manipur, are responded militarily with promulgation of emergency laws, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) that conferred extra ordinary powers to the armed forces of Government of India, including using force on mere suspicion and to arrest people without warrant.  Other notorious and draconian laws applied in Manipur against indigenous peoples, includes the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, the National Security Act, 1980 etc, the Indian Penal Code etc. The AFSPA, 1958declared Manipur entirely as a disturbed state, allowing the full scale deployment and militarization of Indian Armed Forces in Indigenous peoples land and territory in Manipur, in pretext of subduing indigenous resistance groups for self-determination. The militarization processes has led to intense violation of Human rights, ranging from violation of Right to Life and facilitated Land grabbing to facilitating development onslaught in Manipur, reinforcing State’s efforts to undermine peoples’ right to self-determination.

For long under the AFSPA, 1958, Manipur reels outside the framework of protection guaranteed by the International Human Right Law. More than 1500 fully confirmed cases of Extra Judicial Executions has been documented in Manipur from 1980’s till 2012, as documented by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN. The UN special mandate holders, namely, the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Christoff Heyns during their visits in India’s North East in 2011 and 2012, have called for repeal of AFSPA, 1958 and referred to it as a unlawful implementation and violation of International Law in Manipur.

One of the most direct impacts of militarization and subjugation of indigenous peoples’ self-determination movement in Manipur is on women and children. There are countless victims of sexual harassment committed by Indian security forces. The sexual harassment of Chanu Rose in Ukhrul District, the rape of Mercy Kabui of Lamdan Village by 112 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force on 19 July 2000, rape of Ms. Nandeibam Sanjit of Jiribam Uchanthol by personnel of 12th Granadier Rifles on 4 October 2003, which led to her suicide and the rape and murder of Miss Thangjam Manorama on 11 July 2004 by personnel of the 17th Assam Rifles are some of the infamous cases of rape cases in Manipur. The denial of justice, failure to prosecute and punish armed forces personnel involved in violations led to impunity.  Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Special Rapporteur, also recorded many individual complaints of rape committed by security forces in Manipur in her report of 27 January 2000. (E/CN.4/2000/68/Add.1, Paragraphs 49-66).

Armed and resource conflict: An increased alarming reality associated with the armed conflict situation in Manipur and which complicates the persisting armed conflict is the aggressive plunder of land and natural resources. The violation of right to self-determination of indigenous peoples in Manipur is lucid clear in the pattern of aggressive push of corporate led development and associated militarism.

A serious challenge with developmental processes in Manipur is the failure to recognize the right to self-determination and self-determined development of indigenous peoples over their land and resources.

The ongoing efforts to complete Mapithel dam by blocking the Thoubal River and filling up Mapithel dam reservoir and the proposed move to construct the 1500 MW Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project, and signing of four MoUs on four mega dams on 28 August 2014, without the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities constitute a clear effort to undermine indigenous peoples self-determination over their land and resources. The Tipaimukh dam will submerge more than 27,000 hectares of forest land and will destroy livelihood sources of indigenous communities of Manipur. Again, theGovernment of India granted license to Jubilant Oil and Gas Private Limited, a Dutch company, for exploration and drilling works2 in two oil blocks in Manipur without peoples’ consent and without considering the larger implications on indigenous peoples’ way of life, livelihood, intergenerational survival etc.The North East India Hydrocarbon vision, 2030 has also been framed without indigenous peoples consent and will led to expropriation of peoples land and resources.

Indian paramilitary forces, operating under the AFSPA, 1958, to counter self-determination movements are also deployed and involved in introducing unsustainable projects that led to confiscation and destruction of agriculture land, forest and other resources of Manipur. Militarization is also associated with introduction of unsustainable development projects, as evident by the militarization of Mapithel Dam site, Loktak Project site, Khuga Dam etc. Indigenous Peoples and women’s call for protection of productive agricultural land for prolonged economic subsistence and for sustainable and people friendly development are also met with brute and violent repression of indigenous women[1].

Three people, including women were killed and 25 people were injured in December 2005, when a combined team of Indian paramilitary forces, the Border Security Forces and the Indian Reserve Battalion opened fired on villagers affected by the Khuga Dam, who were demanding just compensation, in Churachandpur District of Manipur. On 3 November 2008, more than forty people, mostly women affected by the Mapithel Dam, demanding their basic rights were brutality beaten and inhumanely tortured by the Indian Reserve Battalion and the Manipur Police. The injured were all women belonging to different communities of Manipur, the Meitei, the Nagas and the Kukis. Ms. Lungmila AS of Louphong Village, Ukhrul District, was seriously injured in firing of Tear Gas canister and continues to remain in dysfunctional mental state till today. Indeed the former UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Mr. James Anaya expressed strong condemnation with the Mapithel dam construction and the militarization process in 2008. The Indian State continues to insist on militarization process to undermine indigenous peoples’ efforts for self-determination over their land and has disturbed the profound relationships of Indigenous peoples in Manipur with their lands and territories, both physically and spiritually.

Recommendations: I would like to urge the UN Permanent Forum to urge upon the Government of India to:

  • Recognize the self-determined rights of indigenous peoples of Manipur as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007.
  • Repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 and end all forms of militarization in Manipur.
  • Recognize indigenous peoples’ fundamental rights, especially “Right to Life & Justice remedy”.
  • Recognize indigenous peoples’ right to self-determined development with full recognition of their rights over their land and resources.
  • Enforce moratorium on all mega development projects which failed to take the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities of Manipur.
  • Repeal all policies and acts that foster privatization and corporatization of communities land such as the Manipur Hydro Policy, 2012, the Manipur Loktak Lake Protection Act, 2006 etc.
  • Stop Oil Exploration and Drilling by Jubilant Energy and other oil companies in Manipur
  • Stop construction of Mapithel dam.Decommission Ithai Barrage of the 105 MW Loktak HEP.Revoke the MoUs signed on 28 August, 2014 for construction of 60 MW Irang HEP project, 67 MW Khongnem-Chakha Hydro Electric Project, 190 MW Pabram Hydro Electric at Barak River and 51 MW Tuivai HEP projects in the Barak River basin.

 

CPA Intervention on the 15th session of UNPFII

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Fifteenth Session

9-20 May 2016, New York

 Intervention on Agenda Item 4: Implementation of the six mandated areas of the Permanent Forum with reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By: Sarah Dekdeken, CORDILLERA PEOPLES ALLIANCE (Philippines)

 Thank you Mister Chair for this opportunity to speak. Warm greetings everyone!

I represent the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Philippines, which has consistently participated in the Permanent Forum since its First Session in 2002, recognizing theimportant role of the Forum in advancing indigenous peoples’ rights. The Forum has allowed us to raise the issues and concernsof the Igorots and other indigenous peoples of the Philippines.We have forwarded numerous recommendations to the Permanent Forum, in line with our struggle to defend our rights to land and resources that are being robbedby the State and foreign corporations.

However, we are deeply alarmed that after 14 sessions of the Permanent Forum, and nine years since the adoption of the UNDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the plight of indigenous peoples in the Philippines has turned from bad to worse. The Philippine government enacted the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act and established the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples(NCIP) supposedly to promote the rights and welfare of Philippine indigenous peoples. But these have been proven inutile in protecting our rights. In fact, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has served as an instrument in violating IP rights. And the UNDRIP and previous recommendations of the Permanent Forum have not been implemented at all.

Instead, the Philippine government continuesits reign of terror,committingcrimes against indigenous peoples, and outrightly violating our collective rights to our ancestral lands and plunder of our resources through destructive mining and energy projects. Its counter-insurgency programOplanBayanihan has resulted inthe militarization of our communities, extrajudicial killings,development aggression and other human rights violations committed with impunityagainst indigenous peoples.UnderPresident Benigno Aquino’s administration, at least one indigenous person is killed every month, with a total of more than90 victims from July 2010 to April 2016.

To cite a few recent cases:

  • In April 2016, the Vice Chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Mr. Xavier Akien,experienced death threatsthrough surveillance by armed men, which, in our experience, often leads to extrajudicial killing or enforced disappearance.
  • On April 1, 2016, in Kidapawan, Southern Philippines,the government brutally responded to thedemand for food aid by more than five thousand farmers andLumad indigenous peopleswith guns and bullets, leaving 2 farmers dead, more than 70 people wounded, and hundreds arrested.Indigenous peoples bear the brunt of climate change, while suffering the negative impacts of corporate mining, extractive industriesand government neglect of basic social services. In the past few months, El Nino has left hundreds of farmers’ families hungry, yet the Philippine government heartlessly denied them the basic human right to food.
  • In 2015, around five thousandLumad indigenous people in Mindanao fled their homes due to military operations, harassment and forced recruitment by paramilitary groups.
  • Indigenous schools run by non-government organizationscontinue to be attacked by State military forces and paramilitary groups,thereby depriving indigenous children and youth of the right to education.
  • Discrimination of indigenous peoples was again proven in the government’s denial of our participation to the Party List System in the recently concluded national elections.

These are just a few of the ethnocidal acts committed against indigenous peoples, which reflectthe worsening situationsimilarly experiencedby indigenous peoples around the world. We thus urge the Permanent Forum to take immediate and decisive steps to end the extrajudicial killing and indigenous peoples’ rights violations, and the State-driven misery faced by indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

We recommend:

  • That the Permanent Forum establish mechanisms to monitor and ensure the implementation of UNDRIP,and its recommendations at the country level.
  • That the Philippine Government take steps to respect and protectindigenous peoples’ rights to lands, resources, social and economic development, cultural integrity, education and health.
  • Thatoppressive laws, policies and programs thatdisplaceour communities, plunder our resources,destroy our environment,hinder our development,and violate our national sovereigntybe repealed/scrapped, such as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, OplanBayanihan, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, among others.
  • Thatthe Philippine Governmentbe urged to comply with its obligations under International Humanitarian Law, the UNDRIP, and other international human rights instruments to which the Philippine government is a signatory.

 

Thank you for your attention.

UPDATE on UNPFII 2016

Amazon Women of Ecuador at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
“In Ecuador, we created an Amazon Women’s Alliance to defend our territory”
– Gloria Ushigua, President, Ashiñwaka
Yesterady at United Nations Headquarters, Alicia Cahuiya (Vice President of NAWE, the Waorani Nation of Ecuador) and Gloria Ushigua (President of Ashiñwaka, the Sápara Women’s association) from the Ecuadorian Amazon spoke out against the threats to Indigenous rights due to extractive industries in their lands and territories.

With support from Land is Life and Acción Ecológica, the two leaders traveled to New York for the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They are here to request a meeting with the Permanent Mission of China to the UN following the signing of two new oil projects between the Ecuadorian government and Chinese oil companies to explore oil reserves in their ancestral territories without their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

“We are here to defend our rights because they are contaminating our lands and rivers… and the Ecuadorian government is not defending the rights of the Indigenous Peoples living in voluntary isolation, the Taromenane”
– Alicia Cahuiya, Vice President of NAWE
The Amazonian women were also joined in solidarity by Indigenous leaders from North America and Asia. “Our strength is the unity of the communities affected by extractive actions,” declared Beverly Longid of Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation.

Ms. Cahuiya and Ms. Ushigua read the letter to the Chinese Mission to the UN and are hoping to arrange a meeting in the coming days. They expect that United Nations system will listen to their voices and fully respect their rights.

The Amazonian women launched an emergency appeal from within the UN to seek international solidarity of all Indigenous Peoples, citizens and governments around the world to defend their traditional cultures and territories.

Please find the letter to the Chinese Mission in EnglishSpanish and Chinese.

IPMSDL Statement: Respect Indigenous Peoples Rights! Justice for Berta! Justice for All!

*Spanish and French Translation follows by Google Translate/Traducción español y francés, seguido por Google Translate/Traduction de l’espagnol et le français suivi par Google Translate

Respect Indigenous Peoples Rights. Justice for Berta! Justice for All!

07 April 2016

Picket at the Honduras Consulate in Manila, Philippines

(Google Translate)

 

Warm greeting from the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) – an international organization of indigenous peoples from the grassroots in various parts of the world. On behalf of its leadership and membership – we join in condemning and seeking justice for the murder of Berta Caceres and on the attempt on the life of his companion Gustavo on March 2; and the subsequent killing of their colleague, Nelson Garcia. Berta, Gustavo and Nelson are members of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH).

 

The killing of Berta Caceres is not the first and definitely not the last among indigenous peoples and human rights defenders and environmental activists. It is not an isolated case. In fact, the killing of Berta mirrors the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and in North America and Europe.

 

According to Global Witness, a private institution that records violations of people’s rights – in 2014, at least 116 activists have been killed around the world – mostly in Brazil, followed by Colombia, the Philippines and Honduras. Most of the victims are indigenous peoples defending their ancestral lands against destructive projects in energy, and large-scale foreign mining.

 

The figures I just cited might even be higher as most cases of indigenous peoples rights violations escape public attention because they live in remote, poor, and hard-to-reach communities with limited access to communications and media; and most likely, the scant data for other countries is due to State repression on the media and other information outlets.

 

Why kill Berta Caceres?

 

Berta is an indigenous Lenca in Honduras, one of the leaders who led the protest against the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam – four dams to be built on the sacred river Gualgarque. With the consent of the government of Honduras, the said dam was to be built by a joint venture between the Chinese company Sinohydro, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and the Honduran company Desarrollos ENERGETICOS or DESA.

 

Since 2006, the Lenca people opposed the construction of the dams because it shall disposses them of their ancestral lands, destroy their sources of water, food and traditional medicines, and livelihood. More importantly – they have not given their permission to build the dam on their land. There has not been even any consultation with them over the Agua Zarca Dams. In fact, the affected communities were surprised with the sudden arrival of large machines and other construction equipment construction in their communities. With the help of COPINH, they found out the construction of the dam. All these in violation of the rights of the Lenca people to their ancestral land and self-determination.

 

Like the Kalinga and Bontok who protested the construction of the Chico Dams in the Cordillera during the time of the US-Marcos Dictatorship, the people affected by the construction of the Jalaur Dam in Panay, the Kaliwa’t Kanan dams in Central Luzon – fight them Berta – combat the Lenca tribes in different ways. They conducted meetings with affected communities, set up barricades to prevent the entry of large machinery and equipment for the construction of the four dams. They also filed a case in the local court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

 

They partially succeeded in 2013 when the Sino Hydro and the World Bank withdrew from project. But DESA persisted in building the dam with the support of local large companies in Honduras.

 

As the fighting Lumad and indigenous peoples in other parts of the Philippines, Berta, Nelson and their other colleagues before experienced intimidation, threat, several attempts on their lives, several attempts of abduction and also faced trumped-up criminal cases like “usurpation, coercion and continued damages” because of their leadership in the fight against the dams. But they were not scared and continues to fight so the Goldman Environmental Foundation awarded Berta last year – the Goldman Environmental Prize – which paved the way for greater understanding and support in the struggle of the Lenca people against the Agua Zarca dams.

 

This why suspected agents of the government and its accomplices killed Berta!

 

Similarly, here in the Philippines, the government of Honduras turns the blame to Berta’s organization for her killing even though not a single evidence links their organization to the crime of murder of Berta.

 

All of these incidents are symptomatic of a systemic attack against indigenous peoples – ALL FOR PROFIT – by a collusion of the State and big corporations involved in energy projects, large-scale mining operations, logging, commercial and bio-fuel plantations, tourism and environmental ventures in the name of preservation and conservation. State-sanctioned violence and impunity intensify these destructions and continued operations; and further facilitates the acquisition of investors of indigenous lands that would otherwise not be for sale.

 

So, more intense violations of the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. 85% of the remaining biodiversity or natural resources of the world are found in the indigenous peoples lands. If the government of Honduras and the private company in the energy DESA thinks that by killing Berta Caceres shall stop the Lenca tribe in protesting the Agua Zarca Dams. They were wrong!

 

In the midst of growing poverty and violence, the unity and international solidarity of indigenous peoples and other exploited and oppressed peoples in the world broadens and strengthens – to prevent the plunder of big capitalists and seek justice for all victims of violence.

 

The IPMSDL calls on the government of Honduras to immediately bring to justice the killers and those behind the killing of Berta and Nelson, and stop the construction of the Agua Zarca Dams. We also call on the remaining investors to withdraw its support from the said dams, and for both to respect the rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior informed consent, ancestral lands and self-determination.

 

Berta Caceres Garcia and Nelson join the ranks of Indigenous Peoples Heroes around the world such as our very own Macliing Dulag, Ken Saro Wiwa of Ogoniland, Nigeria and our forebears who fought valiantly against colonization and occupation. They will inspire and motivate indigenous and non-indigenous peoples around the world to unite, fight and work for a better world.

 

Land not Bullets!

Long live the indigenous peoples struggle to defend ancestral lands and for self-determination.

Long Live International Solidarity.

 

Reference:        Beverly Longid

Global Coordinator

IPMSDL

 

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Respetar los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. Justicia para Berta! ¡Justicia para todos!

07 de abril de el año 2016

Piquete en el Consulado de Honduras en Manila, Filipinas

(Traducción Español por Google Translate)

 

Cálido saludo desde el Movimiento Internacional de Pueblos Indígenas para la libre determinación y Liberación (IPMSDL) – una organización internacional de los pueblos indígenas de las bases en diversas partes del mundo. En nombre de sus líderes y miembros – nos sumamos a la condena y la búsqueda de justicia por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres y en el atentado contra la vida de su compañero Gustavo el 2 de marzo; y el asesinato posterior de su colega, Nelson García. Berta, Gustavo y Nelson son miembros del Consejo Nacional de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH).

 

La muerte de Berta Cáceres no es la primera, y sin duda no será la última entre los pueblos indígenas y defensores de derechos humanos y activistas ambientales. No es un caso aislado. De hecho, la muerte de Berta refleja la situación de los pueblos indígenas en Asia, África, el Pacífico y en América del Norte y Europa.

 

Según Global Witness, una institución privada que registra violaciónes de los derechos de las personas – en el año 2014, al menos 116 activistas han sido asesinados en todo el mundo – sobre todo en Brasil, seguido de Colombia, Filipinas y Honduras. La mayoría de las víctimas son indígenas que defienden sus tierras ancestrales contra los proyectos destructivos de la energía y la minería extranjera a gran escala.

 

Las cifras que acabo de citar, incluso podría ser mayor ya que la mayoría de los casos de los pueblos indígenas violaciónes de derechos escapar a la atención pública debido a que viven en comunidades remotas, pobres y de difícil alcance, con acceso limitado a las comunicaciones y los medios de comunicación; y lo más probable es que los escasos datos para otros países es debido a la represión de Estado sobre los medios de comunicación y otros medios de información.

 

Por qué matar a Berta Cáceres?

 

Berta es una indígena Lenca en Honduras, uno de los líderes que llevaron a la protesta contra la construcción de la presa de Agua Zarca – cuatro presas que se construirán en el río sagrado Gualcarque. Con el consentimiento del gobierno de Honduras, dicha presa debía ser construido por una empresa conjunta entre la empresa china Sinohydro, la Corporación Financiera Internacional del Banco Mundial, y la compañía hondureña Desarrollos Energéticos o DESA.

 

Desde 2006, el pueblo lenca se opusieron a la construcción de las presas, ya que se despojarlos de sus tierras ancestrales, destruir sus fuentes de agua, alimentos y medicinas tradicionales, y los medios de vida. Más importante aún – no han dado su permiso para construir la presa en su tierra. No ha habido aún ningún tipo de consulta con ellos sobre el Agua Zarca presas. De hecho, las comunidades afectadas se vieron sorprendidos por la repentina llegada de grandes máquinas y otros equipos de construcción de la construcción en sus comunidades. Con la ayuda de afrontamiento, se enteraron de la construcción de la presa. Todo esto en violación de los derechos del pueblo Lenca a sus tierras ancestrales y la autodeterminación.

 

Al igual que el Kalinga y Bontok que protestaron la construcción del Chico presas en la Cordillera durante la época de la Dictadura de EE.UU.-Marcos, las personas afectadas por la construcción de la presa de Jalaur en Panay, las presas Kaliwa’t Kanan en Luzón Central – lucha ellas Berta – combatir las tribus lencas de diferentes maneras. Se llevaron a cabo reuniones con las comunidades afectadas, levantaron barricadas para impedir la entrada de grandes máquinas y equipos para la construcción de las cuatro presas. También presentaron un caso en el tribunal local y la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.

 

Ellos tuvieron éxito parcialmente en 2013 cuando el Sinohydro y el Banco Mundial se retiraron del proyecto. Pero DESA persistió en la construcción de la presa con el apoyo de grandes empresas locales en Honduras.

 

Como los que luchan los pueblos Lumad e indígenas en otras partes de Filipinas, Berta, Nelson y sus otros colegas antes de la intimidación experimentado, amenaza, varios atentados contra su vida, varios intentos de secuestro y casos criminales falsos también se enfrentaron como “usurpación, coacción y los daños continua “debido a su liderazgo en la lucha contra las presas. Pero ellos no tenían miedo y continúa luchando por lo que la Fundación Ambiental Goldman otorgó Berta año pasado – el Premio Ambiental Goldman – que allanó el camino para una mayor comprensión y apoyo en la lucha del pueblo Lenca contra la represa de Agua Zarca.

 

Es por esto que los presuntos agentes del gobierno y sus cómplices mataron Berta!

 

Del mismo modo, aquí en las Filipinas, el gobierno de Honduras se vuelve la culpa a la organización de Berta por su muerte a pesar de que ni una sola evidencia vincula a su organización para el delito de asesinato de Berta.

 

Todos estos incidentes son un síntoma de un ataque sistemático contra las poblaciones indígenas – TODO POR GANANCIAS – por una connivencia del Estado y de las grandes corporaciones que participan en proyectos de energía, operaciones de minería a gran escala, la tala, plantaciones comerciales y bio-combustible, el turismo y el medio ambiente empresas en nombre de la preservación y conservación. la violencia y la impunidad sancionada por el Estado intensifican estas destrucciones y continuidad de las operaciones; y facilita aún más la adquisición de los inversores de las tierras indígenas que de otro modo no estarían a la venta.

 

Por lo tanto, más intensos violaciónes de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas de todo el mundo. 85% de la biodiversidad restante o los recursos naturales del mundo se encuentran en las tierras de los pueblos indígenas. Si el gobierno de Honduras y la empresa privada en el DAES energía piensa que matando Berta Cáceres detendrá la tribu lenca en protesta por el Agua Zarca presas. ¡Ellos estaban equivocados!

 

En medio de la creciente pobreza y la violencia, la unidad y la solidaridad internacional de los pueblos indígenas y otros pueblos explotados y oprimidos en el mundo amplía y fortalece – para evitar el saqueo de los grandes capitalistas y buscar justicia para todas las víctimas de la violencia.

 

El IPMSDL pide al gobierno de Honduras señalar directamente a la justicia a los asesinos y quienes están detrás de la muerte de Berta y Nelson, y detener la construcción del Agua Zarca presas. Llamamos también a los demás inversores a retirar su apoyo de dichas presas, y por tanto a respetar los derechos de los pueblos indígenas al consentimiento libre, previo e informado, tierras ancestrales y la autodeterminación.

 

Berta Cáceres García y Nelson se unen a las filas de los Pueblos Indígenas Héroes de todo el mundo como nuestro propio Macliing Dulag, Ken Saro-Wiwa de Ogoniland, Nigeria y nuestros antepasados que lucharon valientemente contra la colonización y la ocupación. Ellos inspirar y motivar a los pueblos indígenas y no indígenas en todo el mundo a unirse, luchar y trabajar por un mundo mejor.

 

La tierra no balas!

Larga vida a los pueblos indígenas luchan para defender las tierras ancestrales y por la autodeterminación!

 

Viva la solidaridad internacional!

 

Referencia:       Beverly Longid

Coordinador Global

IPMSDL

 

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Respecter les droits des peuples autochtones. Justice pour Berta! Justice pour tous!

07 Avril 2016

Picket au consulat du Honduras à Manille, Philippines

(Traduction française par Google Translate)

 

Accueil chaleureux du Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) – une organisation internationale des peuples autochtones de la base dans diverses parties du monde. Au nom de ses dirigeants et de membres – nous nous associons à condamner et demander justice pour l’assassiner de Berta Caceres et sur la tentative de la vie de son compagnon Gustavo le 2 Mars; et le meurtre ultérieur de leur collègue, Nelson Garcia. Berta, Gustavo et Nelson sont membres du Conseil national des organisations populaires et indigènes du Honduras (COPINH).

 

Le meurtre de Berta Caceres est pas le premier et certainement pas le dernier parmi les peuples autochtones et les défenseurs des droits humains et des militants écologistes. Il est pas un cas isolé. En fait, le meurtre de Berta reflète la situation des peuples autochtones en Asie, en Afrique, dans le Pacifique, et en Amérique du Nord et en Europe.

 

Selon Global Witness, une institution privée qui enregistre les violations des droits de la personne – en 2014, au moins 116 militants ont été tués dans le monde – la plupart du temps au Brésil, suivi par la Colombie, les Philippines et le Honduras. La plupart des victimes sont des peuples autochtones qui défendent leurs terres ancestrales contre des projets destructeurs de l’énergie, et à grande échelle minière étrangère.

 

Les chiffres que je viens de citer pourraient même être plus élevé que la plupart des cas des peuples autochtones violations des droits de l’attention du public échappent parce qu’ils vivent dans des collectivités éloignées, pauvres, et difficiles à atteindre avec un accès limité aux communications et aux médias; et le plus probable, les rares données pour les autres pays est due à la répression de l’Etat sur les médias et autres canaux d’information.

 

Pourquoi tuer Berta Caceres?

 

Berta est un autochtone Lenca au Honduras, l’un des leaders qui ont mené la protestation contre la construction du barrage Agua Zarca – quatre barrages à construire sur le fleuve sacré Gualcarque. Avec le consentement du gouvernement du Honduras, ledit barrage devait être construit par une joint-venture entre la société chinoise Sinohydro, la Société financière internationale de la Banque mondiale, et la société hondurienne Desarrollos Energéticos ou DESA.

 

Depuis 2006, les lenca opposés à la construction des barrages, car il doit les déposséder de leurs terres ancestrales, de détruire leurs sources d’eau, la nourriture et les médicaments traditionnels, et des moyens de subsistance. Plus important encore – ils n’ont pas donné leur autorisation pour construire le barrage sur leurs terres. Il n’a pas été encore aucune consultation avec eux sur Agua Zarca Dams. En fait, les communautés affectées ont été surpris par l’arrivée soudaine de grandes machines et autres travaux de construction de matériel de construction dans leurs communautés. Avec l’aide de COPINH, ils ont découvert la construction du barrage. Tout cela en violation des droits du peuple Lenca à leurs terres ancestrales et l’autodétermination.

 

Comme le Kalinga et Bontok qui a protesté contre la construction du Chico barrages dans la Cordillère pendant le temps de la dictature US-Marcos, les personnes affectées par la construction du barrage de Jalaur dans Panay, les barrages Kaliwa’t Kanan à Luzon Central – lutte les Berta – lutter contre les tribus Lenca de différentes manières. Ils ont organisé des réunions avec les communautés affectées, ont érigé des barricades pour empêcher l’entrée des grandes machines et équipements pour la construction des quatre barrages. Ils ont également déposé une plainte devant le tribunal local et la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’homme.

 

Ils partiellement réussi en 2013 lorsque la Sino Hydro et la Banque mondiale se sont retirés du projet. Mais DESA a persisté dans la construction du barrage avec le soutien de grandes entreprises locales au Honduras.

 

Comme les Mamanwa et indigènes de défense dans d’autres régions des Philippines, Berta, Nelson et leurs autres collègues avant d’intimidation expérimenté, menace, plusieurs tentatives sur leur vie, plusieurs tentatives d’enlèvement et aussi confrontés affaires pénales forgées de toutes comme «l’usurpation, la coercition et les dommages continue »en raison de leur leadership dans la lutte contre les barrages. Mais ils ne sont pas peur et continue de se battre pour la Fondation Goldman pour l’environnement décerné Berta an dernier – le Goldman Environmental Prize – qui a ouvert la voie à une meilleure compréhension et le soutien à la lutte du peuple Lenca contre le barrage Agua Zarca.

 

Ce pourquoi présumés agents du gouvernement et de ses complices tués Berta!

 

De même, ici, dans les Philippines, le gouvernement du Honduras met le blâme à l’organisation de Berta pour sa mise à mort, même si pas une seule preuve lie leur organisation pour le crime d’assassiner de Berta.

 

Tous ces incidents sont symptomatiques d’une crise systémique contre les peuples autochtones – TOUT POUR PROFIT – par une collusion de l’État et les grandes sociétés impliquées dans des projets d’énergie, l’exploitation minière à grande échelle, l’exploitation forestière, les plantations commerciales et bio-carburants, le tourisme et l’environnement entreprises au nom de la préservation et de conservation. la violence et l’impunité État sanctionnée intensifier ces destructions et la poursuite des opérations; et facilite en outre l’acquisition des investisseurs de terres indigènes qui autrement ne seraient pas à vendre.

 

Ainsi, les violations plus intenses des droits des peuples autochtones du monde entier. 85% de la biodiversité restante ou les ressources naturelles du monde se trouvent dans les terres des peuples autochtones. Si le gouvernement du Honduras et l’entreprise privée dans le DESA énergétique pense qu’en tuant Berta Caceres doit arrêter la tribu Lenca pour protester contre l’Agua Zarca Dams. Ils avaient tord!

 

Au milieu de la pauvreté croissante et la violence, l’unité et la solidarité internationale des peuples autochtones et d’autres peuples exploités et opprimés dans le monde élargit et renforce – pour empêcher le pillage des grands capitalistes et demander justice pour toutes les victimes de violence.

 

Le IPMSDL appelle le gouvernement du Honduras de mettre immédiatement en justice les assassins et ceux qui sont derrière le meurtre de Berta et Nelson, et d’arrêter la construction de l’Agua Zarca Dams. Nous appelons également les autres investisseurs de retirer son soutien à partir desdits barrages, et à la fois de respecter les droits des peuples autochtones au consentement libre, préalable, les terres ancestrales et l’autodétermination.

 

Berta Caceres Garcia et Nelson rejoignent les rangs des peuples autochtones Heroes dans le monde entier comme notre propre Macliing Dulag, Ken Saro Wiwa d’Ogoniland, Nigeria et nos ancêtres qui ont combattu vaillamment contre la colonisation et de l’occupation. Ils vont inspirer et motiver les peuples autochtones et non autochtones dans le monde entier pour unir, combattre et travailler pour un monde meilleur.

 

Terrain non Bullets!

 

Vive les peuples autochtones luttent pour défendre leurs terres ancestrales et pour l’autodétermination.

 

Vive la solidarité internationale.

 

Référence:        Beverly Longid

Coordinateur Global

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Drought stricken Farmers and Lumads seeking Food Aid, Killed and Brutally Dispersed

Last 1 April 2016, state forces brutally dispersed 6,000 Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines. They picketed the National Food Authority (NFA) demanding for food aid as they are suffering hunger due to massive crop failures caused by El Nino.

 We call on everyone to sign and share the petition below in change.org on the brutal dispersal and killings of Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan City. Kindly click on this link: https://www.change.org/p/h-e-benigno-c-aquino-iii-food-not-bullets-drought-stricken-farmers-lumads-seeking-food-aid-killed-dispersed

CRAM letter of condemnation on the killing and brutal dispersal of Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan

*CRAM is a member-organization of IPMSDL
Ref: COR/Reg-042016                                                  Date: 09th April 2016
To
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, EDSA, Quezon City
Email: osnd@philonline.com, dnd.opla@gmail.com
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph, lmdelima.doj@gmail.com, lmdelima.doj2@gmail.com
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex, Commonwealth Ave nue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
E-mail: mmarianomaravill_a@yahoo.com, aelzy.ofreneo@gmail.com
Chairperson, Justice and Human Rights Committee, Philippine
Senate Rm. 512 GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Email: kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Subject: Condemnation of the reported violent and merciless repression in Kidapawan to members of small scale farmers and indigenous communities perpetrated the Philippine National Police (PNP) in response to their demand for food and other basic survival needs.
Dear Sir/Madam,
The Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur (CRAM) would like to express our strong condemnation of the reported violent and merciless repression in Kidapawan to members of small scale farmers and indigenous communities perpetrated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in response to their demand for food and other basic survival needs. CRAM would like to express our deep concern that the attack reportedly resulted in seven deaths of innocent lives while injuring several others, including women, children and injured, with several reportedly missing. The excessive use of force on more than 6,000 unarmed peasants and Lumad indigenous members of the Kidapawan for demanding their basic right to food aid and immediate relief from drought for the six El Niño-stricken municipalities of the Philippines is highly unfortunate and uncalled for.
CRAM is fully aware that the peasants and Lumad communities had been in negotiations with the provincial Governor, Lala Talino-Mendoza, who responded to their demand with an offer of 3 kilos of Rice per person and to be provided every three months. In the midst of the El Niño drought and the resulting hunger that has spread through the North Cotabato communities, not a single bag of rice had been released, which led to much anger and dissatisfaction among the peasants and Lumad communities. The failure to provide Rice and other livelihood support in the midst of famine and adverse situation constitute absolving responsibility of the Philippines Government to initiate adequate protection measures and to promote the right to life of all marginalized communities in the Philippines.
CRAM calls for a thorough and independent probing of the unfortunate incident of 1st April at Kidapawan which led to loss of lives and injuring several others, and for Governor Talino-Mendoza, the local government units (LGUs), the PNP, and the current administration to be held accountable for their role in the human rights violations. CRAM further demand to respect indigenous Lumad peoples cultural and survival rights over their land and resources. The Right to Life, including provision of adequate food and survival means and other relief materials for communities affected by natural calamities in the Philippines should be upheld. The Government of the Philippines should upheld and adhere to all indigenous human rights and humanitarian laws to protect all fundamental rights of its citizens, primarily the peasants and indigenous communities.
CRAM would like to thank you for your kind consideration of our humble appeal.
Sanaton Laishram President
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY, MANIPUR (CRAM) SEGA ROAD HODAM LEIRAK, IMPHAL, MANIPUR – 795001, INDIA
E-add: mangangmacha@gmail.com; cra.manipur@gmail.com;
Skype ID: cra.manipur
Tele:  + 91 – 385 – 244 4478

COMMON GROUND: SECURING LAND RIGHTS AND SAFEGUARDING THE EARTH

Author/Org: Oxfam, International Land Coalition, Rights and Resources Initiative

March 1, 2016

Up to 2.5 billion people depend on indigenous and community lands, which make up over 50 percent of the land on the planet; they legally own just one-fifth. The remaining land remains unprotected and vulnerable to land grabs from more powerful entities like governments and corporations. There is growing evidence of the vital role played by full legal ownership of land by indigenous peoples and local communities in preserving cultural diversity and in combating poverty and hunger, political instability and climate change. The importance of protecting and expanding indigenous and community ownership of land has been a key element in the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and is central to their successful implementation.

This report launches a Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, backed by more than 300 organizations all over the world. It is a manifesto of solidarity with the ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples and local communities seeking to secure their land rights once and for all.

The report can be downloaded from http://www.rightsandresources.org/wp-content/uploads/Global-Call-to-Action_Common-Ground-Report.pdf

International organizations condemn the murder of Indigenous Leader Bertha Cáceres in Honduras

PRESS RELEASE
 
International condemn of the murder of indigenous leader Bertha Cáceres in Honduras
 
4th March 2016, Planet Earth
Berta Cáceres, indigenous leader and spokeperson for more than 20 years of the Civic Council of Popular and Inigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – Copinh), was murdered on 3rd March while she was resting in her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá, about 188 km from Tegucigalpa, by “unknown” gunmen.
Bertha Cáceres was a firm defender of small farmers and indigenous peoples’ rights and an inspiring social activist, both at regional and continental level, in defense of social and environmental justice, particularly against mining megaprojects and hydropower plants.
She had warned amny times about Free Trade Agreements as part of the machinery of impunity of transnational corporations. Bertha committed her life to health, land, against patriarchism and violence. She opposed the political golpe of 28th June 2009; COPINH denounced the golpe as an instrument of violence serving transnational corporations to exploit resources and to repress the dissent of social movements. Bertha also opposed US military bases on Lenca territory.
In April 2015, Bertha Cáceres was awarded with Goldman price, one of the most prestigious awards for environmental defenders. She was awarded for her hard work in defense of the Lenca territory against the Agua Zarca Hydropower Project of the Chinese transnational SINOHYDRO and national company Desarrollo Energético Sociedad Anónima (DESA).
Lenca people had been denouncing for years the violation of human right to water as source of life and culture by corporates, military and governmental actors.
Berta Cáceres was mother of four and was assigned precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) which were not accomplished by the state. Bertha has been assassinated by a state who protect the interests of local capital, transnational corporations who have spoiled the territory. Bertha’s commitment in favour of life, of those most in need, was reason of several trials, investigations and threats against her.
The indigenous leader denounced many times death threats against her, and this was happening among a general violent context; 111 environmental activists in Honduras have been killed between 2002 and 2014, according to the 2014 report “¿Cuántos más?” of the ONG Global Witness. This makes Honduras the country with the highest rate of violence among the 17 countries analysed in the report. It also shows the architecture of impunity and violence of the large scale mining, of the hydroelectric business, among other activities in favour of private capital and complicit governments. According to the Honduras-based organization ACI-PARTICIPA (Asociación para la participación ciudadana en Honduras) more than 90% of assassinations and abuses in the country remain unpunished.
We firmly demands to the government of Honduras:
– To put an end to impunity and proper investigation on the murder of Bertha Cáceres, as well as of all other social and environmental justice activists.
– To ensure the integrity, freedom and to respect Human Rights of Gustavo Castro de Soto and of Aureliano Molina.
– To suspend all projects that have been denounced by Human Rights defenders, among which the Hydropower plant Agua Zarca on Rio Blanco and the Blue Energy project on Rio Cangel.
– That corporations and finance institutions withdraw their support and investments from projects that have violated HHRR or where there has been no free prior and informed consultation, according to ILO Convention 169.
– To put an end to persecution and criminalization of Human Rights defenders and to accomplish with all  precautionary measures for the integrity and safety of people.
We express our solidarity and extend our condolences to the family and close friends of Bertha Cáceres, to the Lenca people, and to the people of Honduras who suffer her irreparable loss.
 
Finally, we call for an international peoples’ mobilization and immediate denounce of Bertha’s assassination to the embassies and consulates of Honduras in our respective countries, to express our repudiation of such crimes and our firm demand of justice. 
*Photo courtesy of bbc.co.uk

URGENT APPEAL – Five Lumads hurt as an evacuation camp in UCCP Haran, Davao City set to fire

KARAPATAN URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION: Five Lumads hurt as an evacuation camp in UCCP Haran, Davao City set to fire

Dear Friends,

Please join us in calling for an independent investigation on the burning of the evacuation camp of Lumad at the compound of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Davao City on February 24, 2016. Let us join hands in calling for an end to the harassment of Lumad evacuees and the pullout of military troops in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and Bukidnon where the Lumad evacuees came from.

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT

Jong Monzon, secretary general of PASAKA, a federation of Lumad organizations in the Southern Mindanao region, narrated that at 2:30 a.m. on February 24, 2016, evacuees woke up to the smell of gasoline poured on the canvas roofs of their tents at the evacuation center. Immediately after, the tents were set aflame when a lighted torch was thrown in. Five makeshift houses were already consumed by the fire when it was put out. Monzon said that he and other leaders went out after extinguishing the fire to report to the authorities about the incident. On their way, they saw the gasoline container that was used by the perpetrators.

Monzon and several other leaders immediately called the local 911 to report the incident. Media personnel and police officials responded to the scene and interviewed some of the Lumad evacuees, including Monzon. Monzon recounted that at the middle of the interview, a pedicab driver approached them to report that another fire has started in the dormitories of the UCCP compound, which was roughly 100 meters from the evacuation camp. The dormitory houses Haran workers and students.

Witnesses said that something was thrown into the vicinity of the dormitory which caused the explosion. Later investigations found that two lines of barbed wires were cut by the perpetrators to enter the UCCP compound. A bag containing a 1.5 liters soft drink bottle full of gasoline was also found.

Five were hurt during the incident, with three needing hospitalization, including two children. The children suffered burns when the canvas roofs melted and fell on the children’s feet. Some also had burns in their hands. The victims were sent to a hospital, but were denied attention. Hospital authorities claimed there was no recommendation from the 911 personnel. The injured are now under the care of health workers and medics inside the Haran compound.

The perpetrators were described by those in the evacuation center as three men, aboard a motorcycle. A white cap, which belonged to the one of the perpetrators was even left behind, stuck in the cyclone wires.

Initial reports from the Bureau of Fire Protection in Davao City pointed to arson.

The incident is part of a series of harassments and threats, which are no longer new to the evacuees seeking shelter in UCCP-Haran. Monzon reports that the military and members of the ALAMARA paramilitary group held a rally outside the UCCP once.

Monzon stated that as early as December 17 last year, ALAMARA has already threatened to burn the evacuation center in UCCP.

On July 23, 2015, however, Nancy Catamco, representative of the 2nd district of North Cotabato, brought anti-riot policemen and buses to force the Lumad evacuees to return to their communities. The incident resulted in a skirmish between the evacuees and the police and paramilitay elements.

The more than 700 evacuees started to arrive at the UCCP- Haran, batches, starting February 2015. Most them are from Talaingod and Kapalong, Davao del Norte, while a number came from Kitaotao in Bukidnon province. The Lumad fled their communities when soldiers and military-backed ALAMARA militia forces occupied their communities and forcibly recruited them into the paramilitary group.

The continuing harassment on the Lumad evacuees seeking refuge at the UCCP Haran, and the insistence of state agencies to force them back to their communities, show a lack of understanding of their plight and a lack of concern for their safety and welfare.

Recommended actions:

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:
1. The immediate investigation of the incident to be conducted by an independent body;
2. An end to the continued harassment and intimidation of Lumad in and out of their communities;
3. The immediate pullout of government troops from the Lumad communities;
4. The disbandment of all paramilitary groups;
5. The Philippine Government to withdraw its counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which victimizes innocent and unarmed civilians; and
6. The Philippine Government to adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the major Human Rights instruments that it is a party and signatory

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Benigno C. Aquino III
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: op@president.gov.ph
Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
stqd.papp@opapp.gov.ph

Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-6193 / 911-0488 / 982-5600
Fax:+63(2) 982-5600
Email: osnd@philonline.comdnd.opla@gmail.com

Emmanuel L. CaparasSecretary, Department of JusticePadre Faura St., ManilaDirect Line 521-8344; 5213721Trunkline: 523-84-81 loc.214Fax: (+632) 521-1614Email: soj@doj.gov.phJose Luis Martin GasconChairperson, Commission on Human RightsSAAC Bldg., UP Complex, Commonwealth AvenueDiliman, Quezon City, PhilippinesVoice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188Fax: (+632) 929 0102

Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government officials, to our address below:
URGENT ACTION Prepared by:
KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
National Office
2/F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin cor Matatag Sts., Brgy. Central,
Diliman, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES
Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146
Email: urgentaction@karapatan.orgkarapatan@karapatan.org

 

*photo credits to BAYAN-USA

Stop the trade in deadly conflict minerals, SIGN the Petition Now!

Spanish Translation follows by Google Translate/Traducción Español seguido por Google Translate
Our friends from London Mining Network and Stop Mad Mining seek our support to ensure that the EU governments require the companies that import minerals to review their sourcing policies in line with a credible procedure. This might help stop the conflicts in minerals and serious human rights violations in many regions of the EU. 
 
Let us support this initiative by signing the Online Petition by clicking these links:
 
 
 
Kindly read and share to your friends, colleagues and networks
 
In solidarity,
 
June Detayson
IPMSDL Secretariat
 
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Nuestros amigos de London Mining Network y Parada Mad Minería buscan nuestro apoyo para asegurar que los gobiernos de la UE requieren las empresas que importan minerales para revisar sus políticas de aprovisionamiento de acuerdo con un procedimiento creíble. Esto podría ayudar a detener los conflictos en minerales y violaciónes graves de los derechos humanos en muchas regiones de la UE.
 
Apoyemos a esta iniciativa firmando la petición en línea haciendo clic en estos enlaces:
 
 
 
La amabilidad de leer y compartir con sus amigos, colegas y redes
 
En solidaridad,
 
June Detayson
Secretaría IPMSDL