March 2024

Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and recent contact suffer more severely from the advance of mining, organized crime, and religion over their territories. Beyond being protected by international law, the principle of non-contact is a right of indigenous peoples who wish to live isolated due to the bad experiences they have had in the past.

Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and recent contact suffer more severely from the advance of mining, organized crime, and religion over their territories. Beyond being protected by international law, the principle of non-contact is a right of indigenous peoples who wish to live isolated due to the bad experiences they have had in the past.

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Is the extraction of lithium in the Jequitinhonha River Valley worth so much sacrifice?

Supported by transnational economic sectors, the government of Jair Bolsonaro deregulated lithium mining. Companies settled in Jequitinhonha and Mucuri river valleys, a region that represents 8 percent of the mineral's international reserves. Under the guise of job creation, the project encroaches on the territories of the Aranã, Maxacali, Pankararu, and Pataxó peoples. Among progressive sectors, few have questioned the necessity of sacrificing the environment and local communities to supply minerals for the international energy transition.

Ricardo Verdum

February 2024

Indigenous women endure racism, economic inequality, and gender-based violence. Faced with the encroachment of mining and extractivism in their territories and coastal areas, indigenous women organize in minkas, national gatherings, and marches to assert their rights.

Indigenous women endure racism, economic inequality, and gender-based violence. Faced with the encroachment of mining and extractivism in their territories and coastal areas, indigenous women organize in minkas, national gatherings, and marches to assert their rights.

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Community protection mechanisms for women’s rights in Ecuador

67.8% of Indigenous women in Ecuador have suffered some form of violence: physical, psychological, sexual, in failures to pay alimony, inheritance conflicts, and denial of land access. In these cases, the new plurinational and intercultural State recognizes ancestral justice as a conflict resolution option coming out of the 2008 Constitution. Indigenous women demand that the State generate policies to prevent and punish all forms of violence, while also questioning the patriarchal mentality of their authorities.

Mariana Yumbay Yallico

December 2023

The CIDH Rapporteur explains the situation experienced by indigenous peoples. We share a chronicle about the impact of fire in Bolivia and a narrative about Costa Rica's initiatives to promote the rights of Afro-descendants. Finally, we engage in a conversation with Yolanda Camacho about black women in Mexico.

The CIDH Rapporteur explains the situation experienced by indigenous peoples. We share a chronicle about the impact of fire in Bolivia and a narrative about Costa Rica’s initiatives to promote the rights of Afro-descendants. Finally, we engage in a conversation with Yolanda Camacho about black women in Mexico.

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Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño: ‘It is crucial to use the tools available to ensure that States comply with their international commitments’

After eight years at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño will retire on December 31, 2023. The Panamanian lawyer specialized in human rights was elected in 2016, served as Chair in 2019 and Vice-Chair between 2022 and 2023. She is also Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, Children and Adolescents, as well as Rapporteur for Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Debates Indígenas

November 2023

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Geographies of maroonage in the Americas

The history of the Americas was forever shaped by the massive introduction of Africans as slaves, who were smuggled across the Atlantic trade routes. However, these ships brought more than “just black bodies" reduced to commodities. These bodies carried with them a rich ancestral heritage and diverse epistemologies that, when reinterpreted in the context of the diaspora, allowed Black people to establish communities and institutions based on their own territorial principles and specific ways of relating to nature.

Davi Pereira Junior

October 2023

Mining and organized crime advance into indigenous territories in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. The Atopo W+P+ community resists the installation of a power plant in French Guiana. On the flip side, the Peace Commission was established in Chile, and we interviewed Peruvian anthropologist Alberto Chirif.

Mining and organized crime advance into indigenous territories in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. The Atopo W+P+ community resists the installation of a power plant in French Guiana. On the flip side, the Peace Commission was established in Chile, and we interviewed Peruvian anthropologist Alberto Chirif.

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