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Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of May 18 - 25, 2011: Panama, Papua, Australia, Peru, Canada


Panama: Statements By Movement 10 Of April Concerning Negotiations Over Barro Blanco Dam Project


The leaders of the Movement 10 of April, which opposed the construction of the hydroelectric project of Barro Blanco in Tole, Chiriqui Province, were they gave until next Tuesday, May 24 for the National Environment Authority and National Government to order a new environmental impact study for the work, or else begin protest actions on the streets indefinitely.


Manolo Miranda and Clementina Pérez, spokesperson of the Movement 10 of April, said it was the Government who retired abruptly from the negotiating table, leaving them no alternative but to protest to defend their rights.


Indigenous people demand a public consultation among the people of Tabasá, to determine whether they agree or not over the hydro. project. The company claims that the work was approved. Read more about indigenous opposition to the Barro Blanco Dam project here....


Papua: The Indonesian State Is Responsible For The Shooting Of Three Civilians In Dogiyai


The Anti-Militaristic Papuan Students’ Coalition urges the Head of the National Police to immediately dismiss the Heads of Papua provincial police, Nabire regency police and Moanemani district police after the shooting of three civilians that occurred in Moanemani district, Dogiyai regency, Papua.


This was stated by Frans Tomoki from the Anti-Militaristic Papuan Students’ Coalition during a press conference at the KontraS office, Jln. Borobudur No. 14, on Friday, May 13th.


According to Frans, shooting incidents have been occurring for nearly one month but haven’t been clarified yet. He also criticized the brutal behavior of the police officers who shot at civilians without warning.


“There must be a warning before shooting, but the police directly opened fire without thinking of the possible consequences. This can be categorized as a serious human rights violation.” Read more about the shooting of three civilians in Papua by the Indonesian State here....


Peru: FENAMAD Reports Invasion Of Territories Of Indigenous Peoples In Voluntary Isolation


The Native Federation of Madre de Dios-FENAMAD reported that the Pini Pini basin in the buffer zone of Manu National Park, Madre de Dios, where Machiguenga Indians live in the areas of Boca Maestrón and Mameria and whose land has been invaded, and not only have they occupied the traditional use area used for hunting or fishing, but they are also eating their banana plantations and cassava.


"Our brothers are not only going to lose access to natural resources in the periphery of the park, but will also be vulnerable to irresponsible contact and contamination of exogenous diseases such as influenza and tuberculosis", reported Jorge Quispe and Marco Arones Jerewan, community leaders of Santa Rosa de Huacaria and Keros, respectively.


According to indigenous leaders, it is 29 people belonging to the Agricultural Producers Association of High Pini Pini, of Alberto Gonzales and Jorge Aparicio Quispe Quispe. These people have settled "without any authorization" in an area, and the invasion is producing deforestation and construction of housing and the introduction of domesticated plants and animals such as citrus plants, ducks and dogs. Read more about reports of settlers in Madre de Dios and indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation here....


Australia: Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area - A Conservation Milestone In The Kimberley


More than 3,400 square kilometres of spectacular north Kimberley coastline will be protected with the declaration today of the Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).


At ceremonies near the remote settlement of Garmbemirri, the Federal Court of Australia granted the traditional owners native title over 26,000 square kilometres of the Kimberley - and the traditional owners immediately declared that part of this country would be formally managed for conservation.


Environment Minister Tony Burke sent his congratulations to hundreds of traditional owners who had travelled across the Kimberley for the historic ceremonies.


"This is a groundbreaking decision for the Wunambal Gaambera people - and a great conservation gift to all Australians," Mr Burke said. Read more about the Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area in the Kimberley here....


Canada: Barriere Lake Algonquin Affirm Opposition To Mine During Montreal Company Meeting: Threat Of Mining On Their Land Exposes Failure Of Quebec’s Mining Act


Today, community members from the Algonquin First Nation of Barriere Lake traveled to Montreal to attend the annual general meeting of Val-D'Or-based Cartier Resources Inc., where they affirmed that the overwhelming majority of their First Nation is opposed to the company’s Rivière Doré copper mining project moving forward on their traditional territory. A solidarity demonstration will happen outside of the shareholders meeting at 11:30 am at Dorchester Square, the corner of Peel and Rene-Levesque.


“The Charest government’s planned amendments to Quebec’s Mining Act do nothing to address the basic human rights violation at its core: the fact that no communities, including First Nations, have the right to give their free, prior and informed consent to a mining project,” said Norman Matchewan, a community spokesperson for Barriere Lake.


The right to free, prior and informed consent to any development is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which has been endorsed by the Canadian government. Read more about Barriere Lake Algonquin and their opposition to mining here....


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