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After significant scrutiny over World Bank Operative Policy 4.10 regarding Indigenous Peoples, we, Cultural Survival, would like to express our concern that these policies do not sufficiently protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples. To allow this policy to remain unchanged would undermine decades of tireless efforts to promote the rights of Indigenous Peoples. These policies fall far under the standards that one should expect from illustrious international organizations, particularly those whose goals are to promote human rights and development. 

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Nepal came before the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on November 20,2014 to present its third periodic report on how it has implemented the Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Nepal is no stranger to minority and Indigenous rights issues, having a history of conflict with the Dalit community amongst others. Nepal has striven to uphold the rights of Indigenous communities as stated by the covenant, by not only implementation of the ICESCR, but also having the National Planning Commission acknowledge the Indigenous rights issues and the necessity of change.

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Local residents dress as zomies to protest the death of their culture and the Iberá wetlands they depend on.In October, a protest broke out in the village of Chavarria, in Corrientes, Argentina, bordering the Iberá wetlands, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and currently under threat by vast mono-cropped pine plantations  in which Harvard University invests. While investing millions into plantations in the Iberá wetlands of Argentina, Harvard University continues to ignore concerns voiced by community members about their right to access their traditional and sa

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On Tuesday the Senate defeated a bill that would have given the green light to the Keystone XL pipeline that would channel tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast of the US.

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Next month, governments from 195 countries will be meeting in Lima, Peru for the “COP 20” United Nations Climate Change Conference.  In preparation for the conference, the government of Peru unveiled a plan in July to reduce carbon emissions per capita to 75 percent of current levels by the year 2050.

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In the absence of an Indigenous rights treaty body, the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has discussed many of the issues involving Indigenous Peoples in the reviews of applicable countries. Guatemala, whose Mayan population accounts for an estimated 51 percent of its total population, has historically had many issues regarding Indigenous Peoples. During Guatemala’s third review of its commitment to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on November 18, 2014 during the CESCR's 53rd session, Guatemala’s progress on its Indigenous rights issues was at the forefront of the discussion.

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On November 10, 2014 a Colombian Indigenous Court successfully convicted and sentenced seven members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for their roles in the killings two Nasa Tribe Leaders in Western Colombia. Under national legislation, conflicts within Indigenous territory are tried before an Indigenous Court instead of the State courts of Colombia.

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In 2013, photographer Matika Wilbur embarked on a four-year journey called Project 562 to transform the way the public regards Native Peoples. A member of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes and tired of historical inaccuracies and stereotypical images, she sold everything in her Seattle apartment and set off to photograph each of the US’s 566 federally recognized tribes.

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New report finds that US extractive companies expose shareholders to risks by neglecting Indigenous Peoples' rights

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Leer la version en español!November and December are known to be the windiest months in Guatemala; they are also the months characterized by kites, corn pastries and coffee. November 1 marks the Day of the Dead in Guatemala, celebrated by many with visits to the cemetery, with flowers and food to honor their ancestors. Sumpango, Sacatepequez is known to celebrate this festive day with majestic, colorful, giant kites that depict social, environmental and political issues.

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November is Native American month but it is also Membership Month at Cultural Survival, which means it's time to celebrate our members and the good you do around the world in advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Climate change impacts people everywhere. Rising temperatures and sea levels are only some of the many ways that carbon emissions and other forms of pollution are affecting the planet. Some countries are combating the ramifications of climate change better than others. After years of reliance, curbing a nation’s dependency on fossil fuels takes time.

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