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Translated from RIDH | Panorama diplomáticoRead Cultural Survival's Shadow Report on Guatemala to CERD

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Berkeley, CA (Monday May 11, 2015): Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary series, eight years in the making, on Indigenous struggles over sacred sites, will enjoys its broadcast premiere nationally on The PBS WORLD Channel, this Sunday, May 17 at 9pm ET, with the next three episodes running on Sundays, May 24, May 31 and June 14, 2015. In addition, public television stations across the country are broadcasting the series via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), as part of May’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (check local listings).

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Cultural Survival offers its deepest condolences to all the victims’ families of last Saturday’s earthquake outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.  The thoughts and prayers of all Cultural Survival Board and Staff are with the many affected by this disaster.  We especially stand with the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal who make up 40 percent of the national population (26.5 million) and face marginalization in the long term recovery efforts.

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On Tuesday April 21, 2015in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Cultural Survival began regional visits to various Indigenous community radios in Guatemala. As part of ICFJ’s Regional Initiative for Investigative Journalism in the Americas, this second phase has selected 20 Indigenous journalism projects focused on improving community radio programming to receive funding. An ICFJ trainer has been serving as a mentor and guide to the community journalists as they produce investigative radio stories.

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April 21st, 2015 – The Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest appellant court, yesterday reaffirmed the unbroken chain of lower court affirmations that the Maya Indigenous People of southern Belize have rights to lands they have customarily used and occupied. The Court affirmed that these traditional land rights constitute property within the meaning of the provisions of the Belize Constitution that generally protect property free from discrimination.

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Proud to Be Indigenous Week starts Monday, April 20. Are you part of it yet?!

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a massive, controversial free trade agreement currently under negotiation behind closed doors by officials from the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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Over the past few weeks, Guatemala has witnessed some of the worst violence against journalists in recent times. Election years are the most dangerous times for journalists in Guatemala, regardless of their political leanings. So far in 2015, three journalists have been killed, many have received threats and been assaulted, and over 10 Indigenous community leaders have been jailed.

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The Maya people of Toledo are scheduled for a hearing to reaffirm their land rights case at the regional Caribbean Court of Justice in April of 2015, after almost a decade of back and forth in the national courts in Belize.  Their claim to the land has been upheld twice in the Supreme Court, once in 2009 and again in 2013.  The government of Belize continues to assert that the land title the Maya hold should not be considered Native or Indigenous land title, but merely based on a long peri

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They demand that their countries reduce the inequality gaps and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.

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Rigoberto Juarez Mateo, a long-time Indigenous community activist from Santa Eulalia, Guatemala was arbitrarily arrested on March 24, 2015 in Guatemala City, where he was denouncing human rights violations against himself and his community. Rigoberto Juarez is a representative of the Pluri-national Government of the Q’anjob’al, Chuj, Akateka, Popti and Mestizo peoples, of Huehuetenango. Juarez is criminalized, along with many others who have been active in defending the natural resources of their communities.

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