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 Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start Monday, May 9

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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, while 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.

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Yesterday, on Wednesday, April 20, another community radio, Radio Esperanza: La Vos de lo Nuestro was raided by the public ministry and the Guatemalan national police, who seized all of the radio’s equipment. Radio Esperanza of La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango, member of the network of Asociación Mujb’ ab’l yol: Encuentro de Expresiones, served its community for 14 years, with educational and cultural programs.

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Belize City, April 6, 2016 – Today the Maya villages of Santa Cruz and Jalacte filed separate actions with the Supreme Court against the Government of Belize. This is as a result of the government’s delay in implementing the orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice, and its failure to respect and protect Maya land rights during the implementation process. Once again, the Maya people have found themselves with no choice but to return to court to protect themselves and their village lands.

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At least four people were killed after police opened fire at a massive protest of several thousand villagers in Bangladesh Monday, April 4th, reported the Phulbari Solidarity Group.

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On March 4, 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released “General recommendation No. 34 on the rights of rural women.”

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Después de 11 años de conflicto socio ambiental entre el Pueblo Indígena Ngäbe y el Estado Panameño, los líderes de la comunidades Bocas del Toro, siguen exigiendo justicia en instancias internacionales.

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After eleven years of social and environmental conflict between the Ngäbe Indigenous People and the Panama State, leaders from Bocas del Toro communities continue demanding justice before international organisations.

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Among the 16 officially-recognized Indigenous tribes of Taiwan, the Bunun peoples are known for their strength, endurance and fierce nature. The people of the island’s 4th largest Indigenous group, centered in Taitung and Hualien Counties, are distinctly shorter and have a bronze complexion. They are known for the strength of their bodies and power in their voices, which suits them for surviving in the pristine, rugged mountains of southeast Taiwan.

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In Punta Gorda, Belize, charges of assault against two of thirteen Maya leaders were dropped on April 1, 2016, during a hearing for members of the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) on charges that were brought against them 10 months ago.

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We are the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN), a group of Kuy ethnic volunteers who join together to protect the Prey Lang Forest, which has been part of our lives for many generations. We come from the four provinces surrounding Prey Lang, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihea, Kratie and Stung Trung and have volunteered, working together to protect Prey Lang for 16 years.

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In her recent trip to Brazil from March 7-17, 2016, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz met with more than 50 Indigenous Peoples to identify and assess the main issues they are currently facing, as well as to follow-up on recommendations made in 2008 by her predecessor James Anaya. Some of the communities she met with include the Yanomami, Maxakali, Manoki, Ka'apor, Guarani-Kaiowa, and the Rede de Corporaçāo Amazonica.

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