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Cubará - Boyacá, Colombia -- The millennial and historic U'wa Indigenous People
of Colombia situated in
the departments of Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de
Santander, through this statement would like to express thanks from our
hearts for the total and...

May 7, 2002

The Supreme Court on Tuesday began a marathon period of sessions to meet
with lawyers for the 321 municipalities and state governments seeking to
block a constitutional amendment for indigenous rights.

The procedural meetings mark the end of each case's...

By Jason Lange
May 7, 2002

Not only has Israel been allowed to prevent a United Nations
investigation into serious allegations of war crimes in Jenin by
Israeli troops, it has placed Yasser Arafat in a daunting position. He
is now seen to have benefited, personally and politically...

By Hussein Ibish
May 6, 2002

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - The International Coffee Organization (ICO) will
present a plan to the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank in the
coming week to help coffee growers diversify their farms, the group's top executive
said over...

By Pav Jordan
May 6, 2002

The Supreme Court will start hearing next Monday the hundreds of
constitutional challenges to the Indigenous Rights Law, passed by
Congress last year.

The high court said it would set aside half an hour of hearings for
each of the 321 challenges,...

May 4, 2002

CONCLUSIONS:

Personnel in the Human Rights section of the US Embassy are insufficiently
trained to carry out effective work in defense of human rights. Current
staff are entry level with insufficient training or experience to carry out
the delicate and difficult work....

May 3, 2002

INTRODUCTION

The shocking assassination of our colleague, human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa
y Plácido, in October 2001 had a profound effect on all those connected to
her and her work.
In the wake of the tragedy, human rights groups committed to carefully
monitor the...

May 3, 2002

Los Angeles - At its annual shareholder meeting today, Occidental
Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) announced its plans to return to the Colombian
government its controversial Siriri oil block (formally Samore), located
on the traditional territory of the U'wa people...

May 3, 2002

Earlier, aides to the detained opposition leader were optimistic
that she would be released soon and without preconditions.

However, sources in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have
since told CNN that any release may not happen for weeks.

Furthermore, there has still...

Tom Mintier
May 2, 2002

WASHINGTON -- State and local authorities are worried that a
section of federal trade law that can allow foreign companies to
bypass local environmental, health and zoning regulations could be
included in new trade agreements.

That provision of the North American Free...

Susan Roth
May 2, 2002

Washington, May 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, over the Bush administration's objections, urging the Asian Development Bank and other lenders to prevent poor countries from charging school or health fees. The legislation, approved yesterday, also calls on...

By Mark Drajem
May 2, 2002

Washington, May 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of
Representatives passed legislation, over the Bush
administration's objections, urging the Asian Development
Bank and other lenders to prevent poor countries from
charging school or health fees.

The legislation,...

By Mark Drajem
May 2, 2002

I was recently in the county of Alcântara, in the state of Maranhão, the
location of the Alcântara Launch Center of the Ministry of Aeronautics.
And there I heard some interesting stories.

Over the Easter holiday, hundreds of soldiers from Aeronautics...

João Pedro Stédile
May 1, 2002

The Fair Trade industry in North America made nearly US$100 million in gross
sales in the year 2000, according to a new report released this week by the
Fair Trade Federation (FTF), an association of retail and wholesale outlets
committed to ensuring that Third World producers...

By Jim Lobe
May 1, 2002

The Fair Trade industry in North America made nearly US$100 million in gross
sales in the year 2000, according to a new report released this week by the
Fair Trade Federation (FTF), an association of retail and wholesale outlets
committed to ensuring...

By Jim Lobe
May 1, 2002

FARC guerrillas kidnapped and murdered our son, brother, and friend,
Terence Unity Freitas, in early 1999. Terence was one of three US
citizens taken by FARC after visiting the Colombian indigenous U'wa
community on land coveted by US-based Occidental Petroleum. In
...

May 1, 2002

?¡El Istmo no se vende!?
-- Subcomandante Marcos, EZLN

?El PPP es mil veces más que el zapatismo o una comunidad indígena en
Chiapas.?
-- President Vicente Fox Quesada, México

I. Introduction

Unsustainable extraction of natural...

By Megan Ybarra
April 17, 2002

Bernardo Mançano Fernandes, Ph.D., 44, professor of Human Geography [Populations] at the University of São Paulo, has studied the MST since 1993. The following excerpts are from an interview with him conducted by Estado de São Paulo that appeared in the newspaper on...

April 7, 2002

Never before have the interest and actions of the
United States government, large transnational
companies and some world agencies (which range from
the UN to Conservation International, and include all
levels of the federal governments)
been...

By Hermann Bellinghausen
March 25, 2002

Northern Selva Lacandona, Chiapas. Never before have the interest and actions of the United States government, large transnational companies and some world agencies (which range from the UN to Conservation International, and include all levels of the federal governments...

March 25, 2002