Human Rights-Militarisation

Indigenous Peoples across the globe face a range of threats from what they frequently describe as 'development aggression'. As they struggle to defend their land, much of it is in 'unspoilt' areas that are rich in natural resources, and so conflicts often arise with companies who want to exploit those resources - mostly without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

The main problems that Indigenous Peoples face are from interesting in oil, gas or mining that despoil their land, in the construction of large-scale dams that flood their land, in widespread logging that deforest their land. The creation of nature reserves or areas for tourism can see them ejected from or restricted in access to their own land. Finally agriculture, particularly intensive plantation agriculture or fish farming can cause similar problems to those listed above.

All of these activities can lead to conflict which leads to militarisation of their land, and in loss of livelihood or encroachment of settlements which can lead urbanisation. All of these activities can also be encouraged by multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank.

Peru - Two killed in protest at $7.4-billion MMG copper project in Peru

Indonesia - Antimining activist beaten to death in East Java

Canada: Alberta Premier asks Indigenous peoples to be patient

Guatemala: Hudbay Minerals Evades Justice for Crimes in Guatemala

Bolivia - What's Behind the Bolivian Government's Attack on NGOs?

Rising tensions in Bolivia over oil and gas exploitation on indigenous lands

Bangladesh government says ‘no’ to open-pit mine

How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom

Canadian Church Is to Divest Goldcorp Shares

Cambodia - M’kiri indigenous rally blocked

World Bank - Dangerous Rollback in Environmental, Social Protections

Burma - Against Letpadaung: copper mining in Myanmar and the struggle for human rights

India - Convention Against the Government's Attack on Tribal Peoples

UN urges Canada to probe mining abuses abroad

Statements of the Asia Indigenous Peoples: Eighth Session of EMRIP

Guatemalan Court Suspends Mining Operations in La Puya

Posco puts $12 billion India plant on hold

Militarization and murders stifle anti-mining movement in Guatemala

Canada - Why Does Canada Hate Indigenous Rights? One Word: Oil

South Africa - Stop Xolobeni project to avoid another Marikana

Solidarity statement with Cambodian human rights defender Mr Ny Chakrya

Indonesia: Palm oil giant Wilmar resorts to dirty tricks

Canada faces questions from UN rights committee on mining industry

UN Special Rapporteur on Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Burma - Locals Show Support for Arrested Power Station Protesters

Canada - Court ruling in the Hudbay-Guatemala lawsuit

India: Child labour on rise around Tata Mundra plant, teenage girls being forced into sexual abuse

OECD watchdog calls for reform of failing complaint system

Peru - What is Peru’s biggest environmental conflict right now?

Indonesia - AMAN reminds Jokowi about pledge to forest people

Urgent Action: Mexican human rights defender face dire threats

Was this indigenous leader killed because he fought to save Ecuador's land?

Peaceful Anti-Mining Blockade Evicted in Guatemala

Guatemala - Allegations of brutality highlighted at Hudbay shareholders' meeting

European Parliament defies lobbying to vote for strong conflict minerals regulation

Myanmar jails six activists who opposed copper mine: lawyer

Burma - Turquoise Hill must disclose all transactions related to Myanmar divestment

Judge orders police to bring Tahoe Resources chairman Kevin McArthur to court

Peru - Tia Maria Copper Project: At the Negotiation Table Again

Goldcorp’s Marlin mine: a decade of operations and controversy in Guatemala

No More Goldcorp, No More Murders: a memorial and march to confront Goldcorp's AGM

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considers the report of Guatemala

Ghana - Chaos at Newmont Ahafo Mine

A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects

OZ Minerals Cambodia bribery investigation ongoing

PNG - UN told of mining industry human rights violations in Pacific region

150,000 Stand With Peruvian Woman in Fight Against World’s Largest Gold Mine

Peru - One killed at protests against Tia Maria copper project in Peru

Guatemala: Member of the Committee in Defense of Life and Peace in San Rafael Las Flores Detained

Global Witness report shows increased killings of environmental activists, with indigenous communities hardest hit

Investigate Rio Tinto's role in potential Myanmar sanctions busting

Indigenous Controlled Mining Under Fire in Colombia

Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes

Cambodia: Indigenous rights ‘denied’

Lip-Service But Little Action on U.N. Business and Human Rights Principles in Latin America

Are Mining Interests Behind Western Australian Remote Aboriginal Community Closures?

Federal Court Orders Newmont Mining to Turn Over Evidence to Peruvian Wounded in Protest

African human rights body warns the World Bank on proposals

PNG: Porgera Gold Mine Landowners claim $US4b from Barrick

India - ‘Whatever they do, project dead, we keep our land’

Canada: Indigenous activists opposing Energy East don’t fear proposed anti-terror bill

Venezuela: Yanomami march for health and justice, while illegal mines in Caura reach flashpoint

Peru: One Peruvian Woman Is Standing Up To A Gold-Mining Goliath

South Africa - Why mining industry leaders should drive to Woodstock this week

The global system for holding corporations to account is in need of serious reform

Myanmar: Canadian mining company colluding in serious abuses and illegality

Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers - But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick's Grievance

Indonesia: Pulpwood company may be denying Sumatran community rights to their land

Ethiopia: human rights groups criticise UK-funded development programme

Burma: Human Rights Commission Faults Police Over Copper Mine Shooting

Guatemala - Poor Guatemalans Are Taking On North American Mining Companies

Eye on Ecuador: Racking Up the China Debt and Paying It Forward with Oil

Robert Friedland's Mining Showdown in South Africa

West Papua: Three Killed at US Giant Freeport's Indonesia Mine

Peru: Chota, Manuin, Chaupe and Buendía
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Police fire on Myanmar protesters, one dead, 20 hurt: reports

Canada: Federal court hands win to First Nations over Canadian gov't re contentious omnibus bills

Ecuador: José's murder is more blood on Canada's hands

World Bank Makes Killing Indigenous Peoples More Profitable

Tanzania: Group raises alarm over state harrassment of land activists

Ecuador: Anti-mining activist killed on eve of Lima meetings

Is Peru’s President Humala serious about Indigenous Peoples’ rights?

Peru: Ombudsman Urges Peru's Congress to Recognize Indigenous Rights

Indigenous position presented to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Inter-ethnic conflict racks DRC’s mining heartland

PNG - Rape Survivors Offered Business Remedy by Barrick Gold in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights

Canada: Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Stands in Solidarity with Ayllu of Peru

UK urges GCM Resources to assess human rights impact of Bangladesh coal mine

Indonesia: Recognizing Indigenous Rights

Peru exploiting own failures to demarcate indigenous territory

Do no harm, Canada

Canadian Government Acknowledges Power to Act on Extractive Companies, Declines to Do So

Kenya - Court halts search for oil in Wajir

Peruvian Community Denounces HudBay Minerals for Violations over Constancia Project

Mexico - Police Arrest Eight Indigenous People for Defending Communal Forest

Cambodia’s Environment: Good News in Areng Valley?

Canada - State Surveillance of an Indigenous Rights Campaigner

Sarawak villagers’ dam blockade removed again, as heavy machinery move in

Urgent Action: Mexico - Concerns for the safety and security of human rights defenders opposing mining activities in the stat

Canada - Hearing on the Canadian Government and justice for mining-affected communities abroad

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