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Keeping Up With The Defenders

News and notes from the forest

The Silent War Against Indigenous Communities

Last month, the Philippines government placed UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on a list of “terrorists”, along with many other indigenous rights activists.  Ironically, she was in the process of compiling a report on the...

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Peru Refuses to Prosecute Murderers of Indigenous Leaders

The prosecutor of Pucallpa has indicated that he will archive the case of Saweto Massacre for lack of evidence, an action that means that nobody will be prosecuted for the torture and massacre of the indigenous leaders of Saweto. Relatives of the victims, the community of Saweto, and allies are fighting to keep the case alive to gain justice for: Edwin Chota, Jorge Ríos, Leoncio Quinticima, and Francisco Pinedo.

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Peruvian Indigenous Communities Officially Recognized as Forest Guardians

For the first time in the history of Peru, two indigenous communities have been officially accredited as Forest Monitors by the State. As a result of the cutting edge monitoring work carried out by the indigenous communities of Patria Nueva and Nueva Saposoa in Ucayali, the villages have completely eliminated deforestation caused by coca growers, logging and other illegal activities in their ancestral land. This achievement comes at a time, deforestation has increased in the region.

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The Disappearing Languages of Indigenous Peoples

There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world today. The top 10 languages have more than one hundred million native speakers: Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Lahnda. But on the other end of the spectrum there are 1,955 languages have no more than 1,000 speakers, and 144 languages that have just under 10 native speakers.

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