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Honduran Indigenous Activist Wins Human Rights Award for Struggle Against Corporate Destruction of Land

September 6, 2016

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 10/6/2016 : Honduran Indigenous Peoples' Rights Activist Wins 2016 Front Line Defenders Award. In nearly a decade of defending her community’s land and rivers from corporate destruction, Honduran woman Ms. Ana Mirian Romero has endured armed raids, physical assault, death threats, and personal defamation campaigns. Her home was burned down in January and her children have been forced to leave school because of repeated harassment. Former President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, Mrs. Mary Robinson, presented Ana Mirian with the 2016 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. Pictured was 2016 Front Line Defenders Award recipient Ana Mirian Romero of Honduras. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : Erin Kilbride, Front Line Defenders email Erin@frontlinedefenders.org mobile+353 85 742 3767

On June 9, Ana Mirian Romero, a 29-year-old indigenous Lenca woman and mother of five from the department of La Paz, Honduras, was recognized by the European human rights organization Front Line Defenders in a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. Romero was awarded the organization’s annual award for Human Rights Defenders for her work struggling for the recognition of indigenous lands and against the corporate destruction of the environment in Honduras.

“Our struggle is going to continue,” said Romero in a Skype interview from Dublin. “With this prize, it is something that gives us more force, and something that reinforces our struggle; it gives us more value to continue.”

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Weavers of traditional ancestral designs argue the Guatemalan government has a responsibility to protect their Mayan culture from outside exploitation

August 26, 2016

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Indigenous women in Guatemala are fighting for collective intellectual property rights over their traditional Mayan textiles in the face of a lack of government will to protect the cultural heritage that represents thousands of years of Indigenous community resistance, Mayan organizations argued in court on Tuesday.

“What we want is a law to protect our textiles because it is something that is ours, we learned from our grandparents how to weave,” said Kaqchikel weaver Marta Puac, one of dozens of women from different communities who went to the Constitutional Court in Guatemala City on Tuesday in support of the initiative.

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Panama Bound for the First Indigenous Community Radio Conference

May 2, 2016

 

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From January 16-18, 2016, Cultural Survival in partnership with Sobrevivencia Cultural, AMARC, Voces Indigenas Panama, and Fundacion Comunicandonos  hosted the first ever Central American Indigenous Community Radio Conference in Narganá, Comarca Guna Yala, Panamá. The conference will gather over 40 Indigenous community radio volunteers from all over Central America to discuss and share their experience with community media in their respective countries. The conference also has the goal of creating a Central American Indigenous community radio network in which community stations will mutually support each other in raising awareness about their work and fighting for the democratization of community media in the region.

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Ancient Mayan Tablet with Hieroglyphics Honors Lowly King

December 10, 2015

By: Ligia María

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A 1,600-year-old Mayan stone tablet describing the rule of an ancient king has been unearthed in the ruins of a temple in Guatemala.

The broken tablet, or stela, depicts the king’s head, adorned with a feathered headdress, along with some of his neck and shoulders. On the other side, an inscription written in hieroglyphics commemorates the monarch’s 40-year reign.

The stone tablet, found in the jungle temple, may shed light on a mysterious period when one empire in the region was collapsing and another was on the rise, said the lead excavator at the site, Marcello Canuto, an anthropologist at Tulane University in Louisiana.

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Indigenous women are raising their voices and can no longer be ignored

October 14, 2015

By: Ligia Recinos

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As a teenager, I joined fellow indigenous activists on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island, to protest against the Chico dam project. The scheme would have displaced roughly 300,000 indigenous people from their ancestral lands. The leaders of the movement were all men, but women were also on the front line, risking their lives.

These were our lands too, and we women fought to defend them even when our activities were criminalized by the Filipino government. We didn’t give up until the government and the World Bank cancelled the project.

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El enigmático mapa cuadricular de una nueva ciudad maya en Guatemala

September 11, 2015

By: Ligia María

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Una nueva ciudad maya ha sido descubierta en Guatemala. La gran aportación de este hallazgo ha sido la estructura de cuadrícula que sigue el asentamiento, un mapa que podría indicar a los expertos que fue construida bajo mandato de una figura muy poderosa. El enclave está ubicado en Nixtun-Ch’ichi (Petén, Guatemala), un lugar que fue habitado según las conjeturas entre los años 600 y 300 a.C. Aunque la zona se lleva explorando desde 1995, no ha sido hasta ahora cuando los arqueólogos dirigidos por Timothy Pugh han encontrado evidencias de la ciudad antigua.

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Court Upholds Mayan Indigenous Land Rights In Belize

September 9, 2015

By: Ligia María

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The Caribbean Court of Justice has ruled that indigenous land rights in Belize must be honored by the government.
The ruling upheld an earlier decision of an appeals court that gave the Maya people rights to land they have used and occupied for generations in the southern Belizean district of Toledo.

The ruling requires that the land be demarcated, protected, and officially registered by the government of Belize. It also dictates that the government of Belize abstain from interfering with the Maya’s land rights unless consent is given by the Maya people. In effect, the government of Belize is barred from issuing leases, grants, permits, concessions, or contracts authorizing logging, petroleum, mineral extraction, or any activity that would affect the Maya land rights.

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