Mexico: People’s Tribunal Defends Native Villages from Dams

November 12, 2012 Daniela Pastrana 0

Temacapulín, a town of 1,500 people in a kind of bowl surrounded by four hills, hosted a pre-hearing this week about dams by the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT), which has held sessions in this country since October 2011.
“We will lose the right to life, our culture, traditions, peace, happiness and freedom, our burial sites and our dead, the square, the Christ of Temaca that we love so much, the Agave temacapulinensis plant, the Verde river and 14 centuries of our people’s history,” said Maria Abigail Agredani.


Campaign to Legalize Abortion in Venezuela Gains Publicity

November 11, 2012 Ewan Robertson 0

In Venezuela the law currently states that voluntary abortion of pregnancy is punishable for up to two years in prison. The Venezuelan coalition of left-wing feminist groups, the Feminist Spider, has submitted a reform for discussion in the Venezuelan National Assembly which would modify the country’s penal law to legalise abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy. In an interview yesterday on the program “Up Front” on Venezuelan state channel VTV, campaigner Tatiana Rojas argued that Venezuela was ready to have a public discussion about the legal right to abortion.


God, Oil, and the Theft of Waorani DNA: A Tale of Biopiracy in Ecuador

November 8, 2012 Hanna Dahlstrom 0

The Ecuadorian government is accusing Harvard Medical School, the Corriell Institute for Medical Research, and oil company Maxus Energy Corporation of stealing DNA from an indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Researchers on the lookout for specimens indigenous to an area call this activity bioprospecting, The terms that  activists for indigenous rights have created to describe the result of these activities are bio-colonialism and biopiracy: the theft of life from indigenous communities without prior information and consent.


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