Amazon tribal chief works to save rainforest during World Cup Brazil

Amazon tribal chief works to save rainforest during World Cup Brazil

Kieran Cooke for Climate News Network – WNN Breaking (WNN/Climate News Network) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: As the World Cup in Brazil brings one of the largest television audiences in the world together, tribal leaders from the Amazon rainforest are using the glare of publicity to highlight an impassioned plea for recognition of their […]

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Mitra Taj for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Lima, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA: An indigenous activist whose lawsuits helped derail plans to dam Peruvian rivers to supply electricity to Brazil has won a top environmental award in the United States, prize organizers said on Monday. Ruth Buendia, a 37-year-old leader of the Ashaninka people in […]

Continued Kenya land grabs hurt indigenous Sengwer women & families

Continued Kenya land grabs hurt indigenous Sengwer women & families

WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: With ongoing struggles indigenous rights in Kenya continue to be compromised as government land grabs deny those in greatest need for cultural identity and dignity, the indigenous Sengwer. Five years following the 2009 shooting of Mrs. Beatrice Chepkorir, a Sengwer indigenous woman who survived after she was sent […]

Former Tibetan monk sets self on fire for justice, cultural & religious freedom

Former Tibetan monk sets self on fire for justice, cultural & religious freedom

WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Eastern Tibetan Autonomous Region, CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: In the ongoing crisis in the denial of religious and cultural freedom for those living in the Autonomous Region of Tibet in China, 25-year-old Lobsang Dorjee set himself on fire around 6:30 pm local time one week ago on Thursday February 13 , […]

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Caleb Kemboi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Elgeiyo Marakwet, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: For decades, the Kenyan government has attempted to evict indigenous people from the forests of Embobut and Cherangany, in the western county of Elgeiyo Marakwet. Past tactics have even included torture and setting fire to homes, those affected say.  “I […]

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS:  Standing up for human rights defenders worldwide, former Ugandan magistrate and current UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya has been highlighting the needs for the most vulnerable members of society. Sending her report to the United Nations General Assembly Sekaggya is calling for all rights defenders […]

Illegal Venezuelan gold mines cause mercury dangers for indigenous women & children

Illegal Venezuelan gold mines cause mercury dangers for indigenous women & children

WNN Earth Watch (WNN) Caracas, VENEZUELA, SOUTH AMERICA: The issue of mercury poisoning and environmental pollution is one that has been studied for decades, but new data is indicating that women, especially indigenous women, are exceptionally vulnerable to an unhealthy rise in their bodies with the toxic metal mercury. Indicators are pointing now to locations […]