Tribal Networks News

November 9, 2014

Cameroon: WWF complicit in tribal people’s abuse

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 survivalinternational.org

Baka in southeast Cameroon face serious abuse at the hands of anti-poaching squads supported and funded by WWF.

Baka in southeast Cameroon face serious abuse at the hands of anti-poaching squads supported and funded by WWF.
© Selcen Kucukustel/Atlas

UPDATE 16 October: WWF has responded angrily to Survival’s campaign. Read the facts behind the headlines.

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has uncovered serious abuses of Baka “Pygmies” in southeast Cameroon, at the hands of anti-poaching squads supported and funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The Baka are being illegally forced from their ancestral homelands in the name of “conservation” because much of their land has been turned into “protected areas” – including safari-hunting zones.

Rather than target the powerful individuals behind organized poaching, wildlife officers and soldiers pursue Baka who hunt only to feed their families.

Watch Baka recount the abuse they suffer at the hands of anti-poaching squads supported by WWF:
http://assets-production.survivalinternational.org/films/700/embed#survival

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April 24, 2014

Sustainable Development

January 5, 2014

Message to the African Wildlife Foundation

Nakuru Lemiruni sends a message to those responsible for evicting the Samburu tribe from their land..

The Samburu of Kisargei, in Kenya’s Laikipia district, were brutally evicted from the lands they call home in 2010 after the land was sold to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). AWF, using funds from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), says it bought the land on the understanding that no-one lived there. When the Samburu protested and took the matter to the courts the land was hurriedly ‘gifted’ to the government.

Police chose a Friday “market day” for their attack, when the men were away and only women, elders, and children were in their homes. Fanning out across the 17,000- acre Eland Downs Ranch, police burned the Samburu families’ homes to the ground, along with all their possessions.

Identified in the Kenyan press as “squatters,” the evicted Samburu families petitioned a regional court to recognize their ancestral claims to the land where they lived and grazed their cattle The suit has been filed by the Samburu against the African Wildlife Foundation and the former President.They need money and public support to win.

March 19, 2013

Great Success for First Nations in Kenya

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African Union Comes Out in Support of Ogiek Land Rights

The Ogiek, the meanwhile world-famous honey-hunters of the Mau forest in Kenya, booked another success in their struggle for survival and the rights to their forest homeland.

The African Court of Human and People’s Rights of the African Union (AU), following the line of arguments presented by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ordered the Government of the Republic of Kenya to immediately halt any eviction of Ogiek from their ancestral forests, which the Ogiek had protected since times immemorial. It were the Ogiek who preserved the old growth forest of indigenous trees, resisted against the colonial plantations of non-indigenous species and thereby maintained the capacity of the Mau Forest Range as one of the five major water towers of Kenya until today.

In their struggle for recognition, natural forest- and watershed-protection and the rights to their territory ECOTERRA Intl. stood since 1992 besides the Ogiek, one of the five aboriginal peoples of Kenya (see http://www.ogiek.org).

(more…)

February 24, 2013

Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People

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by GRAHAM PEEBLES

In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by their brutal, repressive ally in the region; and a deaf ear to the pain and suffering of the Ogaden Somali people. Around five million traditionally nomadic pastoralists – live in what is one of the least developed corners of the world besieged by military oppression, drought and famine.

More at counterpunch.org

Archived as pdf Ethiopian_Annihilation_of_the_Ogaden_People

March 28, 2010

Bouganiville Mine Struggle Continues

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Photo of Clive Porabou with his band

Clive Porabou Singing "Land Is Our Mother", and "Don't Dig Gold And Copper, Dig Garden"

Our friends in Bougainville, after successfully shutting down the mine many years ago, are still having to struggle to prevent it re-opening.
See Mekamui blog for more.

February 5, 2010

Andaman Islands. Ancient Bo language becomes extinct

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Human thought is inextricably tied to language. Diversity of language indicates diversity of humanity, so when a language dies, we are all impoverished. It seems from reading the articles listed below that only a couple of NGOs and some academics are concerned that the last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures.

With her death, a whole world is literally gone forever, and the whole of humanity has lost a part of itself.

Death of Boa Sr, last person fluent in the Bo language of the Andaman Islands, breaks link with 65,000-year-old culture (Grauniad)

Final survivor of ancient tribe spoke of the sadness of having no one left to talk to (Independent)

October 7, 2008

Squamish Nation Serves Notice on Vancouver Churches

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This morning (oct 5), groups of residential school survivors will be posting and distributing notices at all of the main downtown churches in “Vancouver”, declaring to the officials and members of the Catholic, Anglican and United churches that they are illegally trespassing on Squamish Nation land and are now subject to arrest and imprisonment under both Squamish and British Columbia law. See Hidden from History website

August 25, 2008

Setting an Important Precedent for Indigenous Lands

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by: Marta Caravantes, Inter Press Service

Soldiers carry an indigenous man who was shot by armed guards protecting rice fields at the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation in Roraima state, Brazil, in May 2008. The reservation has seen decades of conflicts between indigenous residents and settlers, most of whom are large-scale rice farmers. (more…)

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