Latin America

Statement: We Repudiate and Condemn the Murder of Elder Aj ilonel Domingo Choc Ché

Ajq’ij Domingo Choc Che was a husband and father, a community member who worked to help others, and an expert in the knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants and their ancestral uses. In the strongest terms possible, the ICCA Consortium joins Mayan and Guatemalan organisations in condemning Tat Domingo’s assassination and demanding swift action for justice, healing and peace.  Read more ▸

Alert: Oil Company GeoPark Puts Indigenous Wampis at Risk of COVID-19 Contagion and Threatens Territorial Integrity

The Gobierno Territorial Autonomo de la Nación Wampis (GTANW) has taken legal action against the oil company GeoPark Peru SAC for threatening the Wampis Nation and their territory of life in the northern Peruvian Amazon. The ICCA Consortium fully supports the GTANW’s demands to the Peruvian government and GeoPark to halt all activities related to oil exploitation and leave Wampis territory immediately and permanently. Read more ▸

The New Illness and its Impact on Our Lives: Indigenous Peoples Facing the COVID-19 Crisis in Guatemala

In the current context of State inaction and corruption, the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit Indigenous communities in Guatemala especially hard. ICCA Consortium Council Member Felipe Gómez describes this multi-faceted crisis, along with the hopes and strategies of Indigenous communities: solidarity, spirituality, and community organization.  Read more ▸

Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution: The Indigenous Struggle for Saneamiento

This new report, authored by our Honorary member Anuradha Mittal for the Oakland Institute, details the incessant violence facing the Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions of Nicaragua and provides in-depth information about the actors involved. It breaks the silence and calls attention to the Indigenous peoples’ ongoing struggle for their territories. Read more ▸

Thanking Carolina Amaya for her Outstanding Work

We would like to warmly thank Carolina Amaya for her remarkable work as Spanish editor and translator for the ICCA Consortium, for which she has provided a dedicated and masterful hand for more than eight years. We wish her all the best and will remain in close contact as she focuses (even more!) on supporting ICCAs—territories of life in Colombia. Read more ▸

The Territory of the Shuar Arutam People is a Territory of Life!

After a community consultation process, the Government Council of the Shuar Arutam People (ICCA Consortium Member in Ecuador) formalized the resolution to register their territory in the International WCMC ICCA Registry. “We made this decision with the strength of the Arutam, our supernatural protector principle,” said Josefina Tunki. Read more ▸