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News from 2002


Good news for Raposa-Serra do Sol

Four tribes in northern Brazil have won a huge victory in the Brazilian courts. For decades the Makuxi, Wapixana, Ingaricó and Taurepang have fought for the full legal recognition of their land, an area known as Raposa-Serra do Sol.

Good news for Raposa-Serra do Sol

Four tribes in northern Brazil have won a huge victory in the Brazilian courts. For decades the Makuxi, Wapixana, Ingaricá and Taurepang have fought for the full legal recognition of their land, an area known as Raposa-Serra do Sol.

Evicted Guarani-Kaiowá camp on the roadside

During the night of 12 October 2002, about 200 Kaiowá Indians were thrown out of the village of Tey Cuê in an area called Caarapó, and are now camped on the side of a highway near the town of Dourados, under plastic tarpaulins.

Guarani: respected shaman dies

Paulito Aquino, a Kaiowá shaman and one of Brazil's oldest citizens, died on 3 September 2002 in his village of Panambizinho in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil. Reckoned to be aged about 120, he had witnessed massive changes in his long life.

Uncontacted Indians in danger

The last uncontacted Indians south of the Amazon basin are being squeezed from all sides. With their last refuge gradually being overrun, they have nowhere left to hide.

UN Condems Botswana’s Racism

A report released by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination condemns Botswana's treatment of the 'Bushmen' as racist.

MEP slams Botswana government

A senior MEP has publicly slated the Botswana government over their eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the central Kalahari.

Diamonds bring despair for the Bushmen

'Why must I move? They will kill me for my land... We are oppressed until we die, and soon there will be no one left.' Mogetse Kaboikanyo, who died in June 2002 after being forced to move.

Peru – alert over loggers

An increasing number of loggers are now encroaching on the land of uncontacted Indians in south-east Peru. FENAMAD, the regional Indian organisation, has issued an urgent alert about this.

Cameroon: four men arrested and tortured

Four members of the Mbororo pastoralist people of Cameroon have been imprisoned without charge and tortured, and are facing arbitrary trial by a military tribunal.

Indian Supreme Court protects tribes

The Supreme Court of India has issued an unprecedented order which at a stroke removes three of the biggest threats to the isolated Jarawa tribe on India's Andaman Islands.

Reserve for uncontacted Indians

The Peruvian government has announced the creation of a State Reserve for uncontacted tribes in the south-east of the country, who include the Yora.

UN notes: Brazil’s Awá Indians losing forest and hope

19th April is Brazil's Indian Day, yet the Brazilian government may end up with egg on its face when the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, now in session in Geneva, discusses indigenous issues on 22 and 23 April.

Yanomami health budget restored

The Brazilian government's health authority has reversed an earlier decision to cut funding for health care for the Yanomami Indians.

Survival’s advertising campaign spreads to Canada

Survival International's advertising campaign has spread to Canada. A new advert appears today in the Ottawa Citizen highlighting the eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Good news for the Nuba?

Over the last ten years the Nuba tribes of central Sudan have been caught in the middle of the vicious civil war between the Islamist government of Sudan and the rebel movement based in the south of the country.

Worldwide ad campaign launched for Bushmen

Survival, the worldwide organisation supporting tribal peoples, launches an international advertising campaign on 2 March. The advertisements highlight the persecution of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

Bushmen silenced and barred from ancestral lands

The Botswana government last week denied the Gana and Gwi Bushmen still in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve their only means of communication with the outside world, and turned back Bushmen bringing them essential supplies of food and water.

Kenyan President implicated in tribal forest land grab

Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has been exposed as one of the main beneficiaries of a controversial plan to cut down nearly 70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) of Kenya's remaining forest, much of it in the Mau forest, home of Kenya's Ogiek tribe.

India considers closing ‘road of death’

Survival's campaign for the recently-contacted Jarawa tribe in India's Andaman Islands is having a significant impact. Now events are creating a unique opportunity to ensure their survival.

Papuan leader killed amid military build-up

Papuan peoples have suffered greatly under the Indonesian occupation which has been in force since 1963. The Indonesian army has a long history of human rights violations against the Papuans - including killings, arbitrary arrests, rape and torture.

 

News from 2002