(4) August 2013

Big deal for indigenous rights

A historic agreement was signed in South Africa between indigenous San and Khoi groups and the pharmaceutical company; it which acknowledges the San and the Khoi’s medicinal plant knowledge and confrims they are ‘legally entitled to a fair and equitable share of the benefits that result from the commercial development of the buchu plant’. (OSISA)

Civil society calls for vote on drilling in Ecuador’s Yasuní Park

The Ecuadorean government’s decision to allow oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, has caused alarm among environmentalists and indigenous people, who are calling for a referendum on the issue. (Meléndez / IPS)

Plans to evict Botswana Bushmen revealed by leaked report

Survival International has obtained detailed plans for the forced relocation of Bushmen by a local council in western Botswana, despite a recent High Court order prohibiting their forced eviction and central government assurances that no evictions would take place. (Survival International)

Rap video gives new life to Loreto’s Kukama language

The people of Nauta, Loreto don´t want their native language, Kukama-Kukamiria, to disappear. So to that end the NGO, Create Your Voice, teamed up with a local radio station, Ucamara, to record a song with hip hop and traditional rhythms sung by children to save the language from the brink of extinction (Diego M. Ortiz / Peru this Week)

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