The United States endorsement of the Declaration, on December 16 of last year, was cause for celebration.  With his announcement of support for the Declaration, President Obama emphasized that the endorsement wouldn’t be an empty gesture, but that the administration will take actions in line...

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Washington, D.C. -- The highest court in Guatemala has made a precedent setting decision in favor of the community of Agua Caliente, a small Maya Q'eqchi’ indigenous community of 385 people in El Estor, in the country’s Izabal province. The community has been fighting for formal recognition of its... read more


On February 7, 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted Precautionary Measures for the Rapa Nui Nation on Rapa Nui Island (also known as “Easter Island”).  This article provides some background information on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Commission)...

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March 21, 2011 -- Faleomavaega will go to Easter Island to assess recent developments between the Rapa Nui clans and the Chilean government.

Indigenous leaders from 25 countries met in Washington D.C. in January 2011 seeking consensus on a proposed legal framework to protect economic, cultural and political rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas.

February 8 -- Congressman Faleomavaega delivers a Special Order speech on the floor of the U.S. House Chamber calling for better treatment for the people of Easter Island.

February 7, 2011 -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to immediately stop the violent use of armed forces against the Rapa Nui clans and to begin an investigation on recent events.

El domingo 6 de febrero, miembros del clan Hito de la Nación Rapa Nui fueron desalojados del Hotel Hanga Roa, ubicado en sus tierras ancestrales. El desalojo tomo lugar dos días antes de la formalización de 17 Rapa Nui por participar en el re-tomo de sus tierras. Según la vocera del clan Hito,...

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights grants protective measures to Rapa Nui; members of Hito clan arrested for occupying their ancestral lands.

February 4, 2011 -- U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka of (D-Hawaii) and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) sent letters to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their concern over forced evictions being carried in Rapa Nui, also known...

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