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Worldwide, indigenous peoples are facing serious violations of their human and environmental rights due to the imposition of extractive industry projects on their land. The Center is advising the Indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente Lote 9 community as it seeks protection of its communal...read more
Raising the profile of the leaders the Center works with at the international level is one of the most effective ways of protecting their human rights and ensuring their security. For this reason, the Center has taken many actions to bring international attention to the Agua Caliente Lote 9's...read more
Protecting the lives of the Maya Q’eqchi’ leaders and advocates is central to the work of the Indian Law Resource Center. Land-related conflicts have marked the relationship that the Q’eqchi’ communities have with governmental security forces and mining companies’ security personnel. These...read more
The creation of “protected areas” poses a second threat to the Maya Q’eqchi’s rights of self-determination and ownership of their lands and natural resources. These protected areas—some proposed and some already established—transfer the control and management of lands from the Q’eqchi’ to...read more
Agua Caliente Lote 9 is a small Q’eqchi’ Maya community located in the municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala. Set up in the Guatemalan highlands, Agua Caliente is an agricultural community, and most of its members are monolingual, only fluent in Q’eqchi Maya. Like many...read more
March 25, 2017 | Brittney Bennett, USA Today
March 17, 2017 | (New York, NY) — Indigenous women leaders from American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, and indigenous organizations converged on March 15, 2017 for a critical panel spotlighting indigenous women’s empowerment, their grassroots movement for safety for indigenous women...read more
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The UN Commission on the Status of Women designated the “Empowerment of Indigenous Women” as the Focus Area for its 61st Session in March, and this year’s meetings provided an important international forum to raise awareness about violence against indigenous women.