Amazonia for Sale. By ODECOFROC and IWGIA (35 min)

 

Amazonia for Sale tells the story of the Awajún People, who, like so many other indigenous people around the world, are struggling to preserve their land, protect their way of life, and defend their dignity and rights.

The Awajún people have inhabited the Amazon rainforest since time immemorial, living in harmony with - and respectful of - nature.

This ecological balance is now being threatened by a growing interest on the part of the Peruvian government and national and international companies in indiscriminately exploiting the area’s mineral, timber and oil resources. As a result of this plan, promoted by the state in the name of progress and economic development, the original inhabitants of these lands are now threatened by pollution, illness and desertification.

This documentary tells the story of the Awajún people’s resistance and struggle for their dignity and territory, both now and in the future, seeking to avoid the tragic experience to which many of Latin America’s native peoples have already succumbed. 

ODECOFROC: Organización de Desarrollo de las Comunidades Fronterizas del Cenepa; odecofroc.blogspot.se

IWGIA: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs; http://www.iwgia.org

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The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Geneva, Switzerland Second Session 2009. By IWGIA (30 min)

 

There are over 370 million indigenous people in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. They are among the most impoverished, marginalized and frequently victimized people in the world.

Since the 1980s, indigenous peoples have, through representatives from their various communal and political organizations, actively worked to make the United Nations recognize their right to control the future of their societies.

On 13 September 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On 14 December the same year, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations established the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (MRIP), as an advisory body for the advancement of indigenous rights.

This documentary on the Expert Mechanism aims to raise awareness among indigenous peoples, civil society, national human rights institutions, governmental institutions and the general public on the mandate of the Expert Mechanism and its contribution to advancing the rights of indigenous peoples.

 

De två filmerna visas med en kort introduktion av Heidi Moksnes, som själv har varit aktiv inom IWGIA och följt ursprungsfolks arbete i FN i Geneve.

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