- In Ethiopia, the Gibe III Dam is a proposed, gigantic hydroelectric dam that will flood the Lower Omo Valley area and displace thousands of indigenous groups, while destroying several unique cultures. This dam is funded by European companies and the Ethiopian government as well. Read more about it here and write an upset letter to the Ethiopian PM here
- On the 5th of March, members of the Oglala formed a human road block and refused to let trucks with material for the Canadian tar sands pass through their lands on the Pine Ridge Reserve, asking for the companies to respect the treaties and stop contaminating the planet. The protest was led by two Lakota grandmothers called Renabelle Bad Cob Standing Bear and Marie Randal. Read more about it here.
- Ranchers in Rondônia and other parts of the Amazon have used gunmen and still continue to use gunmen to attack indigenous peoples in the areas where they have their farms. Today, Brazil is home to the largest numbers of uncontacted tribes, many descendants of indigenous people who were enslaved and later escaped during the Brazilian rubber boom. Today these people risk being wiped out entirely as farmers use pesticides to kill the trees in the area and don’t mind attacking indigenous peoples and killing them in order to set an example. You can read more about a number of uncontacted indigenous groups here.
- Although India’s Supreme Court in 2002 ordered that the highway through the Jarawa’s reserve on the Andaman Isles should be closed, it remains open – and tourists use it for ‘human safaris’ to the Jarawa. Recently it was revealed that the local police accepted bribes and forced Jarawa women to dance seductively in front of tourists who treated them as little more than exotic animals. Poachers also enter the reserve. In 1999 and 2006, the Jarawa suffered outbreaks of measles – a disease that has wiped out many tribes worldwide following contact with outsiders. Read more here.
Summary: 31-year-old Alexander Aan faces up to fives years in prison after he declared himself an atheist on Facebook. The Indonesian man is in protective police custody because he fears physical assault.
From the link:
31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday.
Atheism is illegal in Indonesia. THIS is what religious oppression looks like.
Judge Martin McKenna ruled that, as the closures would hurt disadvantaged groups such as the elderly and the disabled, which is contrary to the conditions laid down in equalities legislation, the councils would just have to scrap their plans and think again. And he also made it crystal clear – as he quashed the closure decisions and told the councils to pay campaigners’ legal costs – that he was sending a message to other local authorities intent on restructuring their library services.
The councils had claimed “hyperbole, exaggeration and hysteria” on the part of the campaigners. But Judge McKenna, reflecting on how the case had been conducted, described the campaigners’ approach as “perfectly reasonable” and “proportionate” even in the areas where their legal claim had not been successful.
They deserve to be on the front page more than anybody.
True. They’re risking their lives to save the lives the others. ;_;
My god. Please be okay.