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Brazil intercepts illegal flight over Indigenous land invaded by gold miners

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters The Brazilian Air Force said on Tuesday it fired warning shots at a plane and forced it to land for violating a no-fly ban over the Yanomami Indigenous reservation where illegal gold miners have been returning despite federal efforts to keep them away. Two bursts of machine gun fire were fired during […]

Brazil Indigenous group’s crisis persists after 308 deaths in 2023, report says

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters The Brazilian Government’s effort to evict illegal gold miners from the Yanomami Indigenous reservation in the northern Amazon has stalled with outsiders increasingly invading the vast territory, Yanomami leaders said on Friday. The Hutukara Yanomami Association released a report on the year since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared a humanitarian […]

Guatemala’s liberal new leader faces huge obstacles to anti-graft drive

Guatemala City, Guatemala Reuters Guatemala’s new leftist President, Bernardo Arevalo, took office on Monday after a tortuous delay that underlined the uphill struggle he faces to meet high expectations and enact a sweeping anti-graft agenda in opposition-controlled Congress. Arevalo, the Central American country’s most liberal leader in years, powered to victory in August, vowing to […]

Brazil’s Lula vetoes bill restricting Indigenous land claims

Minister of Indigenous Peoples Sonia Guajajara gestures in front of the National Congress Palace, during the third March of Indigenous Women, in defence of women's rights, local indigenous people and the environment in Brasilia, Brazil on 13th September, 2023.

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has vetoed the core parts of a bill backed by the country’s powerful farm lobby that would have limited claims to ancestral lands where Indigenous people have lived by 1988. “The president vetoed everything that was unconstitutional and not consistent with our Indigenous peoples policy,” his […]

Australian voters’ divisions, indifference doom Indigenous referendum

'Yes' campaigners drive past voters lining up at a polling booth during The Voice referendum in Queanbeyan, Australia, on 14th October, 2023

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Upbeat polls and big-name endorsements greeted Australia’s referendum campaign for Indigenous reconciliation when it kicked off in earnest just seven months ago, raising hopes for a historic change to the constitution. But by the time votes were counted this weekend in the country’s first referendum in nearly 25 years, the proposal for a […]