Publications | ELLA
6
Mar
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Achievement Gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children in Peru: An Analysis of Young Lives Survey Data

In Peru, indigenous children obtain lower scores on academic tests, on average, than non-indigenous children. In this study, the authors investigate whether a test score achievement gap is found by the age of 5 and whether this gap increases by the age of 8.

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16
Feb
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Human Rights and Resource Conflicts in the Amazon

This report from Rainforest Foundation Norway investigates an alarming increase in human rights violations in the Amazon region. Human rights defenders, environmental activists and indigenous peoples are facing attacks and are being put under systematic pressure; and rights to land and to consultation are regularly encroached.

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6
Feb
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

A Land Title is not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia

This report from Amnesty International provides a summary of the national and international legal human rights framework that should be underpinning the efforts of the Colombian state to return illegally acquired land to its rightful occupants and examines in detail the many obstacles that land claimants are still facing in their struggle to return home in a sustainable manner.

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6
Jan
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Violations of Indigenous Peoples' Territorial Rights: The Example of Costa Rica

This study explores the issues of widespread illegal occupation of indigenous lands on a national scale. Approximately 6000 non-indigenous persons are occupying at least 43% of the areas belonging exclusively to indigenous peoples.

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15
Dec
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Land Governance in Brazil: A Geo-historical Review

This paper from the International Land Coalition examines the paradoxes of land governance in Brazil by putting them into their historical context, highlighting in particular the continuing subordination of peasant farmers’ interests to those of large landholders.

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20
Nov
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Peru’s Deadly Environment: The Rise in Killings of Environmental and Land Defenders

This report from Global Witness highlights the Ashéninka’s struggle to gain legal recognition of their rights to their ancestral land, and their failed attempts to solicit support and protection from Peru’s authorities.

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14
Nov
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Violating Rights and Threatening Lives: The Camisea Gas Project and Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation

This report highlights the existing impacts of the Camisea gas project in the south-east Peruvian Amazon on indigenous peoples living in ‘voluntary isolation’ (‘isolated peoples’) in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti and Others’ Reserve.

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13
Oct
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Contestations over Indigenous Participation in Bolivia’s Extractive Industry: Ideology, Practices, and Legal Norms

This Working Paper from the German Institute of Global and Area Studies looks at the Guaraníes' participation in Bolivia's gas sector and explains the reasons for the conflicts that have arisen.

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29
Jul
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Public Policy Reforms and Indigenous Forest Governance: The Case of the Yuracaré People in Bolivia

This case study, published in the journal Conservation and Society, examines the impact of forest reforms in Bolivia on the indigenous Yuracaré people.

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3
Jul
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Rethinking the Consultation-Conflict Link: Lessons from Bolivia’s Gas Sector

This Working Paper from the German Institute of Global and Area Studies sheds light on 26 consultations in Bolivia’s gas sector (2007–2012) and challenges simplified conceptions of prior consultation as a tool for conflict prevention and resolution.

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30
Jun
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Climate Policies in Guyana: A Special Report

More than four years after the signing of the Guyana-Norway MoU, this special report seeks to assess the quality of treatment of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana’s national policies on land, low carbon development and forests.

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20
Jun
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

ELLA Human Rights Study Tour to Mexico

In May and June of 2013, 11 human rights practitioners from Asia and Africa came on a Study Tour to Mexico to learn about different human rights experiences. This tour was organised by Fundar, a Mexican civil society organisation working on human rights and the advancement of substantive democracy.

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30
Apr
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Human Rights - Module 1: A Framework to Protect and Defend Human Rights

The advancement of human rights is a persistent challenge in the global South. Participants in an online learning programme from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflected on the usefulness of establishing and enforcing legal frameworks to protect and defend human rights.

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30
Apr
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Human Rights - Module 2: Promoting and Guaranteeing Human Rights

Participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflected on mechanisms for promoting and guaranteeing human rights, and how these could be adapted to their own contexts.

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30
Apr
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Human Rights - Module 3: Collective and Ethnic Minority Rights

Practitioners from Africa, Asia and Latin American reflected on ways to respect and protect collective and ethnic minority rights.

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17
Jan
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Ethnic Identity, Informal Institutions, and the Failure to Elect Women in Indigenous Southern Mexico

This article argues that the low levels of descriptive representation of women in local political office in Mexico and Latin America is much more than a problem of the purported patriarchal cultures of indigenous and rural communities.

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5
Dec
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Lands, Territories, and Resources

This new study from the International Land Coalition assesses the international instruments, mechanisms, UN bodies, and other regional and global initiatives that address concerns relating to indigenous lands, territories, and resources. In addition, it carries out an extensive regional review, showing how the situation of indigenous peoples varies across regions and countries.

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24
Jun
2013
SPOTLIGHT ON ORGANISATIONS

Spotlight on Organisations: Indigenous and Ethnic Minority Rights

This Spotlight presents an overview of some of the most important organisations supporting indigenous peoples’ access to justice in Latin America. These organisations contribute to enhancing indigenous rights through research, advocacy and capacity building activities.

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17
Jun
2013
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Right to Consultation in Latin America

Drawing on case study material from across Latin America, the following publications present and analyse progress made on the right to consultation at the regional and national levels, on-going challenges and key lessons learned.

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28
May
2013
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Indigenous and Ethnic Minority Rights

The publications presented in this Spotlight cover some of the key issues related to indigenous and ethnic minority rights in Latin America, with a particular focus on: the evolution and character of indigenous movements; ethnic minority rights; legal reforms for formally recognising collective rights; intercultural education policies; and access to justice.

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20
May
2013
GUIDE

Promoting Indigenous and Ethnic Minority Rights in Latin America

Many Latin American countries have begun recognising indigenous and ethnic minority rights as part of a new, broader definition of citizenship by adopting innovative and inclusive legal frameworks and public policies. What are the main features and successes of the Latin American experience?

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25
Apr
2013
BRIEFS

Intercultural Health Policies in Latin America

Intercultural health policies have been implemented at the regional and state level, making important initial advances in recognising a health model that is pertinent to indigenous peoples’ culture and customs.

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24
Apr
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Why is Prior Consultation Not Yet an Effective Tool for Conflict Resolution? The Case of Peru

This Working Paper from the German Institute of Global and Area Studies argues that new legislation in Peru will not help to turn prior consultations into a tool for conflict resolution as long as the normative framework itself is contested and the necessary basic conditions are not in place.

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22
Apr
2013
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Intercultural Health Policies in Latin America

This selection of publications that focus on intercultural health policies includes documents that explain how policies with an intercultural approach can be designed and implemented.

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16
Apr
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Building Resilience to Climate Change Through Indigenous Knowledge – The Case of Bolivia

Indigenous knowledge plays an important role in the way communities interact with their climate in many countries, particularly in Bolivia. It contributes to weather forecasting at the community level, and to the preservation of vital ecosystem functions that help to buffer communities against climate change impacts.

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22
Mar
2013
BRIEFS

Recognition of Indigenous Justice in Latin America

Thanks to progressive courts and the pressure of organised indigenous and social movements, Latin American countries are at the forefront of formally acknowledging indigenous justice systems.

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11
Mar
2013
BRIEFS

Defending Latin America’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Rights Through Laws and the Courts

In light of the boom in development projects in Latin America, indigenous and tribal peoples have been particularly successful in enforcing their consultation rights by bringing emblematic cases before their national and regional human rights courts.

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25
Jan
2013
BRIEFS

Victims' Rights in Multicultural Contexts: The Case of Inés Fernández at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Through this ground-breaking case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights set an important precedent: creating reparations for the entire indigenous community in the case of human rights violations against one member of that community.

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