Indigenous Movements In Latin America

In the final years of the 20th Century and the dawn of the 21st, indigenous movements have been changing the face of Latin America. Who are these peoples? What are these movements that refuse to be excluded from social discourse and political developments, and which are causing so much concern among Latin American governments?

In the final years of the 20th Century and the dawn of the 21st, indigenous movements have been changing the face of Latin America. Who are these peoples? What are these movements that refuse to be excluded from social discourse and political developments, and which are causing so much concern among Latin American governments? As discussed in this paper, the movements are expressions of the desire of 45 million people. They aim to force legal and constitutional recognition of their rights as peoples, as well as of their right to administer their own territories, governments, and justice systems autonomously and collectively. To achieve these ends, they must confront economic and political processes that frequently deny their diversity, their sovereignty, and their right to live on their own lands. Their challenges are now multiplied because of growing economic integration, with increased attempts by corporations to take over their land, water, biodiversity, agriculture, oil, gas, and other resources.

Read the full report, written by Beverly Bell and Juan Houghton here:

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