4 LAND DEFENDERS DIE MONTHLY IN LATIN AMERICA, UN AGENCY CLAIMS
Rising criminalization of Indigenous peoples’ territorial demands is a phenomenon that is dangerously affecting the whole region and it has led to an average of four land defenders dying every month, TeleSUR reported on June 15, 2020.
The disclosure was made by Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC.)
Barcena said territorial conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean led to the killing of 232 indigenous leaders, or four murders a month between 2015 and 2019.
The study, entitled “The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America – Abya Yala and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Tensions and Challenges from a Territorial Perspective,” presents an overview of Indigenous peoples’ lands rights and fights, demography, and the right to live in dignity. It aims to monitor the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and to urge actions needed to comply with the commitments taken by the continent’s nations. Barcena, warned during a virtual event for the launch of the report that rising processes for criminalizing Indigenous peoples’ territorial demands are a phenomenon that is dangerously affecting the whole region and noted that indigenous populations continue to experience a higher level of poverty than non-Indigenous people and that the wage inequalities between Indigenous workers and non-Indigenous ones intensify according to education level and gender.