UN General Assembly


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]

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BELIZE – Home Mortgage Crisis Costing Billions

By: Richard Harrison On October 10, 2008, the leading newspaper in Belize, the Amandala, wrote “The Central Bank of Belize’s new Governor, Glen Ysaguirre, told Amandala this morning that “we are pretty much safe,” referring to Belize’s financial situation.” This was in response to a question regarding the effects the financial crisis in the USA could be expected to have on Belize…and in the wake of the US$700 billion bail-out package and the cutting of the Federal Reserve interest rate which took place that week. On June 24, 2009, our Prime Minister addressed the UN General Assembly representing Belize and […]