Gaps and discrimination, a serious burden for indigenous people in Mexico

In Mexico, the Day of the Indigenous Peoples often provides an opportunity to highlight the discrimination and social and economic disadvantages that the indigenous population suffers, or the racism or rejection that the mestizos recognize. This reality apparently affects 7,383,000 people (those who are officially considered indigenous, because they speak …

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The reality of urban indigenous people in Mexico

The precarious social and working conditions that the indigenous population has faced for decades have now been exacerbated by the economic problems of rural regions, resulting in increased rural-urban migration and the exposure of indigenous people to the exclusion, discrimination and poverty that they face in urban areas. In his …

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Mexico’s indigenous population most likely to fall into poverty

Until 2014, the percentage of indigenous people living in poverty in Mexico was 73.2 percent, a figure that has been increasing because the percentage represents 500,000 more people than in 2012, says the Senate’s Belisario Dominguez Institute (IBD). In the context of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, …

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Violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Peru

The Working Group on Indigenous Peoples of the National Human Rights Coordinator (GTPICNDDHH) publishes the report Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2017 entitled “Violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Peru”, presented to the United Nations. To prepare the report, the institutions that are part of the GTPICNDDHH, generated technical …

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Defending the Wampis and Awajún Indians

In the heart of the Peruvian jungle, in the Upper Marañon area, live the Amazonian peoples Wampis and Awajún, two peoples besieged by deforestation and whose life and culture are seriously threatened by the deployment of mining and oil activity. In addition to these two threats, the environmental risks arising …

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Peru eliminates the health entity for indigenous people

Although more than half of Peru’s indigenous communities lack health facilities and chronic malnutrition is on the rise among indigenous children, an executive decree eliminated the Ministry of Health’s Indigenous Peoples Directorate earlier this month. The Ombudsman’s Office has called for its reinstatement “to guarantee measures in favour” of this …

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Peru has its first three indigenous reserves

The Peruvian Government approved by supreme decree No. 007-2016-MC the creation of the first three indigenous reserves in Peru for Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (Piaci): Murunahua (470,305 hectares), Mascho Piro (816,057 hectares) and Isconahua (298,487 hectares). All three are located in Ucayali, an Amazon region in southeastern Peru. …

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The Indigenous Peoples of Peru

In Peru, apart from the more than six million Quechua and Aymara Indians of the Andean highlands, there are some fifty indigenous peoples living in the Peruvian Amazon, each with their own language. These languages are grouped into more than fifteen language families. In addition to language, each of these …

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