Who owns the land? The extractive industries and indigenous rights in Latin America

Latin America’s human rights record has been challenged by the accelerated growth of the extractive industries in the region over the past few decades.

Anna Norman
20 December 2017

This video is part of Right to Protest, a partnership project with human rights organisations CELS and INCLO, with support from the ACLU, examining the power of protest and its fundamental role in democratic society

Latin America’s human rights record has been challenged by the accelerated growth of the extractive industries in the region over the past few decades – ‘traditional’ industries such as mining and agriculture, as well as new technologies for oil extraction. Throughout the continent, resistance movements that campaign for alternatives to this hegemonic model continuously suffer violent repression, through the use of force, intimidation and submission to judicial processes.

The interviews in this video – with Diego Montón from Movimiento Nacional Campesino Indígena (Argentina), Oscar Ayala Amarilla from CODEHUPY (Paraguay), and Sofía de Robina Castro from Centro Prodh (Mexico) took place at the Right to Protest conference organised by CELS in Buenos Aires in May 2017.

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