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South America: Yanomami forest-dwellers need help to resist dispossession

The Survival website says that the The Yanomami are the largest relatively isolated tribe in South America. They live in the rainforests and mountains of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela. The Brazilian congress is currently debating a bill which, if approved, will permit large-scale mining in indigenous territories. This will be extremely harmful to the Yanomami and other remote tribes in Brazil.

Torture in West Papua consequence of overpopulation and colonialism in Indonesia

Filmed torture incident Indonesian President Yudhoyono cancelled a visit to the Netherlands this October 2010 just before take-off because he had been warned that human rights groups had organised to have him arrested for alleged human rights abuses. New portable technology means that the violent oppression of West Papuan people whilst their land is stolen off them by new immigrants is no longer able to be concealed from the world. West Papuans are simply fighting against development - i.e. the insertion by town planners of new suburbs and populations into land inhabited for thousands of years by respectable swidden farmers.

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