Three Challenges for the Inter-American System and the Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consultation

Cristina Blanco* Article published in the 22nd edition of Aportes. Versión en español aquí. In Latin America, few indigenous peoples’ rights have received as much attention as the right to free, prior, and informed consultation and consent (FPIC). In a region with enormous cultural diversity and high levels of social conflict associated with extractive and investment projects, […]

The Mayan Train Raises a New Leviathan in Mexico: Civil Society Organizations

David Lovatón Palacios* Versión en español aquí. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently embraced an unfounded smear campaign against civil society organizations (CSOs) and international foundations that have supported initiatives and decisions that—on legal grounds—challenge or oppose the “Mayan Train” mega-project in the Yucatán Peninsula and other states in southeastern Mexico. It seems that […]

Indigenous self-determination and international law

Daniel Cerqueira* Versión en español aquí. Ver versões em português. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on indigenous peoples, along with the context of violence and territorial dispossession to their detriment, forces us to think of solutions from the most varied legal and political spheres. On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s […]

Celebrating indigenous peoples’ rights beyond prior consultation

Daniel Cerqueira* Versión en español aquí. In 1994, the UN General Assembly chose August 9th as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day serves a moment for civil society, states, and the international community to reflect on the challenges in ensuring respect for indigenous peoples’ rights. This essay will focus on the […]