Posted by: r.m. | June 9, 2009

Peru and Palestine: fighting for rights

Environmental Rights. Economic Rights. Civil Rights.

Once again, we see the confluence of these issues — issues that are presented all too often as separate, but that, in reality, are deeply intertwined.

We see it in Peru

From Democracy Now:

Dozens of people are estimated to have been killed in clashes between police and indigenous activists protesting oil and mining projects in the northern Peruvian Amazonian province of Bagua. Peruvian authorities have declared a military curfew, and troops are patrolling towns in the Amazon jungle.Authorities say up to twenty-two policemen have been killed, and two remain missing. The indigenous community says at least forty people, including three children, were killed by the police this weekend.

We see it in the land of Palestine

For more than six decades, the al-Buhairi has family lived on and farmed their land near the boundary with Israel, to the east of Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Last week Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets warning individuals not to set foot in a 300-meter-wide (1,000 foot) strip of land on the Gaza side of the border.

Al-Buhairi voiced his anger over the Israeli measure explaining that his entire family, including his six children and two brothers, have been badly affected because they are unable to safely work their land.

Despite the risk, al-Buhairi said the family has to continue trying to farm the land because their livelihood depends on it “Yet we are working under risk,” he said.

“Four days ago I was irrigating some olive trees which are located beyond the designated limit of 300 meters. Three bullets were shot from that military post on the hilltop,” al-Buhairi said, indicating the direction. “One went to the left of me, one to the right and the third over my head.”



  1. The economy and the environment are indeed very much dependent on one another. Tampering with one will lead to consequences in another. The economically related mining in the Amazonian territory will very much adversely affect the region’s environmental status and it is the right of the citizens of Peru to preserve and protect their Amazonian wealth.
    When it comes to Isreal, there really is no shocking news; whether al-Buhairi and his family could provide for themselves or not is definitely none of their concern. In its quests for “security” Israel has wiped out much bigger numbers considering them as collateral damage.
    Of course, dealing with such issues has to begin with the core of the economical world. The promotion of good morals would be a good (although hard) start.

  2. Everyone should stick to his land and protect because this land is what make all of us live on earth safely. talking about anywhere on earth we should resist anyone that trys to threaten our simple rights, that is to live. Economical and Political intersets of governments are leading us to a dead end whereby which no one will be safe in a world full of dust and chemicals. this land provide our essential oxygen to breath, much of our diet, and the most impotant, the equilibrium of the earth…

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