Wednesday 24th February 2016 marked yet another great leap backwards for environmentalists and the indigenous people of Venezuela. Accompanied by representatives of 150 mining companies from 35 different countries1, including China, Canada and the Republic of Congo, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro signed a series of agreements that aim to boost mineral extraction in …


Forums in Caracas and Mérida

[slideshow id=4] As part of its on-going support to organisations in Venezuela, LAMMP attended one of two forums arranged by the organisation Homo et Natura from Zulia state in western Venezuela. The two forums were titled “Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y la Lucha por sus Territorios” (Collective Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Struggle …


Zenaida’s story

Whilst some in Venezuela are mourning the death of Hugo Chávez, the indigenous Yukpa people are mourning the death of their leader, Chief Sabino Romero, murdered on 3rd March. The story of his daughter Zenaida is told here.  

Last Stand of the Yukpa

To mark the 12th of October, the day on which the arrival of Christopher Colombus in America in 1492 is commemorated, LAMMP denounces the silent ethnocide of the Yukpa indigenous people in the state of Zulia, Venezuela.

The Ministry doesn’t know what is going on

Zenaida Romero, daughter of Yukpa cacique Sabino Romero (whose situation we have reported extensively before), declared in a radio interview that the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs “doesn’t know what is going on” in the indigenous communities of Sierra de Perijá (in western Venezuela), and that their representative “is lying”. The interview can be heard here …


Meeting with vice-minister in Kanavayen

To celebrate International Women’s Day, members of the Fundación del Agua attended a meeting for women leaders from the Gran Sabana region in south-eastern Venezuela, with vice-minister Choli Lott from the Ministry for Popular Power.

Mujeres del Agua national press coverage

The work of one of our groups in Venezuela, Mujeres del Agua, has been described in an article in Últimas Noticias, a national newspaper with a wide circulation. The article was written by Yolanda Jaimes, professor in law at the Central University in Caracas.