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Hugo Blanco, Peru and indigenous rights

The indigenous peoples of Latin America continue fighting for their rights. With respect to this, the renowned activist will be at a conference on 26th February where he will discuss the current situation of South American indigenous communities, their rights and freedoms. And on February 27, it will take place the launching of a book  by Derek Wall. 

 

Hugo Blanco

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Despite the economic and social advances of the last century in Latin America, the indigenous population continues to experience a high level of socio-economic inequality compared to the rest of the citizens of Ibero-America.

In fact, according to a 2015 report by Banco Mundial, indigenous groups represent 7.8% of the region’s population and at the same time constitute 14% of the poor and 17% of the extremely poor in Latin America. On the other hand, the report indicates that education has greatly improved the situation for the indigenous people, but they must continue working to improve its quality.

The same report indicates that in 2010 there were approximately 42 million indigenous people in Latin America. 80% of this population was found in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia, with 34 million native Latin Americans living in the aforementioned countries.

However, a 2014 report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  (CEPAL) maintains that following the 2010 census there were around 45 million native people in Latin America.

One of the countries with the highest aboriginal population is Peru. This country has 85 indigenous groups, according to the CEPAL report. In this country, the same as in others, indigenous people are battling to protect the forests and rivers from infrastructure construction and the exploitation of natural resources.

For this reason, the politician, revolutionary and defender of indigenous peoples, Hugo Blanco, will explain at the event “Hugo Blanco talks on fighting for indigenous and land rights in Peru” the rights and freedoms that native citizens have in Peru.

The meeting, organized by Resistance Books, will also have Jeff Webber at its discussion table, the author of books about indigenous battles and the Latin American left, and Terry Conway, from Resistance Books.

The three will discuss contemporary revolutionary eco-socialism in solidarity movements with the oppressed population of Latin America, as well as discussing the lessons from global left-wing policies.

Indigenous people seek to defend their right to live however and wherever they want, and the link that exists between them and the land that they inhabit.

This goes against the criteria of some businesses and States that are pursuing natural resources.

The event will take place on 26th February, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm in Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB, London, United Kingdom. For more information, visit the website eventbrite.

Book launching event

On February 27, it will take place the launching of the book  “Hugo Blanco: A revolutionary for life” by Derek Wall. “This is a book that draws practical political lessons about how we change the world so that humanity and the rest of nature has a future.”

This is an opportunity to see Hugo Blanco and Derek Wall discussing the book, followed by an audience Q&A.

Date and Time:Wed, 27 February 2019, 17:00 – 19:00. Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, RHB 143,  Richard Hoggart Building, London, SE14 6NW,United Kingdom. Click here to reserve tickets.

(Translated by Donna Davison. Email: donna_davison@hotmail.com) – Photos: Pixabay

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