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UN Deplores Bolivian Anti-Indigenous Violence

James Anaya, the United Nations expert on the human rights of indigenous people, today condemned the recent wave of violence in Bolivia directed at indigenous communities, individuals and institutions that work in their defense. Anaya expressed deep concern that these attacks are occurring in the context of a systematic policy adopted by officials in four eastern regions to counter government initiatives aimed at guaranteeing the rights of indigenous people.

Source: United Nations, 18 September 2008

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Environmental Lawsuit: Texaco Vs. Ecuadorís Indigenous Peoples

Oil giant Texaco is involved in an epic environmental lawsuit brought on behalf of the indigenous people of Ecuador's rain forest. Accused of failing to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste produced by its oil production, Texaco ended its Ecuador operations in the early 1990s but new owner Chevron has inherited the lawsuit.

Source: National Public Radio, 18 September 2008

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Opposition Accepts Moralesís Call for Talks

Opposition governors in Bolivia have agreed to a framework for negotiations with President Evo Morales that is aimed at pulling the country out of the current crisis, in which at least 15 supporters of the leftwing government have been killed. As part of the agreement, the governors will order their supporters to pull out of government buildings and gas installations occupied and ransacked last week by groups of radical rightwing demonstrators in the eastern lowlands provinces.

Source: Insidecostarica.com, 18 September 2008

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