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Panama's Natural Resources & Indigenous Communities Need Our Help

Panama's Natural Resources & Indigenous Communities Need Our Help
  
  

 

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The Panamanian government is siding with environmentally dangerous mining and hydroelectric companies over the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous peoples, breaking laws on land rights and violently repressing dissent. President Martinelli Berrocal ordered a violent crackdown on Ngäbe-Buglé protestors for their opposition to a bill that would eliminate their right to decide on the use of natural resources in their land, leaving at least 2 deaths and dozens severely injured and imprisoned. But public outrage has caught Martinelli Berrocal off guard, and he’s agreed to a truce with the Ngäbe-Buglé to halt the protests and repression, so Congress can debate the Bill once again which is why Panama’s environment and Ngäbe-Buglé community are still in imminent danger.

Panamanian carnivals begin on Feb 18th, the perfect moment for Martinelli Berrocal’s government to try and sneak the Bill through when they think no one is watching, leaving the Ngäbe-Buglé territories unprotected from mining and hydroelectric projects. Let's get 5k signatures from across Panama and the world and deliver the petition on Feb 18th to President Martinelli Berrocal! Sign the petition now and share with everyone you know who wants justice and sustainable development in Panama!

El gobierno panameño eligió apoyar compañías mineras e hidroeléctricas en lugar de apoyar a la población Ngäbe-Buglé. El presidente Martinelli Berrocal ordenó una ofensiva contra quienes se oponían a un anteproyecto de ley que eliminaba el derecho de la Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé de decidir sobre el uso de los recursos naturales en sus propias tierras. Pero el clamor público tomó a Martinelli Berrocal desprevenido y se acordó una tregua para detener las protestas y a la represión, y permitiera a la Asamblea Legislativa debatir nuevamente el punto que aún mantiene en peligro inminente los recursos naturales y la comunidad Ngäbe-Buglé.

El sábado 18 de febrero inician los carnavales en Panamá, el momento perfecto para que Martinelli Berrocal imponga el anteproyecto mientras el país estará inatento. Consigamos 5,000 firmas de Panamá y del resto del mundo para entregarle nuestra petición el 18.02.2012 al Presidente Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal. Firma la petición YA y compártela con todos los que quieren justicia y un desarrollo sostenible en Panamá!

Para la petición completa visita: http://panamasolidariosostenible.blogspot.com/
Posted February 10, 2012
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