Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights On Trial (Pennsylvania Studies In Human Rights)
  • Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights On Trial (Pennsylvania Studies In Human Rights)
  • Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights On Trial (Pennsylvania Studies In Human Rights)
ISBN: 0812221370
EAN13: 9780812221374
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 4, 2012
Pages: 280
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Rainforest Warriors is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in their fight to protect their way of life--part of a larger story of tribal and indigenous peoples that is unfolding all over the globe.

The Republic of Suriname, in northeastern South America, contains the highest proportion of rainforest within its national territory, and the most forest per person, of any country in the world. During the 1990s, its government began awarding extensive logging and mining concessions to multinational companies from China, Indonesia, Canada, and elsewhere. Saramaka Maroons, the descendants of self-liberated African slaves who had lived in that rainforest for more than 300 years, resisted, bringing their complaints to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In 2008, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights delivered its landmark judgment in their favor, their efforts to protect their threatened rainforest were thrust into the international spotlight. Two leaders of the struggle to protect their way of life, Saramaka Headcaptain Wazen Eduards and Saramaka law student Hugo Jabini, were awarded the Goldman Prize for the Environment (often referred to as the environmental Nobel Prize), under the banner of A New Precedent for Read More chevron_right

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