Since 9 August, members of Peru’s indigenous population had been occupying oil installations and blocking roads in protest at the decrees · Only Alan García’s governing party backed the new laws, which violate indigenous rights and international agreements signed by Peru.
Days before Fernando Lugo is sworn in as Paraguayan President, Guaraní-speakers call for an end to ‘linguistic discrimination’ · Although the language is spoken by more than 80% of the population and has official status, Spanish is the predominant language at every level.
Uyghur organizations abroad believe the Communist regime wants to use the attacks to step up its repression of the Uyghur people · Chinese police beat two Japanese journalists covering events · Authorities cut internet access in the city of Kashgar
Belgrade insists that Serbian cooperation with the International Criminal Court over the Former Yugoslavia is “more than satisfactory.” The body has processed more than 160 people in 14 years · There remain two fugitives: the former head of the Bosnian Serb army and a political leader of the Serbians in Krajina
Spanish will retain its status as the official language of the republic · The remaining native languages will have official use for the peoples who speak them · The magna carta establishes that Ecuador is a “plurinational state” and provides for the creation of autonomous governments with legislative and executive powers
International agencies call the collecting of fingerprints “discriminatory” · The Italian government wants to count all inhabitants of the camps this fall · UN experts say Berlusconi's policy generates “hostility” against the Gypsy community
According to Human Rights Watch, Russia’s counter-insurgency tactics include killings, torture and disappearances · Several sources suggest that a new war in the North Caucasus may be imminent.