Colonial Injustices, From Belize to Burundi
In the summer issue of World Policy Journal, “Justice Denied,” we explore criminal injustices—and the grass-roots organizers, researchers, and politicians working to rectify them. Editor Christopher Shay introduces the issue on an episode of World Policy On Air.
We kicked off the summer issue by asking a panel of experts a “Big Question”: What legacies of colonialism prevent indigenous peoples from achieving justice? In the print feature, we hear from Leena Minifie on restorative justice models in Canada, Kanyinke Sena on criminalization of pastoralists in Kenya, Ann McGrath on Aboriginal demands for constitutional reform in Australia, and Juan Vargas Viancos on the equation of land reclamation efforts and terrorism in Chile. We then continued the conversation online, with contributors weighing in from three continents.
Samane Hemmat describes the Belize government’s repeated attempts to undermine the legitimacy of customary law and traditional leaders in Maya communities.
Patricia Miranda Wattimena explains how governments in Asia, and around the world, criminalize indigenous activists and evade U.N. human rights standards.
Ndubuisi Christian Ani contends that the continued interference of imperial states contributes to the degradation of indigenous systems and the exploitation of resources across Africa.
Janvier Bigirimana describes how European-style courts introduced by Belgian colonizers continue to clash with Burundi’s customary justice system.
In her article “Investing in Murder,” lawyer Lauren Carasik argues that the World Bank’s private-lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, has stoked a bloody land dispute in Honduras by funding the agribusiness behind the violence. With our partners at Coda Story, we highlight the key points in the conflict in illustrated videos, available in both English and Spanish.
Jonathan Cristol is quoted in Middle East Eye about how President Trump’s actions in Syria are tactical, not strategic. He has also spoken with i24 English about Hezbollah and the Kushner/Greenblatt peace process attempts, as well as the diplomatic standoff between Qatar and other Gulf countries.
Patricia DeGennaro writes in The Globe and Mail that Qatar’s extensive natural gas reserves are the main culprit behind the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.
Erica Dingman is quoted in Afar Magazine in a feature on destinations threatened by climate change.
Stephanie Elizondo Griest recently published her fifth book, All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (UNC Press, 2017). She examines the ramifications of having an international borderline slice an ancestral land in two, as experienced by Tejanos in southern Texas and Mohawks in upstate New York.
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