Neoliberal state policies and the multinational corporations are affecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples in different countries. We are interested in documenting these processes, as well as the strategies that indigenous communities are using to defend their rights.
In this panel we are interested in examining the paradoxes of neoliberal policies that, on the one hand, have recognized the cultural diversity and indigenous rights in the constitutions of various countries, and on the other hand, have driven policies that go against collective territorial rights of the indigenous communities. This has been instigated by multinational corporations with the full support of the state. Activities like oil extraction, hydroelectric schemes, mining, infrastructure and touristic projects, etc. are taking place on indigenous territories without informing and consulting with the population and obtaining their consent. This has caused a loss of territorial control, attempting against the right to autonomy and land of Indigenous Peoples. Consequently, it has led to loss of their social, economic and cultural reproduction resulting in the violation of their individual, collective and gender rights. We are interested in documenting these processes as well as the strategies that indigenous communities are using to defend their rights with a comparative focus bringing in case studies. It is also important to focus on Indigenous People's struggle in relation to the loss of their sovereignty and the strategies for resistance and social mobilization that are being applied including the use of law to defend their demands. We invite contributions from scholars from different parts of the world. The papers would be collected together and published as a special issue in an international academic journal that we are preparing as a result of the IUAES inter congress in Croacia, May 2016.