Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Posts

Faith Communities Take a Stand for Forests

There’s new hope for rainforests. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist and indigenous leaders from 21 countries joined forces this June to launch a massive global initiative to end deforestation.

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Firefighters of the Forest

At a time when the world is desperately looking for solutions to limit and control forest fires, Guatemala’s forest communities demonstrate that the solution is quite simple: hand over control of forests to the people who live in them.

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Earth’s Superheroes

Guardians of the Galaxy aren't the only super group around. Meet six real-life heroes who toil to save our planet from destruction.

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In Africa, Protecting Community Lands Is Good for People, Peace and Profit

Governments, companies and investors benefit when they recognize the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

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The Human Cost of Conservation: “Yellowstone Model” Wreaks Havoc Abroad

In the highlands of north-central Guatemala, old-school conservation methods are causing serious problems for indigenous communities who have sustainably harvested and cared for the area for hundreds of years.

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A Forest Hero is Fêted in a Concrete Jungle

Paul Pavol, from the forested island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, flew 9,000 miles to accept the fifth Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism.

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How Do You Conserve a Place That’s Inhabited?

When a government decides to conserve land by making it a national park, what happens to the Indigenous Peoples who have lived there for generations?

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What if Defending Your Home Got You Killed?

In 2015, a hidden war claimed the lives of more than three people each week, according to a new report by NGO Global Witness. The cause of this war: land.

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Home Is Where the Forest Is

After centuries of caring for their forest home, the last remaining forest dwellers of Kenya find themselves trespassers on their own land, which has been designated a national game reserve.

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Not For Sale: Indigenous Peoples Protect Their Lands—Sometimes with their Lives

There are few people who would refuse to sell their home—if the price were right. So investors might assume that money would mollify indigenous and other rural peoples whose land is wanted for gold mining, oil, timber or other extractive projects. But new findings released last month in London by the Rights and Resources Initiative and by TMP Systems revealed the opposite.

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