Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Posts

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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Burness Mourns Killing of Indigenous Activist Berta Cáceres

We are saddened and outraged by the assassination of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous and environmental rights activist from Honduras. She was and is an inspiration to all of us.

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Indigenous Communities Bring Mahogany Back

What happens when a government turns over forest conservation efforts to the people who live off the resources the forest provides?

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US Aid for Peace in Colombia Sounds Like a Good Idea, But Here’s What’s Missing

President Obama announced that he would ask for $450 million in aid to help Colombia end "half a century of wrenching conflict" and usher in a peaceful era. This sounds like good news, but notably absent from the commitment was any mention of those hardest hit by the country's 50-year war.

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