Human Rights

Date: April 23, 2014
A high-end safari operator must turn over documents and testimony about alleged land-grabbing and violence to the leaders of three Maasai villages in Tanzania, according to an order issued Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Boston. The villagers, assisted by EarthRights International (ERI), petitioned to receive this evidence in order to support their fight in the Tanzanian courts to recover land that they lost to Thomson Safaris and damages for violent abuses and property destruction.
Date: April 17, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15, members of the Onondaga Nation, a treaty-­‐recognized sovereign nation with homelands in upstate New York, filed a petition against the United States with the Inter-­‐American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Date: April 10, 2014

On April 7, 2014, in a magistrate courtroom in Nanyuki, Kenya, Samburu community members and their supporters battling for their land rights in Laikipia went head to head with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Pr

Date: March 22, 2014

Katiba Institute, established to promote the understanding and implementation of Kenya’s new constitution, has reported that there has been an increase in human rights violations in the Samburu communities of Laikipia, Kenya.

Date: March 14, 2014
An opening song by Blackfeet Cherokee performing artist Maria Gladstone kicked off the The Indigenous New Media Symposium sponsored by the School of Media Studies hosted at the New School in New York City on February 21, 2014. The event brought together prominent Native American and First Nations media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media is being used in Indigenous communities to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate. The panel addressed topics such as confronting the ongoing Native stereotypes in mainstream media, the resurgence of Indigenous ways through new media, and discussed how this new outspoken generation is using their artistic endeavors for cultural, economical, and political change.
Date: March 14, 2014

After being in the cold for over five months courtesy of government-sponsored forced evictions and because of broken promises for compensation from the Kenyan President and his deputy, the Maasai community of Narasha is living with uncer

Date: March 13, 2014
The Ngöbe people have inhabited the banks of the Tabasara for— in their words—forever, and if the Barro Blanco hydro project goes through, 460 of them will lose their homes, their villages, their livelihoods, their entire way of life, and what they call their paradise.
Date: March 13, 2014

By Tai Pei

Date: March 12, 2014
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Date: March 10, 2014

The creation of the Universal Periodic Review by the new UN Human Rights Council was an innovative approach to assessing the human rights record of each member state.

Date: March 10, 2014

“Self-determination and sovereignty are the cornerstones on which companies should base their relations with Indigenous Peoples.”

Date: March 10, 2014
Date: March 10, 2014

In 1883, my grandfather, Saste, was a child of seven years. With his parents, he traveled in a group into the Black Hills in South Dakota for a sacred prayer journey to Washun Niye, a site from which Mother Earth breathes.

Date: March 10, 2014

The 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sets out a framework “to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and n

Date: March 10, 2014

The idea of language loss is so foreign to ethnocentric America that in order to help my students make sense of it, I often turn history on its head: Imagine a hypothetical age of World War Z.

Date: March 7, 2014

We traveled for five days by car, boat, and two airplanes to reach the remote community of Andoas in the Peruvian Amazon,” says Matilde Chocooj Coc, an Indigenous Q’eqchi Maya

Date: March 7, 2014

According to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous communities have the right to give their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to proposed projects that may affect their lands, resources, livelihoods, an

Date: March 5, 2014

The North American Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus (NAIPC) to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which convened in Kamloops (Secwepemc Territory), British Columbia, Canada on March 1-2, 2014, has called for the canc

Date: February 28, 2014
On February 26, 2014, with the assistance of EarthRights International (ERI), three Tanzanian Maasai communities turned to a United States federal court to support their ongoing legal battle over the land they lost to Thomson Safaris, a high-end safari outfitter based in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Date: February 25, 2014

Set amidst rolling prairies and the Badlands, Young Lakota shares with viewers the perspectives of three young Lakota as they find themselves in the middle of political controversy in the small town of Kyle on South Dakota’s Pin