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United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The General Assembly, on 13 September 2007, adopted a landmark declaration outlining the rights of the world's estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlawing discrimination against them - a move that followed more than two decades of debate.

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  • Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas
  • Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones

Thousands protest, demanding halt to evictions and amendments to Forest Rights Act, Scheduling of Adivasi Areas - Press Release by Campaign for Survival and Dignity, India

Thousands of people have come on to the streets between May 7th and 11th in response to the call to action of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity, a federation of tribal and forest dwellers' organisations from across the country. The protesters demanded an immediate halt to the evictions taking place across India, where adivasis and forest dwellers are being targeted in a deliberate effort to prevent them claiming their rights under the historic Forest Rights Act passed in December last year.

Tiohtiá:ke * Declaration

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change Statement to the State Parties of the COP 11/MOP 1 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Press release: UN Racial Discrimination Committee recommends Suriname's urgent action to recognize and respect the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples and Maroons

The forested interior of Suriname is home to Amazonian Indians and so-called Maroons, descendants of escaped African slaves who recreated societies in Suriname’s hinterland in the 17th and 18th centuries. These peoples have long complained that they suffer persistent and pervasive racial discrimination that is particularly evident in the government’s failure to recognize their rights to their ancestral lands, which have instead been parcelled out to loggers, miners and as protected areas. Last week, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination agreed with them for a second time in a year.

World conservation accord is born

Durban document aims to save remaining bits of natural environment: report in The Mercury about the World Parks Congress

Press release: United Nations Finds Serious Human Rights Violations of Indigenous and Tribal Communities in Suriname

The forested interior of Suriname is home to Amazonian Indians and so-called Maroons, descendants of escaped slaves who recreated societies in Suriname’s hinterland in the 17th and 18th centuries. These peoples have long complained that they suffer persistent and pervasive racial discrimination and are provided with substandard health care and schools. Their main concern is that the government of Suriname has failed to recognize their rights to their ancestral lands, instead parcelling out their forests, to loggers, miners and as protected areas. On 21 March 2003, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination agreed with them.

Press release: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requests that Suriname suspend logging and mining concessions in Saramaka Maroon territory

On August 8, 2002, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a request to the Government of Suriname asking that it “take appropriate measures to suspend all concessions, including permits and licenses for logging and mine exploration and other natural resource development activity on lands used and occupied by the 12 Saramaka clans