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An historic debt settled: recognition of indigenous rights in El Salvador

An historic debt settled: recognition of indigenous rights in El Salvador

An historic debt has been settled in favour of the indigenous peoples of El Salvador, says UN Human Rights representative, Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana welcoming to an historic parliamentary vote, which recognises the country’s indigenous peoples and commits to policies safeguarding their ethnic and cultural identities.
Alma Grace Barla: defending the rights of tribal women in India

Alma Grace Barla: defending the rights of tribal women in India

Indigenous Fellow Alma Grace Barla promotes the empowerment and socio-economic development of tribal women in India.
Indigenous communities in Cambodia claim land rights

Indigenous communities in Cambodia claim land rights

Indigenous communities in Cambodia are claiming their land rights through a communal land registration programme that has seen more than 4,000 people benefit from land titles.
Fighting for the right to protect Māori culture

Fighting for the right to protect Māori culture

Right to land and protection of culture are key issues for Carwyn Jones, member of a Māori nation in New Zealand and a UN Human Rights Indigenous Fellow.
A call to protect indigenous communities from waste producing industries

A call to protect indigenous communities from waste producing industries

Toxic waste from mining activities and nuclear testing can contaminate the land and water of communities for decades. Serious health effects and pollution interrupt traditional ways of life, according to reports from two UN experts.
Realizing indigenous peoples’ rights in Paraguay

Realizing indigenous peoples’ rights in Paraguay

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang encourages the Government of Paraguay to increase efforts to ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights are respected.
Solidarity for a globally sustainable future

Solidarity for a globally sustainable future

The multiple crises currently facing the world could best be addressed by fostering international solidarity, says UN independent expert.
Promoting the language rights of indigenous peoples

Promoting the language rights of indigenous peoples

Experts discuss the importance of linguistic diversity for the protection rights and the survival of the cultures of 370 million indigenous peoples around the world.
Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Mexico

Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Mexico

"Indigenous women suffer two types of discrimination, as indigenous people and as women," says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.
Global efforts to advance indigenous rights

Global efforts to advance indigenous rights

UN organizations join hands to support efforts of indigenous peoples to secure their human rights and improve their well-being.
European Union backs indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide

European Union backs indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide

European Union funds help promote the work of OHCHR and its partners for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide
Defending the defenders:  Human Rights Day 2010

Defending the defenders: Human Rights Day 2010

In a special message sent to the Geneva 2010 Human Rights Day event Myanmar’s recently released Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeals for solidarity in the struggle for human rights.