They should have known better.

Threats. Violence. Criminalization. Murder.
Governments and corporations around the world are making it increasingly difficult—and deadly—for Indigenous Peoples and local communities to protect lands and forests.

(FOOTAGE: If Not Us Then Who?)


Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the

Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Violations Across the World

This map contains only references to countries for which cases were received or featured in the Special Rapporteur’s UN report, or received by RRI during the compilation of this website, and in no way represents all the countries in the world where violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights are taking place. To contribute to this list, please contact

Hugo Metz

Filmmaker for If Not Us Then Who?


In March 2018, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz brought together indigenous representatives from around the world to hear testimony on the violence and legal prosecution they face for defending their lands.

Watch this 5-minute video to hear testimonies from Guatemala, Kenya, Malaysia, and many more communities.

PHOTO: The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)

Andrew Anderson

Executive Director, Front Line Defenders

We have documented 821 human rights defenders who have been killed in the last 4 years. Seventy-nine percent of this total came from six countries: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines. The vast majority of these cases have never been properly investigated, and few of the perpetrators of the killings, have been brought to justice.

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Guatemala faces a human rights crisis: Indigenous activists murdered and treated as criminals

Colombia must act to stop the killings of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and peasant community leaders

We need a new approach to conservation that respects indigenous livelihoods

(FOOTAGE: If Not Us Then Who?)

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© 2018 por la Iniciativa para los derechos y recursos (Rights and Resources Initiative, o RRI por sus siglas en inglés). RRI es una coalición mundial de 15 socios principales, 7 redes afiliadas, 14 miembros internacionales y más de 150 organizaciones colaboradoras a nivel internacional, regional y comunitario, que se dedica a
fomentar los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y las comunidades locales sobre la tierra y los recursos forestales. Los puntos de vista presentados aquí no necesariamente los comparten los organismos que generosamente patrocinaron el presente trabajo o todos los socios y redes afiliadas de la coalición RRI. Este trabajo es bajo Creative Commons License Atribución Creativa CC BY 4.0.