Indigenous Human Rights Defenders


27 June 2017


Indigenous solidarity has coalesced into a powerful movement thanks to the activism and perseverance of Indigenous leaders from communities around the world. Indigenous leaders that are defending land, language, culture, and the environment face acute persecution, both from governments directly and from extrajudicial actors. In this in-depth program, Indigenous Rights Radio producer Avexnim Cojti (Maya K'iche') highlights how communities are speaking out against the human rights violations committed against leaders that have dedicated their lives to the causes of their Indigenous communities.

1. Nancy Bordeaux, Lakota, United States
2. Antonio Gonzales, Com Caac Chicano, United States
3. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Igorot, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
4. John Anery, West Papuan, Indonesia
5. Sarah Dekdeken, Igorot, Phillippines
6. Juanita Cabrera, Maya Mam, United States
7. Perry Bellegarde, Cree, Canada
8. Dally Sambo Dorough, Inupiaq, Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

Intro: "Burn Your Village to the Ground" by A Tribe Called Red. Used with permission.

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