RRI supported research by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, to examine the impact of criminalization on Indigenous Peoples. The report finds a pattern of abuse, with both physical and legal violence used to silence Indigenous Peoples voicing opposition to project that threaten their livelihoods and cultures. To view the report and for more information, please visit www.TheyShouldHaveKnownBetter.com.

RRI supports efforts by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to raise the alarm on this issue globally, including through Land Rights Now. It also directly supports efforts in key countries to address criminalization. These have included:

  • Co-founding a criminalization fund in Indonesia to provide emergency support to defenders who have been arrested. The fund is administered through a coalition of civil society organizations, showcasing how collective networked action can be leveraged to protect rights.
  • Supporting efforts to collect data on conflict including in India, where RRI supports Land Conflict Watch, a rapidly growing monitoring platform that has tracked over 600 land-related conflicts in under 2 years. The Coalition has also supported efforts to oppose a Supreme Court Decision in India that could result in the eviction of millions of people from their forests.
  • Amplifying campaigns in countries like Colombia, where indigenous, community, and Afro-descendant land rights defenders are calling for an end to criminalization and implementation of their rights under the Peace Accord.
  • Supporting efforts by indigenous and community advocates in Brazil to raise awareness of the impacts of criminalization.

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