'Shoot them dead': Duterte's orders alarm Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights Defenders

Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, IWGIA strongly condemns Duterte’s shoot-to-kill orders targeting individuals and organisations seen as troublemakers, a general term that includes ‘communists’, ‘leftists’ or anyone seen as opposing his rule, including Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights Defenders. Such an order turns these important defenders into open targets for Philippine police and armed forces.  

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COVID-19 in India: Reverse migration could destroy indigenous communities

Photo of a girl: India Arunachal Pradesh Mishmi by Chris Erni

Photo: Chris Erni // IWGIA

By – Dilip Chakma, Convenor, Indigenous Lawyers Association of India (ILAI) and Paritosh Chakma, Advisor, ILAI


Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared as a pandemic and its impact on the world is yet to be fully assessed. Indigenous peoples living on the margins of the society are unlikely to be considered in the scheme of responses and reactions by most of the States.

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