COVID - 19

Chin State, Myanmar

While the world focuses on COVID-19, Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar are being killed

Photo by Signe Leth // IWGIA

As large parts of the world’s population are sitting at home in self- and authority-imposed isolation watching the development of the major public health crisis, governments in some countries are taking advantage of the situation and moving on with their repressive agendas cracking down on opposition groups, silencing human rights defenders and independent media, and subjecting entire ethnic groups to brutal military campaigns.  

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Inter-American Court on Human Rights: Pandemic and Human Rights in the Americas

IWGIA echoes the essential call for responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic to consider Indigenous Peoples and their human rights, as Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) resolution states:  

The Americas experience the highest levels of inequality in the world, characterised by profound social divides where poverty and extreme poverty are problems that cut across all countries of the region. The COVID-19 pandemic is having different, intersectional impacts on the realisation of the economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of certain groups that are particularly vulnerable.

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Indigenous realities in a COVID-19 world: Asia - Lessons Learned

Cover from AIPP's report: COVID-19 and Humanity - Indigenous Peoples in Asia
The fast-spreading COVID-19 poses much higher health risks to Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disability, elders and women making them the most vulnerable groups. These groups not only face challenges in accessing information on time and in their own language; but also, of discrimination and deprivation of basic health services.
In this flash update from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, they share critical lessons learned from the response to COVID-19 so far.
Statement from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact



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