COVID - 19

Statement on COVID 19 and Indigenous Peoples by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

As several friends, indigenous individuals and love ones get infected with COVID-19 and some have passed away I am terribly concerned. Concerned because some of these deaths could have been avoided if we have more humane and caring politicians, societies and governance systems. Concerned, because if we do not learn lessons from this tragedy, we will not see an end to this.

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Isolation in the face of epidemics: a survival strategy for Indigenous Peoples

By Beatriz Huertas and Neptalí Cueva

The compulsory isolation declared by several countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 calls for reflection on the isolation that several Indigenous Peoples have chosen in order to survive external intervention that, with different interests, triggers diseases and deaths, disrupts their daily lives and endangers their future.

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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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Indigenous Peoples at increased risk due to coronavirus

Indigenous Peoples at increased risk due to coronavirus 

  • Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders are more at risk of being targeted, as movement is restricted and governments broaden laws 
  • Already marginalised, Indigenous Peoples chronically lack proper access to health resources and information, further exacerbating the risk to their communities in times of emergency 
  • Indigenous Peoples’ are responding to the pandemic using self-determined protection mechanisms  

COPENHAGEN 30 MARCH 2020 | As the spread of COVID-19 continuesIndigenous Peoples worldwide are in increasing danger of losing their lives and having their rights stripped away. 

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