Inter-American Commission calls on the Brazilian government to take measures to protect Indigenous communities from COVID-19

Contributed by Maria Antonia Tigre Introduction The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR or Commission) recently published Resolution No. 35/2020 (in Spanish and Portuguese), in which it pointed out severe flaws in the Brazilian government’s actions against COVID-19 in the Yanomami Indigenous Land (TIY), and demanded that an effective strategy be presented. The Commission saw […]

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (eds. R. S. Abate and E. A. Kronk)

Editors Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk Keywords environment, climate change, environmental law, law – academic, environmental law, human rights, law and development, politics and public policy, human rights, Asia, Kenya, Arctic, South America, Pacific Island Nations, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, indigenous rights, sovereignty, climate justice, adaptation, equality, water rights, Aboriginal communities Abstract Indigenous […]

Indigenous Rights and the Environment: Evolving International Law (C. Metcalf)

Author Cherie Metcalf Keywords indigenous rights, international law, international environmental law, environmental rights, cultural integrity model, self-determination, recognition, autonomy, state sovereignty, participation, sustainability, sustainable environmental management Abstract This paper explores the relationship between indigenous peoples’ rights in international law and international environmental law. Two models underlie the protection of indigenous environmental rights. A “cultural integrity” […]

Indigenous Peoples and the Environment: Convergence from a Nordic Perspective (L. Watters)

Author Lawrence Watters Keywords indigenous rights, environment, legal systems, globalisation, internationalization, Sami, sovereignty Abstract Part I of the article introduces the larger picture and the process of transition in which indigenous peoples like the Sami are found. The discussion focuses on both the convergence of legal systems generally which influence the protection of indigenous peoples […]

The Roots of Influence: Nongovernmental Organizations and the Relationship Between Human Rights and the Environment (C. Tracy)

Author Christopher Tracy Keywords NGOs, non-governmental organisations, human rights, environment, dignity, future generations, indigenous right, environmental protection, Rio, legitimacy, international relations Extract “Part I of this Article will address the history and development of NGOs. Particular attention will be given to the rationale espoused by various NGOs for their participation in certain global concerns or […]