Human Rights

To the Indigenous Woman...

Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments. Stand and take action now to restore safety and justice for Native women. Do Something!

Support the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced May 27, 2016, that due to a financial crisis it would be severely limited in its ability to fulfill its mandate by the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote respect for human rights in the region. We ask you to join us in creating awareness about the value of the IACHR and call for steps necessary to fund the Commission. #savetheIACHR #SalvemosLaCIDH

Words Into Action

Four years ago, on December 16, 2010, when the United States issued its statement of support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it joined the world community in welcoming a new era of human rights. 

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

On September 22 and 23, 2014, the United Nations held the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference resulted in a concise, action-oriented outcome document with major commitments by the UN and member states to advance the rights of indigenous peoples.

Protecting Native Women Today and Tomorrow

The Indian Law Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center are partnering to raise awareness and help end violence against Native women.  The resources at www.indianlaw.org and www.niwrc.org -- including videos, posters, Facebook banners, FAQs, and a domestic violence toolkit -- were created to support and inform advocates, tribal leaders, lawmakers, and the public in dialogue on this critical issue. 

SURVIVOR STORIES

Commentary: Seeking A Peaceful Solution for the Rapa Nui Nation

December 15, 2010 -- Wiggings asks for help to put international pressure on the Government of Chile to resolve the conflict peacefully through the Inter-American system.  American Indian leaders, community leaders and individuals concerned about the violation of collective human rights should contact Chilean authorities, and also ask the White House and the State Department to take a stand against these violent evictions.

Environmental Protection

Our work with Indian peoples has for years drawn connections between indigenous land rights, environmental protection and human rights.  In most indigenous cultures, separating these issues makes no sense.  Our Mission Statement points out the intersection of these threats to indigenous peoples: "Indian nations and tribes and other indigenous communities throughout the world are afflicted by poverty, poor health and discrimination. When indigenous peoples are deprived of their ways of life and their ties to the earth, they suffer, and many have disappeared completely."

How Can International Advocacy Reduce Violence Against Native Women?

While advocacy on the domestic level is vital, it is important to recognize that violence against Native American women also has implications in the international arena.  The United States government's failure to respond to the epidemic of violence against Native American women is a human rights violation under international law.  Advocacy at the international level can complement and strengthen advocacy efforts on the domestic level. 

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