Under traditional international human rights law doctrine, the state is obligated to protect human rights in its territory, and it is the state that bears responsibility for human rights violations committed by private actors.


COIAB and the Center's Joint Press Release on Brazil's Violation of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Recent Contact within the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic | Português (April 2020)

Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira (C.O.I.A.B.)

On September 27, 2019, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a public hearing on "Environmental Protection in the Amazon and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil."

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On August 9th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act -- a great victory for tribes and those who fought to protect ICWA

The Inter-American Investment Corporation was established in 1984 as the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. In 2017, it was rebranded as the "I.D.B. Invest." Governed by 45 member countries, including 26 countries from Latin American and the Caribbean, I.D.B. Invest...

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On June 27, 2019, the final day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly failed to issue a decision in Carpenter v. Murphy. Many consider Murphy one of the Court’s most consequential and closely-watched Indian law cases in recent history. It also stands as the oldest case on the Court’s...

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On June 28, 2019 the U.S. Department of Justice declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska and announced new funding for the law enforcement needs of Alaska Native villages. This funding includes $6 million dollars for the State of Alaska to hire law enforcement officers in rural...

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