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International Day of the World’s

Indigenous Peoples

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Front Line Defenders honours the work of all HRDs who face immense risks advocating on behalf of their indigenous communities.

Since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples ten years ago, there has been some important progress.

However, indigenous HRDs face continuous threats and attacks from private companies and state authorities, difficulties in accessing public services, and impunity for the abuses and violence they suffer. 

Yet every day, with great courage, indigenous HRDs continue their peaceful struggle.

To mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Front Line Defenders and IM-Defensoras (Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras) have produced a video with the powerful testimonies of some indigenous WHRDs from Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Stories of resistance: the women leading the struggle for indigenous rights

Blog Post
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Blog Post
3 July 2017
By María San Martín

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31 March 2015

In April 2015 Front Line Defenders and Verso Books published La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico - the first book in a series of nonfiction graphic novels. La Lucha features the real life stories of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in northern Mexico who confront lethal challenges in order to promote human rights, justice and accountability.