Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples are those who come from a particular country or region. Often they are in a minority or in vulnerable positions because of lack of opportunities equal to those of other groups in the population. They are sometimes oppressed by governments that refuse to recognize their cultural, social, economic, political, or civil rights.

We work with or represent many indigenous people who are fighting for their rights in their own country. Among the indigenous peoples with whom we work are the al-Tuwaiya of Oman, the Ogoni of Nigeria, and the indigenous people of Hawaii. In each case the individuals belonging to these groups have been denied some basic human rights, sometimes even the right to recognition as a people recognition. Often these cases are resolved through negotiations with the governments concerned.

  • Self-Determination and Indigenous People, Friday, 4 May 2012.

Other areas of activity

THE RIGHT TO HEALTH
INTLawyers has been working with partners that include Nord-Sud XXI, the Peoples’ Health Movement and the NGO Forum for Health to encourage the World Health Organization’s main plenary body, the World Health Assembly, to adopt a resolution on the right to health for the first time in its 65 year history. Read more

HUMAN RIGHTS
INTLawyers strives to contribute to promoting, developing and ensuring human rights. It does so by participating in global human rights processes and voicing opinions that reflect fair-mindedness, equal treatment, and respect for all peoples. Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is one of the most important man-made occurrences confronting everyone in the world, especially people of the global South. Expert legal advice to governments, peoples, and non-governmental actors is crucial to being able to deal with this global problem. Read more

PRISONERS
Prisoners are among the most vulnerable people in society as they are under the almost complete control of the State authorities. We will take action on cases of arbitrary detention, unfair trial, inhumane or degrading treatment, torture, inadequate medical care, inadequate living conditions, or other types of abuses against prisoners. Read more

REFUGEES
We consider the situation of refugees and cooperate with other lawyers and refugee associations on the protection of refugees around the world. Refugees seekers are among the most vulnerable people in the world because they have fled their country because of a well-founded fear of persecution or other serious reasons. Read more

VICTIMS OF WAR
We have frequently intervened on behalf of victims of war in Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Panama, Afghanistan, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Libya, and elsewhere. We remain willing and ready to assist all victims of war. Read more

EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT
A conditio sine qua non for a world where people are treated with due respect and humanity starts with equitable development. This means that everyone, everywhere has a chance to live a life of human dignity without some few people disproportionately exploiting their environment and other people. Read more

We also welcome your suggestions and you can provide us information about situations – individual cases or groups – that involve human rights and/or development issues that you think we should be concerned with us via our Contact page.
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