Photo by Signe Leth // IWGIA
As large parts of the world’s population are sitting at home in self- and authority-imposed isolation watching the development of the major public health crisis, governments in some countries are taking advantage of the situation and moving on with their repressive agendas cracking down on opposition groups, silencing human rights defenders and independent media, and subjecting entire ethnic groups to brutal military campaigns.
IWGIA echoes the essential call for responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic to consider Indigenous Peoples and their human rights, as Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) resolution states:
The Americas experience the highest levels of inequality in the world, characterised by profound social divides where poverty and extreme poverty are problems that cut across all countries of the region. The COVID-19 pandemic is having different, intersectional impacts on the realisation of the economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of certain groups that are particularly vulnerable.