• Republic of Congo

    Republic of Congo

    Located at the heart of the second-largest mass of forest cover in the world, the Republic of Congo covers 342,000 km2 of Central Africa.
  • Peoples

    2,000,000, or 3 per cent of the population, are indigenous, according to civil society organisations’ estimates
  • Rights

    It is noteworthy, that The Democratic Republic of Congo’s climate change-related programmes refer to indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • Challenges

    Land rights and poverty are among the main challenges

Congolese Law on indigenous peoples' rights translated into English

On the 30th December 2010 the Parliament adopted a law for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Republic of Congo. This law is the first of its kind in Africa, and its adoption is a historic development for indigenous peoples on the continent. It is hoped that this law will be a source of inspiration for other countries in Africa to take similar initiatives, IWGIA therefore welcomes the translation of the law into English.



IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

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