Accountability is needed for violations against indigenous women defenders
Feminists support the Special Rapporteur's call for justice on the attacks on and criminalization of indigenous peoples defending their rights.
Joint statement by Action Canada for Population and Development, on behalf of AWID and the Sexual Rights Initiative, on 19 September 2018 at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council.
We commend the report of the Special Rapporteur on attacks on and criminalization of indigenous peoples defending their rights.
As Lolita Chavez, an indigenous WHRD from Guatemala, explains:
“Threats are very specific to indigenous women, [and] there is also a very strong racism against us. They refer to us as those rebel Indian women that have nothing to do, and they consider us less human.”