And It’s Not Only About Health'
Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:15 am
Press Release: UN Special Procedures - Human Rights
The new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous
peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, today expressed serious
concerns over the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic
is having on indigenous peoples beyond the health
“I am receiving more reports every day from
all corners of the globe about how indigenous communities
are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it deeply worries
me to see it is not always about health issues.
of emergency are exacerbating the marginalisation of
indigenous communities, and in the most extreme situations,
militarisation of their territories is taking
Indigenous peoples are being denied their
freedom of expression and association, while business
interests are invading and destroying their lands,
territories and resources.