Urgent petition

Tell the UN to recognize that progress can kill

© Antonio Ribeiro/Survival

Forcing “development” or “progress” on tribal people does not make them happier or healthier. In fact, the effects are disastrous. The most important factor by far for tribal peoples’ well-being is whether their land rights are respected.

Join our call for the UN Secretary-General to recognize this and speak out against development projects that violate tribal peoples’ rights.

Signatures: Help us reach 10,000!

We call on the UN Secretary-General to note that “progress” can kill tribal people; to speak out against forced development projects on tribal lands; and to call on governments to ensure the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is applied for all projects involving tribal peoples and their lands. Real “progress” for tribal peoples starts with the recognition of their land rights and extends to their right to determine their own futures.


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