Human Rights and Environmental Defenders

Survival Camp Kanada, Saskatchewan - First Nations gegen Atommüll-Endlager

Our work with Indigenous Peoples and UN human rights bodies

For many years we have accompanied the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples (Geneva), and supported indigenous delegates in their work for human rights. The UN Working Group ended with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007.
We continue to work with indigenous peoples to ensure that the Declaration of their Rights is implemented.

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigene Völker / Indigenous Peoples

Human Rights and Environment

Here we link to pages and articles on the environment and human rights that provide information on the work of environmental and human rights defenders worldwide.

The UN defines environmental human rights defenders as "individuals and groups working personally or professionally and in a peaceful manner to protect and promote human rights relating to the environment, including water, air, land, flora and fauna".


Brenda Norell, "Censored News": Institute of Indigenous Peoples, 22. Juni 2021


Violence against environmental defenders – New UN major report urges zero-tolerance , (Oktober 2016)

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Environmental Defenders UNEP - UN Environment Programme:

Who are environmental defenders?

Environmental rights and governance