This website documents historical and contemporary cases of human rights violations against indigenous peoples of Africa. Detailed case studies vary by country and type of violation. Subject to high levels of discrimination and persecution and low levels of political representation, pastoralists/herders, agro-pastoralists, and hunter-gatherers are losing their traditional territories and grazing lands to powerful interests.
- International conservation organizations
- Large-scale agribusiness
- Infrastructure projects
- Extractive industries
- Encroachment by farming communities (who as the majority population are favored by their governments)
- Refugee crises including indigenous peoples
- Urban expansion
- Language violation
These threats undermine and put at risk the ability of indigenous communities in Africa to maintain their land, livelihoods and cultures. Indigenous peoples across the continent of Africa are subject to lack of respect for their rights to land, territory, resources, self determination and basic human rights. This is due in part to collusion between state and corporate interests, as well as to the rhetorical position taken by all African states that there are no indigenous peoples on the continent. Yet, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) recognizes a number of peoples. In the year 2007, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was passed at the United Nations by a majority (144) of member states, including 35 African states.
This website currently includes 90+ cases and is continually expanding.
We will continue to add more cases as they arise and can be verified.