November 10, 2014

Paraguay: Protect the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous People (UA 284/14)


Land that the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous people claim as their traditional territory has been invaded again in the department of Alto Paraguay, northern Paraguay. This threatens the survival of the Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in this area.


1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
  • Protect the territories legally owned by the Ayoreo Totobiegosode and take the necessary steps to give legal recognition and protection to the rest of their ancestral lands, territories and natural resources;
  • Take immediate measures to prevent the entry of any person or group in the territory where Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation live, prevent any changes to their natural resources, and investigate and take legal action against any person or group that made such changes to their territory; 
  • Refrain from granting licenses for activities related to the extraction of natural resources, including deforestation, ranching, and agro-industrial undertakings, in areas with a presence of Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation;
  • In the event that there are current licenses or authorizations for engaging in such activities, suspend or cancel them, and review their terms to determine what modifications are needed to ensure full respect for the rights of Indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact affected, and implement those modifications promptly.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 284/14” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent, 
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.