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Land and water grabbing: Impact on indigenous peoples and their religious convictions

The entire paper is only available in Spanish. This is an unofficial translation of some parts of the paper.

[This study analyzes the religious convictions of indigenous peoples, protected by national and international law, pointing out the interrelationship between indigenous peoples and the protection of biodiversity and climate change.

This study analyzes cases such as Dakota Access, in the United States, Dongria Kondh-Vedanta, from India, the Kaliña and Lokono peoples, in Surinam, the Ogiek case, in Tanzania and the Rohingya case, in Burma-Myanmar.

The analysis of the..."indigenous peoples"...requires [also] a study of...the right to manifest, teach, practice and observe their own religious traditions and ceremonies, and to maintain, protect and have access to their sacred places in the territories they occupy.

The religious convictions of indigenous peoples help determine...and strengthen their fight against human rights violations...

On multiple occasions, indigenous peoples are the most affected by land grabbing. That this is so is not accidental, given the special fragility in which they are usually found, and the fact that the international community is progressively supporting them by creating a special protection framework...]