State of the world’s minorities and indigenous peoples 2012: focus on land rights and natural resources

Minorities and indigenous peoples are under increasing threat from governments and private companies wanting to benefit from the resources found on or under their lands. Despite the growing recognition of their rights in international law, once their land is targeted for development – for mining, oil and gas extraction, dams, agribusiness, tourism or conservation – they are often violently evicted with little or no compensation. This edition of State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples provides a comprehensive and much-needed overview of how marginalized groups are affected by natural resource exploitation and how they are campaigning for their rights.