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Mission Statement

Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. We give them a platform to speak to the world. We investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. We support legal representation. We fund medical and self-help projects. We educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest. And we won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected and their human rights protected.


We create campaigns, often lasting for many years, to secure the lands of specific tribal peoples. We also educate and change public opinion to be more understanding and supportive of tribal diversity. We generally focus on the most vulnerable peoples - those who have the most to lose, and who are less able to articulate their own views to outsiders: they are often the least contacted by wider society and face destruction from disease and land theft.

We expose the situation by putting the issue in the media (newspapers/television/radio/web etc.); we also monitor the media to counter false stereotypes which portray tribal peoples as 'backward’ and 'primitive’.

We present cases to the UN and other international bodies.

We support legal work to ensure tribal peoples are expertly represented.

We produce educational materials for non-specialists that show who tribal peoples really are and how they live.

We fund medical and self-help projects directly with tribal people.


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