Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous Community v. Paraguay

This case concerns the State's failure to ensure the ancestral property right of the Sawhoyamaxa Community and its members. The indigenous community and its members were barred from title to and possession of their lands. Their claim for territorial rights had been pending since 1991 and had not been satisfactorily resolved by the date of this judgment. This kept the indigenous community in a constant state of nutritional, medical, and health vulnerability, which threatened their survival and integrity. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights to the detriment of the Sawhoyamaxa Community. 

Case Summary: Sawhoyamaxa Indigenous Community v. Paraguay, Case Summary

Update: Cases of the Indigenous Communities Yakye Axa, Sawhoyamxa, and Xákmok Kásek v. Paraguay, Compliance and Follow-Up

Year: 
2006
Country: 
Did the State Accept International Responsibility?: 
No
Did the State Raise Preliminary Objections?: 
No
Case Summary: 
Yes

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Los Angeles, CA 90015

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