12b. Affirm the right of indigenous peoples to their spirituality, knowledge, lands and resources and to their related practice of sustainable livelihoods.

Photo: Lewis Davids/Survival International

Our ancestors have been living on this land for centuries. Because we were born holding the land, we cannot let go of it, and it cannot let go of us.

Lodu Sikaka, Dongria Kondh leader, India

Indigenous and tribal peoples are not backward, primitive or Stone Age. Their survival is in the interest of all humanity.

Their diversity shows us how alternative ways of living can be successful. They show us what is really shared by all human life, and what is just social conditioning. Their disappearance is not inevitable.

Stephen Corry, Director, Survival International

We were born holding the land, we cannot let go of it, and it cannot let go of us

Survival's vision is for a world where tribal peoples are recognised and respected; there is an end to the unjust treatment; and they are free to live on their own lands, safe from violence, oppression and exploitation.

This includes the belief that all companies and organisations operating in tribal areas must adopt, as a formal and binding policy, the commitment that they will take no action without the free, prior and informed consent of the tribal people.

Survival has supported the Dongria Kondh in defence of their home, in the Niyamgiri Hills in India, against plans for bauxite mining.

12. Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.