Violence against Native women gaining global attention


Last updated 12/15/2012 at 2:03pm

Stop the violence against women. “One of the most basic human rights recognized under international law is the right to be free of violence. While many in the United States take this right for granted, Native women do not,”

HELENA, MT—According to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, the U.S. Congress should make legislation protecting Native women an “immediate priority.” Following a month long tour to hear from Indigenous peoples and tribal Nations within the United States, the Special Rapporteur presented his report in September on the situation of Indigenous peoples in the United States to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report recommended that the United States immediately address violence against women through legislation. The report...

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