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Updated On: Monday, 22 July 2019

Joenia: Indigenous Rights Defender in Brazil

Joenia Wapichana, a member of the Wapichana tribe of northern Brazil, is the first woman indigenous lawyer in Brazil. After taking a land dispute to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Ms. Wapichana became the first indigenous lawyer to appear before the Supreme Court of Brazil. In 2018, she became the first indigenous congresswoman in the country and in the same year, she received United Nations Human Rights Prize for her outstanding achievement in promoting indigenous peoples’ rights. UN in Action No. 1597


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