22 Facts About Survival International


Survival International calls these peoples "some of the most vulnerable on earth", and aims to eradicate what it calls "misconceptions" used to justify violations of human rights.

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Survival International is in association with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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Survival International has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris and San Francisco.

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Survival International was founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in The Sunday Times Magazine highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia.

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Survival International incorporated as an English company in 1972 and registered as a charity in 1974.

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Survival International was the first organisation to draw attention to the destructive effects of World Bank projects – now recognised as a major cause of suffering in many poor countries.

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Survival International seeks to promote respect for their cultures and explain their relevance today in preserving their way of life.

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Survival International refuses government funding, depending exclusively on public support, in order to ensure freedom of action.

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Survival International believes that in the long-term, public opinion is the most effective force for change.

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In Brazil – where Survival International believes most of the world's uncontacted tribes, probably more than 50, live – there are about 400 speakers for 110 languages.

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Survival International argued that those territories have very tiny isolated populations and proposed to integrate them into the larger Brazilian society.

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Common threat to the tribes for which Survival International campaigns is the invasion of their lands for exploration of resources.

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Besides suffering the genocide brought about through disease and hunger, Survival International says some tribes have suffered campaigns of direct assassination.

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Survival International has pointed to the tribe Akuntsu, of which only five members still remain, as an example of what this threat represents: the eventual genocide of a whole people.

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Survival International has called attention to the rise in suicide in tribal peoples such as the Innu, Australian Aborigines and the Guarani, as a consequence of outside interference with the tribes' cultures and direct persecution.

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Sometimes governments offer compensations that are believed by Survival International to be unwanted alternatives for the tribes, portrayed as "development".

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In late 2015, Survival International started the Stop the Con campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about negative impacts of traditional conservation policies on tribal peoples.

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Survival International has received attention in the media over the years with the campaigns and work of volunteer supporters.

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In 1995, the Independent Television Commission banned one of Survival International's advertisements, citing the Broadcasting Act 1990, which states that organisations cannot advertise their work if it is wholly or mainly of a political nature.

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Government of Botswana, with whom Survival International has had a long-standing disagreement over the government's treatment of the San people in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, has complained about uneven coverage in the mainstream media.

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Ian Khama, President of Botswana, stated that Survival International is "denying them and especially their children opportunities to grow with the mainstream", forcing indigenous peoples into maintaining "a very backward form of life".

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Survival International encourages supporters to use multiple media to spread awareness on indigenous rights issues.

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