Yakye Axa Indigenous Community of the Enxet-Lengua People v. Paraguay

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Thu, 02/28/2002 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
Inter-American Court

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held that Paraguay violated Articles 4, 21, 8 and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights by failing to provide the Yakye Axa Community with assistance during the processing of its claim over traditional territories and failing to conclude administrative processing of the community's bid to recover land. Articles 4, 21, 8, and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights recognize the right to life, property, fair trial, and judicial protection, respectively. The Court ordered that the State promptly identify and convey the land belonging to the community, issue a public acknowledgement of responsibility, set up a community development fund for the benefit of community members, and compensate tribe members for their damages.