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Our Brother Mr. RODION SULYANDZIGA, a well-known Indigenous Peoples Activist had been arrested in the early hours on Sunday December 11, 2016. Police conducted a search in the apartment and Sulyandziga was brought in for questioning at the Konkovo district police department.

Rodion Sulyandziga speaking at the UN conference on indigenous peoples in New York. Photo from the Facebook page of Indigenous Russia

He was released later on Sunday, but his computer has since been seized by the police.

Mr. Rodion runs the Moscow-based Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, an NGO known for providing training and development in capacity building and institution strengthening.

His work continues to benefit international movements for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, climate change, and environmental protection. IIPFCC believes that he must be allowed to continue this important work

More and more IIPFCC Members continue to co-sign the open letter.


Agreed Parties:

1. Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad

2. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

3. Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC)

4. Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO)

5. Te Kopu, Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction

6. POINT Myanmar

7. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

8. Center for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development (CIPRED)

9. Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

10. Asia Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN)

11. Chirapaq, Centre of Indigenous Cultures of Peru

12. National Congress of American Indians

13. Pratima Gurung

14. Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN)

15. Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA)

16. Porgera Alliance, Papua New Guinea

17. Congrès mondial Amazigh 18. Association de femmes de Kabylie

19. Independent Consultant & External Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria

20. SONIA for a Just and New World as cosignatory


22. International Indian Treaty Council

23. Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee IPACC

24. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa ( UNIPROBA)

25. Native American Rights Fund

26. Indigenous Environmental Network

27. Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

28. Le centre d'Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV/DR-Congo)

29. Saami Council 30. Sámi Parliament of Norway

31. Le mouvement culturel amazigh du Maroc

32. Union pour l'Emancipation de la Femme Autochtone (UEFA/RDC)

33. Unissons nous pour la Promotion des Batwa (UNIPROBA), Burindi

34. United Confederation of Taíno People

35. Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization, Barbados

36. Pastoralists Indigenous NGOs Forum (PINGO's Forum), TANZANIA

37. First Nations Summit (Canada)

38. Polina Shulbaeva, CBD Indigenous coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe

39. The Batwa Foundation

40. Asociación Savia Andina Pukara (ASAP)

41. Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas

42. Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS)

43. Network for Indigenous Peoples of the Solomons (NIPS)

44. Te Kopu Network

45. Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Indigenous Peoples (UCSCIP) 

46. Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA)

47. Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Indonesia

48. Lelewal, Cameroon

49. Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet), Bangladesh

50. Maleya Foundation, Bangladesh

51. Chief Gary Harrison, Artick Athabascan Council

52. Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (YFIN Nepal)