Awas Tingni


Awas Tingni is a small indigenous Mayagna (Sumu) community of some 1,100 members on the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua, in the municipality of Waspam in the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte.

In 2001 the Awas Tingni sued the Nicaraguan government and ultimately won a landmark human rights judgment, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) established the right of indigenous communities to their land as a basic human right.

The judgment of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua was made in 2001, but it was not until 2009 that Nicaragua surveyed and titled the land to the Mayagna.

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