IWGIA is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Since 1968, IWGIA has cooperated with indigenous organisations and international institutions to promote recognition and implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. IWGIA works to empower Indigenous Peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on local, regional and international level.

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  • The Indigenous World 2021
  • Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19
  • Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders at risk
  • Support Indigenous Peoples' rights
  • Indigenous Peoples' rights to autonomy and self-government
  • The Indigenous World 2021

    The Indigenous World 2021 is now available

    The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience around the world.

    The Indigenous World 2021 includes 62 country reports and 20 reports on international processes and inititives. This year the book includes a special focus on climate change

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  • Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19

    Indigenous Peoples are being severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are more at risk of being targeted, as movement is restricted and governments broaden laws. Lack of access to health resources and information further exacerbates their risks in times of emergency.

    Indigenous Peoples are also responding to the pandemic using self-determined protection mechanisms.

    Find out more on IWGIA's dedicated COVID-19 page.

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  • Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders at risk

    Intensifying global competition over natural resources increasingly makes Indigenous communities, who act to protect their traditional lands and territories, targets of persecution by government bodies, corporations and other actors.

    Recent reports document an alarming increase in violent attacks against and the criminalisation of Indigenous Peoples defending their rights to their traditional lands and natural resources.

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  • Support Indigenous Peoples' rights

    Support our work to promote, protect and defend Indigenous Peoples' rights by becoming an IWGIA member or making a donation.

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  • Indigenous Peoples' rights to autonomy and self-government

    Watch interviews from Indigenous people and experts from the "Right to Autonomy and Indigenous Self-Government as a manifestation of the Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples" international seminar held in Mexico, March 2019. Find out more here through cases on Indigenous autonomy and the seminar's outcome document.

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IWGIA'S WORK

We focus on defending Indigenous Peoples’ land rights, promoting inclusion in climate action and participation in local and international decision-making processes.

Climate Change

Climate Change

IWGIA’s Climate Change programme strives to ensure that the impact of climate change and climate action on Indigenous Peoples’ rights is promptly addressed and remedied, while simultaneously guaranteeing that Indigenous Peoples themselves are acknowledged and consulted as key actors in realising their rights and contributors to climate change solutions through their knowledge.

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Land Defence and Defenders

Land Defence and Defenders

IWGIA’s Land Defence and Defenders programme leverages Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to safely and securely claim and exercise their rights to land, territories and natural resources at national, regional and international levels.

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Territorial Governance

Territorial Governance

IWGIA’s Territorial Governance programme reinforces the creation and consolidation of Indigenous self-governance and autonomy. It promotes dialogue with national authorities and international human rights mechanisms for the recognition of Indigenous governments and supports their articulation of diverse autonomous experiences.

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Global Governance

Global Governance

IWGIA’s Global Governance programme strengthens global-to-local linkages between national and international processes across all its thematic programmes.

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LATEST UPDATES

IWGIA shares news, alerts, briefing notes, studies, and reports made by our team of experts and partners. Once a year, IWGIA publishes a global report on indigenous peoples’ rights. Under the news section you will also find facts on indigenous peoples. Click here to view more.

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About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. Read The Indigenous World.

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