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Russia: Planned oil terminal on Taimy threatens pollution of Yenisey river

The oil company "Taimyrneftegazdobycha" is planning to build an oil terminal on the Yenisei with a throughput capacity of five million tons per year. Environmentalists and indigenous peoples say that the company is not prepared for working in Arctic conditions and the elimination of possible


Russia: Evenks prevent diamond mining on sacred river in Yakutia

An indigenous Evenk community in the republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia’s far east has stopped the mining company “Almazy Anbara” from starting a diamond mine on their sacred river. As reported by the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Yakutia, Yakutia’s Minister of nature protection of


Russia: Chukchi community defends territorial rights against coal mining company

An indigenous obshchina (kinship-based community and cooperative) of indigenous Chukchi on Chukotka peninsula in the Russian Far East has successfully appealed a 2013 administrative decision  depriving it of its territory and overturned a court ruling ordering the obshchina to


Russia: Khanty reindeer herders standing their ground: "We have nowhere left to go"

In West Siberia's Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, 17 reindeer herder families are holding out against the oil company Gazprom-NNG, a subsidiary of Russia's gas giant Gazprom. The authorities have issues a concession without informing the traditional land owners. On 3 June, they will be


Komi leader Nikolai Rochev: My dream of prosperity without oil

My name is Nikolay. I am of the Komi peoples and come from the region of the same name in the north of Russia. I will soon be visiting Canada and the city of Iqaluit in the lands of the Nunavummiut for the first time.

Nepal: help needed to reach remote indigenous communities affected by earthquake

The deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake of 25 April 2015, with its epicenter in Barpak in Gorkha district, resulted in massive loss of human life and property in various parts of Nepal.

As of now the death toll is more than 8,000 with many more injured. According to government data, 134,864


Russia: Khanty clans say "no" to oil companies

In West-Siberia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, a region of the size of France, where much of Russia’s crude oil is extracted, a new conflict between indigenous Khanty reindeer herders and the powerful oil producers is unfolding. The Khanty are an indigenous nation of 30,000. Their language


The Indigenous World 2015

Seven years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Indigenous World 2015 looks at the most significant developments and setbacks for indigenous peoples’ rights at the national and international level during the previous year and at indigenous peoples’


Briefing Note: Ethnic Violence in Morogoro Region in Tanzania

In early 2015, Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to reports from local media, the assaults were instigated by public figures interested in acquiring land, and state authorities have not intervened to protect


A study on the socio-economic status of indigenous peoples in Nepal

The present study aims to assess the poverty levels of the various indigenous groups in Nepal. It was developed to address the lack of existing disaggregated data and statistics on the socio-economic status of Nepal’s many indigenous groups. By presenting data on a broad set of socio-economic


Russia: "Blow us up together with our sacred mountain!"

The below article by Shor activist Vladislav Tannagashev was originally published in Russian in late October 2014. In the meantime, the situation he describes has further deteriorated. The Shor village of Kazas has been entirely demolished, which just one roof left standing. Villagers have


Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organisations around the world strongly encourage governments to keep the profile of land and


Russia: "The oil industry has brought us nothing but troubles"

 "The oil industry has brought us nothing but troubles" - This is the opinion of a majority of the indigenous inhabitants of Izhma and Usinsk districts in Komi Republic, one of Russia's foremost oil producing regions, participants of a press conference by the Committee to Save the


Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+

Indigenous peoples perspectives and recommendations to the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice (SBSTA). AIPP Submission on Methodological Issues Related to Non-Carbon Benefits Resulting from the Implementation of REDD+ Activities. March 26, 2014

World Heritage Sites and Indigenous Peoples' Rights

This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world and relevant background articles. The case studies explore and document, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage


New hydropower projects in Russia's Far East threaten indigenous peoples' livelihood

The Russian state-owned hydropower corporation RusHydro" and the Chinese "Three Gorges" corporation have signed a deal over the joint realisation of a large project in the Far East of the Russian Federation. The cost of the project may amount up to 230 billion rubles (4 billion EUR or 5


Indigenous Women in REDD+ - Making their Voice Heard

Women – both indigenous and non-indigenous – have actively engaged in international and national REDD+ processes to raise their concerns regarding the potential negative impact of REDD+ on women, and to assert their right to equally participate in negotiations, planning and implementation of


Russia: Indigenous Peoples in the Russian Federation. IWGIA report 18

This report examines the human rights situation of the 41 indigenous peoples living in the Northern and Asian territories of the Russian Federation. While their historical homelands account for two-thirds of the territory of contemporary Russia, these people number a little over 250,000


COP 20: National organisations question single indigenous participation

Peruvian government carries on with “greenwashing plan” leading towards the COP 20.

The Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru questioned the allocation of a single indigenous participation space in the National Climate Change Commission (NCCC).

Post 2015 Development Process: Water

Indigenous peoples constitute 5 % of the world’s population but 15 % of the world’s poor. They make up around 1/3 of the world’s extremely poor rural population. Many lack access to, control over and suffer pollution of their water resources, severely damaging their health, livelihood and


Post 2015 Development Process: Environmental Sustainability

Many of the areas of highest biological diversity on the planet are inhabited by indigenous peo¬ples. The current and accelerating climatic and environmental changes threaten indigenous peo¬ples’ basis for existence around the world. The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique opportunity


Peru: Indigenous women address critical role in combatting climate change

More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change.

At an international forum on community land and resource rights which took place 15 and 16 July, women from across the world called for


Peru: Indigenous organizations to present climate change agenda

The national organizations assembled in the Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru convened a meeting to present their vision, proposals and agenda on climate change, put together by the indigenous peoples, as well as their mobilization and

Peru: Women raise their voice against climate change

They call for all of those committed to a better future to participate in the upcoming Peoples Climate Summit to be held in Lima, parallel to the official COP20.

A National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth signed a statement to raise


UNFCCC: The road towards COP 20 in Lima

During the recent UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn (June 4-15), the Peruvian government delegation expressed a clear commitment to facilitate indigenous peoples’ participation in the upcoming COP 20.

UNFCCC: Update from Bonn Climate Change Conference

From 4-15 June, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened in Bonn, Germany. Indigenous representatives from around the world followed the negotiations and lobbied government delegations for greater inclusion, and respect for their rights and


Russia: Komi in Usinsk district declare "The end of our patience has come"

On 5 June, a demonstration was held in Ust-Usa village in Usinsk district, Komi Republic, Russia, protesting the environmental destruction caused by LUKoil Komi and other oil companies. The protests, which started two months ago in Izhma district have now spread to Usinsk


Russia: Sakhalin authorities and Exxon playing Divide and Conquer

The 4000 indigenous peoples living in the North of Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East are confronted with an attempt to roll back all progress achieved during their 2005 protests. Now, the regional government refuses to recognize their representatives and scraps the most important


Russia: Izvatas call for rally against LUKoil

Today indigenous activists have notified the administration of Izhma district, that they will be holding a protest rally in Shchelyayur on May 30 near the oil wells operated by "LUKOIL-Komi". the Izvatas are a group of the Komi people, living along the Izhma river in the North of Komi republic


The Indigenous World 2014

The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

The book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes, reflecting ongoing worldwide


Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa - Revised and updated 2014

Professor of Law, Gudmundur Alfredsson writes about the first edition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa: "It is not only a first-class academic presentation but also a practical one, including a series of conclusions and recommendations that are highly relevant to any


Russia: Oil companies inching closer to Khanty sacred sites

The regional parliamant of Yugra, the Khanty-Mansi autonmous area in Western Siberia, Russia’s main oil producing region, adopted during the first reading an amendment to the regional legislation on land use. Indigenous peoples fear the amendment may pave the way into


Russia: Legislative change to demolish indigenous land rights

On 28 December 2013, in a rushed proceeding, after only two parliamentary readings, the State Duma adopted a bill amending the Federal Act “On specially protected conservation areas”, which may strip indigenous peoples “Territories of Traditional Nature Use” of any effective protection.


Russia: "We Izhma Komi are indigenous people and this is our land"

On 13 April, a meeting took place in the village of Krasnobor between residents representing 15 settlements of Izhma district and representatives of"LUKOIL" and "LUKOIL-Komi". The attempts of LUKOil representativess to "agree" privately with the leaders of civic organisations of the


Russia: Izvatas declare oil company "Persona non grata"

In 1994, the world’s worst ever onshore oilspill hit the district of Usinsk, just north of Izhma district in Russia. Since then, the Komi speaking ethnic group Izvatas (Komi-Izhemtsy) have viewed the oil industry’s operations with great anxiety. Recently the Izvatas gathered and issued


Briefing Paper: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

This briefing paper draws on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and concerns relating to climate change adaptation. It analyses two cases: the adaptation practices among the Tangkhul Naga Community in the North Eastern Region of India and the traditional adaptation practices of Pidlisan-Kankanaeys of


REDD+ Implementation in Asia and the Concerns of Indigenous Peoples

This report provides an overview on indigenous peoples in five of REDD+ countries in Asia: Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, together with the status of the program’s implementation in each one. The report also elaborates on the concerns of indigenous peoples in the current ‘readiness...

What is REDD+? A guide for Indigenous Communities - 3rd Edition

This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples. As...

The Forest is Life: Knowledge for Communities

Climate change is a commonly discussed issue nowadays and has become an environmental problem-affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is resulting in shifting weather patterns and other global effects such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, increased...

Debate about uranium mining in Greenland

Next week, Greenlandic and Danish environmental organizations will host a conference on uranium mining in Greenland. The half-day conference will take place in Copenhagen and aims at having a critical debate on the impacts of uranium mining in both Greenland and in the rest of the world. In


Philippines: Cordillera Peoples Alliance denounces massacre of anti mining activists

In a statement from IWGIA's partner The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) the organisation strongly denounces the massacre of the Ligiw family in Abra province, in Baay Licuan municipality alledgedly by the 41st Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Kin and tribesmen


Report on the State of Pastoralists´Human Rights in Tanzania

Pastoralists in Tanzania are suffering from many human rights violations, including forced evictions from their lands. This report gives a comprehensive analysis of the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania, and documents cases of human rights violations against Maasai...

Philippines: Update on indignous peoples' situation after thypoon Yolanda

Almost a month after the typhoon hit the central Philippines, here are some updates about the situation for indigenous peoples in the country:

Palawan island There have been two waves of relief operation and distribution in the barangays of Dillan, Lajala, Banuang Daan,


James Anaya’s preliminary observations upon conclusion of visit to Peru

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, acknowledged the cooperation of the Peruvian Government and the information provided with respect to laws, policies and programs on indigenous issues. He also highlighted the collaboration of the United Nations


Cambodia: Video about climate change and the indigenous Kouy’s forest conservation

In this video, we meet the women and men of the Kouy indigenous peoples of Cambodia to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest. In Cambodia, the indigenous Kouy women unite to protect their trees from illegal


The Indigenous World 2013 presented at the UN Permanent Forum

Focus on Africa This year, the regional theme on the UNPFII was Africa. The book launch therefore focused on the situation of indigenous peoples in Africa, taking advantage of the presence of many of our indigenous partners to make presentations. Our speakers included Mr.


Danish news site focuses on indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia

The Danish news site on development, u-landsnyt.dk, brings an article about the ruling by Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, which recognises indigenous peoples’ customary forests. The article analyses the ruling and the potential it has to curb the country’s massive deforestation as well as the


Philippines: Oil Palm Expansion Threatening Indigenous Communities

In the Philippines, massive oil palm monocultures are tearing apart indigenous peoples’ livelihood while plundering ecological valuable areas and precious biodiversity. As of June 2009, the total area devoted to oil palm in the country had already reached 46,608 hectares, covering the islands


Big victory for indigenous peoples in Indonesia

Yesterday (May 16), at 14-16pm, The Constitutional Court of Indonesia came out with a Decision on the Judicial Review on Forestry Law No.41/1999, filed by AMAN last year. The Constitutional Court has decided that "Customary Forest is forest in the ancestral domain/indigenous peoples territory".


The Indigenous World 2013

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

In 67 articles, indigenous and non-indigenous scholars


Voices of Water - Indigenous peoples on the International Water Day

Today we celebrate the annual International Water Day. Worldwide happenings, events and meetings are taking place; from small indigenous communities to international policymakers within the United Nations. The focus is mutual for everyone; to bring attention to the importance of fresh clean


India: Declaration on Dams and Natural Resource Protection

During the two-day consultation programme “Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Dams and Natural Resources Protection in India’s North East” in Argalta, environmentalists, social organizations and pressure groups have asserted that the land, forests, rivers and all natural resources in India’s


Philippines: Victory for indigenous peoples in Mankayan

After yearlong protests, indigenous peoples in Tabio, Mankayan of Benguet could celebrate the announcement that Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. is pulling out its drill rigs, machinery, equipment and all ancillary materials of Tabio. The criminal and civil charges filed against indigenous


Pitfalls and Pipelines. Indigenous peoples and extractive industries

The surviving lands of indigenous peoples include many of the most vulnerable and threatened ecosystems on our planet. Indigenous peoples have always made clear that they are culturally, spiritually, and economically interlinked with those lands. They, however, continue to suffer abuse of their...

Coal Mining in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia

In Kemerovo Oblast, West Siberia, the coal-mining industry is extracting “black gold” while destroying the environment and the rich traditional culture and natural resource management of the Shorts and the Teleut– two of Russia’s small numbered indigenous peoples. The development of...

Mineral extraction in the Taimyr Peninsula

Briefing note about the environmental consequences of mineral mining on the indigenous Evenkis, Nenets, Dolgans, Nganasans and Ents of the Russian Taimyr Peninsula. In the Taimyr Peninsula, the Norisk Nikel Company is extracting and processing precious minerals. It produces 35% of the world’s...

Indonesian government accepts Ancestral Domain maps

Wednesday 14, the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) announced, that it, together with the Network for Participatory Mapping (JKPP), have officially handed over 265 ancestral domain maps of ancestral domains, covering 2,402,222 hectares, registered in the


Inuit and Saami agree on joint Arctic Declaration for UN World Conference

Yesterday, October 24, on United Nations Day, the representatives of Saami and Inuit have agreed on an Arctic Declaration regarding the UN Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2014, during their preparatory meeting in Nuuk, organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council. "I am pleased


UN: Mining must respect indigenous rights

James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, says it is important to stop multinational companies from working under varying levels of human rights standards. "One of the things I'm exploring is to what extent they hold themselves to the same standards, or are held


Ecuador:Legislative reforms favor mining companies

The Ecuadoran government is committed to promoting large-scale mining, and to do so it must implement national legislation that, although contrary to constitutional principles, satisfies the economic interests of multinational mining companies that have been reluctant to invest in the country


Paraguay: FAPI Statement on the current political and social situation

Following the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo through an abrupt and traumatic process for all of us, and given the present political situation in Paraguay, FAPI, a body that unites several indigenous peoples’ organisations of the western and eastern regions of the country, wishes to inform


Sápmi: Conference on mining and other natural resource extraction

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights og indigenous peoples, James Anaya, was in Jokkmokk, Sweden, on 18 and 19 June 2012, where he participated in conference on mining and other natural resource extraction in the Sápmi, the Sami territory that traverses the northern parts of Finland, Norway,




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