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Violation of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in Chitwan National Park of Nepal

This fact-finding mission report looks into human rights violations as well as abuses in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal. following recent reports by BuzzFeed, The Kathmandu Post and other media, as well as other organisational reports, claiming the World Wide Fund for Nature


Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

This synthesis report of marginalized and vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand represents the cases of ten indigenous groups who are targets of the Community Knowledge-Based Database System (CKBDS) project for empowering the most marginalized and vulnerable indigenous groups in Thailand,


10 achievements worth celebrating in The Indigenous World

Some encouraging developments in The Indigenous World 2018 show that the indigenous movement has placed itself at the core of a paradigm shift, pushing for a more inclusive and sustainable development. Indigenous peoples, in partnership with civil society and other human rights defenders, have


Press release: The Indigenous World 2018

Indigenous peoples' rights to land at the core of a paradigm shift - This and many other trends can be understood by browsing through The Indigenous World 2018. The only book available that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience around the


“Maps are more than housing and cultivation areas”

RESEARCH: Four reports illustrate how the method “participatory action research” can benefit indigenous peoples by acknowledging traditional knowledge and documenting land use and ownership for future generations.

OAS: Regressive elements in the American Declaration

The American Declaration was unanimously approved by the participating States on 15 June 2016, albeit with scant indigenous participation. The regional organization issued a press release stating that the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples had


Analysis: OAS’s American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The following comments provide an analysis of document GT/DADIN/doc.334/08 rev. 12, which includes both the original English and Spanish versions of the text of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be submitted to the General Assembly of


Special Rapporteurs discuss impact of free trade agreements in Peru

Successive UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples have expressed serious concerns in relation to the growing negative impacts of foreign investment on rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

These investments often involve extraction of natural resources and large


Human Rights Council: Special Rapporteur presents Report 2015

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has submitted her report to the Human Rights Council, which provides a summary of her activities since her previous report to the Council (A/HRC/27/52) and

Documenting Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle

Transfering experiences to the next generation of indigenous leaders

The book ”Indigenous Peoples Rights in International Law” published by Galdu and IWGIA was presented by two of the co-editors, Petter Wille, Ambassador and Special Envoy of Human Rights of the


Paraguay: UN Special Rapporteur makes official country visit

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will carry out an official visit to Paraguay from 21 to 28 November 2014 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country .

"I will explore, among others, the issues of land


New report on indigenous peoples’ representation in aid agencies in Laos

In a recent research report launched on October 20 anthropologist Steeve Daviau examines how well the international aid community in Laos has done in ensuring that their workplaces are diverse and representative of the many ethnic groups in the country.

The overall goal of the research


Aché people of Paraguay: Madrid Conference on a forgotten genocide

On Friday 4 July, a conference will be held in Madrid on the crimes committed against the Aché people of Paraguay during the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in the late 60s. These human rights violations were brought to light by the anthropologist Mark Munzel, through IWGA’s


IWGIA: Launch of "The Indigenous World 2014"

There was a full house when the 2014 edition of "The Indigenous World" was launched in New York during the second week of the UN Permanent Forum. IWGIA's Director, Lola Garcia-Alíx had gathered an extensive group of panelists including the new Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous


UNPFII: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts continues with impunity

Kapaeeng Foundation, International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), and Shimin Gaikou Centre organized an event titled "Marginalization and Impunity: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh" during the 13th


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.


Cameroon’s human rights violations under the microscope in time for the UPR

IWGIA has supported its partners in Cameroon to produce a background information paper to be used in relation with the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Cameroon on May 1. The UPR reviews the human rights records of each UN member state, with each state being assessed once every


Special rapporteur will look into how Canada treats indigenous peoples

According to the National Post three United Nations special rapporteurs are on their way to take a thorough look at Canada’s record on human rights, treatment of aboriginals and discrimination against women. Canada has approved three visits, which are from the UN Special Rapporteur on the


New book on Indigenous Space and the UN processes

Based on the author’s profound knowledge about indigenous peoples long struggle for being recognized as subjects of international law and building on his more of 20 years of engagement and commitment to the promotion and recognition of indigenous peoples rights in the United Nations, this book


IWGIA: New report documents militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

We expect that the report will be a lobby instrument for IWGIA’s indigenous partners in their advocacy work for implementation of the Cittagong Hill Tracts Accord. Already the report has been presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and various UN agencies


World Bank: Poverty Rates Strikingly High Among Indigenous Populations

The highest percentages of indigenous people in proportion to the total national population are in China (36 percent), South Asia (32 percent) and Southeast Asia (10 percent), according to “Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development”, a treatise on indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin


Ethiopia: The government suspends land allocations

Reports have shown that investors have not been utilizing land allocated to them by the Ethiopian government appropriately. The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture will therefore need to re-evaluate the current status of land in the possession of investors before allocating further land for


Ethiopia: New report on forced villagization of indigenous peoples

The report "Waiting Here for Death” was released on January 16, 2012, according to Human Rights Watch press release. The report examines the first year of Gambella’s villagization program. It details the involuntary nature of the transfers, the loss of livelihoods, the deteriorating food


Alarming suicide rate among indigenous youth

A new study on suicide among indigenous youth with cases was presented last week in New York at UNICEF House during a side event to the 10th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

New IWGIA Report on isolated indigenous peoples in Brazil

Recently, IWGIA has released the report “Isolados no Brasil”. The publication presents the current knowledge about the indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon who live in isolation or have only sporadic contact with surrounding communities. Moreover, the report recommends a number of


Report released on natural resource extraction and the Marlin Mine in Guatemala

The Special Rapporteur issues his report on the Situation of indigenous peoples of Guatemala in relation to natural resource extraction projects, and other projects, in their traditional territories. As an appendix to the report, he analyzes the human rights situation of communities affected by


UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples reports to UN General Assembly

On 18 October 2010, Prof. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples, presented his second annual report to the United Nations General Assembly in New York during its 65th session. In his report, Prof. James Anaya notes that indigenous peoples are


Aboriginal Expert Mick Dodson Joins Harvard Faculty

Mick Dodson, a law professor, member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and director of the Australian National University’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies, has been appointed the next chair of Harvard’s Committee on Australian Studies.



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