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Forest rights in India under attack

According to reliable information received by IWGIA and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the forest rights of indigenous peoples’ and forest dwelling communities in India as secured in the Forest Rights Act (2006) are under attack from at least three angles simultaneously.

Tanzania: Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo

According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and illegal evictions of Maasai pastoralists and serious human rights violations are happening in Tanzania. These violations take place on registered village land in Loliondo Division of Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region.

Israel: Indigenous Arab Bedouins face imminent eviction

Last week, the Israel Land Authority (ILA) announced its plans of demolition of the Arab Bedouin village of Atir-Umm al-Hiran. ILA explained that the demolition will take place in order to build a Jewish town and at the same time expand the Yatir Forest. This

Russia: Administration orders mass reindeer killing and fast-tracks gas extraction

On Yamal Peninsula, the administration has announced that it wants to slaughter 250,000 of the currently 700,000 reindeer living on the peninsula. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is speeding up the development of new gas fields in the Arctic. Between June and


Tanzania: CSOs protest renewed harassment of pastoralists in Ngorongoro

On May 12, 20 civil society organizations issued a joint declaration requesting the government of Tanzania to take action and make sure that the rights of the pastoralists in Loliondo are respected.

The concern of Tanzanian civil society has been raised after the report of a range of


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


Colombia: Thousands of indigenous Wayúu children dead from malnutrition

The largest indigenous population in Colombia, the Wayúu, are starving and thirsty because the sole water source in the region, the Ranchería River, has been privatised and dammed. Instead of sustaining the Wayuú, it now serves the agricultural industry and one of the world’s largest


Protesters killed by security forces in Ukhrul Town, Manipur

The rally was part of a series of simultaneous mass rallies held on the same day at the headquarters of the four Naga dominated districts of Tamenglong, Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel. The demonstrations were organized to push the Government of India to finally come up with an acceptable


Russian delegates denied exit from country to participate in World Conference

Thursday 18 September, going through passport control in Moscow airport to board his plane to New York, the passport of Rodion Sulyandziga, indigenous Udege from Eastern Siberia, was confiscated for closer inspection. When he got his passport back, a page was missing and on this ground he was


Risk of serious setback for indigenous participation in the UN

During the last weeks, IWGIA has been receiving disturbing news from New York about the hesitancy of the current President of the General Assembly to reconfirm the appointment of an indigenous co-facilitator on an equal basis with a State representative to facilitate the debate and


Philippines: Indigenous communities hit by Typhoon Yolanda

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Central Philippines and caused a lot of damages to the lives, livelihood and properties of the Filipino people. Among the affected are the indigenous peoples in the Islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan. At least 50 indigenous communities of Tumandok, Ati,


Philippines: Call to stop human rights violations in the Cordillera

In the Philippines, the National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have conducted a number of aerial and ground military operations in the Cordillera region. The latest case is the operations in Mountain Province on 30 August. The operations are carried out under the pretext of


The failure of the State and ethnic conflict in Northeast India

The violent conflict between Muslim migrants and the indigenous Bodos in Northeast India in late July left over 70 people dead and 400,000 displaced. The killings were sparked by the murder of three Bodos, allegedly by Muslims, with Bodos attacking Muslim migrants and these retaliating in


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.

Argentina: URGENT ACTION - Violent eviction of Toba Qom people

On 23 November, police violently dispersed a roadblock by members of the Toba Qom indigenous community of La Primavera, in Northern-East Argentina, leaving two people dead and several injured. Police also burned temporary housing built by the community.

India: Demand for Judicial Probe into firing at Mao Gate, Manipur

At an emergency press meeting held today at Constitution Club, New Delhi by Indian civil society organisations, those present including Naga MLAs from Manipur urged for peace but agreed that the situation is getting increasingly volatile even as minority communities in Manipur feel presently


Tanzania: Harassment of civil society organizations in Loliondo

The situation of the Masai population in Loliondo in Northern Tanzania continues to be very serious. Recently a large number of Maasai women have been demonstrating to show that they are very unhappy with the ongoing serious situation and the fact that their concerns are not being



In India, there are 705 ethnic groups officially recognized as "Scheduled Tribes". In central India, the Scheduled Tribes are usually referred to as Adivasis, which literally means Indigenous Peoples.



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