New IWGIA project supports Ogiek communities in Kenya to get access to their ancestral land in the Mau Forest. The project focuses on ensuring the Ogiek peoples’ participation and the implementation of the historic ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in favour of the Ogiek Peoples’ land claims, after nearly a decade of disputes and evictions of the Ogiek peoples from the Mau Forest.
In May 2002, United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held its first official meeting in New York. This was as a result of a groundbreaking process where indigenous peoples in nearly a decade pushed the boundaries for how United Nations functioned and overcame difficult obstacles for their full and equal participation on the way.
This year the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) celebrates 50 years of defending indigenous peoples' rights and we want to share with you some of the facts we are proud of and some of the issues that affect the world's 370 million indigenous peoples.
Conference programme for "Defending the Defenders" - Building New Alliances for Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Rights"
Read the programme for the International conference in Copenhagen themed "Defending the Defenders - New Alliances for protecting indigenous peoples' rights" hosted by IWGIA.
When you are labelled a terrorist because you defend your people’s rights – interview with Joan Carling
One day in March 2018, indigenous human rights activist and former member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Joan Carling, woke up to the news that she had been placed on a terrorist list by the Duterte administration in the Philippines, together with over 600 other people.