The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted at the UN General Assembly ten years ago. Denmark was one of the catalysers of drafting the Declaration and bringing it to the General Assembly. Read our interview with the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs.
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.
The Colombian indigenous movement recommends voting yes to end 52 years of a civil war that has cost more than 250.000 lives and displaced around 6,5 million people out of a 49 million population.
IWGIA fully supports this demand and together with regional partners and local institutions strengthened the momentum through a two-day international seminar in October 2016. The seminar was held in the Bolivian Chaco and brought together indigenous representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.
The Batwa are the indigenous people of Burundi. A census conducted by UNIPROBA (Unissons-nous pour la Promotion des Batwa) in 2008 estimated the number of Batwa in Burundi to be 78,071 or approximately 1% of the population (Rapport sur la situation foncière des Batwa du Burundi, August 2006 - January 2008, Bujumbura, p16).