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Knowledge generation is an important foundation for increasing understanding and for pushing for change. In this database, you can find all of our resources, which include books, manuals, briefings, human rights reports and urgent alerts. 

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IWGIA Annual Report 2021

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 34
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
Indigenous Peoples continued to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. In many countries where IWGIA works, partners struggled with the health situation and government restrictions that impacted their freedom of movement and further exacerbated the encroachment on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and shrinking civic space (see also last year’s annual report). In 2021, we provided inf...
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A new paradigm of climate partnership with Indigenous Peoples: An analysis of the recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the IPCC report on mitigation

Publisher: IWGIA, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Pastoralists Indigenous NGO Forum (PINGO's Forum)
Number of pages: 10
Publication language: English
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
On 4 April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on Mitigation of Climate Change – the contribution of the Working Group III (WGIII) to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). In response to this, IWGIA, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Pastoralists Indigenous NGO Forum (PINGO's Forum) present a j...
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The Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa: Celebrating 20 years of Indigenous leadership, standard setting and sensitisation

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Valérie Couillard & Jérémie Gilbert
Number of pages: 46
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-55-5
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
Over the past 20 years, the WGIP has collaborated with a wide range of actors, first and foremost with representatives of Indigenous populations/communities. A strong collaboration and partnership with the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) was initiated in 2000 and developed over the years, with IWGIA providing essential financial and technical resources to support the work o...
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Implementing UN Recommendations on Indigenous Women: Understanding barriers and enablers

Implementing UN Recommendations on Indigenous Women: Understanding barriers and enablers
Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 12
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
In the past two decades, the United Nations has increasingly focused attention on the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. A growing set of UN treaty bodies (TB’s) and mechanisms continually recommend Member States to improve the rights of Indigenous Women.
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Urgent Alert: New serious threats towards the Maasai people of Loliondo in Tanzania

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
According to reliable information received by IWGIA, the Tanzanian state is currently moving ahead to grab 1,500 km2 of ancestral and legally registered village land belonging to the Maasai Indigenous people in the Loliondo division of Ngorongoro District in northern Tanzania. This land grab will forcefully evict the Maasai from their land. This is happening despite the fact that the East Afr...
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The Green Climate Fund in Peru: Indigenous organisation's recommendations for improving safeguards

Publisher: Cocama Association for the Development and Conservation of San Pablo de Tipishca (ACODECOSPAT), Federation of Native Communities of the Corrientes River Basin (FECONACOR), Quechua Indigenous Federation of Pastaza (FEDIQUEP), Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW), Organisation of the Indigenous Kichwa Amazonian Peoples of the Peru-Ecuador Border (OPIKAFPE), National Organisation of Indigenous Andean and Amazonian Women of Peru (ONAMIAP), Indigenous Peoples United in Defence of their Territory (PUINAMUDT), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), and Peru Equidad Centre for Public Policy and Human Rights
Author: Tami Okamoto and Mario Zúñiga
Number of pages: 90
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-51-7
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: April
This report provides an update on the Green Climate Fund’s investments in Peru and makes a series of recommendations aimed at overcoming its limitations about Indigenous Peoples safeguards. It highlights the need for structural change to ensure more effective and equitable participation of Indigenous Peoples in decision-making regarding climate action and access to climate funds, particularly th...
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Written submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women: IWGIA inputs to the Report on violence against women and girls in the context of the climate crisis

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: March
The consequences of climate change are often felt most acutely by Indigenous Peoples and have gendered impacts. Forced migration as a result of climate change and water scarcity are susceptible of making Indigenous women and girls more vulnerable to human rights abuses.
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Recognising the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in global climate action? An analysis of the IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: March
On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a ground-breaking report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability of climate change. The report is conclusive about the increasing and accelerating impacts of climate change on Indigenous Peoples' territories and livelihoods.
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Collective Punishment: Implementation of "Four Cuts"

Publisher: IWGIA / CHRO
Number of pages: 30
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: 03/01
This report details human rights abuses that took place in Mindat Township, Chin State from the period of April to December 2021. In May 2021, Martial Law was imposed on Mindat Town, pre-empting a large-scale assault by air and on the ground in order to engage with the Chin Defense Force – Mindat (CDF-M) and establish military control of the town.
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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Publisher: IWGIA, International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH) Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)
Number of pages: 24
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: March
As an instrument for the conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage sites, which affords sites recognized as “World Heritage sites” an additional level of protection beyond domestic laws and regulations, the World Heritage Convention (“the Convention”) can play, and in some cases undoubtedly has played, a positive role for Indigenous Peoples by helping to protect their la...
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Urgent Alert: Threats of forced eviction of the Maasai indigenous pastoralists of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and Ngorongoro District in Tanzania

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: February
The Maasai indigenous pastoralists of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and Ngorongoro District in Northern Tanzania are currently under severe threat of forced eviction. According to reliable information received by IWGIA, the situation is very serious and there is panic among the people after they have become aware of the eminent threats of being forcefully evicted from their ancestral land...
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India : Compensatory Afforestation Program evicts more Tribals during COVID-19

Publisher: ACHR
Number of pages: 47
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: February
With over 104 million people, India has the second largest population of indigenous peoples in the world, who are officially recognized as Scheduled Tribes. With 40.6% of the Scheduled Tribe population living below poverty line, compared to 20.5% of the non-tribal population, as per the 2011 census, they were particularly vulnerable to the impact of the COVID-19.
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North East SDG Index 2021-2022 Flawed

Publisher: ACHR
Number of pages: 20
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: February
On 26 August 2021, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), established by the Government of India to replace the erstwhile Planning Commission, released the first edition of the “North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021–22” prepared with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Ministry of DONER) and the United Nations Developm...
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The State of Shrinking Civic Space in India - 2021

Publisher: ACHR
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: February
The CSOs in India have traditionally played a critical role in every field including rights, democratic governance and addressing natural disasters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their role came into sharp focus. On 26 April 2021, the Empowered Group-3 chaired by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s Chief Executive Officer decided to reach out to more than 1,00,000 CSOs...
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Written submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes & consequences: IWGIA inputs to the Report on violence against Indigenous Women and Girls

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 5
Publication language: English
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: January
Indigenous Peoples all over the world face systemic discrimination rooted in persistent racism as well as past and present colonialism. Many Indigenous communities have been forcefully relocated, lands have been taken away, forests have been destroyed, mountains have been mined and valleys have been dammed and flooded.
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Urgent Alert: 70,000 Maasai in Loliondo, Tanzania, face another forceful eviction

Publisher: IWGIA & IPRI
Number of pages: 5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: January
According to reliable information received by Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is currently planning the eviction of the Maasai Indigenous people from a 1,500 km2  area in their ancestral land located in the Loliondo Division of Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, e...
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IACHR presents the report: "Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples"

Publisher: IWGIA & IACHR
Number of pages: 9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Americas
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Dec 31
This English version is an executive summary. Read the full report in Spanish  Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presents its thematic report "Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples" in which it recognizes the current demands of indigenous and tribal peoples, analyzes international standards, and makes recommendation...
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Oting Massacre and the case for repeal of the APSFA

Publisher: ACHR
Number of pages: 16
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: January
A total of 14 civilians and one Indian Army jawan were killed since the botched up ambush of the Indian Army’s 21st Para Special Forces on the alleged insurgents, who turned out to be innocent coal miners, on 4 December 2021 at Oting village in Mon district of Nagaland.
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IWGIA & AIPP Joint Submission to the Commission on the Status of Women 66th Session

Publisher: IWGIA & AIPP
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: English
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: December
There are numerous challenges for Indigenous Women in relation to climate change. Indigenous Women are more severely affected by the challenges to produce or collect sufficient food, or challenges of water scarcity because of climate change (flooding, drought, unpredictable weather, decrease in food varieties etc.). In accordance with culturally defined gender roles, Indigenous Women are ofte...
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India's UAPA: Jail, not bail, is the rule

Publisher: ACHR
Number of pages: 90
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: December
“The basic rule is bail, not jail” is a doctrine laid down by the Supreme Court of India in the landmark judgment of State of Rajasthan vs. Balchand alias Baliya. India’s anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 (UAPA), however has made “jail, not bail” the rule.
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India : The Status of Refugees - 2021

Publisher: ACHR
Number of pages: 83
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: December
India admits that “there is no national law on refugees”. The Ministry of Home Affairs had circulated a “Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) w.e.f. 29-12-2011 for dealing with foreign nationals who claim to be refugees” for grant of the Long Term Visa (LTV)” where “prima facie the claim (of refugee) is justified, (on the grounds of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, ...
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Cybersecurity in the Mekong Region: An Analysis of the Legal Framework and Recommendations for the Protection of Indigenous Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Publisher: AIPP & IWGIA
Author: Editor: Prabindra Shakya
Number of pages: 144
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA & Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: August
The report is part of “Defending the Defenders: Indigenous Environment Human Rights Defenders (IEHRDs)” project of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) managed by the Environment Programme of AIPP. It aims to review the existing legal frameworks regulating cyber security and its applications in the...
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Towards the conquest of self-determination. 50 Years since the Barbados Declaration

Cover of the IWGIA Barbados + 50 book
Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Editor: Alberto Chirif
Number of pages: 416
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-19-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2021
50 years since the Barbados Declaration This year, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting held on the Caribbean island of Barbados, where a group of 15 anthropologists (14 men and 1 woman) from Amazonian, Central American and European countries met to reflect on the situation of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. The symposium, organized by the University of Berne’s Institute...
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Mercosur - European Union Trade Agreement: Risks and Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

Indigenous Peoples protesting in front of Brazilian high court
Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Ricardo Verdum
Number of pages: 38
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-46-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil, Brasil
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Sep/01
In this report, we will see that the situation of the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and communities is at extreme risk of setback, especially as a result of a coalition of forces under the coordination of sectors interested in expanding the agricultural frontier over Indigenous Lands.
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Indigenous Navigator: Innovating Indigenous Education through the Small Grants Facility

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Author: Romina Quezada Morales
Number of pages: 40
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-33-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Financially supported by: The European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: 07/01
This report presents the real-life experiences of Indigenous Peoples as they implement pilot projects that address educational needs identified by themselves through the Indigenous Navigator’s small grants facility. It shows how the Indigenous Navigator framework was used to create a data collection tool to monitor progress towards the fulfilment of Indigenous human rights and the global goals ...
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Border Disputes in the Northeast: The Raging War Within

Publisher: RRAG
Number of pages: 20
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: August
The violent armed clashes between the Assam Police and the Mizoram Police on 26 July 2021 led to the death of seven persons including six policemen from Assam and injuries to 60 others. The death of at least 157 persons and injuries to at least another 361 persons and displacement of more than 65,729 persons from 1979 to 2021 (26 July) in the clashes over border disputes between Assam on one hand ...
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IWGIA and AIPP submission on the draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the CESCR

Publisher: IWGIA & AIPP
Publication language: English
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: August
IWGIA and AIPP welcome the opportunity to make comments and inputs to the draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The right to land is fundamental for the livelihoods, food security, identity and very survival of the world's more than 450 million Indigenous People, and it is therefore very important that the unique dimensions of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights fea...
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Sedition: India's Silencer Gun

Publisher: RRAG
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: July
Sedition is much a legacy of the colonial British as a legacy of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who brought the first amendment to the constitution of India, that too with retrospective effect, to solidify crime of sedition and nullify the Supreme Court judgment in Romesh Thapar v. State of Madras. Independent India has not seen more sedition charges being filed with the exception of 1975 public ...
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The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples – Progress achieved, the implementation gap and challenges for the next Decade

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Author: José Aylwin – Johannes Rohr
Number of pages: 65
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-30-2
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: Christensen Fund, DANIDA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples Rights International are happy to announce the publication of “The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Progress Achieved, the Implementation Gap and Challenges for the Next Decade”  
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IWGIA Annual Report 2020

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 34
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June 01
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has impacted on all corners of the world and on all spheres of our lives and livelihoods. Indigenous Peoples have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic. This Annual Report will therefore give a broad overview of how the pandemic has affected the world’s Indigenous Peoples. IWGIA’s yearbook, The Indigenous World 2021, provides further extensive documenta...
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