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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. 

Adivasis and Their Forest

Author: Gladson Dungdung
Number of pages: 330
ISBN number: 978-81-940838-9-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: November
If we calculate all the risks, 90 million Adivasis are struggling for their survival, losing access to forests and suffering the gravest threat of being alienated from their forest lands and traditional habitations. This book is an attempt to understand the relationship between Adivasis and the forest, unfolding the ground realities of the Forest Rights Act. It exposes the dual role of the State ...
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Fires in Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas in Bolivia

Author: CEJIS & CPTA
Number of pages: 6
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bolivia
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: September
Related partner: Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (CEJIS)
Since early August 2019, the most widespread and enduring fires in Bolivia’s history have been recorded in the country’s lowlands (Tierras Bajas). Widespread due to the large area burned and enduring because climatic conditions, along with the negligence of the authorities and even of those involved in the conflict themselves (who have risked setting fires in order to prepare the land for cult...
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Draft National Forest Policy 2018: A Conspiracy to Deny the Rights of the Scheduled Tribes

Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 978-81-88987-87-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: September 24
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India published the Draft National Forest Policy of 2018 on 14 March 2018 and is expected to finalise the policy soon.  This draft policy provides for the adoption of а completely new legal framework that is discriminatory towards indigenous peoples and seeks to take away the rights of the indigenous peoples already re...
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IWGIA Annual Report 2018

This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2018 for indigenous peoples' rights.
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: June
The world today faces many challenges: a global climate and biodiversity crisis, rising inequality, shrinking civic space in many countries, and increasing distrust in international institutions and national political systems. Indigenous peoples make up five percent of the world’s population and are disproportionately affected by much of this; but they are also key to many of the world’s solut...
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Outcome document from seminar on indigenous autonomy and self-government

Author: Reporting Team of the International Seminar “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Autonomy and Self-Government as a Manifestation of The Right To Self-Determination”
Number of pages: 15
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: global
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: april 2019
To create a room for indigenous peoples to discuss and analyse their experiences around autonomy and self-government, the international seminar "Right to Autonomy and Indigenous Self-Government as a manifestation of the Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples" was held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2019 in Mexico. Indigenous representatives from Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Nicarag...
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The Place of Women in Naga Society

The main purpose of this book is to discuss Naga society and its cultural practices with a specific focus on the status of women.
Number of pages: 328
ISBN number: 978-93-81758-43-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: March
Related partner: Naga Women’s Union
Naga society is a casteless and classless society where, traditionally, women have enjoyed a high social positioning and a fair spirit of independence, playing very central roles in family and community affairs; however, it is also a patriarchal, patrilineal and patrilocal society where, for instance, family names are carried forward through sons, who are also the family members that inherit fami...
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Global Report on the Situation of Lands, Territories and Resources of Indigenous Peoples

Author: Compiled by joji Carino, edited by Loreto Tamayo
Number of pages: 80
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Asia, Pacific, North America, Latin America, Russia
Financially supported by: Rainforest Foundation Norway, IWGIA and EU
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: April
Related partner: Tebtebba Foundation
Related publication(s): 3333
The report on the current state of Indigenous Peoples’ Lands, Territories and Resources (LTR) was prepared by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) to inform the implementation of global commitments to Sustainable Development and the various related processes for transformational change. It is a summary of regional reports written by indigenous researchers and experts under the guidance of t...
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The Indigenous World 2019

Author: 97 authors
Number of pages: 600
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: The Indigenous World
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia, Arctic, Middle East and the Pacific
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: 04-25
Rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point, and with an ever-shrinking civic space worldwide, the topics of criminalisation of Indigenous Rights Defenders’ activities and their organisations; land rights issues; and access to justice are more important than ever. The Indigenous World 2019 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attac...
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The Indigenous World 2018

Author: Editing: Pamela Jacquelin-Andersen
Number of pages: 564
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
Publication language: English English
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: april/19
The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples exper...
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Indigenous Women

Author: Inter-American Comission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 151
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA, Danida
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: 17
Standing tall, head held high, her dignity on full display. That’s the image of an empowered indigenous woman confronting discrimination and violence, saying “enough is enough” to the tragic impact of extractive industries and other development projects in her ancestral territories. The play of shapes that combines an indigenous woman’s silhouette with mountains, lakes, trees, and moon/sun...
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Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government

Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bolivia, Peru, Greenland, Philippines, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Sapmi, Russia, Canada, Nepal, India
Region publication is about: South America, North America, Asia, Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tebtebba Foundation
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: mar-01
Related partner: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
An International Seminar to assess the global status and trends with regards to indigenous autonomies is taking place in Mexico City in March 2019. This meeting follows the work developed by indigenous organizations and the organizing institutions over the last few years. In January 2018, at its annual Expert Meeting, the UN Permanent Forum was requested to compile information on indigenous autono...
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Indigenous peoples, land rights and forest conservation in Myanmar

Author: Christian Erni
Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 9 7 8 - 8 7 - 9 2 7 8 6 - 8 9 - 0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: aug-18
Related partner: Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together
In light of the urgency of both forest conservation and the recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to land and resources, along with the documented potential for creating conservation synergies through recognition of community rights, this study tries to look at the approaches to forest conservation taken in Myanmar so far, and to take stock of their achievements and impact with respect t...
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Outcome Document: Defending the Defenders

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: September
Human rights defenders are dying, attacked and criminalized all over the world. This is happening at an increasingly alarming rate. In 2017, over 400 people were killed while protecting their community’s land or natural resources. Approximately half of these were indigenous peoples. The conference aimed to understand why in particular and increasingly indigenous peoples from developing countries...
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Extractive Industries, Land Rights and Indigenous Populations'/Communities' Rights

Author: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Number of pages: 294
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-76-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Cameroon
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: dec-03
Related partner: African Commission on Human and Indigenous Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and its Working Group on Indigenous People (WGIP)
In 2003, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) established the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa (WGIP) with the responsibility to advise the Commission on matters relating to the rights of indigenous populations/communities on the continent. In this capacity, the WGIP found it appropriate to commission a study on extractive industries, land righ...
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Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand
Author: Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) and Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Foundation (IKAP)
Number of pages: 44
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Thailand
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA & European Union
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: December
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, namely Mlabri, Kow (Umpi), Bisu, Chong, Yakoor, Saek, Moken, Moklen, Urak-Lawoy and Mani. These groups are...
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The Sea Within: Marine tenure and cosmopolitical debates

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 228
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-87-6
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: april-01
Recent texts on the rights of indigenous peoples clearly show that indigenous ownership of marine and coastal spaces must be respected. In addition, their rights to their sea spaces must be guaranteed according to local perceptions, and this is masterly described by some articles in this book. This is expressed in the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in...
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Case Study: Protecting forests in India

Author: International Land Colation & IWGIA
Number of pages: 12
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
Release month/day: April-01
Indigenous peoples play a crucial role in defending and protecting their forest land rights. The passing of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers(Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 is a positive step towards the recognition of indigenous forest dwellers’ land rights and their role in forest protection. In line with the new legislation, IWGIA has developed a community-...
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Land grabbing, investments & indigenous peoples’ rights to land and natural resources: Legal analysis and case studies from Tanzania, Kenya, India, Myanmar, Colombia, Chile and Russia

Author: Jérémie Gilbert
Publication language: English English
Financially supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: October
In the global quest for land and natural resources, indigenous peoples are particularly negatively impacted. While most local communities, peasants, farmers and other local land users are affected by this global land rush, embedded discrimination, a lack of recognition of land tenure and vulnerability mean that this recent land rush is affecting indigenous peoples particularly badly. The following...
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Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Field Handbook on Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

Author: AIPP
Number of pages: 106
ISBN number: 978-616-7898-18-6
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2015
Release month/day: jan-01
This handbook provides comprehensive step-by-step instructions on how to document human rights violations, particularly indigenous peoples’ collective rights, and use the data gathered for advocacy.
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State of indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh: Issues at a glance

Author: Kapaeeng Foundation
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bangladesh
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
Indigenous women and girls are the most vulnerable group in Bangladesh. They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, language, religion, class and geographic location.
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The Unspoken Vice in Samburu Community

Author: Samburu Women Trust
Number of pages: 41
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Kenya, Kenia
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
The Samburu are a Nilotic community who reside in Northern Kenya. One cultural practice among the Samburu community is Girl-Child Beading. This practice sanctions a non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the ‘warrior’ age group and young Samburu girls (usually between the ages of 9-15 years) who are not yet eligible for marriage. The practice has been in the community for centu...
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Briefing Note: Arrests and harassments of human rights defenders in Tanzania

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
This briefing note call attention to the ongoing situation of harassments and arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders in Loliondo in northern Tanzania.It offers an account of the recent events taking place in the area and background information. IWGIA believes that these developments are a cause of great concern. The detentions, harassment and trumped up charges undermine civil society and oth...
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Forceful Evictions of Pastoralists in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: feb-01
IWGIA has recently been informed by local partners in Tanzania that a government operation aimed at forcefully removing pastoralists from the Kilosa district in the Morogoro Region in southern Tanzania started on the 29.1.2009. The Tanzanian government wants to remove all pastoralists from Kilosa district and, according to some sources, the whole of Morogoro Region, and force them to other areas o...
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IWGIA Urgent Alert concerning Gross Human Rights abuses towards Pastoralists in Loliondo, Ngorongo district in Tanzania

Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2009
Release month/day: jan-01
This urgent alert is based on the forceful evictions of Maasai pastoralists from their homes and grazing lands in Loliondo Division, Ngorongoro District in Northern Tanzania and the gross human rights violations that are being committed. The eviction operation started on the 4th July 2009 and was conducted by the notorious riot police, the Field Force Unit, with assistance of private guards from t...
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Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Descendent Communities, and Natural Resources: Human Rights Protection in the Context of Extraction, Exploitation, and Development Activities

Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 182
ISBN number: OEA/Ser.L/V/II.Doc. 47/15
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2015
Release month/day: jan-01
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses in this report State obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation, and development activities concerning natural resources. Through the implementation of its monitoring mechanisms, the Commission has consistently received information evidencing the human, social, health, cultural and environmental impacts of these projects on i...
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The Indigenous World 2016

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 553
ISBN number: 9788792786692
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Africa, África, Arctic, Ártico, Asia, International, Internacional, Latin America, América Latina, Oceania, North America, América del Norte , Pacific, Pacífico, Europe, Europa
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: april-01
This yearbook gives a global update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights and provides an overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015. In 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, indigenous and non-indigenous activists, experts and scholars provide their insight and knowledge on r...
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Mining and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

Author: Ana Cecilia Betancur and William Villa
Number of pages: 12
Country publication is about: Colombia
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2016
This desk study documents the adverse impacts on indigenous communities from coal mining in the regions of la Guajira and Cesar, home to 90 percent of Colombia's coal production as well as several indigenous peoples such as the Wayuu, Yukpa and Kogui. SUMMARY Colombia is home to more than 90 indigenous peoples, comprising some 1,374,000 inhabitants or 3.2% of the national population. Recog...
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Climate Change Mitigation strategies and evictions of indigenous peoples from their ancestral land. The Case of Tanzania.

Number of pages: 4
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2015
Eviction of Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral lands is one of the most destructive and degrading mitigation strategy performed by modern governments in developing countries to address climate change. Armed police and soldiers are used to forcefully evict indigenous peoples to pave the way for investors and conservation in the name of climate change mitigation. The advent of climate change...
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About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

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