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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: IWGIA & AIPP
Author: Prabindra Shakya
Number of pages: 148
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: 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

Cover of the IWGIA Barbados + 50 book
Publisher: IWGIA
Author: 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. The advantages that the Parties may eventually gain through the Agreement between Mercosur and ...
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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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Indigenous Peoples in a changing world of work: Exploring Indigenous Peoples' economic and social rights through the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
Number of pages: 62
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-15-9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise in 11 countries relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report explores indigenous peoples’ experiences in a world of work undergoing transformation.
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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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Global Civil Society Statement Urging Arms Embargo on Myanmar

Publication language: English
We, the undersigned organizations, call on the United Nations Security Council to urgently impose a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar to help prevent further violations of human rights against peaceful protesters and others opposing military rule. In recent weeks, Myanmar security forces have killed hundreds of people, including dozens of children, merely for exercising their rights to ...
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Assessing the Impacts of Advocacy Initiatives On Indigenous Peoples' Development Agenda in Nepal

Publisher: LAHURNIP
Number of pages: 190
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Financially supported by: IWGIA / European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: May-03
Focusing on the Fifteenth Five-Year Plan 2019/20- 2023/24 The indigenous peoples of Nepal have been constantly advocating for inclusive and justifiable development in the nation. It is plausible to maintain inclusive democracy, equality and prosperity. Nepal has witnessed discrimination and oppression against historically marginalized communities based on ethnicity, race, sex, region, religion....
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The Indigenous World 2021

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: General Editor: Dwayne Mamo
Number of pages: 824
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-23-4
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2121
Release month / day: April
This compilation is the unique result of a collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-indigenous activists and scholars who voluntarily document and report on the situation of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. We thank them and celebrate the bonds and sense of community that result from the close cooperation needed to make this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.   For 35 conse...
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Strong Roots: Understanding the Importance of Myanmar’s Indigenous Women as Leaders in Developing Climate Change Solutions

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Catriona Knapman
Number of pages: 60
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-01-2
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: August
This book contains a series of essays predominantly written by Indigenous women from Myanmar. The essays show Indigenous women to be at the crux of climate change in Myanmar.
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Respect for the Self-determination and Protection of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Beatriz Huertas Castillo
Number of pages: 30
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Feb
This report addresses the resurgence of positions within anthropology that favour States taking the initiative in the establishment of direct and permanent relationships with those Indigenous Peoples, or parts of them, that live in voluntary isolation.
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Dialogue and Self-Determination through the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the Indigenous Navigator
Author: Romina Quezada Morales
Number of pages: 31
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Feb-02
This report presents the real-life experiences of Indigenous Peoples as they make their own decisions through the Indigenous Navigator’s tools and resources.
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Training Manual on Business and Human Rights

Publisher: Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
Author: Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
Number of pages: 62
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-22-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: December
Since the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were promulgated, there have been growing concerns over human rights in business. Indigenous Peoples form the highest proportion of victims of such business activities.
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Indigenous women’s realities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Author: IWGIA & ILO
Number of pages: 57
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-09-8
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Denmark
Region publication is about: Asia, Africa, Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: November
The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report identifies and discusses the experiences, needs, concerns and aspirations of indigenous women in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report sheds light on inequalities and intersecting forms of discrimination affecting indigenous women, which pla...
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The impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
Number of pages: 52
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-12-8
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: October
On the basis of a collaborative, community-led data-gathering effort and testimonies from indigenous communities, this report provides first-hand information on the situation of indigenous peoples in 11 countries where communities have participated in the Indigenous Navigator initiative. It highlights the differentiated impact that COVID-19 is having on indigenous peoples, which also varies from c...
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent Protocol by Communities Affected by the EIB-Funded 220 KV Marsyangdi Corridor in Nepal

Publisher: FPIC & Rights Forum
Number of pages: 13
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: October
On 8 October 2018, communities filed a complaint to the EIB’s Complaints Mechanism documenting that project authorities have left communities in the dark about the transmission line, its various impacts and the route of the line.
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Implementing the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: David Nathaniel Berger & Ena Alvarado Madsen
Number of pages: 34
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-06-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: September
This report is the result of a process of review and feedback conducted between June and August 2020. The feedback was gathered through consultation, surveys and interviews with Indigenous Navigator Consortium members and coordinators at the national partner organisations who have been involved with implementation of the Indigenous Navigator project. Some partners have been implementing the Indige...
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Bearing the Brunt: The Impact of Government Responses to COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in India

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: National Campaign Against Torture, ILAI and IWGIA: Editors Chris Erni & Signe Leth
Number of pages: 42
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-05-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Denmark
Region publication is about: India
Financially supported by: DANIDA
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: Sep-11
This report documents how government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only failed to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on India’s Indigenous Peoples, but made their often already desperate situation even worse. To make matters worse, the government used the temporary paralysis of the country as an attempt to undermine existing environmental safeguards and laws protecting the rights of ...
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Building Autonomies

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Jens Dahl, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Shapion Noningo Sesen, Shankar Limbu and Sara Olsvig
Number of pages: 66
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-03-6
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: August
This book forms an essential contribution to the process of legitimising the recognition and exercise of the world’s Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination in domestic and international law. It further offers a space for analysis, dialogue and debate aimed at coordinating visions and sharing experiences of the difficult path to building and practising autonomy and self-government.
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IWGIA Annual Report 2019

Publisher: IWGIA
Publication language: English
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: July
Indigenous Peoples are at the heart of the struggle for equality, rights, participation and self-determination for a more sustainable and just world. At IWGIA we are proud to stand by and behind Indigenous Peoples. We thank all those who support us to do so. This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2019 for Indigenous Peoples' rights. 
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Territorial management in indigenous matrifocal societies

Publisher: FAO & IWGIA
Number of pages: 177
ISBN number: 978-92-5-132043-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: China, Colombia, India, Peru
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: July
Over the centuries, Indigenous Peoples have developed ingenious and dynamic ways of managing their constantly evolving territories while avoiding the depletion of natural resources. Some Indigenous lifestyles have faced various challenges and have led to a less sustainable management of their resources.
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The Indigenous World 2020

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: General Editor: Dwayne Mamo
Number of pages: 784
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-98-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: April
The compilation is the unique result of a collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-indigenous activists and scholars who voluntarily document and report on the situation of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. We thank them and celebrate the bonds and sense of community that result from the close cooperation needed to make this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.   For 34 consec...
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An Account of Indigenous Peoples' Movement in Nepal: Compilation of articles published in The Indigenous World (2006-2020)

Publisher: Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), IWGIA
Author: Krishna B. Bhattachan, Om Gurung, Shankar Limbu, Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Mukta S. Tamang
Number of pages: 163
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
This book is a compilation of the articles on Nepal that have been published in IWGIA's The Indigenous World from 2006 to 2020.  You can also download the Nepali version here.
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Water Management in the Trans-Himalaya Rain Shadow of Lo-menthang: The Kghyamba System Steers Irrigation Practice for Lhoba People

Publisher: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) - Climate Change Partnership Program.
Author: Tunga B. Rai
Number of pages: 44
ISBN number: 978-9937-0-7372-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2020
This case study unravels the example of how a customary institution is embedded in the social and physical uniqueness of a community of indigenous peoples. It demonstrates the value of recognizing and safeguarding the customary institutions and knowledge of indigenous peoples. This case study presents the facts—how the knowledge system and customary institutions of indigenous peoples are value-d...
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Violation of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in Chitwan National Park of Nepal

Publisher: LAHURNIP & NIWF
Number of pages: 67
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: February
This fact-finding mission report looks into human rights violations as well as abuses in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal. following recent reports by BuzzFeed, The Kathmandu Post and other media, as well as other organisational reports, claiming the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) is responsible for gross human rights violations, including torture, sexual abuse and kill...
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Poverty measurement, social programmes and Amazonian peoples: A Peruvian case study with the Wampis people

Publisher: Centre for Public Policy and Human Rights – Perú Equidad together with IWGIA under the Indigenous Navigator
Author: Yaizha Campanario Baqué
Number of pages: 16
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru, Perú
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Financially supported by: This case study has been produced with support from the European Union, under the project “Making the SDGs work for Indigenous Peoples - Promoting indigenous peoples’ human development and social inclusion in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (GLO / 16/23 / EUR), which forms part of the Indigenous Navigator Initiative supported by the European Union.
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: Jan
Since 2016, the Wampis women have been demanding that the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) make changes to its social programmes to ensure they are geographically and culturally appropriate1 and to enable the women themselves to conduct quality assessments of the State’s education and health services in the communities. The following text has been written thanks to their part...
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Indigenous Women and Climate Change

Publisher: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Author: (Rocío Silva Santisteban)
Number of pages: 154
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-00-5
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: January, 15
Related partner: SERVINDI Intercultural Communication Service
Related publication(s): 3254
Against all the odds, and despite the challenges that climate change represents for Latin America, women are demonstrating day in, day out that they have the ideas and the unique and essential skills to propose a radical change in the matrix of civilisation at this crucial point in humankind’s history.
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Silenced Genocides

Publisher: IWGIA & GAPK
Author: Ricardo Verdum, Daniela Lima, Fabrício Amorim, Leila Burger, Patrícia Rodrigues, Victor Alcantara e Silva
Number of pages: 128
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-97-5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: December
How can indigenous peoples survive the dismantling of public policies and rights acquired by decades of work in Brazil? This process, resulting from setbacks to democracy, as described by the authors, shows that this is an emergency situation. There is a need to seek alternatives and for pressure from indigenous and civic organizations to help indigenous peoples exercise their rights. This report ...
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Peru: Deforestation in Times of Climate Change

Publisher: IWGIA, Servindi, ONAMIAP & COHARYIMA
Author: Edited by Alberto Chirif
Number of pages: 286
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-95-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: December
This book comprises a total of 14 articles addressing the issue of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and its impacts, not only on the Amazonian environment and wildlife but particularly on the communities inhabiting the area. These impacts are being facilitated by informal dynamics for which the state is largely responsible and has failed to act promptly enough to put a stop to these dynamics a...
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