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Tags: Human rights, IWGIA

Consolidating the rights of Indigenous Peoples in climate governance through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 48
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: November
At all levels, in all regions of the world, Indigenous Peoples face systemic, colonial barriers to their right to self-determination. This injustice is also evident in the multilateral sphere, where decisions are taken almost exclusively by the governments of multilaterally recognised nation-states. Such is the case of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which does ...
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Joint Submission on the Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

Publisher: AIPP, Kapaeeng Foundation & IWGIA
Number of pages: 12
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Bangladesh
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2023
This is a joint submission to the UPR working group of the Human Rights Council by the “Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Organizations on UPR”, formed in June 2012 by 30 Indigenous Peoples Organisations (IPOs) working on the human rights of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh.
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Submission: Views from Parties and non-Party stakeholders on the elements for the consideration of outputs component of the first Global Stocktake - September 2023

Publisher: Human Rights and Climate Change Working Group & IWGIA
Author: Amnesty International, BioVision Africa, CambiaMO, CBM Global, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Dibeen Association for Environmental Development, EarthRights International, Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), FIAN International, GI-ESCR, Global Witness, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington DC, IBON International, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Minority Rights Group International, National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN), Natural Justice, Nuestra América Verde, One Ocean Hub, Soka Gakkai International (SGI), SwedWatch, WE-Women from Indigenous Nationalities (WE-WIN), and Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), all members of the Human Rights and Climate Change Working Group
Number of pages: 10
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: Sep-23
Submission: Views from Parties and non-Party stakeholders on the elements for the consideration of outputs component of the first Global Stocktake - September 2023
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IWGIA Annual Report 2022

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 36
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: July
The world opened up in 2022 as the effects of COVID-19 abated and humanity’s protection against the virus increased but it also began to grapple with a number of other factors that led to 2022 being, in many ways, a more difficult year than 2021. Russia’s war on Ukraine and a food crisis of unprecedented proportions, alongside prolonged and deadly droughts and the other effects of climate chan...
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Submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples on tourism and Indigenous Peoples' rights

Publisher: IWGIA & IPRI
Number of pages: 57
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2023
Tourism is one of the biggest global industries today. In 2021, travel and tourism direct contribution to GDP worldwide was approximately 5.8 billion US dollars. Promoted by most countries in the world, tourism is perceived as a direct source of foreign currency and generator of jobs at the local level. But the development of mass tourism, concentrated in a few multinational companies, ...
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Self-determination, territorial autonomy and access to justice: Insights into the situation of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil from the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Ricardo Verdum
Number of pages: 24
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil, Brasil
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: July
The purpose of this report is to produce data and insights about the way in which Brazil is applying the international rules included in the International Labour Organization Indigenous and Tribal PeoplesConvention, 1989 (No. 169); United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007, as well as other relevant human rights documents. Its main source is the qualitative and quantitat...
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Tamang Indigenous Peoples of Nepal

Publisher: LAHURNIP, AIPP & IWGIA
Author: Navin K. Rai
Number of pages: 156
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: June
The Nepal-Upper Trishuli–1 (216 MW) Hydroelectric Project, sponsored by the Nepal Water and Energy Development Company, is adversely affecting the Tamang Indigenous Peoples of Rasuwa, which the Government of Nepal recognizes as “Indigenous Peoples,” as do the core project lenders – namely the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastr...
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Indigenous Peoples’ Customary Fishing Rights: Key Issues And Input From The Expert Meeting On Indigenous Peoples And Fisheries

Publisher: Danish Institute for Human Right & IWGIA
Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Artic, Ártico, Latin America, América Latina, Asia, Asia, Africa, África, Oceania, Oceanía
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: june
Indigenous Peoples have a deep connection with aquatic ecosystems and resources. For fishing-dependent indigenous communities, fishing is not just an occupation and fish is not just a commodity. Fisheries are the basis for – and an integral element of - their cultures, spiritual beliefs, traditional knowledge and food systems. However, the distinct rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of ...
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Indigenous Territorial Autonomy and Self-government in the Diverse Americas

Publisher: University of Calgary
Author: Miguel González, Ritsuko Funaki, Araceli Burguete Cal y Mayor, José Marimán, and Pablo Ortiz-T
Number of pages: 725
ISBN number: 9781773854649
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Financially supported by: IWGIA, JSPS-Kakenhi
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: June
The global activism of Indigenous Peoples and afrodescentents has been pushing for and bringing to public attention the right for self-determination, autonomy, and self-government. This has led to important progress in international law; however, these achievements and their implementation are threatened by policies from national governments and economic interests that run against these essential ...
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Joint Programme of Work on links between biological and cultural diversity: review and update of the four indicators on traditional knowledge

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: International, Internacional, Africa, África, Asia, Asia, Latin America, América Latina, Oceania, Oceanía
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: May
The Indigenous Navigator consortium welcomes the review of information on the status of the data and information, operationalization, review, and update of the four traditional knowledge indicators, following the last information note produced by the Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions. The Indigenous Navigator is a primary example of community-based monitoring and information sys...
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Input for the Thematic Report on Tourism of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Publisher: IWGIA & AIPP
Number of pages: 9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: March
Tourism projects are often designed and implemented without respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to self-determination; lands, territories and resources; free prior and informed consent; as well as economic, social and cultural rights. Furthermore, the travel industry is often deeply voyeuristic in the way it views Indigenous cultures.
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Establishing monitoring mechanisms at the national and regional level for implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 6
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2023
Release Month | Day: March
This written statement is submitted to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in response to the call for submission on: “Establishing monitoring mechanisms at the national and regional level for implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
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Study on Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent with Indigenous Peoples in Africa

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Leonardo J. Alvarado
Number of pages: 70
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-54-8
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: Ford Foundation
Release year: 2022
Release Month | Day: December
The right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a fundamental right for Indigenous Peoples worldwide. However, there are serious global challenges in its implementation, including across the African continent.
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Recognition of Indigenous Peoples in Nationally Determined Contributions

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Rosario Carmona, Graeme Reed, James Ford, Stefan Thorsell, Rocío Yon, Francisca Carril, Johnson Cerda, and Kerrie Pickering
Number of pages: 28
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2022
Release Month | Day: October
Indigenous Peoples positioned themselves in multilateral climate negotiations through their advocacy. Although the international community gradually recognises Indigenous Peoples’ contributions to climate governance, a rights-based approach in national climate action is still largely absent.
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IWGIA Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in Africa

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2022
Release Month | Day: October
IWGIA prepared the following statement and submitted it to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 73rd session in October 2022. Indigenous Peoples in Africa are increasingly losing their ancestral lands through land grabbing and forced evictions, which threaten their future existence. The land grabbing and evictions are done in violent ways and in blatant discard for interna...
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IWGIA & AIPP Statement to the Commission on the Status of Women 67th Session

Publisher: IWGIA & AIPP
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2022
Release Month | Day: October
This written statement is respectfully submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women in response to the priority theme; Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
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Review of India under UPR during 4th Cycle: The case for specific recommendations on Indigenous Peoples

Publisher: IWGIA & ILAI
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Release year: 2022
Release Month | Day: October
India is scheduled to be reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 10 November 2022. There are an estimated 476 million Indigenous Peoples in the world and about 113 million or close to 25% of Indigenous Peoples of the world live in India; yet very few recommendations specific to Indigenous Peoples of India were made during the UPR. There were no recommendations on...
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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 organisations´ 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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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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