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Tags: Human rights, IWGIA

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

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Jérémie Gilbert
Publication language: 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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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Sar Pauk Village

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
Number of pages: 30
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2017
The study was conducted by POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together) in Sar Pauk village, and especially emphasized on the customary land tenure of the village. The objective of the study is to identify and document customary land tenure of the village, including livelihoods, land use, management of land and forest. In order to conduct this study, the researcher went to the village thre...
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Delivering on the Paris Promises: Combating Climate Change while Protecting Rights

Publisher: CIEL, IWGIA, RFN, CARE, WEDO, AIPP, ITUC
Author: Sébastien Duyck & Erika Lennon (CIEL – Center for International Environmental Law / coordinating authors), Lapka Nuri Sherpa (AIPP - Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), Tonya Rawe (CARE), Anabella Rosemberg (ITUC – International Trade Union Confederation), Kathrin Wessendorf & Lærke Marie Lund Petersen (IWGIA – International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs), Monica Camacho (Rainforest Foundation Norway) (The “Ecosystem Integrity” part is based on a paper written by REDD+ Safeguards Working Group 2015), and Juliana Vélez Uribe (WEDO).
Number of pages: 19
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: May
The negotiations of the Paris Rule Book are critical to ensuring that the promises made in the Paris Agreement will be met – including the commitment of governments to respect, protect, and take into consideration existing human rights obligations.
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The Indigenous World 2017

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Compilation and editing: Katrine Broch Hansen, Käthe Jepsen and Pamela Leiva Jacquelin
Number of pages: 652
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-72-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: April
This yearbook gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights situation across the world, and offers an overview of the most significant developments in international and regional processes relating to indigenous peoples during 2016. The Indigenous World contains 71 articles and country reports all written by indigenous and non-indigenous ac...
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Indigenous Women

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Inter-American Comission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 151
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA, Danida
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: April 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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The Sea Within: Marine Tenure and Cosmopolitical Debates

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Editors: Hélène Artaud and Alexandre Surrallés
Number of pages: 228
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-87-6
Publication language: English
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: april-17
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...
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State of indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh: Issues at a glance

Publisher: Kapaeeng Foundation, BIWN & IWGIA
Author: Kapaeeng Foundation
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: 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

Publisher: Samburu Women Trust (SWT), KIOS Foundation & IWGIA
Author: Samburu Women Trust
Number of pages: 41
Publication language: 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

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: 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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IWGIA Urgent Alert concerning Gross Human Rights abuses towards Pastoralists in Loliondo, Ngorongo district in Tanzania

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: 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, Communities of African Descent, Extractive Industries

Publisher: OAS with the financial support by IWGIA
Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 182
ISBN number: OEA/Ser.L/V/II.Doc. 47/15
Publication language: 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

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Compilation and editing: Diana Vinding and Cæcilie Mikkelsen
Number of pages: 553
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-69-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2016
Release month / day: April
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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Land, Forest and Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Relation to Climate Change and REDD (Policy and Program Analysis))

Publisher: NEFIN in partnership with Tebtebba, AIPP, IWGIA
Author: NEFIN - Research Team: Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Khim P. Ghale, Yogeshwar Rai
Number of pages: 75
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: Tebtebba
Release year: 2016
Release month / day: Apr
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), together with the IWGIA, AIPP, TEBTEBBA and FPP, has been conducting programs on Climate Change- REDD Partnership Program. As part of this program, a research study has already been carried out with detailed reviews and analysis of the government laws, policies, programs and indigenous peoples’ rights on land and forest. Following the resear...
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Mining and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Ana Cecilia Betancur and William Villa
Number of pages: 12
Publication language: English
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. Recognised in...
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Indigenous Heroines: A Saga of Tribal Women of India

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Alma Grace Barla
Number of pages: 209
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-61-6
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
This book is dedicated to all the indigenous tribal women and men of India who have sacrificed their lives to protect 'Mother Earth', indigenous identity and culture; to martyrs of the freedom movement; to the thousands of innocent women, men and children who are victims of violence in the conflict areas of the Northeastern and Central East Indian states; and to those who continue to work to safeg...
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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples - Policies and Practices in Nepal

Publisher: NEFIN and CIPRED
Author: Editors: Krishna B. Bhattachan, Pasang Sherpa and Pasang Dolma Sherpa
Number of pages: 253
ISBN number: 978-9937-001922
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2016
The problem of climate change is a relatively new pressing global concern. Efforts for mitigation and adaptation from its effects are drawing attention of all. Although indigenous peoples are not responsible for the causes of climate change, they are the ones who are at the forefront of its adverse impacts, especially in their sustainable management of natural resources and livelihood. The interna...
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Climate Change Mitigation strategies and evictions of indigenous peoples from their ancestral land. The Case of Tanzania.

Publisher: PINGOs Forum, IWGIA and TIPTCC
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English
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 in...
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The San in Zimbabwe: livelihoods, land and human rights

Publisher: IWGIA and OSISA
Number of pages: 69
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-62-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Zimbabwe, Zimbabue
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
Written by Robert K. Hitchcock, Ben Begbie-Clench & Ashton Murwira This report looks at the situation of the Tshwa San living in western Zimbabwe. Information on this small indigenous minority group has so far been limited. Due to unique social and cultural barriers, the Tshwa face a number of constraints and challenges that need to be dealt with. Based on an extensive survey, the objective ...
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Tanzania Pastoralists threatened: eviction, human rights violations and loss of livelihood

Publisher: IWGIA, PINGO's Forum, PAICODEO & UCRT
Number of pages: 92
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-66-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
The report explores the evictions of pastoralists and other conflicts over pastoralists’ land in Tanzania, with focus on the past decade. Although most of these evictions and land based conflicts have been documented, the associated human and legal rights violations have increasingly lead to concern amongst civil society. A study was therefore commissioned to collate the available information a...
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Renewable Energy Projects and the Rights of Marginalised/Indigenous Communities in Kenya

Publisher: IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC)
Author: Kanyinke Sena
Number of pages: 24
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-63-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Kenya, Kenia
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2015
The fact that energy projects are green does not necessarily mean they accept and protect internationally-recognised human rights norms. This report documents the adverse impact of Kenya’s goal to develop its renewable energy sector on indigenous peoples. It looks particularly at the geothermal and wind energy sectors in Kenya and describes the human rights impacts of a number of green energy p...
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Indigenous Peoples Major Group Position Paper on Proposed SDG Indicators

Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English
Release year: 2015
The global goals and targets for sustainable development have been adopted but indicators are still being formulated. Indicators define what will be measured, and thus how the goals and targets will be implemented. In this position paper Indigenous peoples point at some of their most central concerns on indicators, implementation and monitoring of the 2013 development agenda. This Paper is elabora...
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Mission Saranda. A War for Natural Resources in India

Publisher: Bir Buru Omapay Media & Entertainment LLP
Author: Gladson Dungdung with a foreword by Felix Padel
Number of pages: 280
ISBN number: 978-81-908959-8-9
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
Dedicated to the martyrs of Saranda Forest, who have sacrificed their lives to protect their ancestral land, territory and resources. This book and the Saranda issue it highlights are of greatest national significance. Gladson Dungdung has performed a profound service by writing courageously about this, bringing out the voices of Adivasis faced with displacement and atrocities from multiple direc...
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Human Rights Based Approach to Development as experienced in ten Indigenous communities in the Philippines

Publisher: Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Center - DINTEG
Number of pages: 136
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Philippines, Filipinas
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
In the Philippines, diversity within commonality among indigenous peoples is in itself a very complicated situation. Moreover, indigenous peoples understand their rights enshrined in laws more as violations than enjoyment, while local State authorities find difficulty in bridging the gap of addressing the development aspirations of the indigenous peoples with that of “national unity and developm...
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Shifting cultivation, livelihood and food security: New and old challenges for indigenous peoples in Asia

Publisher: FAO, IWGIA & AIPP
Number of pages: 415
ISBN number: 978-92-5-108761-9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2015
Release month / day: January
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007. Since then, the importance of the role that indigenous peoples play in economic, social and environmental conservation through traditional sustainable agricultural practices has been gradually recognized. Consistent with the mandate to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnut...
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