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The aspiration of Indigenous Peoples to exercise their right to autonomy fuels many of their present-day political struggles and, in some countries, Indigenous autonomies have been recognised by the state, especially in the Arctic region and Latin America.

A number of states have also transformed their national legislation to accommodate Indigenous Peoples’ right to territorial autonomy. However, this change has often been undermined in practice by the dynamics of neoliberal economic globalisation, in particular through land dispossession by extractive companies. In most countries, important challenges still need to be addressed before Indigenous Peoples can exercise their right to self-governance.

Asserting autonomy is a social, economic, cultural and political process that goes beyond the recognition and exercise of rights within a territorially defined space. It implies a relationship of equality with outside actors and, above all, it provides the basis for the sociocultural and political survival of Indigenous Peoples as peoples with selfdetermination. This political process is interrelated with all of the major challenges facing Indigenous Peoples, from food resilience to rural to urban migration to the exercise of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in accordance with community protocols and practices. Addressing these and other challenges, such as those that will arise as a result of the COVID-19 context, is only possible if Indigenous autonomy is strengthened.

The development of autonomous FPIC protocols or policies is one central pillar of exercising autonomy and provides external actors with culturally appropriate rules for rights-based engagement with Indigenous Peoples. Developed by Indigenous Peoples themselves, these protocols are one important manifestation of their right to self-determination and autonomy. We will promote and support the development of such protocols throughout Latin America and beyond.

The main focus of our work over the next five years will be to strengthen Indigenous governments, providing technical assistance, promoting discussions on different aspects of the implementation of autonomies and facilitating the exchange of experiences between regions and Indigenous Peoples. We will place particular emphasis on the participation of Indigenous youth, including addressing the consequences of growing migration (especially of young people) to urban centres.

STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS (2021-2025)

Documenting: We will place special emphasis on the systematisation and dissemination of experiences of autonomy. We will analyse the processes of asserting autonomy, involving different segments of the Indigenous population, academia and the general public, and this will be documented through a range of communication media, including books, digital publications, video and radio programmes, and social media.

Advocating: IWGIA will support advocacy efforts to educate the general public about experiences of Indigenous governments, influence local and national policy makers and public servants as well as international institutions, and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships to operationalise Indigenous visions for development and territorial self-governance and autonomy. We will engage international human rights mechanisms in promoting the right to autonomy and its realisation in practice.

Empowering: We will promote the establishment of territorial governance by providing support to organisational strengthening and technical assistance, and by facilitating the exchange of experiences between regions and Indigenous Peoples aimed at discussing visions and concrete modalities. We will also focus on the participation of young people in this process.

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    Photo: © ILO Since March 2020, IWGIA has worked to monitor the impacts of the pandemic on Indigenous Peoples around the globe and supported partners in their efforts to protect themselves from the health ramifications of the virus as well as the emergency law procedures enacted in many countries...

  • Violations Against Indigenous Africa: A website documenting historical and contemporary cases of human rights violations against indigenous peoples of Africa

    New website documents historical and contemporary cases of human rights violations against indigenous peoples in Africa Indigenous peoples in Africa continue to suffer from widespread and gross human rights violations, as also documented by IWGIA in its 2021 edition of The Indigenous World: The...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Botswana

    Botswana is a country of 2,250,000 inhabitants that celebrated its 50th year of independence in 2016. Its government does not recognise any specific ethnic groups as Indigenous, maintaining instead that all citizens of the country are Indigenous. 

  • Early Warning Procedure to UN CERD concerning the severe threats being faced by Indigenous Peoples in India

    The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is writing to seek intervention of the UN Committee Against Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination under its Early Warning Procedures for prevention of violations of the rights of indigenous peoples of India through the...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Malaysia

    As of 2017, the indigenous peoples of Malaysia were estimated to account for around 13.8% of the national population of 31,660,700 million.1 They are collectively known as Orang Asal.

  • Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines threatened and harassed

    IWGIA has just learned that the harassment and threats to members of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and their families in the Philippines have escalated since they have criticised the government's interventions on COVID-19 in mid-April.

  • Indigenous World 2019: Guatemala

    Guatemala continues to suffer from a lack of reliable data on its indigenous peoples. The 2018 Population and Housing census’s ability to survey and report on the country’s ethnic dimension is limited, given that it has been conducted in the midst of an unprecedented political and institutional...

  • Peru: They messed with the wrong generation

    The protests spread to all the neighborhoods of Lima and cities of the country. Photo: Vidal Carrasco  It is difficult to explain what happened in our country to outsiders. Even in the country, we are not able to grasp the dimension of the events. The facts are clear, they are vicious and they...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)

    Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) has been, since 1979, a self-governing country within the Danish Realm. The population is composed of 89.6 % Greenlandic Inuit out of a total of 57,691 of inhabitants (July 2018 est.). The majority of Greenlandic Inuit refer to themselves as Kalaallit.

  • UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visits Denmark and Greenland

    IWGIA welcomes the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, to Denmark and Greenland from 10-19 March.

  • Burundi: Batwa representatives nominated to the National Assembly and Senate

    According to the Constitution and the electoral code of Burundi, the national independent electoral commission should nominate 3 Batwa (indigenous peoples) to the National Assembly

  • Indigenous World 2020: Algeria

    The Amazigh are the Indigenous people of Algeria and other countries of North Africa who have been present in these territories since ancient times. The Algerian government, however, does not recognise the Indigenous status of the Amazigh and refuses to publish statistics on their population....

  • Special Rapporteur releases report on situation of Maori people in New Zealand

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples releases report on situation of Maori people in New Zealand. The advanced unedited version of the report examines the situation of Maori people in New Zealand on the basis of information received during the Special Rapporteur's visit to...

  • Justice for Lakingme!

    Chakma girl from Bangladesh abducted, converted, raped, and killed After 11 months and six days of abduction, on 9 December 2020, the police called Lakingme’s father to identify his daughter's body in the Cox's Bazar hospital morgue. Ataullah’s mother claimed that Lakingme had committed suicide by...

  • Speech of David Choquehuanca

    Choquehuanca with Morales when he was Minister of External Affairs. Photo: Communidad Andina. After a decade as Chancellor of Evo Morales, David Choquehuanca was the leader chosen by the Pacto de Unidad to represent Indigenous, native and peasant peoples in the Movimiento al Socialism’s (MAS)...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Burkina Faso

    According to the World Bank, Burkina Faso’s population stood at 19.19 million in 2017, with a fertility rate of 5.35 children per woman and a population growth rate of 2.9% per year. Burkina Faso comprises 66 different ethnic groups. The M’bororo Fulani and the Tuareg are two of the peoples...

  • Canada: Indigenous leaders reject Pipeline Equity Offer

    Tar Sands: First Nations Reject Enbridge Pipeline Equity Offer - “Your Money is No Good To Us.” Nations reject company's latest tar sands pipeline financial package, citing the risk of oil spills, and taking company to task for lack of respect for their rights Prince George/Lheidli (BC) – Last...

  • From fighting for their land to fighting for their freedom: Mapuche political prison as a counterinsurgency mechanism

    Movilización en Angol en apoyo a los presos políticos Mapuche en huelga de hambre durante julio de 2019. Foto: Julio Parra. Mapuche political prisoners use their own bodies and resort to a solid and liquid food hunger strike as resistance tools against the Chilean state, police repression and the...

  • China: Plans to end nomadic lifestyles by 2015

    "The Chinese Government continues to aggressively pursue and expand its national project for displacing nomadic herders off their traditional lands and resettling them in agricultural and urban areas," the Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said in an e-mailed statement on...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Eritrea

    Eritrea borders the southern Red Sea in the Horn of Africa. It emerged as an Italian colonial construct in the 19th century, superimposed over indigenous populations. Eritrea’s current population is between 4.4 and 5.9 million inhabitants.1 There are at least four indigenous peoples: the Afar...

  • Sápmi: Conference on mining and other natural resource extraction

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights og indigenous peoples, James Anaya, was in Jokkmokk, Sweden, on 18 and 19 June 2012, where he participated in conference on mining and other natural resource extraction in the Sápmi, the Sami territory that traverses the northern parts of Finland, Norway,...

  • The world’s largest forest–the Siberian Taiga in Russia–has been on fire for most of 2019, destroying indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

    Siberian fires having catastrophic effects on indigenous peoples and livelihoods

    While much of the world has focused on the fires raging in the Amazon, the world’s largest forest–the Siberian Taiga in Russia–has been on fire for most of 2019. Since January this year, more than 130,000 square kilometres of land and forest—an area the size of Greece—has been burned in Siberia, which...

  • New documentary about indigenous women in prison in Mexico

    "Under the shadow of the Guamúchil" is a documentary made during the workshop "Life Stories", by Aida Hernandez Castillo, within the Atlacholoaya Morelos prison in Mexico, between 2008 and 2009. Besides the video, which can now be watched in English, a book about the women has been published in...

  • ONU: Consultation required prior to any decision to advance with the Diquis hydroelectric project in Costa Rica

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, undertook a visit to Costa Rica from 24-27 April 2011 to discuss the situation of indigenous peoples, in particular the Térraba people, affected by the Diquís hydroelectric project. At the end of his four-day visit, the...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Colombia

    The indigenous population of Colombia, according to official data, is 1,500,000 persons, which represents 3.43% of the national population. 78.6% of the country´s indigenous population is concentrated in rural zones and 21.4% in urban zones. Out of the total indigenous population registered in...

  • Suriname: UN expert calls for dialogue on indigenous land issues

    PARAMARIBO – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, called for further contact between the authorities and the indigenous and tribal peoples of Surinam, and reiterated his readiness to assist with efforts to advance their land and resource rights. "

  • Ecuador: Indigenous human rights defenders investigated for terrorism after protests

    The Ecuadorian government is investigating Marlon Santi (president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, or CONIAE) for alleged sabotage and terrorism in connection with his participation in a protest against government exclusion of Indigenous representatives from a...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Brazil

    According to the 2010 census of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the Brazilian indigenous population is 896,917 indigenous persons, distributed among 305 ethnic groups, who speak 274 languages. Among indigenous persons over the age of five, only 37.4% speak an indigenous...

  • Paraguay: Ayoreo protest English museum expedition to the Chaco

    Natural History Museum expedition to remote area threatens uncontacted indigenous groups An expedition of more than 20 scientists from the Natural History Museum is due to leave London this month to conduct a large scale research study in a remote area of Paraguay, near the border with Bolivia,...

  • Landmark ruling provides compensation to indigenous peoples in Australia

    In a landmark decision on 13 March 2019, the Australian High Court ordered the Government of the Northern Territory to pay $2.53 million AUD (1.78 million USD) in compensation to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples for the loss of Native Title in the town of Timber Creek.

  • Indigenous World 2019: West Papua

    West Papua covers the western part of the island of New Guinea and comprises the two Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua (Papua Barat).

  • Community land title law passed in Thailand

    In Thailand, a law on the issuing of community land title deeds officially called “The Regulation of the Prime Minister Office on the Issuance of Community Land Title Deeds” has been passed by the Cabinet on 11 May 2010. The essence of this law is to legally allow communities (both highland and...

  • Indigenous communities in Nepal launch Free, Prior, and Informed Consent protocol for EIB-funded Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line

    KATHMANDU, 8 October 2020 – Today, Indigenous communities affected by the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line in Nepal call on their government and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to seek their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in accordance with a protocol they are releasing...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Cameroon

    Among Cameroon’s more than 20 million inhabitants, some communities self-identify as Indigenous. These include the hunter/gatherers (Pygmies), the Mbororo pastoralists and the Kirdi.

  • Indigenous World 2019: Ethiopia 2019

    The indigenous peoples of Ethiopia make up a significant proportion of the country’s estimated population of 95 million. Around 15% are pastoralists and sedentary farmers who live across the country, particularly in the Ethiopian lowlands, which constitute some 61% of the country’s total landmass.

  • Impact of renewable energy projects on Indigenous communities in Kenya

    The transition from the use of traditional energy sources to renewable energy solutions is rapidly becoming a necessity if humanity is to address the climate emergency we face. However, this pursuit cannot happen at the expense of human rights, including the loss of land, livelihoods and rights of...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Uganda

    Indigenous peoples in Uganda include former hunter/gatherer communities, such as the Benet and the Batwa, also known as Twa. They also include minority groups such as the Ik, the Karamojong and the Basongora who are not recognised specifically as indigenous peoples by the government.

  • Tanzania government stops violations of the Maasais in Loliondo

    A promising development in Tanzania, as the new government takes action to end the yearlong land dispute in Loliondo. It could be a historic turning point, says Julie Koch, IWGIA’s Executive Director. 

  • Namibia: Sad news on the Nyae Nyae front

    Mr Kxao Moses ‡Oma was Councillor for Tsumkwe East and a prominent Ju/’hoansi leader. While manager of the Nyae Nyae Farmer’s Cooperative, Baraka, Namibia, Kxao Moses ‡Oma participated in the IWGIA conference on Indigenous Peoples in Africa (1993). He later became the manager of Nyae Nyae...

  • Indigenous peoples' rights taught at South African University

    The course which is the only university course on the issue of indigenous peoples in Africa was done in collaboration with the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities with the financial support of IWGIA and ILO. It was attended by more than 40 participants from...

  • Israel: Bill will force Bedouins to pay for destruction of their own homes

    An urgent appeal to the United Nations The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality today appealed to various representatives of the UN to avert the passing of a discriminatory legal amendment aimed at placing the payment of house demolitions on homeowners. The proposed law will not apply to...

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  • IWGIA's focus areas

    We work through a global network of indigenous peoples' organisations and international human rights bodies. We promote the recognition, respect and implementation of indigenous pepoles' rights to land, cultural intergrity, inclusion in climate action and participation in local and international...

  • Threats to indigenous peoples living in isolation in Brazil

    BY CONRADO OCTAVIO FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS. The Brazilian Amazon has the largest number of peoples living in isolation and initial contact in the world. Their livelihoods and territories are under pressure, threatened by forest depredation, mining, agribusiness, infrastructure projects and...

  • IWGIA and AIPP submit a statement to the UNFCCC

    Indigenous Peoples call for climate action amidst global pandemic

    In September 2020 the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP) and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) presented a joint submission to the UNFCCC calling for the full consideration and engagement of Indigenous Peoples’ in climate action. Indigenous Peoples are concerned by the fact...

  • Indigenous peoples’ rights key in stemming Amazon fires

    Indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest are on the front line of defending themselves and their land from the rapidly spreading fires. A majority of the tens of thousands of fires are happening in Brazil, though fires are also raging in Bolivia where 10,000 km2 of forests (an area the size of...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Burundi

    The term “Twa” is used to describe minority populations historically marginalised both politically and socially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It has replaced the name “Pygmy”, which was coined by the colonial missionaries1 and which is offensive to these...

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  • Assessing the Impacts of Advocacy Initiatives On Indigenous Peoples' Development Agenda in Nepal

    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...

  • The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples – Progress achieved, the implementation gap and challenges for the next Decade

    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...

  • Outcome Document: Defending the defenders, Copenhagen, 5-6 September 2018

    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...

  • Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

    Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

    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,...

  • IWGIA URGENT ALERT CONCERNING GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES TOWARDS ADIVASI FOREST DWELLERS IN JHARKHAND, INDIA

    IWGIA is deeply concerned about the human rights violations that are currently happening in Jharkhand, India

  • Chin State, Myanmar

    While the world focuses on COVID-19, Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar are being killed

    Photo by Signe Leth // IWGIA As large parts of the world’s population are sitting at home in self- and authority-imposed isolation watching the development of the major public health crisis, governments in some countries are taking advantage of the situation and moving on with their repressive...

  • Global Civil Society Statement Urging Arms Embargo on Myanmar

    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...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Central African Republic

    There are three indigenous groups in the Central African Republic (CAR): the M’bororo Fulani, the Aka and the Litho. The M’bororo Fulani are largely nomadic pastoralists. They are found in the prefectures of Ouaka in the centre-east, M’bomou in the south, and Lobaye in the south-west. The 2003...

  • Indigenous World 2019: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    Indigenous peoples have rights over their traditional knowledge (TK), traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), and genetic resources (GRs), including associated intellectual property rights, as recognized in the UNDRIP, Article 31. However, because of their unique characteristics, indigenous...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    Indigenous Peoples have rights over their traditional knowledge,[1] traditional cultural expressions[2] and genetic resources,[3] including associated intellectual property rights, as recognized in Article 31 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.[4] However, conventional...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea (PNG), formally the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania that encompasses the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and covers an area of 462,840 km2.1 The country’s name comes from “Papou” which, according to the  naturalist  Alfred Wallace, originates in the...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Botswana

    Botswana is a country of 2,250,000 inhabitants which celebrated its 50th year of independence in 2016. Its government does not recognise any specific ethnic groups as indigenous, maintaining instead that all citizens of the country are indigenous. However, 2.9% of the population identifies as...

  • Bearing the Brunt: The Impact of Government Responses to COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in India

    PRESS RELEASE  India’s indigenous peoples bearing the brunt of COVID recovery plans, NGOs urge Indian Government to stop use of coal for recovery Copenhagen/New Delhi, 11 September 2020:  On the eve of auctioning of 41 coal blocks today by the government of India, the Danish-based International...

  • 'Shoot them dead': Duterte's orders alarm Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights Defenders

    Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, IWGIA strongly condemns Duterte’s shoot-to-kill orders targeting individuals and organisations seen as ‘troublemakers’, a general term that includes ‘communists’, ‘leftists’ or anyone seen as opposing his rule, including Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights Defenders. Such an order turns...

  • Report released on natural resource extraction and the Marlin Mine in Guatemala

    The Special Rapporteur issues his report on the Situation of indigenous peoples of Guatemala in relation to natural resource extraction projects, and other projects, in their traditional territories. As an appendix to the report, he analyzes the human rights situation of communities affected by...

  • Consultation or non-consultation: Here lies the dilemma

    Prior consultation for lot 192 in 2015. Photo: PUINAMUDT. In Peru, the Bagua Massacre prompted the adoption of the ILO Convention 169 in response to local demands and international pressure. However, far from respecting the communities’ decision, this has led to simulations of consultations that...

  • Arctic Council: Arctic peoples’ Nuuk press release

    At the Arctic Council Ministerial in Nuuk, May 12 2011, the Foreign Ministers of the 8 Arctic states decided to establish a standing secretariat in Tromsoe, Norway. The establishment of a standing secretariat in an integral part of the efforts to strengthen the Arctic Council as set out in the...

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    As a member of IWGIA you can interact with other members in the IWGIA Member Forum. >> Sign up or login it to the forum here   If you're not a member of IWGIA and would like to support our work promoting, protecting and defending the rights of indigenous peoples, find out more here: >> Support...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Algeria

    The Amazigh are the indigenous people of Algeria and other countries of North Africa and have been present in these territories since ancient times.

  • Preliminary statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on New Zealand

    James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, carried out a country visit to New Zealand from 19-23 July 2010. During his visit the SR assessed the situation of the Maori people, in follow up to the 2005 visit by his predecessor,...

  • Help protect the Indigenous Mro from forced eviction – Read the open letter

    Villagers of the Mro community face eviction threats from eight of their ancestral villages at Chimbuk hill in Bandarban district in the Chittagong Hill District, Bangladesh due to the construction of a five-star hotel in their ancestral lands.

  • The faces of the fires

    The indigenous peoples of Bolivia facing the fires and a new development model The international press clearly showed how the fire swept through the Brazilian Amazon and Bolivian forests. The images of calcined trees and animals suffering from the voracity of the flames brought climate change and...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Burkina Faso

    According to the World Bank, Burkina Faso’s population stood at 19.19 million in 2017, with a fertility rate of 5.35 children per woman and a population growth rate of 2.9% per year. Burkina Faso comprises 66 different ethnic groups. The M’bororo Fulani and the Tuareg are two of the peoples...

  • Canada: Year of Youth ends with alarming suicide rates among young indigenous peoples

    Pikangikum First Nation Pikangikum, Ontario POV 2L0 Tel. No.: 807-773-5578 / 773-5523 Fax No.: 807-773-5536 October 12, 2011 Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General – United Nations Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary- General for Economic and Social Affairs 2 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Sirs:...

  • Indigenous peoples in Chile’s Constituent process: an unresolved challenge

    The protests succeeded in establishing a constituent process and now special Indigenous seats are being demanded. The results of the plebiscite held on October 25, 2020 were unequivocal. Four out of five citizens pronounced themselves in favor of a new political constitution. The same proportion voted for...

  • Supreme Court recognizes Sami grazing rights

    The Swedish Supreme Court has upheld the lower courts, in a landmark decision that recognizes the rights of Sweden’s indigenous population and their reindeer herding. The case has been before the courts here for 14 years. In 1997, 104 landowners in the northern province of Västerbotten sued three...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Russia

    More than 160 distinct peoples inhabit the territories of contemporary Russia. Forty of these peoples are officially recognised as the indigenous minority peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. These are groups of less than 50,000 members, who are able to preserve some aspects of their...

  • Mexico: International recognition for radio series on indigenous women in prison

    The winning program selected by the International Radio Biennial tells the story of Máxima Pacheco, a Nahuatl woman from the state of Puebla. She describes how encouraging it was to share and write about her life before and after imprisonment with other indigenous women in the same situation....

  • We stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples of Colombia

    IWGIA fully supports the press release published by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group that strongly condemns the persistent and gross human rights violations committed in Colombia and express solidarity with the indigenous peoples in the country.

  • Ecuador: Appeals court rules against Chevron in oil case

    An Ecuadorean appeals court has upheld a ruling that Chevron should pay damages totalling $18.2bn (£11.5bn) over Amazon oil pollution. Chevron said the judgement was "illegitimate" and "a fraud". Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping toxic materials in the Ecuadorean...

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    IWGIA condemns killing of indigenous leader in Brazil

    Emyra Waiãpi, a 68-year-old indigenous leader, was stabbed to death last week as around 50 gold miners, a dozen of whom were heavily armed, entered the remote Waiãpi indigenous reserve in the northern Brazilian state of Amapá, which borders French Guiana, reported multiple Brazilian and...

  • Paraguay: Land dispute victory for displaced indigenous community

    A land deal finalized this week between Paraguayan authorities and a land owner in the country’s central region will allow a long-displaced indigenous community to rebuild in safety and dignity, Amnesty International said today. For almost two decades, the Yakye Axa indigenous community have...

  • Aboriginal Expert Mick Dodson Joins Harvard Faculty

    Mick Dodson, a law professor, member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and director of the Australian National University’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies, has been appointed the next chair of Harvard’s Committee on Australian Studies.

  • Solidarity statement for the recognition of the Cek Bocek community's rights

    The solidarity statement in favour of recognising the Cek Bocek community as an indigenous people made by the participants at Asia Peoples Pact’s IPHRD Exchange held November 2018 in Indonesia.

  • Thailand: See video about forceful eviction of indigenous Karen from Kaeng Krachan national park

    In the video "When Can We Go Back? The Rights of Indigenous Peoples to their Lands" AIPP, with support from IWGIA, tells the story of how a community of Karen indigenous people has been displaced from...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Nepal

     According to the 2011 census, the indigenous nationalities (Adivasi Janajati) of Nepal comprise 36% of the total population of 26.5 million, although indigenous peoples’ organizations claim a larger figure of more than 50%.

  • Indigenous World 2019: Cameroon

    Cameroon’s population is just over 24 million. Although reliable statistics are difficult to find, a number of communities accounting for approximately 14% of the population self-identify as indigenous. These indigenous peoples include the hunter/gatherers (Pygmies), the Mbororo pastoralists and...

  • Land grab fears for Ethiopian pastoralist communities

    A controversial new farms policy has led to a political clampdown in a remote lowland region of Ethiopia, the BBC has been told. Opposition activists claim that a number of arrests and the killings of 10 local farmers are as a direct result of the new policy.

  • Joint submission on the situation of the Ogiek to the Human Rights Council's 45th Session

    45th regular session of the Human Rights Council14 September to 2 October 2020Item 3Submission related to the “Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of indigenous peoples”: https://undocs.org/en/A/HRC/45/22( paragraphs 38 and 39) The Ogiek Peoples...

  • For Karamojong, pastoralism is our future, not our past

    IWGIA supports this statement made by pastoralist communities in Uganda against the government's plan to 'abolish nomadic pastoralism and embrace agriculture and paddocks'

  • Half a million of indigenous peoples' livelihoods threatened in Tanzania

    According to the newly published “The Indigenous World 2018” by IWGIA, land grabbing is one of the biggest threats against indigenous peoples. Land-grabbing is rooted in different structural causes and is driven by a range of players. The case of Tanzania illustrates its pervasive consequences on...

  • Namibia: First visit by a UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Namibia from 20 to 28 September 2012, to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in that country. This will be the first mission to Namibia by an independent expert designated by the UN Human...

  • South Africa: Legal recognition of indigenous knowledge

    Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals is a pharmaceutical company that processes Buchu, a small shrub endemic to the Western Cape used for its essential oils. Buchu’s medicinal qualities are associated with the traditional knowledge of the Khoi khoi and San peoples. The landmark deal that has been signed...

  • Israel: 40.000 Negev Beduins risk forced resettlement

    Against the roar of Israeli military jets from a nearby airbase, Khalil Alamour considers what it means to be a Bedouin. "To be part of a family and tribe, to have open space, to have freedom to live in the traditional agricultural way that our forefathers lived in, to maintain our traditions and...

  • Climate

    Indigenous peoples in climate action Indigenous peoples across the world face the consequences of climate change. Indigenous peoples must, therefore, be heard and included in global, national and local climate action. Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to climate change and yet the...

  • Neglected Isolated Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador

      BY EDUARDO PICHILINGUE RAMOS   The advances in the defense of Isolated Indigenous Peoples (IIP), which have been supported by the Ecuadorian State for the last 14 years, have not been translated into an effective protection within their territories. Even the acknowledgment of the existence of these peoples in...

  • Indigenous peoples commit to climate action at UNSG Climate Action Summit

    At the UNSG Climate Action Summit, indigenous peoples gave a statement on their commitments to climate action. IWGIA supports the statement and proposed climate actions, and we call for the international community to support indigenous peoples and their pledges by taking a rights-based approach to...

  • Indigenous autonomies – reflections over the current trends

    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...

  • Batwas in Burundi

    The Batwa are the indigenous people of Burundi. A census conducted by UNIPROBA (Unissons-nous pour la Promotion des Batwa) in 2008 estimated the number of Batwa in Burundi to be 78,071 or approximately 1% of the population (Rapport sur la situation foncière des Batwa du Burundi, August 2006 -...

  • 10 achievements worth celebrating in The Indigenous World

    Some encouraging developments in The Indigenous World 2018 show that the indigenous movement has placed itself at the core of a paradigm shift, pushing for a more inclusive and sustainable development. Indigenous peoples, in partnership with civil society and other human rights defenders, have...

  • An Account of Indigenous Peoples' Movement in Nepal: Compilation of articles published in The Indigenous World (2006-2020)

    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...

  • IWGIA Annual Report 2020

    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...

  • Case Study: State of Jharkhand, India - Protecting forests and securing customary rights through Community Forest Governance

    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...

  • 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

    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...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Myanmar

    Myanmar’s diverse population encompasses over 100 different ethnic groups. The Burmans make up an estimated 68% of Myanmar’s 51.5 million people. The country is divided into seven Burman-dominated regions and seven ethnic states.

  • Strengthening the security of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders in Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Human rights violations have escalated in Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected, putting the structural inequalities and discrimination that Indigenous Peoples face into sharper focus as they are met by multiple threats simultaneously. 

  • Indigenous World 2019: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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  • Photo of a girl: India Arunachal Pradesh Mishmi by Chris Erni

    COVID-19 in India: Reverse migration could destroy indigenous communities

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  • Malaysia: Another victory for the natives of Sarawak

    The Kayan community of Long Teran Kanan, Tinjar, Miri Division finally got the justice they deserve after fighting the legal battle at the High Court for more than 12 years to get recognition of their native customary rights to their native customary land.

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  • Guatemala: Indigenous victims still await compensation

    Carlos Chen Osorio is the only survivor of a Mayan Achí family whose members were brutally slaughtered by the army in five different massacres perpetrated during Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war against the inhabitants of Río Negro, a town in the northeastern department of Baja Verapaz. Chen...

  • The surprising link between the fight against drugs, land dispossession and attacks on Indigenous rights defenders in Peru

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  • Lynge talks future of Inuit people

    Greenlandic Inuit welcome the possibility of economic opportunity that comes with the growing international interest in regional oil and mineral resources but worry about the effect it may have on their environment and traditional lifestyle, Aqqaluk Lynge, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council,...

  • Videos produced with IWGIA's support

      This page only features the latest videos about indigenous issues that IWGIA or/and our partners have produced. To get an overview of all our videos, please visit our Youtube channel IWGIAtube here >>   The Myanmar Military Coup in the words of Indigenous Activists In the early hours of the 1st of...

  • No climate change solution without listening to the voices of the indigenous peoples

    In Kenya and Tanzania, climate change is already causing both drought and floods. This has meant increasing scarcity of suitable land for farming and pasture and a decrease in food security.  It has also increased the number of conflicts between pastoralists and other land users, seriously...

  • UN Special Rapporteur concludes visit to New Zealand

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  • A Rapid Assessment Report The impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Bangladesh

    A Rapid Assessment Report The impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Bangladesh Author: Trimita ChakmaEditor: Pallab Chakma

  • Monitoring forest fires expose devastation of Indigenous Peoples’ territories and unique biodiversity in Bolivian lowlands

    The most widespread and intractable forest fires ever recorded in Bolivia ravaged the lowland regions of Santa Cruz, Beni, La Paz and Cochabamba last year, making 2019 a particularly dark period for the country and for Indigenous Peoples as many of the affected areas were on Indigenous territories and...

  • Canada: Discrimination against First Nations

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  • Indigenous World 2019: Rapa Nui (Easter Islands)

    The 2012 census estimated Rapa Nui’s (Easter Island) total population at around 5,761 across an area of 163.6 square kilometers. This estimate turned out to be flawed, and as a result has largely been nullified.1 The 2002 census, which estimated the total population at 3,765 people is therefore...

  • Special Rapporteur James Anaya presents historic report on the Saami people to the UN

    On 20 September, 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, presents his Report on the Situation of the Saami People to the UN Human Rights Council. It is a historic document - both formally and in content.

  • Indigenous land in Russia declared World Heritage

    In the Far East of Russia, the indigenous Udege people have for decades fought to protect their land with support from IWGIA. In July, their long struggle was finally rewarded as an area nearly four times the size of Yosemite National Park has been awarded World Heritage Status.

  • Indigenous World 2020: Hawai’i

    Ka Pae Aina (the Hawaiian archipelago) is formed of 137 islands, reefs and ledges stretching for 2,451 kilometres south-east / north-west in the Pacific Ocean and covering a total of some 16,640 km2.

  • The Arhuacos’ last stand in the heights of Sierra Nevada

    Indigenous communities’ livelihood in Colombia is threatened as they are struggling to keep their ancestral territory. The Arhuaco peoples have organised themselves and are making a last stand to prevent more mining concessions in their territory and create sustainable development.

  • Ecuador: Indigenous protesters march agianst mining

    Several hundred protesters set off from an Amazon province where a Chinese company has been authorised to develop a huge open-cast copper mine. Ecuador's main indigenous organisation, Conaie, says mining will contaminate water and force people off their land. President Rafael Correa says it will...

  • Serious Deterioration of Human Rights and Indigenous Rights Conditions in Brazil

    María Lourdes Alcántara, anthropologist and coordinator of the Guaraní Youth Support Group of Mato Grosso del Sur (GAPK / AJI) and Professor of medical anthropology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of São Paulo, reflects on the main threats to indigenous communities in Brazil after...

  • Paraguay: FAPI Statement on the current political and social situation

    Following the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo through an abrupt and traumatic process for all of us, and given the present political situation in Paraguay, FAPI, a body that unites several indigenous peoples’ organisations of the western and eastern regions of the country, wishes to inform...

  • Australia: Up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities under threat of closure

    Due to the withdrawal of federal funding for essential services up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities have been marked for closure by the State Government of West Australia.  A leaked document obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), recently revealed that extensive research was...

  • Indonesia: Indigenous women organize themselves

    For two days, April 15-16, 2012, more than 200 women representing various indigenous communities in Indonesia gathered on Doa Dukono Hill in Tobelo, North Halmahera, a regency in North Maluku, to form an organization that focuses on the country’s indigenous women’s movement — an inseparable part...

  • Thailand: Cross Cultural Foundation demands explanation for disappearance of Human Rights Defender

    In a recent statement the Cross Cultural Foundation demands immediate explanation from relevant authorities regarding the disappearance of Karen Hill-Tribe Human Rights Defender Mr. Billy or Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen. The Cross-cultural Foundation also urges all parties throughout the line of command of...

  • Statement from Indigenous Women’s Organisations of Nepal on COVID-19

    The WHO has declared the outbreak of COVID 19 as a global pandemic. The entire world has been caught unprepared to cope with this pandemic. Indigenous Peoples to healthcare, essential services, sanitation, information and other preventive measures like clean water, food, medicines etc. Indigenous...

  • Cameroon: Justice for victims of powerful commercial landowner

    For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) Party. As the biggest...

  • Ethiopia: New mega irrigation project threaten pastoralist lifestyle

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who appeared at a ceremony in Jinka, a town in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, on January 25 to celebrate the 13 Pastoralists Day announced his government’s plan to embark on a mega irrigation plan using the Omo river’s water.

  • Indigenous peoples are still struggling with getting their rights recognized in Kenya

    IWGIA participated in the first part of the 65th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ in Gambia (21/10-10/11) and participated in a side-event on how to strengthen the voice of indigenous peoples and communities in Africa and in the ACHPR. We also supported a member of the Ogiek...

  • Recommendations from Uganda's National Dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries

    How can we ensure that extractive industries in Uganda do not harm the lives and rights of indigenous peoples in Uganda - and that these industries instead generate positive impacts for indigenous peoples in the country?

  • Tanzania: Forced evictions of Maasai people in Loliondo

    According to reliable information received by IWGIA, forced and illegal evictions of Maasai pastoralists and serious human rights violations are happening in Tanzania. These violations take place on registered village land in Loliondo Division of Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region.

  • Namibia: UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples at all levels

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, said today that indigenous communities in Namibia are demanding greater inclusion in decision-making at levels, increased educational opportunities and full recognition of traditional authorities representing...

  • Israel: Bedouins in the Negev suffer new crop destructions

    For the past three weeks, the Israeli government (Israel Land Administration) supported by the Green Patrol and police forces have been destroying cereal crops of Bedouins in the Negev. This is carried out by plowing areas where the wheat has sprouted. On Tuesday, 19th February, 2013, the lands of...

  • Land Rights

    Land rights and territorial self-governance for indigenous peoples Loss of land and natural resources undermine economic security, sociocultural cohesion and human dignity of indigenous peoples around the world. Territorial self-governance and legal strategies are helping to protect indigenous...

  • The Ayoreo: the last isolated people outside the Amazon

    BY MIGUEL LOVERA AND LEONARDO TAMBURINI Close to 150 members of the Ayoreo people in voluntary isolation survive in the Chaco region in the border between Bolivia and Paraguay. Among the signs that evidence their presence are the wholes and marks on trees; tools and huts found; footprints near...

  • Indigenous peoples raise concerns at UN Climate Meeting in Abu Dhabi

    Despite being a small group of only eight people among the more than 1,000 participants at the UN Climate Meeting in Abu Dhabi in June, indigenous peoples were able to have their voices heard and put indigenous peoples’ rights on the agenda.

  • Photo: Pablo Toranzo/ ANDHES

    New green powers in the global land grab violate indigenous peoples’ rights

    LAND RIGHTS: Industries and investors lead the global land grab for new agribusiness and green projects at the cost of local communities and indigenous peoples. A new report guides you through the complexities and the legal frameworks related to human rights and today’s scramble for land.

  • Press release: The Indigenous World 2018

    Indigenous peoples' rights to land at the core of a paradigm shift - This and many other trends can be understood by browsing through The Indigenous World 2018. The only book available that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience around the world.

  • A Guide to the Human Rights Act - A booklet for children rights growing up in pastoralist communities

    Exploitation, abuse and discrimination are some of the vices rampant on children growing up in pastoralist communities. The young ones are denied that special protection that is essential to develop physically, psychologically, spiritually, morally and socially. Some aged as young as five end up...

  • State of indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh: Issues at a glance

    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.

  • Paraguay: The Case of the Ayoreo. IWGIA Report 4

    This IWGIA Report documents the injustices experienced by the indigenous Ayoreo people in Paraguay, who have lost much of their ancestral lands to ranching, illegal sale of land and extractive industries - a development that threatens the physical and cultural survival of the groups of Ayoreos...

  • New land law threatens millions of livelihoods in Myanmar

    Millions of people may soon become trespassers on their own land due to a newly amended land use law in Myanmar. The Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law covers almost a third of the country’s territory, most of which is located in traditional indigenous/ethnic areas. IWGIA is greatly...

  • Indigenous World 2019: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

    The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Permanent Forum) is an expert body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the mandate to provide advice on indigenous issues to the Council and, through ECOSOC, to the UN agencies, funds and programmes, to raise...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

    The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Permanent Forum) is an expert body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the mandate to provide advice on Indigenous issues to ECOSOC and, through it, to the UN agencies, funds and programmes, to raise awareness on...

  • Botswana: Wikileaks reveals US condemnation of eviction of Kalahari Bushmen

    The US Ambassador to Botswana strongly condemned the government’s forced eviction of the Kalahari Bushmen, according to secret US embassy cables released yesterday.

  • Indian citizenship laws have deep impact on Adivasis

    Indian citizenship laws have deep impact on Adivasis On 5 January 2020, Naresh Koch, a detainee in the Goalpara detention centre in Assam, breathed his last breath at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.[1] He became the 29th person who had died in detention since...

  • Campaign against Kaiduan Dam Project (Borneo, Malaysia)

    The government of Sabah has granted approval in February 2008 to carry out a feasibility study and submit technical proposals for the implementation of the Kaiduan Dam Project, situated at Ulu Papar in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

  • Philippines: UN report details widespread human rights violations and persistent impunity

    BANGKOK/GENEVA (4 June 2020) – A heavy-handed focus on countering national security threats and illegal drugs has resulted in serious human rights violations in the Philippines, including killings and arbitrary detentions, as well as the vilification of dissent, a new report by the UN Human Rights Office...

  • Guatemala. UN experts call for an investigation into the violence in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán

    A group of United Nations independent experts, including the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, issued a press release today urging the Government of Guatemala to clarify the violent events that occurred on 4 October 2012 in the locality of Cumbre de Alaska, in the...

  • Intensified injustice in light of COVID-19: Perspectives from a Peruvian Indigenous women’s organisation

    Our partners at ONAMIAP (Organización Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú/National Organisation of Andean and Amazon Indigenous Women of Peru) have taken a proactive stance in responding to major issues and challenges raised by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Debate about uranium mining in Greenland

    Next week, Greenlandic and Danish environmental organizations will host a conference on uranium mining in Greenland. The half-day conference will take place in Copenhagen and aims at having a critical debate on the impacts of uranium mining in both Greenland and in the rest of the world. In...

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  • African Commission examines States compliance of human rights  

    A recurrent theme during the session was the evolving armed conflicts threatening the stability of many African States. The issue of antiterrorism responses as a contributing factor to an ever shrinking space for the activities of legitimate human rights defenders was also strongly brought up...

  • International: UNPFII Welcomes New Zealand's Endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Statement of Mr. Carlos Mamani, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Mr. Carlos Mamani, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), welcomed New Zealand’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,...

  • International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission: Indigenous Peoples in Chittagong Hill Tracts experiencing Human Rights Violations

    Press Statement: International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission June 26, 2020, Dhaka The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission is alarmed at the reports of allegations of human rights violations, especially against the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), during the ongoing...

  • Beyond Brazil: Who benefits from the fires in the Bolivian Amazon?

    While the international community is focusing its attention on the advancing fires in Brazil, the reality is that the problem transcends the South American giant and is reflected in the nine Amazonian countries. Beneath the ashes, the fire has shown (once again), a conflict that specialists have...

  • Historic Ruling from the Nunavut Court of Justice Upholding Inuit Rights

    History was made yesterday when Justice Earl Johnson of the Nunavut Court of Justice issued his ruling in favour of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. on the failure of the Government of Canada to create a Nunavut General Monitoring Plan as required by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. This is the fourth...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Chile

    In Chile, nine indigenous peoples are recognized by statute,1 comprised of 1,585,680 persons, they represent 9% of the country’s total population. However, in the 2017 Census, 12.8% of Chile’s population, totalling 2,158,792 people, were recognized as indigenous. These peoples and their...

  • Indigenous World 2020: French Polynesia

    A former French colony, French Polynesia has since 2004 been an Overseas French Territory (Collectivité d’Outre-mer) of 277,000 inhabitants (around 80% of whom are Polynesian)1 with relative political autonomy within the French Republic through its own local institutions: the government and the...

  • Russia: Leading indigenous activist detained, house searched as he is to chair event

    Rodion Sulyandziga is an indigenous activist well-known internationally. In 2014 he was one of the lead organisers of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and was prevented from leaving the country, sparking a diplomatic scandal in the UN. Today, he was scheduled to chair the “Aborigen...

  • Increase in attacks against indigenous peoples across Colombia

    On February 23, Andrés Fernando Muelas, program coordinator for education of youth and adults in the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca – ACIN was shot dead on the road to his house by men in military clothing. It is not known which of the armed groups active in the area is...

  • Ecuador: disputes over food sovereignty

    Food sovereignty is fundamental to Sumak Kausay, or good living, an indigenous way of life grounded in the construction of social systems that are based on the reciprocity between humans and nature. That’s how it’s understood by the principal indigenous and campesino organizations in Ecuador, like the...

  • Take Action: Indigenous peoples in Brazil threatened by eviction

    Around 250 Guarani-Kaiowa Indigneous people are at risk of eviction from ancestral lands they recently occupied in the Brazilian midwest. If evicted they will be forced to live in precarious conditions by the side of a highway. On 25 November 2009, the Guarani-Kaiowa community of Kurussú Ambá,...

  • Paraguay: Senate approves expropriation bill in favour of Sawhoyamaxa community

    On April 24 the Paraguayan Senate finally approved the expropriation of 14,400 hectares of land to be returned to the Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community. With nearly five years delay, this approval will lead the way for the implementation of a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,...

  • Indonesian government accepts Ancestral Domain maps

    Wednesday 14, the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) announced, that it, together with the Network for Participatory Mapping (JKPP), have officially handed over 265 ancestral domain maps of ancestral domains, covering 2,402,222 hectares, registered in the Ancestral...

  • Thailand: Karens sentenced for encroachment on their traditional lands

    On 19 October, 39 Karens charged with land encroachment and illegal logging in a national park that has been their home for generations, were convicted for their alleged crimes. They are the latest victims of a new hard liner policy against forest encroachers, which is resulting in the...

  • When economic development destroys indigenous peoples' livelihood

    The Indigenous World 2018 finds that one of the biggest global threats against indigenous peoples is land-grabbing. Indigenous peoples in Nepal are experiencing this first hand as their livelihood is threatened when they are evicted from their ancestors’ land due to large-scale investments and...

  • Cameroon: UN concerned about the implementation of rights of indigenous peoples

    The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the second and third reports of Cameroon on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/CMR/2-3) at its 41st to 43rd meeting (E/C.12/2011/SR.41 à 43), held on 21 and 22 November...

  • The Ethiopian government forcibly displace indigenous pastoralists

    Government security forces are violently forcing indigenous peoples to leave their traditional lands to make way for extensive development plans. Government officials have carried out arrests, beatings and detentions against residents of the Lower Omo valley that questions or resists the...

  • Dialogue meeting on extractive industries in Kenya

    Recommendations from the National Dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries held in Nairobi Kenya, October 2019.

  • Maasai women take leadership in Ngorongoro

    With almost 40 percent of the land designated as protected areas, Tanzania is one of the countries with major tourism revenues in Africa. In the northeast, the Ngorongoro district is the home of the well-known tourist attraction the Ngorongoro Crater and the bordering Serengeti National Park. The...

  • Namibia: Discussion on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of indigenous peoples

    On 12 February 2014, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated by videoconference in a discussion with indigenous peoples and organizations, members of civil society, and government officials regarding his report on the situation of indigenous peoples of Namibia,...

  • Supreme Court to hear Negev Bedouin land claim case

    Monday June 2, 2014, at 9 am, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem will hear the appeal of the heirs of Sheikh Suleiman Al-Ukbi regarding the right of ownership of land at Al Araqib and Zazhilika, northwest of Be'er Sheba. The panel including Justices Elyahim Rubinstein , Esther Hayut and Salim Jubran...

  • Venezuela: isolated indigenous people, illegal groups, and Covid-19

    BY LUIS JESÚS BELLO The Jödi, the Yanomami and the Uwottüja living in voluntary isolation are threatened by the invasions that result from extractive activities and by the presence of illegal groups in the area: to the environmental impact we should add the sociocultural and sanitary...

  • Do indigenous peoples hold the key to saving Myanmar’s remaining forest?

    Myanmar has some of the largest remaining forest areas in Asia, but also some of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Increased focus on the role of indigenous peoples’ rights and use of their knowledge through initiatives like REDD+ is essential for saving the forests and reducing CO2...

  • Five alarming land grabbing cases

    Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year's The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples.

  • Samburu Girl Child Magazine, May - November 2012 - Issue 02: The Samburu Girl Child - The Killing Silence

    Samburu Women Trust (SWT): The untold stories of women and girls in Samburu community http://www.samburuwomentrust.org/

  • Déliberations Troisième Réunion Mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA, 10 et 13 février 2017

    THÈME: AUTONOMISATION ÉCONOMIQUE DES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES, NOTAMMENT DES FEMMES ET DES JEUNES

  • Fact Sheet: Indigenous peoples in the post-2015 development framework

    The universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda are crucial for indigenous peoples as they will determine the direction of global sustainability and development efforts over the coming decade. Indigenous peoples make up more than 370 million people worldwide and 15%...

  • Peru: A Chronicle of Deception. IWGIA Report 5

    This report argues and demonstrates that the Peruvian government acted in bad faith by modifying the original proposal to create the Ichigkat Muja National Park agreed upon with the Awajún and Wampís indigenous communities of the District of El Cenepa, Department of Amazonas, Peru. The proposal to...

  • Myanmar: Military blocks and insects cause food crisis in the Naga Self-Administered Zone

    IWGIA is deeply concerned about the food crisis in the remote Naga Self-Administered Zone of Myanmar in the Northern Sagaing Region bordering India. IWGIA views the blockage of food supply as a gross violation of the right to food of the indigenous Naga communities in the area.

  • Bearing the Brunt: The Impact of Government Responses to COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in India

    PRESS RELEASE  India’s indigenous peoples bearing the brunt of COVID recovery plans, NGOs urge Indian Government to stop use of coal for recovery Copenhagen/New Delhi, 11 September 2020:  On the eve of auctioning of 41 coal blocks today by the government of India, the Danish-based International...

  • Indigenous World 2019: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 to tackle the growing problem of global warming and the related harmful effects of a changing climate. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994, and has...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 to tackle climate change. In 2015, the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement, a universal agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of the Paris...

  • Botswana: Victory for Kalahari Bushmen as court grants right to water

    On January 27, Botswana’s Court of Appeal quashed a ruling that denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water on their ancestral lands. With support from Survival, the Bushmen appealed a 2010 High Court judgment that prevented them from accessing a well which they rely on for water.

  • Under threat for resisting an illegal mine in India

    “We will surrender our lives but not our land, hills and forests,” says representatives of Datobeda village, Jharkhand, India

  • Indigenous World 2019: Philippines

    The population census conducted in the Philippines in 2010 for the first time included an ethnicity variable but no official figure for indigenous peoples has yet come out. The country’s indigenous population thus continues to be estimated at between 10% and 20% of the national population of...

  • Indigenous film wins prestigious prize at Berlinale 2015

    Indigenous voices have been a focal point of the Berlin International Film Festival, known as Berlinale, since 2013. The festival’s NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema series is devoted to telling the stories of indigenous peoples worldwide, and highlights a different major region every...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Peru

    According to the 2007 Census, Peru’s population includes more than 4 million indigenous persons, of whom 83.11% are Quechua, 10.92% Aymara, 1.67% Ashaninka and 4.31% belong to other Amazonian indigenous peoples. The Database of Indigenous or Original Peoples notes the existence in the country of...

  • The Indigenous World

    The Indigenous World 2021 The Indigenous World 2021 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...

  • Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh – alive, struggling, fighting and uniting

    The situation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in many ways echoes the situation of other Indigenous Peoples in Asia: they face heavy militarization; they are stigmatized as anti-national for wanting to be included in decisions affecting their lives – such as industrial development taking...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Bolivia

    According to the 2012 National Census, 41% of the Bolivian population aged 15 and over is of indigenous origin, although the 2017 projections from the National Statistics Institute (INE) indicate that this may now have increased to 48%.1 Of the 36 peoples recognised in the country, most Quechua...

  • Canada concerned over Russian suspension of RAIPON

    Canada's term as head of the Arctic Council could get interesting before it even begins after Russia shut down a group that represents its northern aboriginals at international meetings. Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who sits on the council and is an Inuk herself, says Canada is...

  • Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government: the case of Rapa Nui, Chile

    An International Seminar to assess the global status and trends with regards to indigenous autonomies is taking place in Mexico City in March 2019.

  • Indigenous adress to the Barent Euro-Arctic Council

    Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Allow me first of all to thank the member states of the Barents Council for providing the indigenous peoples representatives through the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) the opportunity to address Barents Euro-Arctic Council 13th session 2011 of...

  • Russia: Khanty reindeer herders standing their ground: "We have nowhere left to go"

    In West Siberia's Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, 17 reindeer herder families are holding out against the oil company Gazprom-NNG, a subsidiary of Russia's gas giant Gazprom. The authorities have issues a concession without informing the traditional land owners. On 3 June, they will be meeting the...

  • Colombia: Call to action

    On June 2, 2011, people in Colombia and other parts of the world will join to mark the 10th anniversary of the forced disappearance of Colombian Indigenous leader Kimy Pernia Domico, and draw attention to ongoing threats and attacks against Indigenous peoples in Colombia. The Jenzerá Collective –...

  • Ecuador:Legislative reforms favor mining companies

    The Ecuadoran government is committed to promoting large-scale mining, and to do so it must implement national legislation that, although contrary to constitutional principles, satisfies the economic interests of multinational mining companies that have been reluctant to invest in the country...

  • New IWGIA Report on isolated indigenous peoples in Brazil

    Recently, IWGIA has released the report “Isolados no Brasil”. The publication presents the current knowledge about the indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon who live in isolation or have only sporadic contact with surrounding communities. Moreover, the report recommends a number of immediate...

  • Aché people of Paraguay: Madrid Conference on a forgotten genocide

    On Friday 4 July, a conference will be held in Madrid on the crimes committed against the Aché people of Paraguay during the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in the late 60s. These human rights violations were brought to light by the anthropologist Mark Munzel, through IWGA’s...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Australia

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3.3% of the nation’s population. Geographically, 62% of the Indigenous population live outside Australia’s major cities, including 12% in areas classified as very remote. The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is 23...

  • Indonesian House works on indigenous peoples bill

    "Violations of the rights of indigenous people continue to occur, although they played a key role in protecting the country during the colonial era, hundreds years ago," lawmaker Ignatius Mulyono, chairman of the House legislative committee, said in Jakarta yesterday (November 19). The committee...

  • Repatriation of displaced Bru population

    On May 21, the repatriation and rehabilitation of around 1,500 people from the displaced Bru population of 37,466 who had been living in six camps in Kanchanpur, Tripura, started. The Brus will be sent back to their villages in Mizoram.

  • Cameroon’s human rights violations under the microscope in time for the UPR

    IWGIA has supported its partners in Cameroon to produce a background information paper to be used in relation with the forthcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Cameroon on May 1. The UPR reviews the human rights records of each UN member state, with each state being assessed once every...

  • Land grabbing in Ethiopia

    It's the deal of the century: £150 a week to lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land – an area the size of Dorset – for 50 years. Bangalore-based food company Karuturi Global says it had not even seen the land when it was offered by the Ethiopian government with tax...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Kenya

    In Kenya, the peoples who identify with the indigenous movement are mainly pastoralists and hunter-gatherers as well as some fisher peoples and small farming communities.

  • Tanzania: Indigenous peoples’ organization wins global environmental prize

    A member of the Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) has been awarded with the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa, the world’s largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists, the UCRT writes yesterday in a press release.  

  • Israel: "Bedouin rights at risk" concludes UN HR Committee

    In its 112th session, the United Nations' Human Rights Committee adopted its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Israel on 28 October 2014. Among variety of other issues addressed by the Committee relating to disenfranchised groups in Israel, concluding observations directly...

  • Indigenous peoples are some of the most affected by climate change

    Climate Change and indigenous peoples

    Indigenous peoples are some of the most affected by climate change. It is therefore extremely important that The Paris Agreement recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples in its preamble and that indigenous communities are included in relevant processes. This page collects some of the most...

  • Putla: A 75-year-old woman indigenous rights defender

    The global rush for natural resources is one of the biggest threats against indigenous peoples’ as they often live in remote areas which are still rich on natural resources. Unfortunately, indigenous peoples are increasingly being criminalised – or even killed – when defending their rights. In...

  • What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities - 1st Edition

    This book provides information material on REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries), one of the mitigation measures now promoted for combating climate change, and its implications for indigenous peoples. It is intended primarily for indigenous...

  • Déliberations Quatrième Réunion Mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA, 12 et 13 février 2019

    Organisée en parallèle à la quarante-deuxième session du Conseil des gouverneurs du FIDA Thème: Promouvoir les savoirs et innovations des peuples autochtones en faveur de la résilience aux changements climatiques et du développement durable

  • Post 2015 Development Process: Environmental Sustainability

    Many of the areas of highest biological diversity on the planet are inhabited by indigenous peo¬ples. The current and accelerating climatic and environmental changes threaten indigenous peo¬ples’ basis for existence around the world. The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique opportunity to...

  • Colombia: The Case of the Naya. IWGIA Report 2

    The violations of the fundamental rights of the black, indigenous and peasant farmer population of the Colombian Pacific, regarded by all the armed forces, both regular and irregular, as the “collateral damage” of any armed conflict, may have objectives of their own, independent of the Colombian...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Myanmar

    There is no accurate information about the number of Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar, partly due to a lack of understanding of the internationally recognised concept of Indigenous Peoples. The government claims that all citizens of Myanmar are “Indigenous” (taing-yin-tha), and on that basis...

  • A Rapid Assessment Report The impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Bangladesh

    A Rapid Assessment Report The impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Bangladesh Author: Trimita ChakmaEditor: Pallab Chakma

  • Indigenous World 2019: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Convention

    The Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage (“World Heritage Convention”) was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1972. With 193 States Parties, it is today one of the most widely ratified multilateral treaties. Its main purpose is the identification and collective...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: The work of the UN Treaty Bodies and Indigenous Peoples Rights

    The treaty bodies are the committees of independent experts in charge of monitoring the implementation by state parties of the rights protected in international human rights treaties. There are nine core international human rights treaties that deal with civil and political rights; economic,...

  • Indigenous World 2019: India

     In India, 705 ethnic groups are recognized as Scheduled Tribes. In central India, the Scheduled Tribes are usually referred to as Adivasis, or tribals which literally means indigenous peoples.1

  • Malaysia: Court rules in favour of indigenous orang asli

    On 19 December, in what lawyers call a landmark decision, a high court in Malaysia has order parts of Malay reserve land to be degazetted. Judge khtar Tahir ruled that the reserve land was subservient to orang asli rights as they were the earliest inhabitants. The Malay reserve land in question...

  • Philippines: Indigenous communities under the radar of emergency relief after Typhoon Yolanda

    Ten days ago Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Philippines’ 25th typhoon this year and the most powerful ever recorded, hit and left thousands dead. Among the victims are the indigenous peoples in the Islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan. At least 50 indigenous communities have been severely...

  • The Wampis Nation - the first indigenous autonomous government in Peru

    Indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon have united and created the Wampis Nation – an autonomous territorial government – in order to defend their livelihood from the increasing pressure from extractive industries. Their autonomous government covers nearly an area the size of one-third of the...

  • Resources

    For IWGIA, documentation goes hand in hand with promoting, defending and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples. We are monitoring and documenting the status of indigenous peoples' rights and produce solid publications and fact-based reports to strengthen and empower indigenous peoples to...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Aotearoa (New Zealand)

    Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa, represent 15% of the 4.5 million population. The gap between Māori and non-Māori is pervasive: Māori life expectancy is 7.3 years less than non Māori; household income is 78% of the national average; 45% of Māori leave upper secondary school with no...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Bangladesh

      Bangladesh is a country of cultural and ethnic diversity, with over 54 indigenous peoples speaking at least 35 languages, along with the majority Bengali population. According to the 2011 census, the country’s indigenous population numbers approximately 1,586,141,1 which represents 1.8% of the...

  • Bolivia: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples passed as law in Bolivia

    As the first country in the world, Bolivia has adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as national law. National Law 3760, which is an exact copy of the UN Declaration, was passed in November.

  • Canada: Assembly of First Nations Calls for Respect and Fairness

    (Ottawa, ON) – In response to the 2013 federal Budget released today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo continues the call for transformative change requiring key investments and a fundamentally new fiscal relationship based on respect and fairness.

  • Chile: Dozens Hurt In Easter Island Land Disputes

    A land dispute on Easter Island turned violent Friday (3 Dec) when riot police evicting islanders from their ancestral home were surrounded by rock-throwing protesters. About two dozen people were injured in a seven-hours-long confrontation. The clash began at 5 a.m. when officers moved in to...

  • Norway could lose lead in the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights – UN expert

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, warned Friday that a proposal to repeal key laws and policies related to Sami people in Norway could “constitute an enormous setback for the recognition and protection of human rights in the country.” The Sami...

  • Russia: Indigenous community on Sakhalin island observes large fish kill, suspects oil spill

    Indigenous residents of Nekrasovka village in the North of Sakhalin island are desparate. This winter, the largely fish-dependent community has seen large-scale fish kill in the nearby Pomr bay, their traditional fishing ground. As a result, the population of the village located on the shore of...

  • Colombia: Thousands of indigenous Wayúu children dead from malnutrition

    The largest indigenous population in Colombia, the Wayúu, are starving and thirsty because the sole water source in the region, the Ranchería River, has been privatised and dammed. Instead of sustaining the Wayuú, it now serves the agricultural industry and one of the world’s largest coalmines....

  • Paraguay: UN Special Rapporteur makes official country visit

    The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will carry out an official visit to Paraguay from 21 to 28 November 2014 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country . "I will explore, among others, the issues of land and...

  • Big victory for indigenous peoples in Indonesia

    Yesterday (May 16), at 14-16pm, The Constitutional Court of Indonesia came out with a Decision on the Judicial Review on Forestry Law No.41/1999, filed by AMAN last year. The Constitutional Court has decided that "Customary Forest is forest in the ancestral domain/indigenous peoples territory"....

  • Ethnic divides resurface as Nepal's assembly fails to write a new constitution

    Nepal’s Constituent Assembly collapsed on 28 May failing to meet its deadline to deliver a new constitution amid the furore of federalist and ethnic divisions. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his disappointment in the failure, as well as asserting the need for political consensus to...

  • Cameroon: Recognition of indigenous peoples on indigenous peoples’ day

    UN International Day of Indigenous Peoples was celebrated in Cameroon, where the government has begun to recognize the existence of indigenous peoples in the country.

  • Ethiopia: New report on forced villagization of indigenous peoples

    The report "Waiting Here for Death” was released on January 16, 2012, according to Human Rights Watch press release. The report examines the first year of Gambella’s villagization program. It details the involuntary nature of the transfers, the loss of livelihoods, the deteriorating food...

  • Is Kenya’s new land law strengthening indigenous peoples’ land rights?

    When the Community Land Act was adopted in September 2016, it was perceived as a great step forward for securing indigenous communities’ land rights in Kenya. However, three years after its adoption there are still more questions than answers over its implementation. IWGIA is supporting a pilot...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Uganda

    Indigenous Peoples in Uganda include former hunter-gatherer communities, such as the Benet and the Batwa. They also include minority groups such as the Ik and the Karamojong and Basongora pastoralists who are not recognized specifically as Indigenous Peoples by the government. The Benet, who...

  • Tanzania: CSOs protest renewed harassment of pastoralists in Ngorongoro

    On May 12, 20 civil society organizations issued a joint declaration requesting the government of Tanzania to take action and make sure that the rights of the pastoralists in Loliondo are respected. The concern of Tanzanian civil society has been raised after the report of a range of new cases of...

  • Israel: Indigenous Arab Bedouins face imminent eviction

    Last week, the Israel Land Authority (ILA) announced its plans of demolition of the Arab Bedouin village of Atir-Umm al-Hiran. ILA explained that the demolition will take place in order to build a Jewish town and at the same time expand the Yatir Forest. This policy will entail evicting around...

  • UN: Mining must respect indigenous rights

    James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, says it is important to stop multinational companies from working under varying levels of human rights standards. "One of the things I'm exploring is to what extent they hold themselves to the same standards, or are held to...

  • Poverty measurement, social programmes and Amazonian peoples: A Peruvian case study with the Wampis people

    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...

  • Note technique par pays sur les populations autochtones - République du Niger

    La République du Niger a une population multi-ethnique, parmi laquelle, les Touareg, les Peulh et les Toubou s‘auto-identifient comme autochtones. La notion de peuples autochtones n‘est pas reconnue au Niger mais ces trois groupes ethniques emploient le concept « autochtone » dans son sens moderne...

  • Mining and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

    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...

  • Os direitos dos povos indígenas em Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. Confinamento e tutela no século XXI. Informe 3

    Este informe, que denominei de “Os direitos do povos indígenas em Mato do Grosso do Sul, Brasil. Confinamento e tutela no século XXI”, trata das observações de minha visita, bem como da pesquisa e análise realizada posteriormente a partir da perspectiva dos direitos humanos. Nele aborda-se o...

  • UN OHCHR Report cover - COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples' Rights

    OHCHR - COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples' Rights

    The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, exacerbating underlying structural inequalities and pervasive discrimination. These serious impacts need to be specifically addressed in the responseto and aftermathof this crisis.1 Reaction by States to the pandemic has...

  • Indigenous World 2019: The work of the UN Treaty Bodies and Indigenous Peoples Rights

    The treaty bodies are the committees of independent experts in charge of monitoring the implementation by state parties of the rights protected in international human rights treaties. There are nine core international human rights treaties that deal with civil and political rights; economic,...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: The Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS)

    The Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS) comprises two human rights bodies: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR or the Commission) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court). Both bodies work to promote and protect human rights in the Americas. The IACHR...

  • India: Enforced Disappearance of Anthony Shing, Head of Foreign Affairs of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland

    Anthony Shing is the Head of Foreign Affairs of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), which has been holding peace talks with the Government of India since 1997. Anthony Shing went missing on 27 September, 2010. He disappeared after he landed at Kathmandu international airport on...

  • Malaysia: The Special Rapporteur gathered key information during visit

    Representatives provided oral and written information on various issues including lands, territories and resources with a focus on extractive industries; militarization and impact of national security measures of Governments; and self-determination and identity. Indigenous peoples from Cambodia,...

  • When you are labelled a terrorist because you defend your people’s rights – interview with Joan Carling

    One day in March 2018, indigenous human rights activist and former member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Joan Carling, woke up to the news that she had been placed on a terrorist list by the Duterte administration in the Philippines, together with over 600 other...

  • Guatemala: First trial for systematic violations of indigenous women

    The case of the indigenous women of Sepur Zarco, who have suffered from sexual violence, finally comes to court next week. They will be testifying against impunity.

  • Peru: A Year and a Half after the Bagua Massacre: the Strategy of “the Leopard”

    Bagua shocked the nation with its tragic and needless death toll that resulted from the disproportionate and poor handling of a military operation, for which no one has assumed responsibility, and because the government of Alan García attempted to surreptitiously ignore the constitutional rights...

  • IWGIA: Launch of "The Indigenous World 2014"

    There was a full house when the 2014 edition of "The Indigenous World" was launched in New York during the second week of the UN Permanent Forum. IWGIA's Director, Lola Garcia-Alíx had gathered an extensive group of panelists including the new Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous...

  • Bangladesh: Indigenous girls targets of rape and murder in Chittagong Hill Tracts

    Two teenage girls of the Tripura ethnic community were murdered last week in Jangal Mahadevpur village, Bangladesh. Indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh are increasingly being raped in land-related conflicts, especially in militarized areas.

  • Consultation process required in a climate of growing social tension in Bolivia

    The Special Rapporteur, James Anaya, issued an urgent warning about the situation of growing social tensions in Bolivia generated by the march of about 1,500 indigenous people against the construction of a highway through the indigenous territory and national park Isaboro Secure (TIPNIS). The...

  • Special rapporteur will look into how Canada treats indigenous peoples

    According to the National Post three United Nations special rapporteurs are on their way to take a thorough look at Canada’s record on human rights, treatment of aboriginals and discrimination against women. Canada has approved three visits, which are from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights...

  • Chile: Flood of Indigenous Demands a Challenge for Government

    While many are sceptical that the Chilean government will deliver on its promise of a shift in indigenous policy, the deadline is looming for the administration of Sebastián Piñera to live up to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recommendations with respect to imprisoned members of the...

  • Russian indigenous delegate arrested on arriving home from Alta meeting

    Police Prosecutor Thomas Rye-Holmboe confirms to BarentsObserver that “a Russian citizen was arrested in Tromsø on Thursday” …and “the arrest is based on a demanded extradition from Russian police.” Dmitry Berezhkov is the former Vice President of RAIPON, the Russian Association of Indigenous...

  • Komi leader Nikolai Rochev: My dream of prosperity without oil

    My name is Nikolay. I am of the Komi peoples and come from the region of the same name in the north of Russia. I will soon be visiting Canada and the city of Iqaluit in the lands of the Nunavummiut for the first time.

  • Indigenous World 2020: United States of America

    The number of Indigenous people in the United States of America is estimated at between 2.5 and 6 million,1 of which around 20% live in American Indian areas or Alaska Native villages. Indigenous Peoples in the United States are more commonly referred to as Native groups. The state with the...

  • Colombia: Indigenous movement says YES to peace

    The Colombian indigenous movement recommends voting yes to end 52 years of a civil war that has cost more than 250.000 lives and displaced around 6,5 million people out of a 49 million population.

  • Brazil: Over a million people sign petition against the Belo Monte Dam

    Some 1.3 million people signed a petition calling for an end to the construction of Brazil’s massive Belo Monte dam in the Amazon. A delegation of Brazilian celebrities and activists delivered the petition Tuesday to the country’s President Dilma Rousseff and called — yet again — for the immediate...

  • Paraguay: Statement by UN Special Rapporteur upon conclusion of official visit

    Upon concluding her eight day visit to Paraguay the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, provided her preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference in Asunción on 28 November. During her time in Paraguay, the Special Rapporteur carried out a...

  • Indonesia: Indigenous peoples get back their rights over customary forests

    Constitutional Court has accepted the Judicial Review of some parts of Act No. 41/1999 on Forestry (Undang-Undang Kehutanan or UUK) submitted by the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Thursday (16/5). Although the Court didn’t agree on all requested reviews, AMAN warmly...

  • Nepal: Indigenous Nationalities’ Comprehensive Conference concludes with a 12-point declaration

    A three-day conference of indigenous nationalities held from 29 April in Nepal’s western city of Pokhara has concluded issuing a 12-point declaration. The declaration calls for ensuring identity-based federalism with rights to self-determination and autonomy of Nepal’s indigenous nationalities so...

  • Kenya: ruling in the Endorois case

    The Endorois community in Kenya has been forcibly removed from their ancestral land around Lake Bogoria without prior consultation and adequate and effective compensation.

  • Indigenous World 2020: Uganda

    Indigenous Peoples in Uganda include former hunter-gatherer communities, such as the Benet and the Batwa. They also include minority groups such as the Ik and the Karamojong and Basongora pastoralists who are not recognised specifically as Indigenous Peoples by the government.

  • 'Climate change should not separate us from our environment'

    Edward Porokwa is a Maasai pastoralist and the Executive Director of the indigenous umbrella organisation, PINGOs Forum in Tanzania. He is in Bonn to lobby his government and get them to listen to the voices of indigenous peoples in both local and global Climate Change negotiations. Below is an...

  • Indigenous Peoples stand up to oil companies in Peru

    In 2020, the Government of Peru allocated 260 million Peruvian Soles (PEN) (approximately USD 72 million) of public funds to remediate tropical forest sites damaged by oil exploitation on Indigenous territory in the Pastaza, Corrientes, Tigre and Marañon river basins. With this, the government...

  • Voices of Water - Indigenous peoples on the International Water Day

    Today we celebrate the annual International Water Day. Worldwide happenings, events and meetings are taking place; from small indigenous communities to international policymakers within the United Nations. The focus is mutual for everyone; to bring attention to the importance of fresh clean water.

  • Questions Autochtones 3-4/09 - Pastoralisme

    Cette édition de Questions Autochtones se penche sur la situation de millions d’autochtones qui sont éleveurs nomades. Les éleveurs nomades ont des cultures uniques et gèrent leurs environnements difficiles d’une manière unique et productive. Cependant, les éleveurs nomades du monde entier sont...

  • Rights to Respect amidst the era of Climate Change: Regional Learning workshop on IP Women and Customary Land Tenure

    Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, with the threat of flooding, drought, cyclones, and changing rainfall patters threatening lives and livelihoods.1 Myanmar’s National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (2017) outlines the major risks that Myanmar...

  • Constitutional Politics and Indigenous Peoples in Nepal

    This report is the result of a monitoring visit to assess IWGIA’s support to promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights in the new constitution and beyond. Indigenous peoples in Nepal, known as adivasi janajati, have for centuries experienced systematic discrimination and marginalisation...

  • Brasil: Isolados no Brasil - Política de estado: Da tutela para política de direitos - Uma questão resolvida? Informe IWGIA 10

    En la Amazonía brasilera se encuentran la mayor cantidad de pueblos en situación de aislamiento y un número importante de comunidades de contacto reciente o esporádico con la sociedad nacional. Este documento actualiza la información disponible sobre estos pueblos y propone una serie de medidas...

  • Photo: IWGIA

    Joint Statement of Network of Indigenous Women’s in Asia (NIWA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

    COVID-19 Pandemic Multiplies Burden and Vulnerabilities of Indigenous Women in Asia Thailand, June 22 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened humanity and wellbeing globally. The severity of its impact on Indigenous Peoples, especially Indigenous women and girls, Indigenous persons with...

  • Indigenous World 2019: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous Peoples have been engaging in the global processes relating to sustainable development since the Rio Summit on Development in 1992, and during the process of negotiations which led to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which was...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: The Indigenous Navigator: Self-Determined Development

    The Indigenous Navigator is an online portal providing access to a set of tools developed for and by Indigenous Peoples. By using the Indigenous Navigator, Indigenous organisations and communities, duty bearers, NGOs and journalists can access free tools and resources based on updated...

  • India: Demand for Judicial Probe into firing at Mao Gate, Manipur

    At an emergency press meeting held today at Constitution Club, New Delhi by Indian civil society organisations, those present including Naga MLAs from Manipur urged for peace but agreed that the situation is getting increasingly volatile even as minority communities in Manipur feel presently...

  • Danish news site focuses on indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia

    The Danish news site on development, u-landsnyt.dk, brings an article about the ruling by Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, which recognises indigenous peoples’ customary forests. The article analyses the ruling and the potential it has to curb the country’s massive deforestation as well as the...

  • Philippines: update on indigenous peoples affected by typhoon Yolanda

    Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. That day the elderly woman Biong of the indigenous Tagbanua community on Coron Island saw the ocean rise into 7 meter high waves that smashed the Tagbanua community’s boats to pieces. Their small fishing boats used to provide food were...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Guatemala

    According to figures from the 2018 census, Guatemala has a population of 14.9 million inhabitants, 6.5 million (43.75%) of which self-identify as Indigenous, from the Maya, Garífuna and Xinca Indigenous Peoples, or Creole (Afrodescendants). The Maya can be further divided into 24 groups: the...

  • Special Rapporteurs discuss impact of free trade agreements in Peru

    Successive UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples have expressed serious concerns in relation to the growing negative impacts of foreign investment on rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. These investments often involve extraction of natural resources and large scale...

  • IWGIA goes on the air in Spanish

    IWGIA is proud to announce the launch of Radio Encuentros -Radio Encounters- as an initiative aimed at promoting the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights. Radio Encuentros is an open platform for free use and download. It contains locally produced programmes and background material on...

  • Protest against acquisition for Ruma Cantonement and BDR Wing HQ in Ruma of CHT

    On 8 November 2010, indigenous Jumma peoples in Ruma upazila under Bandarban Hill District organised demonstration and held meeting at Ruma Upazilla HQ protesting against acquisition of lands of the Jumma people recorded in their names as well as occupied by them so far for expansion of Ruma...

  • Bolivia: Indigenous people march again against road through national park

    Hundreds of indigenous Bolivians have started a second long march against the construction of a road through Tipnis National Park. Last year a similar march led to the cancellation of the project but after other communities has been in favour of the road Evo Morales has backtracked and are now...

  • Canada: The special rapporteur urges nations to honour treaties with indigenous peoples

    James Anaya, the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is calling on countries across the world to honour treaties with indigenous peoples and stressing the importance of this as an important part of addressing historical wrongs and moving toward reconciliation. The remarks from...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Canada

    Indigenous Peoples in Canada are collectively referred to as “Aboriginal Peoples”. The Constitution Act of 1982 recognises three groups of Aboriginal Peoples: Indians, Inuit and Métis. According to the 2016 Canadian Census, there were 1,673,785 Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, accounting for 4.9% of...

  • Rapa Nuis seek U.N. intervention in dispute with Chile

    "We are a peaceful people. We don't like war. We don't want police and military on our land," said Erity Teave, an indigenous activist from the Chilean-administered Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. Teave, an indigenous activist who is currently visiting the United States, told IPS that her...

  • Russia: President of Kola Saami Parliament harassed while travelling to UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

    In Russia, several prominent indigenous rights activists have been harassed while travelling to the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held 22-23 September in New York. Incidents include harrassments by traffic police, passports snatched by thugs or confiscated by the authorities....

  • Russia: Khanty clans say "no" to oil companies

    In West-Siberia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, a region of the size of France, where much of Russia’s crude oil is extracted, a new conflict between indigenous Khanty reindeer herders and the powerful oil producers is unfolding. The Khanty are an indigenous nation of 30,000. Their language is...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Colombia

    According to the national census conducted in 2018,1 the Indigenous population in Colombia has grown by 36.8% and now accounts for 4.4% of the country’s total population, or 1,905,617 Indigenous individuals across all peoples.

  • Indigenous World 2020: Brazil

    Brazil’s Indigenous population numbers 896,900 people, 36.2% of whom live in urban areas and 63.8% in rural. Five hundred and five (505) Indigenous Lands (TIs) have been identified. These lands represent 12.5% (106.7 million hectares) of Brazil’s territory and are inhabited by 517,400 Indigenous...

  • Paraguay: After 30 years of exile, Xákmok Kásek reoccupy their land

    Last month, the indigenous Xákmok Kásek community formed by the Sanapaná people, reoccupied their ancestral land after nearly three decades of exile. In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that the land belonged to them, and that the Paraguayan State violated the Xákmok...

  • Indonesia: Government will revoke granted concessions in costumary forests

    According to AIPP the government of Indonesia has said it will revoke business permits it has given to companies operating in customary forests after the Constitutional Court annulled its ownership of customary forests.

  • Samburu Demand Police Withdrawal in Kenya

    The US based NGO Cultural Survival is appealing to Kenyan government authorities to halt police operations in Northern Kenya, where Indigenous Samburu villages have suffered brutal police attacks over the last year.

  • Deadly violence targeting Maasai & Datoga citizens in Tanzania must end

    IWGIA recently published a briefing note calling for urgent action to halt the deadly violence targeting Maasai and Datoga citizens in Tanzania.Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were recently victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to local media, the...

  • Internet in the Amazon allows Indigenous communities to act promptly on COVID-19

    In 2020, Indigenous Amazonian communities implemented a self-imposed lockdown as protection against the rapid spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, recently-installed satellite Internet proved to be a lifesaver. Through this Internet connectivity, the Indigenous representative organisation,...

  • Indigenous peoples in Latin America claim territorial self-governance

    Having their own indigenous local governments is one of the most significant claims made by indigenous peoples in Latin America. IWGIA fully supports this demand and together with regional partners and local institutions strengthened the momentum through a two-day international seminar in October...

  • The Necessity: Collaboration for Coherence in Myanmar. Climate Change Response

    Climate change is the great global challenge of the 21st century. Because of climate change, undesirable disasters became intense and has caused loss of many lives and billions of dollars’ worth of properties. To respond to climate change, the United Nations founded the body called United Nations...

  • Cameroun: Quel Avenir pour les Baka?

    IWGIA rapport 13: Droits et moyens de subsistance des peubles autchtones dans le Sud-Est du Cameroun Les peuples autochtones de chasseurs-cueilleurs des forêts tropicales humides d’Afrique Centrale possèdent un patrimoine coutumier solide et précieux, développé au fil des millénaires dans des...

  • International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission: Indigenous Peoples in Chittagong Hill Tracts experiencing Human Rights Violations

    Press Statement: International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission June 26, 2020, Dhaka The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission is alarmed at the reports of allegations of human rights violations, especially against the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), during the ongoing...

  • Indigenous World 2019: The Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRC)

    The Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS) is composed of two human rights bodies: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR). Both bodies work to promote and protect human rights in the Americas. While the IACHR is made up of...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

    The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous (EMRIP) is a subsidiary body of the Human Rights Council composed of seven independent members, one from each of the seven Indigenous sociocultural regions: Africa; Asia; the Arctic; Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia...

  • The failure of the State and ethnic conflict in Northeast India

    The violent conflict between Muslim migrants and the indigenous Bodos in Northeast India in late July left over 70 people dead and 400,000 displaced. The killings were sparked by the murder of three Bodos, allegedly by Muslims, with Bodos attacking Muslim migrants and these retaliating in...

  • Malaysia: New report calls for respect of indigenous peoples right to withhold consent for dam

    Fact-finding mission reports on fundamental human rights violations committed by Malaysian company Sarawak Energy at the proposed Baram Dam, while blockades of villagers against the dam reach day 300. (KUALA LUMPUR / BARAM, MALAYSIA) - A newly released fact-finding report reveals systematic human...

  • Philippines: National Solidarity Mission held as response to extrajudicial killings

    On April 4-7, 2014, a National Solidarity Mission was held in response to one of the gravest cases of human rights violation in the Cordillera region in recent years – the massacre of the Ligiws of Sitio Sucao, Barangay Domenglay, Licuan Baay, Abra. The National Solidarity Mission was organized to...

  • Indigenous broadcasters in Peru: The right to Communication

    In a country with more than 50 different ethnic groups, the native peoples have no means of communication of their own and only restricted access to the public and private media.

  • Orbituary for Finn Lynge

    Finn was a board member of IWGIA from 1992-95. It was during those years that hunters of the Arctic were attacked from environment protection groups, and Finn was a strong defender of the rights of the hunters to pursue, defend and develop their cultures and traditions. Before others, he saw the...

  • Special Rapporteur: lecture in Bolivia on international human rights and indigenous peoples

    On 25 March the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, delivered a lecture on international human rights and indigenous peoples at a conference hosted by the Andean University Simón Bolivar and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in La Paz. During...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Inuit Nunangat

    The majority of the 65,030 Inuit in Canada live in 51 communities in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland encompassing the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik in northern Quebec and Nunatsiavut in northern Labrador.

  • Chile: Special Rapporteur lectures on the State's duty to consult with indigenous peoples

    The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, visited Chile from 14 to 16 April 2014 to give a lecture on the duty of the State to consult with indigenous peoples during a conference organized by the Universidad Diego Portales. He also made a keynote speech during a...

  • Russian WCIP delegates press criminal charges regarding harrassment and attacks

    Criminal proceedings are under way regarding the attack on the President of the Saami Parliament of the Kola Peninsula, Valentina Sovkina, lawyer Vitaly Cherkasov had told the Russian news web site “Gazeta.ru”. Sovkina had been attacked on the day when she was scheduled to fly to the UN World...

  • Russia: Denial of indigenous peoples' rights concerns UN Human Rights Committee

    The UN Human Rights Committee, which oversees compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) recently concluded its 113th Session, adopting, among others, its concluding observations regarding the situation of civil and political rights in the Russian Federation....

  • Ethiopia's plantations are killing vital waterway

    The flooding of the Omo River feeds the rich biodiversity of the region and ensures tribes such as the Bodi, Mursi and Dassanach can feed their cattle and produce beans and cereals in the fertile silt left behind. In addition to this indigenous communities are also suffering from violent human...

  • EU Parliament passes key resolution on land grabbing in Tanzania

    The EU Parliament passed a resolution strongly condemning the practice of land grabbing in Tanzania on Thursday (March 12). They released a press release stating that members of the Parliament (MEPs) strongly condemn the "illegal displacement of local rural communities, the destruction of their villages...

  • Chile: “The Constitution must recognize Indigenous Peoples by means of a Plurinational State”

    BY PAULINA ACEVEDO Luis Jiménez Cáceres was elected as a Constitutional Assembly Member for the Aymara people. His Aymara roots come from the regions of Arica and Parinacota (Guallatire Community) and Tarapacá (Chiapa Community). A lawyer specializing in the human rights of Indigenous Peoples and the...

  • Signs that indigenous land rights are key for sustainable development

    2017 can be read as the beginning of an era that offers substantial opportunities for the world to change its relationship with indigenous communities, their ancestral land, and identities.

  • Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Sar Pauk Village

    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,...

  • Case study: Titling of indigenous territories protects and increases tropical forest cover in the Peruvian Amazon.

    This case study from Peru illustrates the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) to REDD+, and particularly the effects of land demarcation and titling of indigenous communities, its impact on governance and democracy, on social structures and livelihoods, and on environment and forest cover....

  • Niger: Cas des Régions de Tillabéri et Dosso. Rapport IWGIA 12

    Les Peuls sont principalement des pasteurs nomades et semi-nomades fermement attachés à leur système de valeurs traditionnel et qui migrent à travers l’Afrique de l’ouest avec leurs troupeaux depuis plus de 6,000 ans. Au Niger, ils sont victimes de plusieurs préjugés et stéréotypes négatifs. Ils...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Palestine

    Following Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, the Jahalin Bedouin, together with four other tribes from the Negev Desert (al-Kaabneh, al-Azazmeh, al-Ramadin and al-Rshaida), took refuge in the West Bank, then under Jordanian rule. These tribes are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists living in...

  • Indigenous realities in a COVID-19 world: Around the globe

    Reassessing the situation for Indigenous People in a COVID-19 world As the world has experienced the outbreak and rapid spread of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic over the first quarter of 2020, IWGIA has worked to monitor how the situation has developed and the impacts the pandemic has had on...

  • Indigenous World 2019: The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

    The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) is a subsidiary body of the Human Rights Council composed of seven independent members, one from each of the seven indigenous sociocultural regions: Africa; Asia; the Arctic; Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation,...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

    IFAD’s Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples aims to enhance its development effectiveness in its engagement with Indigenous Peoples’ communities in rural areas. As a key instrument for implementing the IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum was...

  • India: Indigenous Peoples Reclaim Right to Forest in Jharkhand

    No implementation The Forest Right Act of 2006 promised the forest dwellers of Jharkhand recognition of their rights over land and ecology. However six years after the law was passed the implementation of the law is not what was expected.

  • Malaysia: Chief Minister of Sabah attempts to discredit IWGIA partner

    In an article in the Daily Express Malaysia from 13 November 2014 the Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman, has made a statement that NGOs such as IWGIA’s partner the Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS) are misleading and confusing natives to blame the government for not giving them land.

  • Philippines: Cordillera indigenous activist and human rights defender killed

    Cordillera Human Rights Alliance denounces the extrajudicial killing of William Bugatti who was shot on March 25 around 7 in the evening. William Bugatti was a Tuwali and a human rights worker, a Regional Council Member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, a Regional Council Member...

  • The role of Kechua Lamas midwives in Peru

    The Kechua Lamas are an indigenous people living in the San Martin region of the Peruvian Amazon. The local midwives play a vital role in the endurance of their cultural heritage by carrying on traditional practices. They are the godmothers and advisors during pregnancy and childbirth, and...

  • IWGIA welcomes the nomination of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    IWGIA would like to warmly congratulate Ms. Victoria Tauli–Corpuz on her nomination for the position as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  • IWGIA: New report documents militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

    We expect that the report will be a lobby instrument for IWGIA’s indigenous partners in their advocacy work for implementation of the Cittagong Hill Tracts Accord. Already the report has been presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and various UN agencies during...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Bolivia

    According to the 2012 National Census, 41% of Bolivians over the age of 15 are of Indigenous origin although the 2017 projections from the National Statistics Institute (INE) indicate that this may now have increased to 48%.1 Of the 36 peoples recognised in the country, most Quechua (49.5%) and...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Rapa Nui

    The Rapa Nui people of Easter Island continued to demand recognition of their rights throughout 2019. This related largely to demanding that the Chilean state recognise and implement the International Annexation Treaty known as the “Agreement of Wills”, signed on 9 September 1888 and which forms...

  • Russia: Kola Saami Congress held amidst massive state pressure, authorities push back against Saami Parliament

    On 22 November 2014, the III Congress of the Russian Saami people was held in the village of Lovozero, Murmansk region. As the Finno-Ugric Information Centre reports, the regional authorities intervened massively with attempts to sideline the Kola Saami Parliament, headed by Valentina Sovkina and...

  • Russia: Indigenous Evenks to be treated as poachers on their ancestral land

    The Evenks of Zeya district might be soon left without their hunting grounds, where they have lived and hunted for many generations. As reported by "Amur.info", the lease of the indigenous obshchina(community-based cooperative) "Yukte" expired in November 2014, meaning that in order to continue...

  • Nepal: Indigenous Film Festival focus on equal access to media

    With this years focus Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival advocate for indigenous peoples equal share and right to participate in all forms of non-indigenous media without any discrimination. Inclusion in Mainstream Media It is necessary for indigenous peoples to be able to influence the...

  • Ethiopia: The government suspends land allocations

    Reports have shown that investors have not been utilizing land allocated to them by the Ethiopian government appropriately. The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture will therefore need to re-evaluate the current status of land in the possession of investors before allocating further land for investors.

  • Tanzania: Report documents human rights violations

    A survey conducted in ten districts of six regions of mainland Tanzania reveals deterioration of the situation of indigenous peoples and gross violations of their human rights. Evictions that take place with impunity are among the most serious problems found. Reports of various enquiry commissions are...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Israel

    Israel’s Arab Bedouin citizens are indigenous to the Negev (Naqab, in Arabic) desert, where they have lived for centuries as a semi-nomadic people, long before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Members of the Bedouin community are an integral part of the Arab Palestinian minority,...

  • The time of Buen Vivir in Chile: power returns to its legitimate owners

    The results of Chile’s elections for the Constitutional Convention marked a breaking point in the country’s history. At the same time as the particracy is demolished and the political class defeated, the epicenter of decision-making finds its way back to the people. Right now, indigenous and...

  • Self-determination of indigenous peoples

    What is most widely implied in the term self-determination is the right to participate in the democratic process of governance and to influence one’s future – politically, socially and culturally. Self-determination embodies the right for all peoples to determine their own economic, social and...

  • Forest Management, Women's Rights and REDD+ in Myanmar

    In Myanmar, women manage forests and depend on them for their livelihoods, but their tenure over these forests is insecure. Women often have distinct roles in managing forests as compared to men, and therefore also have expert knowledge about forests and different priorities for how forests are...

  • The crucial role of indigenous peoples in nurturing forest and maintaining forest cover - An important Non-Carbon Benefit of REDD+

    There is increasing and widespread recognition that, in order to make greenhouse gas emissions reductions/removals possible and enduring in the forest sector, REDD+ must broaden its scope from a highly carbon-focused to a more holistic approach. Hence, initiatives to achieve Non-Carbon Benefits...

  • Bangladesh: Militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts - The slow demise of the region's indigenous peoples. IWGIA Report 14.

    The military has played a decisive role in Bangladesh. Its influence over political, economic and social affairs is particularly pronounced in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), a region of natural abundance and home to 11 indigenous groups numbering approximately 700,000 people; this is a region,...

  • COVID-19 And Humanity: Human Rights in Peril

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a calamitous global event, but it is revealing the worst fears, especially, human rights, conflict, racism, and starvation.

  • Indigenous World 2019: Indigenous Women at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

    The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main international intergovernmental body devoted exclusively to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. It plays a crucial role in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality in which women throughout the world live, and drafting...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Indigenous Youth: their role in protecting of their communities

    Indigenous youth are aware that the world and its regions are going through a time of change marked, on the one hand, by key actors committed to respecting human rights and, on the other, by current movements ranged against the implementation of those rights. The global situation in which...

  • India: Declaration on Dams and Natural Resource Protection

    During the two-day consultation programme “Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Dams and Natural Resources Protection in India’s North East” in Argalta, environmentalists, social organizations and pressure groups have asserted that the land, forests, rivers and all natural resources in India’s North East...

  • Malaysia: The High Court nullifies a case of land alienation in Sandakan

    Sandakan, Malaysia - On January 8, 2015 The High Court nullified a case of land eviction of 500 acres at Kg Ansuan, Telupid, by the Lands and Surveys Department by declaring that the natives had not received a sufficient notice to claim customary rights under Section 13 of the...

  • Philippines: Cordillera Peoples Alliance denounces massacre of anti mining activists

    In a statement from IWGIA's partner The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) the organisation strongly denounces the massacre of the Ligiw family in Abra province, in Baay Licuan municipality alledgedly by the 41st Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Kin and tribesmen recovered the bound...

  • Peru: Indigenous women address critical role in combatting climate change

    More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change. At an international forum on community land and resource rights which took place 15 and 16 July, women from across the world called for inclusion of indigenous women’s...

  • The Indigenous World 2013 presented at the UN Permanent Forum

    Focus on Africa This year, the regional theme on the UNPFII was Africa. The book launch therefore focused on the situation of indigenous peoples in Africa, taking advantage of the presence of many of our indigenous partners to make presentations. Our speakers included Mr. Joseph Ole Simmel from...

  • Bangladesh: International commission condemns killing of indigenous woman

    On February 18 the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) condemned the killing of an indigenous woman in Kagrachari on February 15. The commission called upon the Government to ensure justice by providing exemplary punishment to the perpetrators. The Commission further stressed the...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Chile

    Since the 2017 census,1 and despite constant increases in numbers since the 1990s, the Indigenous population has not shown any great changes. When considering their demographic for public policy and regulatory purposes, they are still given as 12.8%  of the total population, or approximately...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Sápmi

    Sápmi is the Sámi people’s own name for their traditional territory. The Sámi people are the Indigenous people of the northern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and large parts of the Kola Peninsula and live in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. There is no reliable information on the population of Sámi...

  • Russia: "Blow us up together with our sacred mountain!"

    The below article by Shor activist Vladislav Tannagashev was originally published in Russian in late October 2014. In the meantime, the situation he describes has further deteriorated. The Shor village of Kazas has been entirely demolished, which just one roof left standing. Villagers have lost...

  • Nepal: Representation of indigenous peoples is almost nil

    Representation of indigenous peoples in five constitutional bodies is almost nil. Until the dissolution of the first CA, regressive forces were silent. However, emboldened by the results of the second CA elections, they are now rearing their heads. They are not openly speaking against federalism,...

  • Indigenous organisations outraged by Ethiopia's government land deal with iconic land grabbing company

    The Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO) is outraged by recent news report that the Ethiopian government is providing a new lease of lands to the disgraced land grabber Karuturi Global Ltd.

  • African Court: Ogiek people cannot be evicted

    The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued provisional measures to ensure that the Ogiek people of the Mau forest cannot be evicted by the Kenyan government, while the matter continues before the court. The Ogiek people are one of a number of hunter-gatherer peoples in Kenya threatened...

  • Opening a path to plurinationality: Chile’s Constitutional Convention and native peoples

    The election of members to the country’s Constituent Assembly reflected a tremendous turning point in Chile’s political history. In addition to the 17 seats reserved for Indigenous Peoples, four Indigenous members were elected through regular constituencies and there was gender parity among all...

  • UNFCCC: Update from Bonn Climate Change Conference

    From 4-15 June, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened in Bonn, Germany. Indigenous representatives from around the world followed the negotiations and lobbied government delegations for greater inclusion, and respect for their rights and...

  • Land grabbing

    Land grabbing is the large-scale acquisition of land for commercial or industrial purposes, such as agricultural and biofuel production, mining and logging concessions or tourism Land grabbing involves land being purchased by investors, often foreign investors, rather than producers. This is done...

  • Tribes, States and Colonialism: The Evolution of the Concept of Indigenous Peoples and its Application in Asia. Discussion Paper 2014

    This discussion paper traces the evolution of the concept of indigenous peoples in the UN system and aims at giving a better understanding of why the concept of indigenous peoples is relevant in an Asian context. Due to the lack of a definition of ‘indigenous peoples’ and the fact that the concept is...

  • Cameroon: What Future for the Baka?

    The indigenous hunter/gatherer peoples of the Central African rainforests have a strong and valuable customary heritage, developed over millennia in cultures that are uniquely adjusted to living in and utilizing the forest in a harmonious and sustainable way. Today, the cultures and very survival...

  • Some aspects of Amazigh life in the context of COVID-19

    Amazighs living in the various Tamazgha countries (North Africa and the Sahara) consider the national public media (especially TV) to be unreliable. Therefore, when they need information, they generally get it from foreign television stations broadcast by satellite and Internet networks. Word of...

  • Indigenous World 2019: European Union Engagement with Indigenous Issues

    The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 Member States established in 1951. Its legislative and executive powers are divided between the EU’s three main institutions: the European Parliament (co-legislative authority - EP), the Council of the European Union (co-legislative...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN)

    Over 1 billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, are persons with disabilities.[1] Applying this percentage to the estimated 476 million Indigenous Peoples globally, the number of Indigenous persons with disabilities stands at approximately 71 million.[2] Similarly, if this...

  • Naga activist fights for right to Indian citizenship

    On March 10 the Delhi High Court issued notice related to a court case to restore Luingam Luithui and his wife Peingamla Luithui as Indian citizens. The notice issued was addressed to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian High Commission at Ottawa in Canada. In...

  • Malaysia: New project addresses violence against women

    In honour of International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of our partner projects, where indigenous women have taken the lead and confronted challenges facing their community. In 2013, IWGIA partnered with the Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO) to address...

  • Philippines: Update on indignous peoples' situation after thypoon Yolanda

    Almost a month after the typhoon hit the central Philippines, here are some updates about the situation for indigenous peoples in the country: Palawan island There have been two waves of relief operation and distribution in the barangays of Dillan, Lajala, Banuang Daan, Tagumpay and Marcilla in Coron,...

  • Peru: Women raise their voice against climate change

    They call for all of those committed to a better future to participate in the upcoming Peoples Climate Summit to be held in Lima, parallel to the official COP20. A National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth signed a statement to raise struggle proposals at national...

  • IWGIA member of the International Land Coalition

    ILC is a strong global coalition that focuses on land rights. We at IWGIA see our membership as an opportunity to be part of a broad and resourceful network that reaches a global audience. While the ILC network can strengthen IWGIA’s ability to reach a broad audience and expand our advocacy...

  • Statement for the Human Rights Council concerning violence against women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

    In the statement it is pointed out that Jumma girls and women have been targets of sexual violence since the late 1970s. A report of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) from 1991 documents that in 1983, a secret memorandum was circulated to all army officers in the CHT encouraging them to...

  • Russia: LUKOil starting seismic exploration in indigenous territory without any consultation

    Residents of Krasnobor, a village locate in the heartland of the indigenous Iz’vatas Komi people, who have for almost a year been protesting the misconduct of the oil producer LUKoil Komi, have recently alerted the Committee to Save the Pechora. They reported of seismic exploration works going on...

  • Nepal: help needed to reach remote indigenous communities affected by earthquake

    The deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake of 25 April 2015, with its epicenter in Barpak in Gorkha district, resulted in massive loss of human life and property in various parts of Nepal. As of now the death toll is more than 8,000 with many more injured. According to government data, 134,864 houses...

  • Kenya: Forceful evictions leave thousands of Maasais homeless

    On July 26 the Maasai community who live in Narasha in Naivasha, Kenya was stormed by hundreds of hired goons accompanied by armed police. During the attack on the settlement 2 men were wounded by shots, 61 homesteads were destroyed, 500 lambs, 200 calves and food that was in stores were burnt. As a...

  • Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

    Drafting of the General Recommendation on the Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls With this written submission, the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) seeks to bring forward the voices, perspectives and experiences of indigenous women and girls, particularly from Africa, Asia, Latin...

  • UNFCCC: The road towards COP 20 in Lima

    During the recent UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn (June 4-15), the Peruvian government delegation expressed a clear commitment to facilitate indigenous peoples’ participation in the upcoming COP 20.

  • IWGIA raises awareness about land grabbing through Danish Radio

    Yesterday IWGIA's land grabbing seminar was the basis for a spot in the Danish radio programme Orientering, featuring IWGIA’s Executive Director Orla Bakdal in the studio. The spot also included interviews with Elifuraha Laltaika from Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists (ALAPA),...

  • Chittagong Hill Tracts White Paper. The Issues of Conflict, Human Rights, Development, and Land of the Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh 2003-2006. First English version, 10 February 2009

    Over the years, a number of international NGOs such as the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission, Survival International and Amnesty International, as well as UN bodies such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights have...

  • The Human Rights of the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island: Report of the international Observers’ Mission to Rapa Nui, August 2011

    The purpose of this Report, which has as background the recent events concerning the acts of police violence and criminalization of the territorial claims of the Rapa Nui peoples which occurred in the years 2010 and 2011, is to assess the human rights situation of the Rapa Nui people. This...

  • Statement from Indigenous Women’s Organisations of Nepal on COVID-19

    The WHO has declared the outbreak of COVID 19 as a global pandemic. The entire world has been caught unprepared to cope with this pandemic. Indigenous Peoples to healthcare, essential services, sanitation, information and other preventive measures like clean water, food, medicines etc. Indigenous...

  • Indigenous World 2019: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by its founding member states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Myanmar later joined,...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Indigenous Data Sovereignty

    Indigenous Peoples have always been “data warriors”.[1] Our ancient traditions recorded and protected information and knowledge through art, carving, song, chants and other practices. Deliberate efforts to expunge these knowledge systems were part and parcel of colonisation, along with...

  • Indo-Naga Peace Talks Resumed Amidst Tensions in Manipur

    In 1997, after over four decades of war between the Indian armed forces and Naga resistance groups asserting their right to self-determination, a cease fire agreement was signed between the Indian government and the largest of the armed Naga groups, the Isak-Muivah faction of the National...

  • Philippines: Indigenous communities hit by Typhoon Yolanda

    Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Central Philippines and caused a lot of damages to the lives, livelihood and properties of the Filipino people. Among the affected are the indigenous peoples in the Islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan. At least 50 indigenous communities of Tumandok, Ati, Hanunuo, Buhid,...

  • Peru: Indigenous organizations to present climate change agenda

    The national organizations assembled in the Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru convened a meeting to present their vision, proposals and agenda on climate change, put together by the indigenous peoples, as well as their mobilization and advocacy strategy gearing towards the COP...

  • New book on Indigenous Space and the UN processes

    Based on the author’s profound knowledge about indigenous peoples long struggle for being recognized as subjects of international law and building on his more of 20 years of engagement and commitment to the promotion and recognition of indigenous peoples rights in the United Nations, this book...

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  • UNPFII: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts continues with impunity

    Kapaeeng Foundation, International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), and Shimin Gaikou Centre organized an event titled "Marginalization and Impunity: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh" during the 13th session of the...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Inuit Nunangat

    The majority of the 65,030 Inuit in Canada live in 51 communities in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland  encompassing  the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik in northern Quebec and Nunatsiavut in northern Labrador.

  • Indigenous World 2020: Russian Federation

    Indigenous Peoples are not recognised by Russian legislation as such; however, Article 69 of the current Constitution guarantees the rights of ‘Indigenous minority peoples’. The 1999 Federal Act “On Guarantees of the Rights of the Indigenous Minority Peoples of the Russian Federation”specifies...

  • Nepal: Tharu Indigenous Peoples Clash at Protest Leaving Many Dead or Injured

    Similarly, over 50 protestors and same number of security personnel have been injured and are receiving treatment at the Tikapur hospital, Nepalgunj hospital, and various hospitals in Kathmandu. The army helicopter airlifted injured security personnel to Kathmandu.

  • Kenya: Imminent forced eviction threatens indigenous communities' human rights and ancestral forests

    The Kenyan government has sent police troops to Embobut forest area (in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Western Kenya) to forcefully evict thousands of the indigenous inhabitants of the Sengwer and Cherangany communities from their ancestral forestlands. The eviction is expected to commence as early as...

  • 45th Session of the Human Rights Council

    The Human Rights Council is the main intergovernmental body within the United Nations system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It therefore plays a pivotal role in the promotion and the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights.  Most of the gains...

  • COP 20: National organisations question single indigenous participation

    Peruvian government carries on with “greenwashing plan” leading towards the COP 20. The Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru questioned the allocation of a single indigenous participation space in the National Climate Change Commission (NCCC).

  • Securing indigenous and community land rights in the future we want

    Land rights were a key part of the agenda at the Post-2015 Inter-Governmental Negotiations on SDGs and Targets held in New York recently. Inspired by the ethos that the world must “leave no one behind”, United Nations (UN) member states met to discuss an ambitious new set of Sustainable...

  • 'Life Is not Ours' - Land and Human Rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

    The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission is an independent body established to investigate allegations of human rights violations in the hill region of southeast Bangladesh. In November 1990, the Commission received permission from the governments of India and Bangladesh to visit the Chittagong Hill...

  • Indigenous realities in a COVID-19 world: Africa

    The spread of COVID-19 in Africa, so far, has reportedly been lower and caused fewer fatalities than on other continents, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) fears a rapid acceleration of the spread of the pandemic in the coming months.i This would have a devastating outcome due to the...

  • Indigenous World 2019: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)

    The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR) was established in accordance with Article 30 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights with a mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights on the continent. It was officially inaugurated on 2nd of November 1987...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Food and Agriculture Organizaion of the UN (FAO)

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and malnutrition. FAO was founded in 1945, and its primary goal is to achieve food security for all making sure that people have regular access to enough...

  • Protesters killed by security forces in Ukhrul Town, Manipur

    The rally was part of a series of simultaneous mass rallies held on the same day at the headquarters of the four Naga dominated districts of Tamenglong, Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel. The demonstrations were organized to push the Government of India to finally come up with an acceptable settlement...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Malaysia

    As of 2017, the Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia were estimated to account for around 13.8% of the 31,660,700 million national population. They are collectively known as Orang Asal. The Orang Asli are the Indigenous Peoples of Peninsular Malaysia.

  • Philippines: Call to stop human rights violations in the Cordillera

    In the Philippines, the National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have conducted a number of aerial and ground military operations in the Cordillera region. The latest case is the operations in Mountain Province on 30 August. The operations are carried out under the pretext of "counter...

  • Peru: Ollanta Humala asked not to consummate blow to the environment and indigenous people’s lives

    While facing the coming COP 20, Peru must rectify the extractive model that exacerbates the global climate crisis.The Unity Pact of National Indigenous Organizations of Peru called today on President Ollanta Humala not to enact the Bill 3627/2013-PE approved yesterday by the Standing Committee of...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)

    Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) has been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1979. The population is 88% Greenlandic Inuit out of a total of 56,225 inhabitants (July 2019).1 The majority of Greenlandic Inuit refer to themselves as Kalaallit.

  • Danish development expert and indigenous Maori new board chairs for IWGIA

    A new board has been constituted in the second week of January 2017 following the planned replacement of board members whose term had come to an end. The new chairman of the board is Knud Vilby, an experienced Danish journalist and development consultant. Knud Vilby has been sitting in the IWGIA...

  • Bangladesh: Attack on CHT commission car in Rangamati

    Three people including a member of CHT (Chittagong Hill Tracts) commission were injured on 5 July as its vehicle came under an attack by Bangalee settlers, who have been protesting the visit of the commission members in Rangamati today. Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also executive director of...

  • Russia: Chukchi community defends territorial rights against coal mining company

    An indigenous obshchina (kinship-based community and cooperative) of indigenous Chukchi on Chukotka peninsula in the Russian Far East has successfully appealed a 2013 administrative decision  depriving it of its territory and overturned a court ruling ordering the obshchina to pay a fine of...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Nepal

    According to the 2011 Census, the Indigenous nationalities (Adivasi Janajati) of Nepal make up 36% of the total population of 29.8 million,1 although Indigenous Peoples’ organisations claim a larger figure of more than 50%. The 2011 Census listed the population as belonging to 125 caste and...

  • Kenya: Landmark decision recognizes Ogiek community as indigenous right-holders

    In a landmark decision, the court of Kenya identifies the Ogiek community of Mau forest as both indigenous and minority, using ILO 169 definition of Indigenous Peoples. The decision affirms that the community has been and continues to be discriminated against through evictions and that their...

  • Tanzania: Harassment of civil society organizations in Loliondo

    The situation of the Masai population in Loliondo in Northern Tanzania continues to be very serious. Recently a large number of Maasai women have been demonstrating to show that they are very unhappy with the ongoing serious situation and the fact that their concerns are not being addressed.

  • Afro-Colombians and the national strike: indignation and resistance to racism and hate crimes

    Racial inequality, the legacy of enslavement and colonialism, flourished in the intensity of the armed conflict and has become even more stark with the pandemic. Afro-Colombians who were forced to move from rural areas to large cities suffer discrimination and social ill-treatment. As traditional politics...

  • UN Special mandate-holders: Respect human rights in Climate Change negotiations

    This week, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action is meeting in Bonn. On this occasion, the Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council, in an open letter, call upon States to respect, protect, promote and fulfil human rights for all in all climate...

  • 'Life Is not Ours' - Land and Human Rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh - An Update of the May 1991 Report

    When the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission visited the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in December 1990 1 the autocratic regime of President Ershad had just been overthrown by a popular uprising. After a short transitional period, under acting President Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed, parliamentary...

  • Business and Human Rights: Interpreting the UN Guiding Principles for Indigenous Peoples

    In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). These principles form the first globally-agreed framework for preventing and addressing adverse human rights impacts linked to business activities. While the UNGP do not...

  • Call for inputs: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the General Assembly Impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples

    The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is calling for inputs from Member States, Indigenous Peoples representatives bodies and organisations, civil society actors, health workers and agencies, national human rights institutions and other stakeholders, to contribute to the...

  • Indigenous World 2020: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    Indigenous Peoples have rights over their traditional knowledge (TK), traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and genetic resources (GRs), including associated intellectual property rights, as recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 31. However, Indigenous...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: European Union engagement with Indigenous Issues

    The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 Member States established in 1951. Its legislative and executive powers are divided between the EU main institutions: the European Parliament (co-legislative authority), the Council of the European Union (co-legislative and executive...

  • India: New book documents the non-implementation of the forest rights act for indigenous peoples

    A decade after the passing of the Forest Rights Act, the book by indigenous rights activits Gladson Dungdung “Adivasi and Forest Rights: Grassroots reality of Forest rights in Jharkhand” documents how government agencies, industry lobby and even the Naxal insurgentes have worked deliberately against...

  • Philippines: Oil Palm Expansion Threatening Indigenous Communities

    In the Philippines, massive oil palm monocultures are tearing apart indigenous peoples’ livelihood while plundering ecological valuable areas and precious biodiversity. As of June 2009, the total area devoted to oil palm in the country had already reached 46,608 hectares, covering the islands of...

  • Peru: Indigenous organisations criticize the national climate change agenda

    Unity Pact of Indigenous Organisations of Peru, an organisation that articulates national indigenous organisations, criticized the omission of key issues in the national agenda on climate change developed by the Peruvian government.

  • In memory of Rodolfo Stavenhagen

    Undoubtedly, Rodolfo Stavenhagen has been one of the most emblematic academics in the defense of indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide.   Rodolfo Stavenhagen was an emeritus professor and researcher at El Colegio in Mexico and President of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). In...

  • Bangladesh: CHTC condemns attack on its Coordinator in Bandarban

    Press statement Dhaka, 27 August, 2014. The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) strongly condemns the brutal and cowardly attack upon Hana Shams Ahmed, Coordinator of the Commission, and her friend, a woman academic, during a private visit by them to Shoilopropat in Bandarban in the...

  • Russia: Many indigenous people may lose right to early retirement

    Lives of indigenous people in Russia are short. There are no exact figures, but estimates are that if you are indigenous, you die on average 10 to 20 years before members of mainstream society do. Due to this massive disadvantage, Russia has a special pension scheme for indigenous peoples: The...

  • Indigenous World 2020: Venezuela

    The recitals to Venezuela’s Constitution recognise the country as a multi-ethnic and pluricultural nation while Article 9 establishes that Indigenous languages also have official status. According to official estimates, Venezuela’s Indigenous population currently accounts for approximately 2.8% of...

  • The Indigenous World 2021: Nepal

    According to the 2011 census, the Indigenous Nationalities (Adivasi Janajati) of Nepal comprise 36% of the total population of 30.2 million,[1] although Indigenous Peoples’ organizations claim a larger figure of more than 50%. The 2011 census listed the population as belonging to 125 caste and...

  • Kenya: Video on pastoralist communities’ mobilization in the face of extractive industries

    This short video shows how the pastoralist communities in Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo in Kenya came together to raise awareness about the situation of their access to water from the Ewaso Ngiro River that will be gravely affected by a planned mega dam.

  • Ethnicities, bodies and freedoms destroyed in social protest in Southwest Colombia

    Peaceful and anonymous protests have broken out simultaneously in hundreds of cities and towns around Colombia. The main protagonists are young people of different origins and backgrounds who have decided to form the mouthpiece for the widespread malaise of a country ravaged by an immutable...

  • UNFCCC: Indigenous peoples' key demands for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

    Indigenous peoples representatives from all over the world have been following the negotiations of the forthcoming global climate change agreement, which will be adopted by the UN at the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris at the end of the year. On October 17, indigenous peoples together...