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Russia: Legislative change to demolish indigenous land rights

On 28 December 2013, in a rushed proceeding, after only two parliamentary readings, the State Duma adopted a bill amending the Federal Act “On specially protected conservation areas”, which may strip indigenous peoples “Territories of Traditional Nature Use” of any effective protection.


Russia: "We Izhma Komi are indigenous people and this is our land"

On 13 April, a meeting took place in the village of Krasnobor between residents representing 15 settlements of Izhma district and representatives of"LUKOIL" and "LUKOIL-Komi". The attempts of LUKOil representativess to "agree" privately with the leaders of civic organisations of the


Russia: Izvatas declare oil company "Persona non grata"

In 1994, the world’s worst ever onshore oilspill hit the district of Usinsk, just north of Izhma district in Russia. Since then, the Komi speaking ethnic group Izvatas (Komi-Izhemtsy) have viewed the oil industry’s operations with great anxiety. Recently the Izvatas gathered and issued


Indigenous Peoples and Corporate Accountability in the ASEAN

Due to the increasing and expanding operations of multinational corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted this study on the business practices of these corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories. The study focuses on the operations...

Briefing Paper: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

This briefing paper draws on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and concerns relating to climate change adaptation. It analyses two cases: the adaptation practices among the Tangkhul Naga Community in the North Eastern Region of India and the traditional adaptation practices of Pidlisan-Kankanaeys of


Overview of the State of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Two-thirds of the approximate 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples are in Asia, enriching the region’s enormous cultural and linguistic diversity. They have strong cultural attachment to and livelihood dependence on land, forests and waters, and the natural resources therein. They


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


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


Estudos Sobre os Awá: Caçadores-Coletores em Transição

Os Awá-Guajá são um dos últimos grupos caçadores-coletores do planeta. Embora ainda existam alguns Awá não contatados, sua maior parte vive em quatro “Terras Indígenas” sob a proteção da FUNAI (Fundação Nacional do Índio) no estado do Maranhão (Brasil) Isto, no entanto, não impede que sejam


Report on the State of Pastoralists´Human Rights in Tanzania

Pastoralists in Tanzania are suffering from many human rights violations, including forced evictions from their lands. This report gives a comprehensive analysis of the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania, and documents cases of human rights violations against Maasai...

James Anaya’s preliminary observations upon conclusion of visit to Peru

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, acknowledged the cooperation of the Peruvian Government and the information provided with respect to laws, policies and programs on indigenous issues. He also highlighted the collaboration of the United Nations


Cambodia: Video about climate change and the indigenous Kouy’s forest conservation

In this video, we meet the women and men of the Kouy indigenous peoples of Cambodia to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest. In Cambodia, the indigenous Kouy women unite to protect their trees from illegal


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.


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: 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


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


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".


The Indigenous World 2013

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

In 67 articles, indigenous and non-indigenous scholars


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


Malaysian Indigenous Youth in the City

some_text This collection of photos is part of a project that aims at raising awareness about and creating understanding for the situation of indigenous youth living in cities by offering young


International Expert Workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples

In 2012 UNESCO and the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention celebrated the Convention’s 40th anniversary through a series of activities, events and thematic workshops around the world, the outcomes of which are meant to “feed the reflection on the future of the Convention”. The theme


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


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


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


Philippines: Victory for indigenous peoples in Mankayan

After yearlong protests, indigenous peoples in Tabio, Mankayan of Benguet could celebrate the announcement that Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. is pulling out its drill rigs, machinery, equipment and all ancillary materials of Tabio. The criminal and civil charges filed against indigenous


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


Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Regional Sensitization Seminar on the Rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities in Central and East Africa, 22 to 25 August 2011, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

This publication gives an overview of the presentations made at the regional sensitization seminar organized by the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in the republic of Congo on 22 to 25 August 2011. One of the objectives of the seminar was to inform key


Pitfalls and Pipelines. Indigenous peoples and extractive industries

The surviving lands of indigenous peoples include many of the most vulnerable and threatened ecosystems on our planet. Indigenous peoples have always made clear that they are culturally, spiritually, and economically interlinked with those lands. They, however, continue to suffer abuse of their...

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


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


Inuit and Saami agree on joint Arctic Declaration for UN World Conference

Yesterday, October 24, on United Nations Day, the representatives of Saami and Inuit have agreed on an Arctic Declaration regarding the UN Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2014, during their preparatory meeting in Nuuk, organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council. "I am pleased


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


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


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


Forest is Life - A Story of Climate Change, Forest and Communities

Climate change has become an environmental problem affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is mainly the result of increasing global temperature, which results in shifting weather patterns such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, floods, plagues and diseases....

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


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,


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


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


The UN Special Rapporteur calls for dialogue in Panama

In a press release issued on 7 February 2012, the Special Rapporteur urged the Government of Panama and indigenous peoples to initiate a dialogue due to the situation of tension and violence following indigenous protests. In recent days, Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous representatives have blocked


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


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...

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


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


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


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


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


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


Shifting Cultivation and Climate Change

In the age of global climate change, resource use and management practices that rely on the use of fire and thus emit carbon are coming under increased pressure. This is particularly the case with shifting cultivation. Because shifting cultivation is so different from the forms of agriculture...

What to do with REDD? A manual for indigenous trainers

Training manual written for indigenous trainers who intend to facilitate a training on REDD for indigenous leaders. It has been devised for a proposed five-days training programme with five modules. The manual includes suggestions for the objectives of each module, activities...

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


Indigenous Affairs 1-2/10 - Development and Customary Law

This issue of Indigenous Affairs is a combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development. ...

The Indigenous World 2011

Available as book and CD. This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2010. In 66 articles indigenous and


Pipeline Dreams: People, Environment, and the Arctic Energy Frontier

Interest in the Arctic as one of the world’s last energy frontiers is increasing. The indigenous peoples of the circumpolar North have long been involved in struggles to make sense of, adapt to, and negotiate the impacts and consequences of resource exploration and development but they have


Thematic Focus 3/2006: Logging and indigenous peoples

IWGIA has just published a thematic issue of our journal "Indigenous Affairs" focussing on logging. We bring articles documenting the threats of logging to the livelihoods of indigenous peoples as well as examples of innovative approaches that seek to respect the rights of indigenous peoples.


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,


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


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


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.

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


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


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.

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


Argentina: URGENT ACTION - Violent eviction of Toba Qom people

On 23 November, police violently dispersed a roadblock by members of the Toba Qom indigenous community of La Primavera, in Northern-East Argentina, leaving two people dead and several injured. Police also burned temporary housing built by the community.

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


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


Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa

As in many other parts of the world, the indigenous peoples of Africa are increasingly being dispossessed of their ancestral lands. It started during colonial times where many of them lost their land to European settlers. It continues today where conservation interests, commercial plantations,


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


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,


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.

The Indigenous World 2010  

This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2009. 72 indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists provide


Indigenous Affairs 3-4/09 - Pastoralism

This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the situation of the millions of indigenous peoples who are nomadic pastoralists. Nomadic pastoralists have unique cultures and make unique and productive use of harsh environments. Nomadic pastoralists the world over are, however, the subject of an


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.

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.


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