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Post 2015 Development Process: Health

Indigenous peoples lack behind on health. The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique op-portunity for indigenous peoples to address what they see as key concerns and priorities. The paper is intended as a discussion paper for stakeholders in the post-2015 process and reflects on the

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Post 2015 Development Process: Education

If indigenous peoples are to enjoy their universal right to education, there are a number of constraints and concerns that need to be addressed. The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique opportunity for indigenous peoples to address what they see as key priorities and the way forward for

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Post 2015 Development Process: Governance

The post-2015 development framework poses a unique opportunity to address the critical governance issues that are affecting indigenous peoples. This note has been prepared by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)1 in collaboration with Tebtebba. The note is intended as a

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The Indigenous World 2014

The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

The book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes, reflecting ongoing worldwide

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Tilting the Balance: Indigenous Women, Development and Access to Justice

This report on the Southeast Asia Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous women is intended as a material to be used by indigenous women, advocates, policy-makers and the public for the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of indigenous women

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Briefing Paper: Indigenous Women in Asia - Challenges in their access to justice

This briefing paper is prepared as part of the advocacy of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) for the respect, protection and recognition of the human rights of indigenous women. In this paper, the focus is on access to justice for indigenous women in Southeast Asia facing

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Violence, Customary Law and Indigenous Women’s Rights in Asia

The briefing paper analyses how gender relations in Asian indigenous societies have undergone and continue to undergo changes in response to external factors. Finally it draws conclusions and recommendations based on addressing problems through empowering indigenous women in traditional

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Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls: A Complex Phenomenon

This briefing note, published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme, is intended to develop discussion and thought about the complexity of the challenges of violence against indigenous women and girls. Work being done by indigenous women’s organisations in Asia

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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

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Who we are: Indigenous Peoples in Asia

This briefing paper describes the term 'Indigenous Peoples'. Over the past decades, the concept of Indigenous Peoples has evolved beyond the original meaning still found in dictionaries, and it is now well established in international law. That is why we are writing it with capital initial

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Suicídio adolescente em povos indígenas

Este trabalho foi resultado de um estudo interdisciplinar e intercultural realizado para o UNICEF que tinha o objetivo de fazer uma primeira analise dos casos de suicídio indígena na America Latina. Resolveu-se escolher três casos paradigmáticos de estudo por várias razões: 1-ser de caráter

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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

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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

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IWGIA Annual Report 2012

During the Rio+20 Conference in June, indigenous peoples successfully lobbied for recognition of the UN Declaration and an acknowledgment of culture and local livelihoods as important contributors to sustainable development. One outcome of Rio+20 was the decision to formulate a set of

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Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact

This book offers a detailed insight into the situation of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation in South America. It looks into the threats and challenges that indigenous peoples face and offers a rich source of demographic and ethnographic information regarding indigenous peoples in

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Briefing Note: Post 2015 Development Process: Food Security & Nutrition

This note is based on the sixth of the UN Development Group Global Thematic Consultations on Food Security and Nutrition. A High-Level Consultation on Food Security and Nutrition was co-led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP.)

 

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

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Malaysian Indigenous Youth in the City

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 indigenous city dwellers a virtual and visual forum for intercontinental and intergenerational exchange. The

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Silent Sacrifice - Girl-child beading in the Samburu Community of Kenya

This report describes pilot research conducted by the Samburu Women Trust (SWT), formerly known as SWEEDO), a community based organization located in Nanyuki, Kenya. The research focused on a practice known as “beading,” which can be briefly described as a community-sanctioned, non-marital

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations Communautés Autoctones. Séminaire Régional de Sensibilisation aux Droits des Populations/Communautés Autochtones en Afrique Centrale et de l'Est, 22 au 25 août 2011, Brazzaville

Cette publication donne un aperçu des présentations faites lors du séminaire régional de sensibilisation organisé par le Groupe de travail de la Commission africaine sur les populations/communautés autochtones en République du Congo du 22 au 25 août 2011. Un des objectifs de ce séminaire était

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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

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IWGIA Annual Report 2011

IWGIA's Annual Report 2011 gives examples of some of the activities implemented or supported by IWGIA during 2011 and major results.

You can order a free copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need

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Indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation is home to more than 100 different peoples. Of these, 41 are legally recognised as “indigenous, small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East”; others are still striving to obtain this status, which is conditional upon a people:

• having no more

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Sommaire du Manuel sur la Promotion et Protection des Droits de Populations/Communautés Autochtones à Travers le Système Africain des Droits de l'Homme

En Afrique, les peuples autochtones se composent essentiellement de différents groupes de chasseurs-cueilleurs et d’éleveurs. Leur culture et mode de vie diffèrent considérablement de ceux de la société dominante. La survie de leur mode de vie dépend de leur accès à la terre et aux ressources. Les...

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.

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Voices of Indigenous Women

When discussing, planning and implementing sustainable development and environmental conservation project, a most important voice often tends to remain unheard: the voice of indigenous women. This despite the fact that indigenous women have valuable and specialized knowledge and experience with

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Beads of Bondage

This newsletter is an outcome of a project implemented by SWEEDO in Kenya. The project focuses on Samburu womens rights in relation to traditional practises. Indigenous pastoralist women in northern Kenya, including the Samburu women, suffer from many human rights violations as both belonging

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The Indigenous World 2012

Available as book and CD.

In 61 country reports and 12 reports on international processes, The Indigenous World 2012 gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and reports on the most important developments in international

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautes Autochtones. Visite de Recherche et d'Information au Kenya, 1 - 19 mars 2010

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a mis en place un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones (Groupe de travail) qui formule des recommandations et propose des mesures pour prévenir et remédier aux violations des droits de l’homme et libertés

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautes Autochtones. Mission en République du Congo, 15 - 24 mars 2010

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples (CADHP ou Commission africaine), qui est l’organe des droits de l’homme de l’Union africaine, s’occupe de la situation des droits des peuples autochtones depuis 1999. Les populations autochtones font partie des groupes les plus

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México: Simposio sobre desarrollo reglamentario de la Consulta Previa

El Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) de México organiza un encuentro internacional sobre el desarrollo reglamentario del derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas a la consulta y el consentimiento previo, libre e informado, que tendrá lugar en la ciudad de

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Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Research and Information Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, 9 - 25 August 2009

This report describes the situation of the indigenous populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and makes recommendations to the government, civil society organizations, and the international community. The report is based on research and meetings with government authorities, civil

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IWGIA Annual Report 2003

The Annual Report 2003A is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2003. You can order a copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

IWGIA Annual Report 2004

The Annual Report 2004 is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2004. You can order a copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

IWGIA Annual Report 2005

The Annual Report 2005 is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2005. You can order a copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

El Mundo Indígena 2004

Este Anuario cubre el periodo enero-diciembre de 2003. A partir de este año el Anuario de IWGIA será publicado en el mes de Mayo. Su propósito sigue siendo brindar una actualización de la situación de los pueblos indígenas de todo el mundo.

Who We Are: Indigenous Peoples in Asia

More and more people in Asia identify themselves as belonging to Indigenous Peoples

This however does not mean that we claim to be the only people native to our countries. In most cases we are the “aboriginal” or “native” people of the lands we live in, and other people

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IWGIA Annual Report 2010

The Annual Report 2010 is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2010. You can order a free copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

IWGIA Annual Report 2006

The adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Human Rights Council in May 2006 was hailed as a major step forward in recognising the indigenous peoples’ situation and their inherent rights. It was also an achievement for IWGIA, as we have put a considerable

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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. 

What is REDD? A Guide for Indigenous Communities - 2nd Edition

This book provides information material on REDD (Reducing Emissions 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

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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

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Indigenous Affairs 3-4/08: Being Indigenous in today's world

Key note speech by Johnson Malih Ole Kaunga at IWGIA’s 40th anniversary celebration

When I was asked to give a key-note address on this auspicious moment of IWGIA’s 40th anniversary, I found it a challenge for a number of reasons. First, I had only known IWGIA for

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Indigenous Affairs 3-4/08: Asian Indigenousness: The case of India

India voted in favour of the United Nations’ Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007. So did the majority of the other Asian countries, with a few exceptions such as Bangladesh and Bhutan who abstained. How then should we understand this over-all support for the

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Indigenous Affairs 3-4/08: Indigenous peoples in Asia - common experiences and issues

We are the indigenous peoples of Asia. We have lived in our territories alongside other peoples who in the course of history have come to dominate us. Our history has been questioned and our identity as indigenous peoples has been denied. As a result, our land, territories and resources have

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Indigenous Affairs 3-4/08: IWGIA, IWGIA Moscow and Raipon

IWGIA’s collaboration with Russian indigenous peoples began following the foundation of RAIPON in 1990 at the III Congress of Numerically-Small Indigenous Peoples of Russia in Moscow. Three years previously, in 1987, an initiative on the part of Arctic scholars called “Anxious North”

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochtones. Mission en République du Rwanda, 1 - 5 décembre 2008

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a établi un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones qui a effectué une mission en République du Rwanda en décembre 2008, et ceci est le rapport de la visite. Le rapport donne un aperçu des réunions tenues avec

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ASEAN's Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples are not at all mentioned or referred to in any ASEAN document, even though they are an integral part of the ASEAN Community and among its most vulnerable sectors, whose interest the ASEAN has committed itself to protect.

The failure of the ASEAN to address the plight

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IWGIA Annual Report 2009

The Annual Report 2009 is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2009. You can order a copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

Avis Juridique de la Commission Africaine des Droits de l'Homme et des Peuples sur la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones (2010)

La Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones (Déclaration) marque une étape importante dans la lutte des peuples autochtones dans le monde entier, incluant en Afrique. La Déclaration est l’instrument international des droits de l’homme le plus complet abordant la

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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

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Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Research and Information Visit to the Republic of Gabon, 15 - 30 September 2007

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights' Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a research and information visit to the Republic of Gabon in September 2007. This report gives an account of meetings held with government authorities, civil society organizations,

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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

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochones. Visite de Recherche et d'Information en Republique du Gabon, 15 - 30 Septembre 2007

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a établi un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones qui a effectué une visite de recherche et d’information en République du Gabon en septembre 2007, et ceci est le rapport de la visite. Le rapport donne un

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La lingua della terra - Mapuche in Argentina e Cile

L’avvincente e sofferta Lotta di resistenza dei Mapuche, indigeni sudamericani oggetto di una politica segregazionista e repressiva da parte dei governi cileni e argentini. II ‘popolo della terra” traduzione letterale di Mapuche) è stato deportato in riserve,
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Red-Spotted Ox: a Pokot Life

Red Spotted Ox is the fascinating autobiography of an East African pastoralist, as told to Pat Robbins in the early 1970s.

Domonguria lived near the Kenya - Uganda border during a time of rapid cultural change. In this book, he describes Pokot traditions and history,

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochones. Visite de Recherche et d'Information en Libye, 11 - 25 août 2005

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a pris note de ce rapport lors de sa 40ème session ordinaire, 15-29 novembre 2006.

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a établi un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones qui a

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Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Research and Information Visit to the Central African Republic, 15 - 28 January 2007

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has established a Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities that undertook a research and information visit to the Central African Republic in January 2007. The report was adopted by the African Commission on Human and People's

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Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/ Communities. Research and Information Visit to the Republic of Uganda, 14 - 17, 24 - 29 July 2006

The visit was designed to update the Working Group on the human rights situation of the Batwa Pygmies of Western Uganda as well as that of the pastoralists in the north and north-eastern parts of the country. It also sought to identify the challenges faced by these communities and by the

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochtones. Visite de Recherche et d'Information en République de l'Ouganda, 14 - 17, 24 - 29 juillet 2006

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a établi un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones qui a effectué une visite de recherche et d’information en République de l’Ouganda en juillet 2006, et ceci est le rapport de la visite. Le rapport donne un

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochones. Visite de Recherche et d'Information en Republique Centrafricaine, 15 - 28 janvier 2007

La Commission africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples a établi un Groupe de travail sur les populations/communautés autochtones qui a effectué une visite de recherche et d’information en République centrafricaine en janvier 2007, et ceci est le rapport de cette visite. Le rapport donne

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Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Regional Sensitization Seminar: "The Rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities in Central Africa", 13 - 16 September 2006

The report from the regional sensitization seminar: “the Rights of Indigenous Populations / Communities in Central Africa” is published in both English and French. The seminar took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, 13-16 September 2006 and was organised by the African Commission for human and

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Rapport du Groupe de Travail de la Commission Africaine sur les Populations/Communautés Autochtones. Séminaire Régional de Sensibilisation: " Droits des Populations/Communautés Autochtones en Afrique Centrale ", 13 - 16 Septembre 2006

Le rapport du Séminaire régional de sensibilisation: « Droits des populations /  communautés autochtones en Afrique Centrale » est publié en anglais et en français.  Le Séminaire a pris place à Yaoundé, Cameroun, du 13 au 16 septembre 2006 et  a été organisé par la

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IWGIA Annual Report 2008

The Annual Report 2008 is a status report that describes the activities of IWGIA in 2008. You can order a copy through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

The Indigenous World 2009

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 2008. Over 60 indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists

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Indigenous & Tribal Peoples’ Rights in Practice: A Guide to ILO Convention No. 169

In 1989, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (ILO Convention No. 169). Since then, the Convention has been ratified by 20 countries. In these countries, the ILO supervisory bodies have monitored and guided the implementation process...

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

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