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Tags: Human rights, IWGIA

The Indigenous World 2020

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: General Editor: Dwayne Mamo
Number of pages: 784
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-98-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2020
Release Month | Day: April
The compilation 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 community that result from the close cooperation needed to make this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.   For 34 consec...
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An Account of Indigenous Peoples' Movement in Nepal: Compilation of articles published in The Indigenous World (2006-2020)

Publisher: Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), IWGIA
Author: Krishna B. Bhattachan, Om Gurung, Shankar Limbu, Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Mukta S. Tamang
Number of pages: 163
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 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 here.
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Water Management in the Trans-Himalaya Rain Shadow of Lo-menthang: The Kghyamba System Steers Irrigation Practice for Lhoba People

Publisher: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) - Climate Change Partnership Program.
Author: Tunga B. Rai
Number of pages: 44
ISBN number: 978-9937-0-7372-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2020
This case study unravels the example of how a customary institution is embedded in the social and physical uniqueness of a community of indigenous peoples. It demonstrates the value of recognizing and safeguarding the customary institutions and knowledge of indigenous peoples. This case study presents the facts—how the knowledge system and customary institutions of indigenous peoples are value-d...
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Violation of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in Chitwan National Park of Nepal

Publisher: LAHURNIP & NIWF
Number of pages: 67
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release Month | Day: February
This fact-finding mission report looks into human rights violations as well as abuses in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal. following recent reports by BuzzFeed, The Kathmandu Post and other media, as well as other organisational reports, claiming the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) is responsible for gross human rights violations, including torture, sexual abuse and kill...
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Poverty measurement, social programmes and Amazonian peoples: A Peruvian case study with the Wampis people

Publisher: Centre for Public Policy and Human Rights – Perú Equidad together with IWGIA under the Indigenous Navigator
Author: Yaizha Campanario Baqué
Number of pages: 16
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru, Perú
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Financially supported by: This case study has been produced with support from the European Union, under the project “Making the SDGs work for Indigenous Peoples - Promoting indigenous peoples’ human development and social inclusion in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (GLO / 16/23 / EUR), which forms part of the Indigenous Navigator Initiative supported by the European Union.
Release year: 2020
Release Month | Day: Jan
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 education and health services in the communities. The following text has been written thanks to their part...
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Indigenous Women & Climate Change

Publisher: IWGIA, Servindi, ONAMIAP, COHARYIMA
Author: Editor: Rocío Silva Santisteban
Number of pages: 154
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-00-5
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)
Release year: 2020
Release Month | Day: January, 15
Related partner: SERVINDI Intercultural Communication Service
Related publication(s): 3254
Against all the odds, and despite the challenges that climate change represents for Latin America, women are demonstrating day in, day out that they have the ideas and the unique and essential skills to propose a radical change in the matrix of civilisation at this crucial point in humankind’s history.
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Brazil: Silenced Genocides. IWGIA Report 27

Publisher: IWGIA & Grupo de Apoio Aos Povos Kaiowá Guarani (GAPK)
Author: Ricardo Verdum, Daniela Lima, Fabrício Amorim, Leila Burger, Patrícia Rodrigues, Victor Alcantara e Silva
Number of pages: 66
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-97-5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2019
How can indigenous peoples survive the dismantling of public policies and rights acquired by decades of work in Brazil? This process, resulting from setbacks to democracy, as described by the authors, shows that this is an emergency situation. There is a need to seek alternatives and for pressure from indigenous and civic organizations to help indigenous peoples exercise their rights. This report ...
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Peru: Deforestation in Times of Climate Change

Publisher: IWGIA, Servindi, ONAMIAP & COHARYIMA
Author: Compilation and Editing: Alberto Chirif
Number of pages: 286
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-95-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: December
This book comprises a total of 14 articles addressing the issue of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and its impacts, not only on the Amazonian environment and wildlife but particularly on the communities inhabiting the area. These impacts are being facilitated by informal dynamics for which the state is largely responsible and has failed to act promptly enough to put a stop to these dynamics a...
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Kenya: The Impact of Renewable Energy Projects on Indigenous Communities in Kenya. The cases of the Lake Turkana Wind Power project and the Olkaria Geothermal Power Plants. IWGIA Report 28

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Ilse Renkens
Number of pages: 46
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-96-8
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Kenya
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: December
Related publication(s): 3204
IWGIA’s latest human rights report examines the sociocultural impacts two particular projects – the Lake Turkana Wind Power project and Olkaria Geothermal Power plants – are having in several Indigenous communities in Kenya.
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Adivasis and Their Forest

Publisher: Adivasi Publications
Author: Gladson Dungdung
Number of pages: 330
ISBN number: 978-81-940838-9-4
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: November
If we calculate all the risks, 90 million Adivasis are struggling for their survival, losing access to forests and suffering the gravest threat of being alienated from their forest lands and traditional habitations. This book is an attempt to understand the relationship between Adivasis and the forest, unfolding the ground realities of the Forest Rights Act. It exposes the dual role of the State ...
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IWGIA Briefing Paper: The global land tenure situation of Indigenous Peoples and trends of land grabbing

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Louise Rose
Number of pages: 7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: October
The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide data on: (1) the land tenure situation of Indigenous Peoples on a global level; (2) the trends of land grabbing; and (3) the drivers behind this phenomenon.
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The limits of self-regulation and soft law in Business and Human Rights from a victims perspective: Reflecting on the human rights impacts by corporations from Chile, China, Spain and Peru

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos Perú Equidad
Number of pages: 22
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Peru
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: October
Related publication(s): 3539
In the current global economic consensus of neoliberalism, maximizing profit is prioritized on behalf of respecting international human rights regulations. Ensuring multinational enterprises implement adequate corporate responsibility in Peru has been troublesome. This report describes issues of union member harassment, questionable tax practices and denial of local Indigenous communities their ri...
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Fires in Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas in Bolivia

Publisher: CEJIS & CPTA
Author: CEJIS & CPTA
Number of pages: 6
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Bolivia
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: September
Related partner: Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (CEJIS)
Since early August 2019, the most widespread and enduring fires in Bolivia’s history have been recorded in the country’s lowlands (Tierras Bajas). Widespread due to the large area burned and enduring because climatic conditions, along with the negligence of the authorities and even of those involved in the conflict themselves (who have risked setting fires in order to prepare the land for cult...
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Draft National Forest Policy 2018: A Conspiracy to Deny the Rights of the Scheduled Tribes

Publisher: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) and IWGIA
Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 978-81-88987-87-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: September 24
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India published the Draft National Forest Policy of 2018 on 14 March 2018 and is expected to finalise the policy soon.  This draft policy provides for the adoption of а completely new legal framework that is discriminatory towards indigenous peoples and seeks to take away the rights of the indigenous peoples al...
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IWGIA Annual Report 2018

This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2018 for indigenous peoples' rights.
Publisher: IWGIA
Publication language: English
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: June
pubThe world today faces many challenges: a global climate and biodiversity crisis, rising inequality, shrinking civic space in many countries, and increasing distrust in international institutions and national political systems. Indigenous peoples make up five percent of the world’s population and are disproportionately affected by much of this; but they are also key to many of the world’s so...
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Outcome document from seminar on Indigenous autonomy and self-government

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Reporting Team of the International Seminar “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Autonomy and Self-Government as a Manifestation of The Right To Self-Determination”
Number of pages: 15
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: global
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: april 2019
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 and 13, 2019 in Mexico. Indigenous representatives from Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Nicarag...
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Déliberations Quatrième Réunion Mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA, 12 et 13 février 2019

Publisher: FIDA & IWGIA
Number of pages: 44
Publication language: French
Region publication is about: International; internacional
Release year: 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
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The Necessity: Collaboration for Coherence in Myanmar. Climate Change Response

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
Number of pages: 20
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2019
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 Framework Convention on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with the global...
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Forest Management, Women's Rights and REDD+ in Myanmar

Publisher: POINT, IWGIA
Author: Julia Fogerite
Number of pages: 21
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2019
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 managed. Despite their distinct knowledge and priorities, women in Myanmar are under-represented in deci...
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Global Report on the Situation of Lands, Territories and Resources of Indigenous Peoples

Publisher: Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development
Author: Compiled by Joji Cariño and edited by Loreto Tamayo
Number of pages: 73
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Asia, Pacific, North America, Latin America, Russia
Financially supported by: Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), IWGIA and the European Union
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: April
Related partner: Tebtebba Foundation
Related publication(s): 3333
The report on the current state of Indigenous Peoples’ Lands, Territories and Resources (LTR) was prepared by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) to inform the implementation of global commitments to Sustainable Development and the various related processes for transformational change. It is a summary of regional reports written by indigenous researchers and experts under the guidance of t...
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The Indigenous World 2019

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: 97 authors / Compilation and editing: David Nathaniel Berger
Number of pages: 600
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: 04-25
Rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point, and with an ever-shrinking civic space worldwide, the topics of criminalisation of Indigenous Rights Defenders’ activities and their organisations; land rights issues; and access to justice are more important than ever. The Indigenous World 2019 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in a...
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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Customary Land in Myanmar: Current Status and the Way Forward

Publisher: POINT
Number of pages: 83
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: The Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), with funding from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).
Release year: 2019
Myanmar has adopted a National Land Use Policy in 2016 which mandates the enactment of a comprehensive National Land Law. Once a National Land Law is passed, all other laws will have to be harmonized with its provisions. This new law will be critical for the future of Myanmar’s indigenous peoples, most of whom depend on land and natural resources for their livelihood. Control over land and reso...
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Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government as a manifestation of the right to self-determination

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Delcy Medina and Leonardo Tamburini (Bolivia), Honui Rapa Nui (Chile), Wrays Perez and Shapiom Noningo (Peru), Aquileo Yagari (Colombia), Atencio Lopez (Panama), Dolene Miller (Nicaragua), Jerónimo López Marin, Netzar Arreortua and Manuel Vázquez Quintero (Mexico), Hilu Tagoona (Canada), Sara Olsvig (Greenland), Eva Josefsen (Sápmi), Vyacheslav Shadrin (Russia), Shankar Limbu (Nepal), Gam Shimray (India), Manja Bayang (Philippines) and Johnson Ole Kaunga (Kenya) / Editorial production: Alejandro Parellada, Lola García-Alix and Jens Dahl
Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Bolivia, Peru, Greenland, Philippines, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Sapmi, Russia, Canada, Nepal, India
Region publication is about: South America, North America, Asia, Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tebtebba Foundation
Release year: 2019
Release Month | Day: mar-01
Related partner: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
An International Seminar to assess the global status and trends with regards to indigenous autonomies is taking place in Mexico City in March 2019. This meeting follows the work developed by indigenous organizations and the organizing institutions over the last few years. In January 2018, at its annual Expert Meeting, the UN Permanent Forum was requested to compile information on indigenous autono...
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Rights to Respect amidst the era of Climate Change: Regional Learning workshop on IP Women and Customary Land Tenure

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
Author: POINT
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2018
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 will face. Heavier rainfall and shorter monsoons increase the risk of landslides in the uplands and ...
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Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable Indigenous peoples in Thailand

Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand
Publisher: Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) and Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Foundation (IKAP)
Author: Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) and Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Foundation (IKAP)
Number of pages: 44
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Thailand
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA & European Union
Release year: 2018
Release Month | Day: December
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, namely Mlabri, Kow (Umpi), Bisu, Chong, Yakoor, Saek, Moken, Moklen, Urak-Lawoy and Mani. These groups are...
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Outcome Document: Defending the defenders, Copenhagen, 5-6 September 2018

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English
Release year: 2018
Release Month | Day: September
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 understand why in particular and increasingly indigenous peoples from developing countries...
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Indigenous peoples, land rights and forest conservation in Myanmar

Publisher: IWGIA & POINT
Author: Christian Erni
Number of pages: 88
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-89-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Release year: 2018
Release Month | Day: June
Related partner: Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together
In light of the urgency of both forest conservation and the recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to land and resources, along with the documented potential for creating conservation synergies through recognition of community rights, this study tries to look at the approaches to forest conservation taken in Myanmar so far, and to take stock of their achievements and impact with respect t...
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The Indigenous World 2018

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Compilation and editing: Pamela Jacquelin-Andersen
Number of pages: 564
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
Release year: 2018
Release Month | Day: april/19
The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peopl...
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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Myay Latt Village

Publisher: POINT
Number of pages: 30
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: Norad & IWGIA
Release year: 2018
Customary land tenure of the indigenous peoples in Myanmar is not recognized in policies and laws. Lack of legal protection leaves indigenous territories insecure, threatened by investments and other forms of land concession. On the other hand, there is little evidence showing how the community is managing and using the land. Therefore the study to document the customary land tenure system of indi...
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The Place of Women in Naga Society

The main purpose of this book is to discuss Naga society and its cultural practices with a specific focus on the status of women.
Publisher: Christian Literature Centre, Guwahati
Number of pages: 328
ISBN number: 978-93-81758-43-4
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release Month | Day: March
Related partner: Naga Women’s Union
Naga society is a casteless and classless society where, traditionally, women have enjoyed a high social positioning and a fair spirit of independence, playing very central roles in family and community affairs; however, it is also a patriarchal, patrilineal and patrilocal society where, for instance, family names are carried forward through sons, who are also the family members that inherit ...
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