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IWGIA works through partnerships with indigenous organisations, non-government organisations and regional and international bodies to ensure indigenous peoples rights are promoted, respected and protected.

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Brazil
Ação dos Jovens Indígenas de Dourados Brazil (AJI) is an indigenous youth organisation financed by private capital. AJI was founded in 2001 by the anthropologist, María de Lourdes Beldi Alcantara, together with young Guarani-Kaiowá and Aruak individuals.

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Gambia
The African Charter established the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in 1987 with a mandate to protect and promote human and peoples’ rights in Africa. In 2000, the ACHPR established the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (WGIP).

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Thailand
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organisation founded in 1988. It is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples' rights and human rights as a whole.

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Bolivia
Casa de la mujer is an association seeking to improve women’s quality of life by promoting gender equality through a feminist political viewpoint. Its aim is to influence social structures from the experience of its own members so that all women are able to exercise their rights fully and live a life free from violence.

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Bolivia
Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (CEJIS) is a non-profit association working for human rights from a socio-legal approach. It was founded in 1978 and, in the 1990s, was involved in advising the indigenous organisations on the incorporation of their rights into national legislation and also sponsored the land titling processes.

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Burma
Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization formed in 1995. It is registered in Canada, with branch offices in India, Thailand, and in the United States. CHRO focuses on national and international promotion and awareness campaigns on indigenous peoples’ rights, humanitarian assistance, refugee concerns, empowerment, and capacity building.

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Bangladesh
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizen’s Committee (CHT-CC) is a movement of concerned citizens working for the establishment of indigenous people’s rights and peace in the CHT region of Bangladesh. The CHT-CC was formed in April 2010 after extensive discussions among a group of concerned citizens for unified and intensified efforts in favour of full implementation of the CHT Accord.

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Tanzania
The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) is an independent government department, established as the national focal point for the promotion and protection of human rights in Tanzania.

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Tanzania
Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) is a voluntary organization in Tanzania. It emerged out of a research project carried out in 1997, the research covered the four traditional Maasai pastoralist districts of Kiteto, Monduli, Ngorongoro and Simanjiro in Northern Tanzania. The project, titled Pastoralist Research and Development Project (PARDEP) resulted in a need to establish a permanent body mandated to address development needs of the pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania.

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Philippines
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is an independent federation of organisations, most of them grassroots-based organizations among indigenous communities in the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. CPA is committed to the promotion and defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, social justice, and national freedom and democracy.

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Kenya
The Endorois Welfare Council is a community based organization established in 2003 . It was founded by the senior members of the Endorois indigenous community living in the Lake Bogoria area of Baringo and Koibatek districts, as well as in Nakuru and Laikipia districts within the Rift valley province in Kenya.

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The Continental Network of Indigenous Women (ECMIA) is a joint indigenous organisation of the three Americas. Since 1995, ECMIA promotes the participation and visibility of the indigenous women and youth as main actors of the defence and full realization of their rights.

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ECDF is an alliance of ethnic community development organisations working in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. It has 7 member organisations that facilitate over 500 community development projects in the ethnic states since 1995. It was formally established in 2004.

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European Network on Indigenous People (ENIP) consists of five member organisations who collectively strive to ensure that all European actors fulfil, respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples globally.

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Kenya
Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT), is a grassroots organization founded in 2009 whose mission is to foster social, economic and environmental justice in the Lake Turkana Basin. FoLT aims to protect and conserve
Lake Turkana, the Lake Turkana Basin and its environment; advocate for the rights of the Turkana Basin communities; increase the participation of communities in environmental protection policy formulation, sustainable management and wise use of natural resources and lobby for increased participation of communities in the development andgovernance of their resources.

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Thailand
The Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) is an indigenous peoples’ organisation founded on in 2005 in Thailand by indigenous leaders with support from local academia. Its main aim is to promote indigenous peoples' rights on various issues. These include, but are not limited to, indigenous peoples’ education, self-determined development and customary land use and natural resource management.

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Thailand
The Inter-Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) is an indigenous organization which was established in 1991. Its aim is to build up learning process to solve the problems commonly confronting the indigenous peoples based on their own culture. IMPECT’s constituency is 10 indigenous ethnic networks (Karen, Khachin, Dara-ang, Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Lisu, Lua, Shan, and Akha) for which it serves as a secretariat.

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United States of America
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere and to serve as a consultative organ of the OAS in these matters.

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Philippines
KAKAI was formed in 2003 and is a SEC-registered service oriented organization based in Bgy. Sta Juliana, Capas, Tarlac operating in thirteen Aeta sitios between the O’Donnell River and the Zambales provincial and San Jose, Tarlac municipal boundaries.

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Nepal
Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) was registered under the Institution Registration Act 1967 in 1995. It was established by indigenous lawyers as a non–profit, non-political organization with the aim of promoting the rights of the indigenous peoples of Nepal.

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Namibia
The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) was formed in 1988 by lawyers, church leaders, trade unionists and student leaders, to address some of the worst human rights violations experienced by Namibians during the pre-independence apartheid era. The mission of the LAC is to contribute towards making the law accessible to those citizens to whom it is inaccessible and towards creating a democratic country with a strong human rights culture. It therefore acts as a public interest law centre addressing key and strategic challenges that could bring about the greatest impact.

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Kenya
MPIDO was established in 1996 and registered as a non-governmental organization in 2000, as a result of marginalization and dehumanization of Maa pastoralists in Kenya and particularly in Kajiado North, Narok, Nakuru and Naivasha. MPIDO envisions a just and equitable society that recognize and upholds human rights and the fundamental freedom of indigenous peoples.

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Cameroon
MBOSCUDA is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 working towards improving the living conditions of the Mbororo pastoralists in Cameroon and to work towards promotion the socio-cultural, political and economic situation and rights of the Mbororo people.

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India
Naga women’s Union (NWU) is a social and mass-based women’s organization formed formally in 1994 at Ukhrul, Manipur. The initiative to form the Union was taken during the Naga Week-a Collaboration of the United Nation Declaration of the International Year of World’s Indigenous Peoples in 1993 at Kohima, Nagaland state.

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Nepal
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) is one of the largest networking umbrella organization of Nepal with 56 indigenous groups, 7 national level sister organizations, 71 District Coordination Council (DCC) members and more than 25.000 Village Coordination Council (VCC) members at the local level.

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Chile
Observatorio Ciudadano is a non-governmental organisation working to defend, promote and document human rights. It was created in September 2004, in Temuco, as the “Observatory of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights” by a group of people from different parts of the country, of different professions and with different ethnic backgrounds.

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Argentina
Observatorio Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas is a non-governmental organisation aimed at promoting and defending indigenous rights, particularly from a legal viewpoint.

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Kenya
The Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP) was founded in 1999 and registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2001 by the Kenyan government. It was formed by Ogiek elders, opinion leaders, farmers and professionals after long land historical injustices that deprived the Ogiek community of its rights as Kenyan citizen. Its aim is to promote and protect Ogiek culture, land, language, environment, and human rights. It is based in Nakuru town and operates in three main districts inhabited by this community namely: - Nakuru, Mt. Elgon and Narok.

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Peru
ONAMIAP is a national organisation of Andean and Amazonian indigenous women in Peru who are working for full exercise of their individual rights as women and of their collective rights as indigenous peoples. Based on principles of respect and recognition of diversity, the organisation implements actions aimed at strengthening the grassroots organisations, raising awareness of their demands and influencing the public agenda in order to gain representative spaces at a local, regional, national and international level.

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Tanzania
PAICODEO is a membership, non-profit organization for Pastoralists in Tanzania. It was established in 2003. Its primary objective is to coordinate development activities and advocacy efforts for the Pastoralists in Tanga, Morogoro, Coast, Mbeya, Iringa and Manyara regions. The coordination of activities of the organization is centered in a headquarters office in Morogoro municipality, the center of the six member regions.

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Malaysia
PACOS TRUST is a community-based organization actively involved in improving the quality of life of indigenous communities since 1987. Formally registered in 1997 under the Trustees Ordinance of Sabah, Malaysia, PACOS TRUST sees itself as an organization that strives to empower communities through systematic building and strengthening of community organizations, which can act collectively on their own.

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Kenya
Pastoralist Development Network of Kenya (PDNK) was launched in 2003 to advocate for the rights and fundamental freedoms of pastoralists in Kenya. The network comprises pastoralist individuals, NGOs and CBOs and non-pastoralist organizations and agencies supportingp pastoralist development in Kenya.

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Tanzania
Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) is a women-led Community-Based Organization (CBO) founded in 1997, registered in Tanzania and implementing local projects in rural Ngorongoro, Longido and Monduli Districts on girls education, women’s economic empowerment and rights and leadership. PWC’s mission is to promote the cultural, political, environmental and educational development of pastoralist women and children to facilitate their access to essential social services and economic empowerment.

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Peru
Perú Equidad works to influence and implement the national and international regulatory framework for indigenous rights, in continuous dialogue with the indigenous peoples. Its mission is to create the tools with which to guarantee their rights, strengthening restitution mechanisms while calling for mitigation of the impacts of policies and economic activities that violate those rights.

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Tanzania
PINGOs Forum is a membership organization with more than 53 member CSOs of Pastoralists and Hunter-Gatherers (P&H-G). PINGOs Forum was established back in 1994 with the objective of protecting and enhancing the rights of the indigenous pastoralist and hunter-gatherer communities of Tanzania for the achievement of economic, social, cultural and political development through policy advocacy and engagement.

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Burma
Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT) was established in March 2012. It started as a response to the lack of organizations working for indigenous peoples’ issues in Myanmar and led by indigenous peoples themselves.

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Malaysia
Sabah Women’s Action-Resources Group (SAWO) was formed in 1985 by a group of women and men who were concerned about the increasing violence and injustice against women and children. Working together with other women’s groups and NGOs around the country, known collectively as the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG). SAWO first made impact when it launched the national campaign against violence against women (VAW) in Sabah on September 1986 with a two-day public workshop-cum-exhibition.

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Kenya
Samburu Women Trust is an indigenous women driven organization whose key mandate is to raise the voice and status of local Samburu women, and to spearhead local initiatives aimed at securing human and/or women rights and safety for local women and the girl child. It was founded in 2006 by a young group of women from Samburu together with local women leaders and representatives.

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Peru
The SERVINDI news agency offers a news information service, special reports, interviews and audiovisual productions related to the indigenous movement and environmental conflicts both nationally and worldwide. The team identifies with the aspirations of the indigenous peoples and is committed to the challenge of promoting an intercultural, independent, reflexive and plural communication service.

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Burma
SHANAH is a non-profit and non-political organization that was formed in 2013. They promote civil rights, a peaceful and democratic co-existence, human dignity, and social growth, and assist indigenous communities in Myanmar in their pursuit for community-based and sustainable socioeconomic development.

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Philippines
Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide.

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Nepal
The Indigenous Media Foundation was established by journalists from indigenous communities in Nepal, was registered under the Company Act of Nepal as a non-profit organization in 2011. They use the media as a tool to promote indigenous peoples’ constitutional, fundamental, and human rights, knowledge, practices, and cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Tanzania
UCRT is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 which supports local communities to improve their livelihoods by controlling, managing and benefiting from their lands through sustainable natural resource management. It works with eight different ethnic groups in 55 villages spread across five districts of Northern Tanzania. As a principle, all of UCRT’s activities are formally structured as collaborations with communities.

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