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March 23 2017
Henriette Rasmussen, former Minister of Culture in Greenland, has passed away. Henriette Ramussen was a strong defender of indigenous peoples' rights and paved the way for the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples.

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March 13 2017

Laila Susanne Vars from Norway's National Institute for Human Rights has joined IWGIA's board.
Laila Susanne Vars from Norway’s National Human Rights Institution joins IWGIA’s Board as the first institutional member. The aim of including institutional members is to strengthen knowledge sharing and cooperation opportunities.

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February 22 2017
Just months after receiving the news of the death of Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen, we now receive the sad news of the death of Dr. Erica-Irene Daes in Athens, Greece, at the age of 91. At IWGIA we would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.

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February 20 2017

“There’s a kind of warfare going on there,” said Johannes Rohr after his visit to Standing Rock. Photo: Johannes Rohr
Tear gas, water cannons, sound cannons, attack dogs, chemical sprays and rubber bullets. The multitude of "non-lethal weapons" that have been used against the protestors at Standing Rock was a shock to IWGIA’s Johannes Rohr, who visited Standing Rock in January.

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February 15 2017

Wrays Perez and Shapiom Noningo at Autonomy Seminar 2016 in Bolivia.
In January 2017, the first indigenous local government took office in the Chaco region in Bolivia. This is a result of indigenous peoples’ increasing political demand for territorial self-governance in Latin America.

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February 15 2017
In Bangladesh and India, indigenous communities are protesting against governments’ plans to expropriate their land. In 2016 several people were killed during protests.

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February 15 2017
In the Ngorongoro district of Tanzania, indigenous women are getting organised. They don’t want to be kept out of decision-making processes - they want to be heard and respected.

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February 6 2017

One of the houses demolished in Jharkhand, India.
47 houses owned by the Adivasis have been razed in another attempt from the Jharkhand Forest Department, local police and the so-called forest mafia to evict the Adivasis from their land. Over 200 Adivasi villagers have been directly affected by the violent attempts to overtake the land and natural resources.
To support the Adivasis and raise attention to the land rights violations, IWGIA has shared an urgent alert with relevant authorities and embassies in India.
Here IWGIA cal...

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January 25 2017
The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is seeking an Executive Director to take up appointment as soon as possible, and invites applications from suitably qualified candidates.

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January 25 2017
A new IWGIA board has been constituted, while an interim management team takes over the leadership of the secretariat due to Elsebeth Krogh’s resignation as director.

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January 25 2017
The newly launched Danish strategy for development cooperation is prioritizing the world’s indigenous peoples. IWGIA is pleased that Denmark is still fighting for indigenous peoples’ rights.

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December 15 2016

Petitioning delegation speaking at the IACHR’s 159th Period of Sessions in Panama
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) emphasised the duty of states to consult indigenous peoples on free trade agreements when they affect their territories and natural resources. The thematic hearing particularly discussed the case of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will directly affect Chile, Mexico and Peru.
This call came in the context of the special hearing on the “Human Rights Situation in the Context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in th...

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December 11 2016

UPDATE Monday 12 December, 3:30 PM Moscow time: The interrogation has ended, Rodion has left the police station.UPDATE Monday 12 December, 3 PM Moscow time: Rodion is again being questioned by the police for several hours.UPDATE Sunday 11 December, 5 PM Moscow time: Rodion has been released, but his notebook has been seized Rodion Sulyandziga is an indigenous activist well-known internationally. In 2014 he was one of the lead organisers of the UN Word Conference on Indigenous Pe...

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December 6 2016
"Cantos desde el Guamúchil", one of the co-productions of IWGIA’s radio platform, has won an award from the 11th International Radio Biennial in Mexico. The radio series presents the stories of indigenous women who have been unfairly incarcerated in Mexico. Over nine programs, indigenous women share, in their own words, their experiences of access to justice and how literature empowered their resilience from inside jail.

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November 29 2016

Residents prepare for the first stage of the demolition. Photo: Adalah
Israeli forces have earmarked for complete destruction of Atir-Umm al-Hiran, an indigenous Bedouin village in the Negev, southern Israel.

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November 24 2016
During the 2016 United Nations’ Forum on Business and Human Rights we took the chance to reflect about the importance of participation in international forums with our long-standing partner Johnson Ole Kaunga. He is the Director of Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) in Kenya and this was the first time he attended the forum. Kaunga highlights the relevance of addressing investors and the United Nations’ Human Rights bodies wi...

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November 24 2016

Photo: A. Golden/Flickr
IWGIA strongly condemns the disproportionate militarization and use of force by police against Standing Rock protestors in North Dakota (USA), who are demanding a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction.

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November 10 2016

"Genocide"
Siberians appeal to the world to help save the Shor people

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November 8 2016
Today IWGIA and Kapaeeng Foundation will be demanding for the inclusion and respect of indigenous women and girls’ rights in Bangladesh at CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women).

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November 7 2016
From IWGIA we extend our deepest condolences for the death of Rodolfo Stavenhagen, which have also been expressed by many institutions, academics and indigenous organisations.

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November 3 2016

Danish politicians engage in the panel debate. Photo/Jonas Schmidt Hansen
With less than a week ahead for COP 22 and the Paris Agreement entering into force, IWGIA fosters the debate about the relevance of including indigenous peoples’ rights in all climate change actions.

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November 2 2016
Last week during the 59th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Gambia, the African Year of Human Rights was commemorated with a panel conference focused on women’s rights. As part of this activity, IWGIA’s partner Samburu Women Trust (SWT) presented the challenges that Samburu women face in Kenya.

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October 27 2016

Photo: Mass meeting Saranda Forest Peoples Movement in September 2016
A decade after the passing of the Forest Rights Act, the book by indigenous rights activits Gladson Dungdung “Adivasi and Forest Rights: Grassroots reality of Forest rights in Jharkhand” documents how government agencies, industry lobby and even the Naxal insurgentes have worked deliberately against the implementation of the Forest Rights Act of 2006.
The Forest Rights Act was expected to undo historial injustice for indigenous peoples of India. Instead, in many state...

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October 27 2016
As documented in many publications produced by IWGIA, pastoralism is a livelihood system, which is uniquely adapted to very harsh and dry environments. Most of indigenous peoples in Africa are pastoralists, meaning that they are constantly moving to sustain their herds and feed themselves. Their right to practice and maintain this lifestyle is endangered due to displacement and conflicts triggered by competition over natural resources.
 
In a video produced by the Coalition...

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October 17 2016

Photo: Ambassador Kai Sauer (Finland), Dr. Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters (Pacific region), President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, Ambassador Martha Ama Akyaa Pobbee (Ghana) and Professor James Anaya (North American region).
As an initiative of the Saami Parliament of Norway, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), a Dialogue Meeting on enhanced indigenous peoples’ participation at the UN will take place 11-12 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The dialogue is an attempt to initiate a dialogue between indigenous peoples representatives/experts and the two indigenous advisors (Prof James Anaya and Dr. Claire Charters) on the specific ...

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