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June 28 2016
The American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was approved at the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 13 to 15 June 2016.

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June 15 2016
By not appointing the indigenous expert nominated by the Asia Indigenous Peoples' Movement, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, last week, broke with a well established principle of respecting indigenous peoples' own selection process for indigenous expert members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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June 14 2016
Ministry criminalizes access to food

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June 13 2016
Following is an analysis of the OAS’s recent American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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June 10 2016
The crisis affecting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is not solely financial but it is in response to a political strategy of the OAS Member States to bring the human rights protection system in the region to an end.

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May 31 2016
/IWGIA
Not acknowledging pastoralist communities as indigenous peoples and not obtaining their free, prior and informed consent before implementation began, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project failed to comply with international human rights standards when projecting a large-scale green energy project on indigenous peoples' traditional land in Northern Kenya. This is one of the main findings of a new report released today by the independent Danish watchdog “Danwatch”

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May 24 2016
Indigenous peoples access to justice will be severely affected by recent cutbacks in the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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May 24 2016

Photo: Daniel Cima/IACHR
Press Release
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is going through a severe financial crisis that will have serious consequences on its ability to fulfill its mandate and carry out its basic functions. The Commission deeply regrets having to report that on July 31, 2016, the contracts of 40 percent of its personnel will expire, and at this time the Commission does not have the funds—or the expectation of receiving the funds—to be able to renew them. The Commission is also very sorry to report that it has been forced to suspend the visits it had planned for this year, as well as its 159th and 160th sessions, which had been scheduled for July and October.

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May 23 2016
A new short video looks at the impacts of deforestation and aggressive palm oil expansion on the Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya in the Peruvian Amazon. The video, based on community testimonies, tells the story of how Plantaciones de Pucallpa S.A.C., a member of a group of companies controlled by businessman Dennis Melka, acquired and subsequently deforested over 5,000 hectares of the community’s ancestral forests from 2012 onwards.The community's efforts to gai...

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May 18 2016

EMRIP member Mr. Albert Barume, Ms. Rie Odgaard and Ms. Lola Garcia-Alix (IWGIA), UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Ms. Myrna Cunningham (CADPI) Photo/IWGIA.
With the participation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, IWGIA yesterday, 17 May 2016, launched "The indigenous World 2016". The launch took place at a side event during the 15th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York

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May 11 2016
Press Release
IWGIA and IDSN call on the participants in the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen to address discrimination against hundreds of millions of Dalit and indigenous women.
COPENHAGEN, 11 MAY 2016 --- When leaders and activists from all over the world gather in Copenhagen next week to focus on the health and human rights of girls and women, their discussions must include two large groups that suffer extreme social exclusion and marginalisation, the International Work Group for Ind...

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May 10 2016

Photo by the Committee to Save Pechora
On April 10, Komi Izvatas inhabitants notified the Commitee to Save Pechora of a large oil spill on the Yagera river near Ukhta in the North of Komi republic. The Committee reports that approximately 400 metric tons of crude oil have reached the Izhma river, thus affecting the livelihood of many Izvatas communities in the vicinity

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May 10 2016
During the 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs invites you to participate in the side event: Launching of IWGIA´s yearbook “The Indigenous World 2016”.The lauching will be on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm in the Conference Room 4 and a limited number of free copies in English and Spanish will be available for indigenous participants. The event will also provi...

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May 4 2016
On 1 June 2016, experienced Danish development and human rights profile, Elsebeth Krogh, will join IWGIA as Executive Director

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May 2 2016
By Signe Leth and Cæcilie Mikkelsen/IWGIA
Seminar on indigenous women in Bangladesh makes it clear that there is still a lot to be done all the way from community level to the national level before men and women can enjoy equal rights

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May 2 2016
AIPP & JOAS press release 1 May 2016
Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, is set to go to trial 3-4 May 2016 at the Kota Kinabalu Magistrate Court. The prosecution of Lasimbang has drawn criticism and over 100 civil society organization from around the world which signed a petition condemning the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Lasimbang.

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April 25 2016
In the wake of the signing of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement TPP on 4 February 2016, human rights experts gather in Lima, Peru. On 25 and 26 April 2016, two Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations and two Commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) will participate in a seminar on Free Trade Agreements, Bilateral Investment Treaties and Large Scale Investment Projects and their Impacts on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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April 24 2016
Report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights explores the impact on extractive industries on indigenous peoples

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April 23 2016

Commissioners and members of the ACHPR's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
By IWGIA
With a focus on armed conflicts and shrinking space for human rights defenders, from 6th to 20th of April 2016, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights celebrated its 58th Ordinary session in Banjul, The Gambia

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April 22 2016
IWGIA spoke in Bolivia with Luis Revilla, lawyer, politician and current Mayor of the city of La Paz. He is the founder of the political party Sovereignty and Freedom and was part of the Movement Without Fear, one of the main forces opposing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).

The Mayor reflects on the 10 years of government of Evo Morales, the ethnic issue in Bolivia, the consequences of the last referendum and provides us with a critical eye on the future political scene in relat...

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April 20 2016
There are around 100 different indigenous peoples who currently live in voluntary isolation or have only sporadic contact with surrounding communities. They live in the most inaccessible parts of the Amazon rainforest and the Chaco forest in Paraguay. They are in serious danger of disappearing physically or culturally because of the continued loss of their traditional territories, product of the progress of extractive industries, such as timber, mining or infrastructure....

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April 19 2016
Press release UCRT
Global Award Recognizes the Importance of Securing Community Land Rights in Tanzania

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April 18 2016
The situation in Bangladesh is critical in terms of peace, stability, a fair and just legal system as well as the respect for human rights - indigenous peoples’ rights being no exception. This is among the conclusions of two newly published reports by the indigenous peoples’ rights organisation Kapaeeng Foundation and the International Crisis Group.

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April 18 2016
In the Special Rapporteur's report to the 70th session of the General Assembly framed her concerns in relation to international bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and investment protection chapters of multilateral and regional free trade agreements, collectively referred to as International Investment Agreements (IIAs).
The report pointed to issues in the current system of IIAs and made a series of recommendations in relation to how they could be addressed to ensure respect fo...

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April 14 2016

Khanty reindeer herders, photo: Alexei Andronov / Greenpeace
Authorities attempt to change boundaries of national park to accommodate extractive industries

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