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October 4 2016
On Sunday 2 October, with a margin of less than 60.000 votes, the peace agreement between the government and the Farc guerilla to end 52 years of civil war in Colombia was turned down. The indigenous movement, representing one of the populations most affected by violence and displacement, recommended the peace deal and now demands that peace be consolidated with the full participation of all sectors of society - not least those that have borne the brunt of the violence

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October 3 2016
IWGIA and the Danish NGO Forests of the World will hold a conference at the Danish Parliament next October 27th . The conference will focus on Denmark’s commitments and responsibility to protect climate, halt deforestation and ensure indigenous peoples’ rights within the frameworks of the new global initiatives. The conference is open for the public and Danish politicians, civil society and academia are invited to engage in the debate.

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October 2 2016
Today it is up to the Colombian people to choose between war and peace. A public referendum will decide the fate of the Peace Agreement, which after 4 years of negotiation was signed between the Government and the left-wing guerrilla movement Farc on Monday

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September 19 2016

Photo: Colectivo Sinestesia/ IUCN
Earlier this month at the World Conservation Congress (IUCN) in Hawaii, state, government and civil society members adopted key decisions boosting support for indigenous peoples’ rights. IWGIA welcomes these recent resolutions strengthening the presence and role of indigenous organisations in the IUCN.

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September 17 2016

Nenets reindeer herder camp during summer
On Yamal Peninsula, the administration has announced that it wants to slaughter 250,000 of the currently 700,000 reindeer living on the peninsula. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is speeding up the development of new gas fields in the Arctic. Between June and September, a subsidiary of Russia’s second gas producer "NOVATEK" has received 4 licenses for areas located on the Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas in the region. Many herders may lose their means of ex...

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September 13 2016
Vil du være med til at gøre en forskel for indfødte folk i hele verden ? IWGIA søger økonomimedarbejder 30 timer/uge.

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September 7 2016

Source: Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr
At the world's largest nickel mine and smelter, Norilsk Nickel on Taimyr peninsula in Norther Siberia, a severe pipeline spill has occured. Taimyr is home to some 20,000 indigenous Dolgans and Nenets, most of which depend on reindeer herding, hunting, fishing and gathering for their survival. The industrial city of Norilsk with some 200,000 inhabitants located in the peninsula although administratively separate from it, is considered one of the world's most polluted cities. A...

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September 1 2016

Emergency Response Team to Naga Region
The deadly measles virus has been affecting indigenous peoples in the Naga Self-Administered Zone since the beginning of June 2016. Many children have been reported dead and Naga activists denounce that the government is not containing the outbreak. Up until today, the confirmed deaths have risen up to 82 and support is not reaching isolated villages.

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August 31 2016

Photo: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Conservation of bio-diversity appears to come at a price. But who really bears this cost? The current friction which exists between conservation policies and indigenous communities is evident in the experiences of the Sengwer and Ogiek peoples in Kenya. Cherangani Hills in western Kenya, is home to several indigenous peoples including the Sengwer community. However, Kenya's conservation policies have resulted in alienation of indigenous peoples from their lands. "We have been facing...

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August 11 2016
One of IWGIA’s partners in Asia, the filmmaker Tapan Bose, has produced a new documentary on the historic struggle of the Adivasi in India. The film was screened in Delhi on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

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August 9 2016

Photo: Alejandro Parellada / IWGIA ©
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education. At IWGIA we think it is a good opportunity to reflect on how the education gap between indigenous peoples and mainstream populations affects indigenous peoples’ lives. Therefore we would like to share with you the main challenges that they encounter for fully enjoying the right to quality education, which are rooted in the limitation to establish and control their own education systems.

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August 8 2016
The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is an international gathering held every three years. WIPCE attracts highly regarded experts and scholars in Indigenous education engaging approximately 4000 Indigenous representatives from First Nations (Canada), Native Americans (USA), Aborigines (Australia), Maori (New Zealand), Ainu (Japan), Sami (Norway) and more. WIPCE is the largest and most diverse Indigenous education venue in the world. The conference continues to l...

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July 29 2016

Reindeer on the Nenets tundra. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
Thomas Nilsen, The Barents Observer
Reindeer grassing at an old burial place for diseased animals that died long ago are believed to cause Russia’s largest outbreak of anthrax in decades.

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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
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 gain rec...

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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 Indigeno...

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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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