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November 10 2014
In a recent research report launched on October 20 anthropologist Steeve Daviau examines how well the international aid community in Laos has done in ensuring that their workplaces are diverse and representative of the many ethnic groups in the country. The overall goal of the research is to assist aid organizations in Laos to critically assess and improve their stated values, attitudes and actual progress in becoming inclusive and diverse workplaces, to better serve and represent the...

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August 19 2014
UN International Day of Indigenous Peoples was celebrated in Cameroon, where the government has begun to recognize the existence of indigenous peoples in the country. The government's position on the issue was expressed by the Minister of Social Affairs (MINAS) Catherine Bakang Mbock and can be seen in the short video below.  MINAS is the lead Ministry and has a Directorate dedicated to minorities and indigenous peoples at the national level while another Directorate in the Minis...

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August 15 2014

A second revised draft of the WCIP Outcome Document was distributed on the 8th of August 2014.

The document will be discussed in the WCIP consultation that will take place in New York on 18th and 19th of August.

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July 25 2014
The letter signed by indigenous organisations and support NGO’s underlines the importance of including a new Preambular Paragraph to the current Zero draft of the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The Preambular Paragraph should welcome regional developments regarding indigenous peoples rights and recognise the important work carried out by regional human rights institutions such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the African C...

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March 4 2014
On 5-6 February a sensitization seminar on issues related to indigenous peoples was held in Tunis, Tunesia. The seminar called “Regional Sensitization Seminar on the Rights of Indigenous Populations/Communities in North Africa” was the first ever seminar to be held by the Working Group of the African Commission in the northern region of Africa, and representatives from Egypt, Tunesia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Canary Islands were present. The purpose of the seminar was mainly...

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October 25 2013
The Special Rapporteur presented his final report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. In his statement, Professor Anaya discussed broadly his work methods and lessons learned throughout his mandate. He also touched upon factors that in his opinion debilitate commitment to and action by States and other actors to the human rights standards embodied in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, drawing upon his experiences over the past years....

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August 27 2013
The new manual “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions”, by the the Asia Pacific Forum and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, aims at increased engagement by national human rights institutions in ensuring that human rights, including indigenous peoples’ rights, become a reality. The role of national human rights institutions National human rights institutions can play a crucial...

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August 8 2013
We are very please to present the first edition of the newsletter of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The newsletter “The Voice of the Indigenous” will be published twice a year, both in French and English, with a view to sensitize and create awareness about the situation and rights of indigenous populations/communities in Africa, as well as the mandate and work of the WGIP. Anyone interested in publ...

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June 10 2013
IWGIA is present at the preparatory conference in Alta leading up to the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held in New York in September 2014. IWGIA has supported the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group preparing for the conference. Executive director Lola García-Alix, environment and climate change coordinator Kathrin Wessendorf, Communication coordinator Cæcilie Mikkelsen, and travel and human rights funds coordinator Käthe Jepsen are attending from IWGIA. Th...

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March 15 2013
During consultation on rights of indigenous peoples in Asia region the Special Rapporteur gathered both oral and written information on indigenous peoples issues in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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February 13 2013
Since 2006 Indigenous Film Archive has been hosting Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIFF). In 2013 the festival focus on “Equal Access and Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Media”.

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January 30 2013
IWGIA is proud to present the new book by Jens Dahl “The Indigenous Space and Marginalized Peoples in the United Nations” published by Pelgrave Macmillan, December 24, 2012

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November 23 2012
Lawmakers in the Indonesian House of Representatives are discussing a draft indigenous peoples bill aimed at protecting communities from injustice and marginalisation.

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November 16 2012
Statement of Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities of ASEAN

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June 25 2012
SABAH, Malaysia: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) express deep regret that there was no specific reference concerning the collective rights of the Indigenous Peoples as enshrined in the UNDRIP in the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) draft during the national consultation held at Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in Kuala Lumpur on June 12, 2012. JOAS representative to the meeting was surprised to learn tha...

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June 8 2012
Please take a minute to read this letter. AIPP urge indigenous organizations, institutions and support NGOs to sign on to the letter to the incoming President of the World Bank. The letter contains comments and recommendations on key issues of indigenous peoples for effective engagement with the World Bank. Kindly send the name of your organization ( complete name and not just acronym), and country to Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of AIPP at before June 15,2012( Friday).

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June 7 2012
COPORWA ASBL (Communauté des Potiers du Rwanda) was on June 3 awarded as Best Performance in Good Gocernance (1st runner up) and Community Based Advocacy by the Rwanda Governance Board. COPORWA has for many years been a partner to IWGIA, and IWGIA is supporting COPORWA with a radio project aimed at raising awareness in Rwanda about the poverty, marginalization and discrimination faced by the Batwa people. The law entrusting the Rwanda Governance Board with that mandate to de...

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May 7 2012
With regard to "impartiality", "fairness" and "transparency" (also referred to in article 27 of the UNDRIP), there are challenges, on account of the dictatorial and discriminatory attitude of the non-indigenous chairperson of the CHT Land Commission, says Raja Devasish Roy, member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Issues. “These dysfunctionalities will be addressed through legal amendments and the appointment of a more competent and impartial person as chairperson, however, he...

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April 23 2012
See the interesting short video where Goldman Prize Winner Ikal Angelei tells about the challenges that the Turkana face.

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March 28 2012
The Indigenous Peoples Major Group cannot support a proposal to change all references to indigenous peoples in the Zero Draft to "indigenous and local communities" as this expression does not identify indigenous peoples properly. In the course of many issues confronting indigenous peoples concerning sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, green economy and protecting the earth indigenous peoples find that the proposal is contrary to Agenda 21 and the UN Decalaration on the...

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December 6 2011
Police attacked on peaceful demonstration of indigenous students against UNDP’s cultural diversity festival in Dhaka, Bangladeh. A total of 9 students were arrested and at least 9 student including 2 girls were injured in this attack. It is learnt that on 6 December 2011 indigenous students organised a peaceful demonstration in front of national press club in Dhaka. Soon after the start of the demonstration, police suddenly jumped over the indigenous students. Police indiscriminat...

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August 11 2011
Protests continue in Bangladesh over the recently passed 15th amendment to the National Constitution of Bangladesh, which uses the terms tribes [upajati], minor races [khudro jatishaotta], and ethnic sects and communities [nrigoshthi o shomprodai] to describe the indigenous population, as well as the Government’s statement that Bangladesh has no indigenous peoples. This statement follows the presentation of a report during the 10th session of the UNPFII prepared by the former member...

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August 8 2011
Like in the previous census, the new census that was completed mere a week ago has drawn the similar flaws. The Central Bureau of Statistic (CBS) had conducted the 11th census in two phases — the first phase beginning from May 15 to June 1, while the second from June 17 to June 27. Owing that there were serious flaws in recording the accurate data during the census this time, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), an umbrella organization of Indigenous nationaliti...

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April 1 2011
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Government of Greenland recently carried out a Review of Denmark’s Strategy for Support to Indigenous Peoples. Review findings document groundbreaking results of comprehensive and high-profiled Danish-Geenlandic efforts involving diplomatic negotiations, political dialogue and development cooperation totalling DKK 1.8 billion during the decade under review. The review report also points to key challenges for future efforts to promote...

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March 8 2011
Endangered Languages Program aims to support preservation and revival of those indigenous languages which are threatened with extinction and which are vital to indigenous cultures of Siberia and North/Central America. One of the components of the Program is financial assistance to projects working towards these goals. ELP was initiated in 2008 by Sacred Earth Network, but since then has moved under the umbrella of EarthAction Network (EAN), 501(c). The deadline for electronic sub...

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