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August 9 2017

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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 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 calls on...

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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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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 states, su...

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

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November 6 2015

Indigenous wet-rice padi fields in Chin State, Myanmar. Photo by Christian Erni/IWGIA
By Chris Erni and Cæcilie Mikkelsen
Myanmar’s parliament was expected to pass a new national land-use policy before the general elections of 8 November 2015. However, this has not happened. Thus, a key policy decision which would pave the way for more social justice in rights to land and resources, and as part of this the recognition of customary rights of indigenous peoples, has been postponed

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June 12 2015

Wetlands of Chukotka, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Court revokes 15,000 Dollar fine against Chukchi obshchina and reinstates territory

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May 22 2015
False accusation of pastoralist being foreigners leads to increase in human rights violations in Loliondo

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May 22 2015
We bring to your attention a short documentary, describing the political tensions in Tanzania as traditional pastoralists are forced off of their lands.

It describes the case of the pastoralists in Kiteto District in Tanzania, who have suffered many injustices and loss of land. Despite winning a court case on land grabbing, the court decision has not been implemented and they continue to be faced with threats of land dispossession.

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April 27 2015

Sopochin & Kechimov reindeer herders (Photo: Greenpeace Russia)
"This is the last piece of land where we can feed our reindeer."

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April 5 2015

Securing land rights for indigenous peoples, such as these members of the Xingu tribe, pictured in Brazil, is critical to alleviating poverty (Photo: Rights and Resources Initiative)
By: Jenny Springer (RRI)
Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous is key to “leaving no one behind” in global Sustainable Development Goals.

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April 4 2015

Looking for water in the La Guajira territory, Costa Caribe, Columbia. Photo: Colectivo de Prensa Alternativa del Caribe.
More than 37,000 indigenous Wayúu children in northern Colombia are malnourished, and at least five thousand have died of starvation.

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March 30 2015

Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. IWGIA archive photo.
The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) released a press statement on Monday condemning the recent attack on its chairman and the violence in Babuchara, Dighinala, which allegedly left six indigenous people and four army personnel injured. The convoy of CHTC Chairman, Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, who is also president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), was attacked on 11 March 2015. In anticipation of Larma’s visit, a 72-hour strike was...

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March 26 2015

Jorge Hueque from the Mapuche Koz Koz Parliament (left) and Hernando Silva from Observatorio Cuidadano (right) discussing extractive industries in Chile. Photo: Daniel Cima.
Alejandro Parellada & Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
In recent years, cases involving indigenous peoples have become a focal point of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights sessions’, and continued to take up a large proportion of the hearings this year. The 154th IACHR Session was held from 16 to 20 March 2015 in Washington, D.C., and included 55 public hearings as well as a series of working meetings. All the indigenous cases presented were related to the presence of extractive industries on their territories or infrastru...

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March 25 2015

Australia. IWGIA archive photo.
  Due to the withdrawal of federal funding for essential services, up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities have been marked for closure by the State Government of West Australia.  A leaked document obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), recently revealed that extensive research was conducted as early as 2010 to identify remote West Australian Aboriginal communities considered unsustainable. ABC reports that the State Government of West Australia (WA) &ldquo...

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March 24 2015

Maasai woman and children in Morogoro Region, Tanzania. IWGIA archive photo.
IWGIA recently published a briefing note calling for urgent action to halt the deadly violence targeting Maasai and Datoga citizens in Tanzania.Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were recently victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to local media, the assaults were instigated by public figures interested in acquiring land, and state authorities have not intervened to protect Maasai citizens. Police protection has instead been given to other...

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March 24 2015

Photo: Tierraviva
Last month, the indigenous Xákmok Kásek community formed by the Sanapaná people, reoccupied their ancestral land after nearly three decades of exile. In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that the land belonged to them, and that the Paraguayan State violated the Xákmok Kásek peoples’ right to communal property. The court also ruled that the State has violated the rights of children, personal integrity and that it has n...

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March 23 2015

Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. IWGIA archive photo.
Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
The communication of four UN mandate holders to the Government of Bangladesh was recently made public.

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March 21 2015

Malaysia. IWGIA archive photo.
Forests are the lifeline and cultural heritage of millions of indigenous peoples around the world.

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March 12 2015

Evictions of Maasai community in Loliondo, Tanzania, February 2015. Photo: Samwel Nangiria/InsightShare
By: Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
The EU Parliament passed a resolution strongly condemning the practice of land grabbing in Tanzania on Thursday (March 12). They released a press release stating that members of the Parliament (MEPs) strongly condemn the "illegal displacement of local rural communities, the destruction of their villages and traditional way of life, and the violation of their basic human rights.” The resolution addresses key issues of concern for pastoralists and indigenous peoples in Tanzania &n...

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February 27 2015

Evictions of Maasai Community, February 2015. Photo: Samwel Nangiria/InsightShare
Olosho sheds light on the enduring battle to protect the territory of the Tanzanian Maasai community in Loliondo. Six members of the community created the video, which provides a frontline perspective of the decade’s long fight to protect their land from foreign interests, as well as their own government. Maasai pastoralists in Loliondo, an area surrounded by the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Reserve, are being displaced to make way for luxury game hunting. Foreign companie...

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February 12 2015

Evenk Hunter, source:
The Evenks of Zeya district might be soon left without their hunting grounds, where they have lived and hunted for many generations. As reported by "", the lease of the indigenous obshchina (community-based cooperative) "Yukte" expired in November 2014, meaning that in order to continue they would have to pay six and a half million roubles (more than 105,000 US Dollars) for their hunting grounds, money which they don’t have. Earlier this year, the Deputy Chair of the reg...

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