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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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August 25 2015

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Though an exact figure is unavailable, the media report up until 10 PM Kathmandu time on Monday night, 21 security personnel and 4 protestors, including top police officer and a two-year-old boy have been killed in Tikapur municipality in Kailali Districts in far-western regions in Nepal

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April 14 2015

caption: Shor elder whose house was demolished by mining company (Photo: Nelly Tokmagasheva)
The UN Human Rights Committee, which oversees compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) recently concluded its 113th Session, adopting, among others, its concluding observations regarding the situation of civil and political rights in the Russian Federation. In paragraph 24, the Committee expresses its concern at "insufficient measures being taken to respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples and to...

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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 18 2015

Nepal. IWGIA archive photo.
By: Rajesh Chamling Rai
After the second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, the country is taking a regressive course. As political transition gets prolonged, the achievements of Jan Andolan II appear to be at stake.

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August 21 2014
Jonathan Glennie
Despite promises to leave no one behind, the UN drafting committee has little to say about halting threats to indigenous peoples survival. On his blog at the Guardian Jonathan Glennie explains why development can be considered a threat as much as an opportunity.The great danger in compiling a list of priorities for international development, which is what most of the development industry has been preoccupied with for the past couple of years, is the dreaded “s...

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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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July 22 2014
UN experts are concerned as all references to ‘indigenous peoples’ have been deleted from the latest zero draft document on the new sustainable development goals

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July 10 2014

The Zero Draft of the Outcome Document for the high level plenary meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples has been published.

The document will serve as the focus of the upcoming consultation 16 July 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

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March 4 2014
The Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism to continue its study on access to justice in the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and to submit a follow-up study to the Council during its 27th session (September 2014). As requested by the Council in Resolution 24/10, this study focuses on restorative justice and indigenous juridical systems, particularly as they relate to achieving peace and reconciliation, including an examination of access to j...

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September 20 2013
The Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Indigenous Populations call for applications from indigenous peoples wishing to attend the 13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the 7th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples This year, priority will be given to projects that focus on the areas of culture (with a specific focus on indigenous languages), and the environment (with a specific focus on the respect of the princip...

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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 11 2013
James Anaya, the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is calling on countries across the world to honour treaties with indigenous peoples and stressing the importance of this as an important part of addressing historical wrongs and moving toward reconciliation. The remarks from the special rapporteur has been made as treaty talks between the Harper government and First Nations leaders in Canada appear to be making little headway. High-level talks on treaty imple...

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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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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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May 30 2012
Nepal’s Constituent Assembly collapsed on 28 May failing to meet its deadline to deliver a new constitution amid the furore of federalist and ethnic divisions. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his disappointment in the failure, as well as asserting the need for political consensus to lead to a peaceful way forward. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Indi...

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May 24 2012
For immediate release 23 May 2012 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), in a statement today, has called for urgent decisive actions within human rights framework to uphold inclusive democracy and peace based on social justice for resolution to political tensions on adoption of Nepal’s new constitution. It has also expressed unity with Nepal’s indigenous peoples in asserting their individual and collective rights in the new constitution as per international human rights obligat...

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February 20 2012
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights welcomes submissions on the paper being prepared by the Secretary General on indigenous peoples' participation at the United Nations by 9 April 2012. See Human Rights Council resolution 18/8 (2011): 13. Requests the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner, the Office of Legal Affairs and other relevant parts of the Secretariat, to prepare a detailed document on the ways and means of promoting p...

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January 19 2012

Participants at the Indigenous Peoples' open-ended Brainstorming Meeting on the World Conference in 2014, Copenhagen 12 January 2012
Last Friday and Saturday, around 30 indigenous peoples’ representatives and invited UN experts met in Copenhagen to brainstorm about how best to secure indigenous peoples' full participation in the planning and celebration of the 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The organizing of a World Conference on indigenous peoples was decided by the UN General Assembly at its 65th session in 2010. It is, however, still very unclear and undecided which form the Conference will...

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January 12 2012
Friday and Saturday, indigenous peoples representatives from all over the world will participate in a brainstorm meeting in Copenhagen to discuss indigenous peoples' participation in the planning of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

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June 2 2011
Justice for Kimy and survival for the indigenous peoples of Colombia

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May 26 2011
At a Headquarters press conference on the 24th of May, human rights activists urged the United Nations to play a greater role in pushing for implementation of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in Bangladesh, which was intended to protect the rights of the area’s indigenous peoples. “The peace accord is a quite good one, but the problem has been in its implementation,” said Lars-Anders Baer, a former member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues charged by that...

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