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March 13 2017

Laila Susanne Vars from Norway's National Institute for Human Rights has joined IWGIA's board.
Laila Susanne Vars from Norway’s National Human Rights Institution joins IWGIA’s Board as the first institutional member. The aim of including institutional members is to strengthen knowledge sharing and cooperation opportunities.

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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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November 28 2014
On 22 November 2014, the III Congress of the Russian Saami people was held in the village of Lovozero, Murmansk region. As the Finno-Ugric Information Centre reports, the regional authorities intervened massively with attempts to sideline the Kola Saami Parliament, headed by Valentina Sovkina and create a new institutional framework for the Russian Saami community. Ms Sovkina is a long-time outspoken indigenous rights activist and gained international prominence in September, when she...

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July 28 2014
In 1997, after over four decades of war between the Indian armed forces and Naga resistance groups asserting their right to self-determination, a cease fire agreement was signed between the Indian government and the largest of the armed Naga groups, the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM). The agreement has since been renewed several times, but the more than 80 rounds of peace talk have not had any concrete outcome and during the past two years 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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September 20 2011
The significance of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Professor James Anaya’s Report on the Situation of the Saami people

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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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July 25 2011
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) expresses its serious concern about the contents of the 15th amendment to the National Constitution of Bangladesh, which was passed by the Parliament on 30th June 2011. The CHT Commission had been hopeful that the four founding values (democracy, socialism, nationalism and secularism) upon which the original 1972 Constitution was founded would be upheld in full.

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April 13 2011
Indigenous communities should be allowed to follow their own legal systems as part of their right to free determination. This should be a right in practice and not just a recognition of multi-culturalism,” a representative of the International Institute for Rights and Society (Institute) told commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on March 25, 2011.

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February 1 2011
IWGIA is happy to present the latest issue of Indigenous Affairs on Development and Customary Law, now available online.

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January 24 2011
By Haider Rizvi
By Haider Rizvi,Jan 21, 2011 (IPS)

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January 17 2011
On the 13th of January, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, made public and presented his report via videoconference at a gathering of Sami leaders and observers at the University of Tromso, Norway. In his report, the Special Rapporteur notes that overall, Norway, Sweden, and Finland each place a high level of attention to indigenous issues. However, more remains to be done to ensure that the Sami people can pursue their self-determination and de...

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December 3 2010
A land dispute on Easter Island turned violent Friday (3 Dec) when riot police evicting islanders from their ancestral home were surrounded by rock-throwing protesters. About two dozen people were injured in a seven-hours-long confrontation. The clash began at 5 a.m. when officers moved in to evict 10 people from the home they had been occupying since ousting a government official from the property in September, Rapa Nui lawyer Maka Atan told The Associated Press. The official nativ...

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November 30 2010

Indigenous Caucus, Cancún, 30 nov 2010
Press Release: The World’s Indigenous Peoples Outline Minimum Proposals on Climate Change

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November 1 2010
Rick Kearns
Advocates warn that many indigenous peoples in Colombia still face the danger of extinction due to an increase in homicides, threats and instances of forced displacement. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees issued a report Aug. 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, focusing on these imminent and present dangers. The threats could result in the physical or cultural disappearance of many peoples, and the warnings about this emergency are not new.

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April 28 2010
The Central African Republic has ratified the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples. The Central African Republic is the first African country to ratify this convention. Adopted in 1989, ILO Convention No. 169 is based on the recognition of indigenous and tribal peoples’ aspirations to exercise control over their own institutions, ways of life and economic development and to maintain and develop their identities, languages and rel...

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