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June 14 2016
Ministry criminalizes access to food

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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

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 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 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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April 25 2016
In the wake of the signing of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement TPP on 4 February 2016, human rights experts gather in Lima, Peru. On 25 and 26 April 2016, two Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations and two Commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) will participate in a seminar on Free Trade Agreements, Bilateral Investment Treaties and Large Scale Investment Projects and their Impacts on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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April 24 2016
Report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights explores the impact on extractive industries on indigenous peoples

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December 6 2015

December 4, the indigenous peoples at COP21 hold placards inside the conference venue, demanding that their rights should remain under the preamble and article 2 of the climate agreement. Photo by Tebtebba
A new draft for the Paris agreement on Climate Change will be negotiated Monday. Indigenous peoples are afraid that the reference to human rights in the operational guidelines will be omitted from the final agreement.

For indigenous peoples it is crucial that solutions to climate change are based on fundamental human rights principles.

Read the analysis from Paris using the link below.

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December 4 2015

Side-event, 2 December 2015, organised by IWGIA, PINGOs Forum and MPIDO. Photo: Joanna Absalonsen/IWGIA
Kathrin Wessendorf, Paris 4. December 2015
Climate change, as well as States’ actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, are seriously impacting the human rights of indigenous peoples. Maasai representatives from Kenya and Tanzania have come to the UN Climate Change Summit to strongly advocate for the inclusion of human rights references in the Paris Agreement

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December 4 2015
Press release: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), International Rivers, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP)
Paris, 3 December 2015 In a global manifesto released today, a coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries called on governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to keep large hydropower projects out of climate initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism, the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and green bonds. Large hydropower projects emit massive amounts of methane, make water and energy systems more vulnerable to climate...

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December 1 2015

Strategy meeting of the IIPFCC, Paris, 29.Nov. Photo: CCMIN
More than 250 indigenous representatives are gathering in Paris to influence the outcome of the new global Climate Change Agreement. Today they presented their political position and specific demands

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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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October 26 2015
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact calls for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in its comments on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples

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October 22 2015

International Indigenous Peoples' Dialogue with States on the UNFCCC negotiations. 17 October 2015. Bonn, Germany. Photo/IWGIA
This week in Bonn, indigenous representatives organised in the International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) have been lobbying States to ensure an overarching human rights approach to climate change interventions, procedures, mitigation strategies and adaptation

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October 7 2015
On 8-9 October, indigenous peoples' representatives will gather in Copenhagen to assess the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals from the perspective of indigenous peoples

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September 28 2015
Member of the UNPFII, Joan Carling, spoke of indigenous peoples' rights at UN Summit
On September 25, the UN General Assembly adopted the new development framework, "Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change before 2030.  Although there is only a few direct references to indigenous peoples, the framework will be highly relevant for indigenous peoples' living conditions and human rights over the next 15 years. The new goals aim t...

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June 30 2015
Indigenous peoples' conference sums up ethnic differences and challenges in the wake of April 25 Earthquake

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May 8 2015
Appeal from IWGIA's long term partner Lahurnip to

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April 10 2015

Maasai pastoralists from the Ngorongoro region in northern Tanzania (2012). Photo: Geneviève Rose (IWGIA).
Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
For indigenous peoples all over the world, climate change is far from just an environmental issue; it goes hand in hand with their struggle for basic human rights and cultural survival. IWGIA is pleased to announce a new project that addresses these issues and aims to tackle climate change in East Africa. Two programme coordinators from IWGIA recently returned from Tanzania, where they helped kick off our newest climate project: Climate change partnership with indigenous peoples...

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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 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 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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February 27 2015

Cæcilie Mikkelsen - IWGIA archive photo
By Valentina Gasbarri
Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality. Despite numerous achievements in the world’s food systems, approximately 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger and roughly two billion peoples suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies while, at the same time, over 2.8 billion people are obese. Unfortunately, the debate over how to address this challenge has polarised, pi...

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February 20 2015
The World Bank Inspection Panel releases “Report and Recommendation on Request for Inspection Kenya: Electricity Expansion Project”

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