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August 11 2016
One of IWGIA’s partners in Asia, the filmmaker Tapan Bose, has produced a new documentary on the historic struggle of the Adivasi in India. The film was screened in Delhi on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

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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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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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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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February 9 2015

Demolished house in Kazas
Vladislav Tannagashev
About the disastrous situation in the village of Kazas, Kemerovo region

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December 15 2014
The Danish Government has as part of the Danish export strategy “More Trade – New Jobs” created a new Danish agricultural investment fund (Danish Agribusiness Fund – DAF). The fund will receive 89 million DKK from the Danish development aid according to the Danish budget agreement for 2015 and it has an overall target of 750-800 million DKK. The Danish Agribusiness Fund that will be administered by the Danish investment fund for developing countries (Investerin...

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December 2 2014

Panellists during the side event
Lola Garcia Alix/IWGIA, Geneva
Side event raises the issue of access to remedy

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November 24 2014
 "The oil industry has brought us nothing but troubles" - This is the opinion of a majority of the indigenous inhabitants of Izhma and Usinsk districts in Komi Republic, one of Russia's foremost oil producing regions, participants of a press conference by the Committee to Save the Pechora told media representatives on 19 November. The press conference held in St Petersburg was attended by journalists of "Interfax", "Novaya Gazeta", "Radio Petersburg", "Radio Russia" and other me...

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September 15 2014
IWGIA has sent a letter to the World Bank related to the review of its Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies. By proposing an alternative approach to applying its safeguards on Indigenous Peoples the bank disregards international law on indigenous peoples rights and undermines achievements and standards of regional human rights mechanisms. The ongoing safeguard policy revision process raises great concerns that the World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards will be serio...

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September 3 2014
This short video shows how the pastoralist communities in Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo in Kenya came together to raise awareness about the situation of their access to water from the Ewaso Ngiro River that will be gravely affected by a planned mega dam.  Young and old joined in a caravan that moved across some of the roughest terrain in Kenya. The aim of the caravan was to draw attention to the issue of indigenous peoples’ rights in the face of extractive industries and bus...

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July 30 2014
Issued by AIPP and Forest Peoples Programme
In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to...

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July 17 2014
Olga Murashko
Construction of the new gas pipeline is to start in August, while no public consultations have been heard of

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July 12 2014
Cathal Doyle
On Thursday the 11th of July in a side event at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ENIP, the European Network on Indigenous Peoples, together with CAOI and  AIPP, launched a new study on Indigenous Peoples rights and the UN Guiding Principles. The study, authored by Johannes Rohr and José Aylwin, interprets the guiding principles as they pertain to indigenous peoples’ rights and offers real life examples of indigenous peoples&rsqu...

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April 24 2014
The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, visited Chile from 14 to 16 April 2014 to give a lecture on the duty of the State to consult with indigenous peoples during a conference organized by the Universidad Diego Portales. He also made a keynote speech during a meeting of various business enterprises by Global Compact Chile on the "Relationship of Companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Field of Human Rights." While he was in Chile, the Special Rappo...

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April 14 2014

Komi reindeer herders (Image by Joachim Otto Habeck)
Izvatas uphold demands and challenge oil company

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March 21 2014
Next week, Greenlandic and Danish environmental organizations will host a conference on uranium mining in Greenland. The half-day conference will take place in Copenhagen and aims at having a critical debate on the impacts of uranium mining in both Greenland and in the rest of the world. In October 2013, the Greenlandic parliament repealed a 25-year old zero-tolerance policy on uranium mining. According to the Danish Ecological Council, Greenland has the potential to become one of...

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January 31 2014
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Peru has given the go-ahead to the expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. The impacts on the people and their forest will be devastating.

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September 12 2013
The report explores the relevance and applicability of the UN Guiding Principles for indigenous peoples affected by business operations and seeks to provide guidance to enterprises, indigenous peoples and governments wishing to safeguard protection of indigenous peoples' rights during the planning and execution of business operations. The document emphasises the special attention that should be paid to indigenous peoples when it comes to business and human rights. The report une...

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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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June 8 2013
IWGIA's yearbook was launched on Friday 24 May during the 12th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues (UNPFII) in New York.

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April 16 2013
More than 600 indigenous representatives from 35 regions of the Russian Federation met in Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets AO for the 7th Congress of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East at the end of March. Indigenous representatives elected a new president for RAIPON – the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North – which is IWGIA’s key partner in Russia. However, the election was tarnished by representatives voting under pressure from Russian officials...

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March 11 2013
The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, which guides the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, invites all relevant stakeholders to provide their suggestions on topics, panels and modalities for the second annual Forum to be held in Geneva on 3-4 December 2013.

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