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June 13 2016
Following is an analysis of the OAS’s recent American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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June 10 2016
The crisis affecting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is not solely financial but it is in response to a political strategy of the OAS Member States to bring the human rights protection system in the region to an end.

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May 24 2016
Indigenous peoples access to justice will be severely affected by recent cutbacks in the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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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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April 23 2016

Commissioners and members of the ACHPR's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
By IWGIA
With a focus on armed conflicts and shrinking space for human rights defenders, from 6th to 20th of April 2016, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights celebrated its 58th Ordinary session in Banjul, The Gambia

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April 18 2016
The situation in Bangladesh is critical in terms of peace, stability, a fair and just legal system as well as the respect for human rights - indigenous peoples’ rights being no exception. This is among the conclusions of two newly published reports by the indigenous peoples’ rights organisation Kapaeeng Foundation and the International Crisis Group.

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February 23 2016
IWGIA welcomes the appointment by the President of the UNGA of two indigenous legal experts, Dr. Claire Charters (Maori from New Zealand) and Prof. James Anaya (former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples) to assist him in the consultations on the WCIP2014 follow-up regarding the participatory status of indigenous peoples at the United Nations

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December 20 2015
As the first country in Africa, Cameroun has initiated discussions on making a National Action plan on the implementation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights through its Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa, organized from 15 to 16 December 2015 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a Regional Workshop on the “Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (t...

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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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October 26 2015
On October 19, the UN Secretary-General presented his first report on how far the UN and Members States have come in implementing the decision of the World Conference. His report was considered by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which is responsible for social, cultural and humanitarian issues

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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 21 2015
The three activists, who face terrorism charges for attempting to attend a workshop on food security, face a court hearing in Addis Ababa on October 22

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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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September 25 2015

Source: Barents Observer
The Nenets organization Yasavey Manzara is the first indigenous peoples´ organization in the Barents Region to be declared as “foreign agents”, the Barents Observer reports

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August 25 2015

Photo courtesy of tharuwan.com
IndigenousVoice.com
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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June 30 2015
Indigenous peoples' conference sums up ethnic differences and challenges in the wake of April 25 Earthquake

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June 18 2015

Around 350 Khumi people have been forced to flee their homes, 141 of whom are under the age of 18. (photo by CHRO)
By: Chin Human Rights Organization
Members of an isolated community in Chin State have suffered human rights abuses and been forced to flee their homes due to recent outbreaks of fighting in the state’s south.

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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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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 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 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 23 2015

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP) meets with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Photo: Marianne Wiben Jensen (IWGIA Africa Coordinator and member of the WGIP).
The African Commision recently passed a resolution highlighting the fact that the proposed “opt-out” clause to the application of safeguards for indigenous peoples would undermine the results achieved across the continent with regard to the increasing recognition and protection of indigenous peoples. The Commission called “on the World Bank to align its Environmental and Social Safeguards Policy and associated Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) with internation...

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March 20 2015

Philippines. IWGIA archive photo.
Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
UNDP has launched a new mechanism to address unresolved issues between project-affected stakeholders and UNDP.

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