Below is a list of our latest books in English. Some are parts of our own "Documents" series, others are co-published titles. To view books in other languages, please see the 'publication by language' section, or go to 'search publications'


Gladson Dungdung
This book addresses the contemporary issues of mining and communities in Eastern India. It documents the struggles and the human rights violations in Saranda Forest which is one of the most extensive surviving Sal forests in Asia, a centre of bio-diversity and a repository of India's rich Adivasi cultural heritage. Its destruction by mining companies aided by the government is testimony to the short term thinking of a modernising state blinded by its rhetoric of development.

2015 August

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This publication sums up the experiences and lessons learnt from strengthening the capacity of indigenous peoples in using the human rights based framework in asserting the right to development as it has been implemented in ten indigenous communities in the Philippines.

Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Center - DINTEG - 2015 August

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Report on the struggle against the Xstrata-SMI mining venture in the Blaan ancestral territory on Mindanao, the Philippines.


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It documents seven case studies which were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal and Thailand to take stock of the changes in livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia against the backdrop of the rapid socio-economic transformations currently engulfing the region.

FAO, IWGIA & AIPP - 2015 May

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It analyses current challenges related to land rights, political participation, education, gender equality etc. It also looks into specific cases of human rights violations as well as positive government initiatives that could be further developed, and makes recommendations to the Republic of Tanzania, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Development partners and to civil society organizations.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights & IWGIA - 2015 May

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The book addresses cases from each of these continents, examining the experiences of indigenous peoples with access to remedy when their human rights are affected by corporate activities. By drawing from these experiences it seeks to inform the actions of corporate and State actors in relation their business and human rights obligation to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to effective remedy.

IWGIA, Almaciga & AIPP - 2015 March

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This diverse collection of essays and articles emerged from a workshop held in Oslo in March 2012, hosted by the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and the University of Oslo. The purpose of the workshop was to gather memories of how the international community had decided to examine the situation of Indigenous peoples, to explore, explain and celebrate their pioneering work within the United Nations and the International Labour Organization. The participants also examined the impact of that work and were further asked to identify desirable future developments.

Gáldu & IWGIA - 2015 January

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This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world that explore, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The book will serve as a resource for indigenous peoples, World Heritage site managers and UNESCO, as well as academics, and will contribute to discussions about what changes or actions are needed to ensure that World Heritage sites can play a consistently positive role for indigenous peoples, in line with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IWGIA, Forrest Peoples Programme and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation - 2014 November 14

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Steeve Daviau
In this research report anthropologist Steeve Daviau examines how well the international aid community in Lao has done in ensuring that their workplaces are diverse and representative of the many ethnic groups in the country.

The overall goal of the research is to assist aid organizations in Laos to critically assess and improve their stated values, attitudes and actual progress in becoming inclusive and diverse workplaces, to better serve and represent the interests of indigenous people and communities.

The Japanese International Volunteer Center, Oxfam Novib, The McKnight Foundation and IWGIA. - 2014 October 20

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: Recommendations for the Full Respect of their Human Rights

Prepared by the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-America Commission on Human Rights

This Report presents a general introduction to the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact in the Americas. It also compiles the main sources of law from the inter-American and universal human rights systems for their protection, identifies the threats to the full enjoyment of their human rights, and makes a series of recommendations to the member States of the Organization of American States.

This report was prepared with input obtained from various sources, including States, indigenous and civil society organizations, and experts and approved by the Inter-American Cpmmission on Human Rights on December 30, 2013.

OAS Official Document. Elaborated with the financial support of IWGIA - 2014 July

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Albert Kwokwo Barume
This revised and updated edition of Albert Kwokwo Barume’s book from 2010 reflects some of the latest developments affecting Africa’s indigenous peoples and their land rights.

IWGIA - 2014 May 20

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Study team: Dr. Chaitanya Subba, Pro. Dr. Bishwamber Pyakuryal, Mr. Tunga Shiromani Bastola, Mr. Mohan Khajum Subba, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Raut, Mr. Baburam Karki
The present study aims to assess the poverty levels of the various indigenous groups in Nepal. It was developed to address the lack of existing disaggregated data and statistics on the socio-economic status of Nepal’s many indigenous groups.


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Dr. Bina D'Costa
This report examines selected cases of violence against women and girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in 2011 and 2012. It also discusses relevant legal contexts and, based on four key principles, provides recommendations to the government and civil society to address violence against women and girls in the region.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), IWGIA, and Bangladesh Indigenous Women's Network - 2014 May

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Pastoralists in Tanzania are suffering from many human rights violations, including forced evictions from their lands. This report gives a comprehensive analysis of the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania, and documents cases of human rights violations against Maasai pastoralists in ten districts.

PAICODEO - 2014 January

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By Søren Hvalkof
This paper focuses on the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+ delivered by indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities.

Through three case studies it exemplifies how indigenous peoples and local communities contribute to REDD+ by delivering specific Non-Carbon Benefits. The cases show that the performance of indigenous peoples and local communities is an essential and indispensible part of the sustainability of REDD+.

IBIS, CARE, IWGIA and Forests of the World - 2013 December

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Manuela Zips-Mairitsch
In this book, the author processes the detailed descriptions of a land rights dispute in Botswana in such a way that its instructive relevance for fundamental questions of intercultural justice becomes obvious.

The case of the present book is the High Court of Botswana’s decision of the case Sesana v. the Attorney General in late 2006. In this case, 215 individual indigenous San claimants took legal steps against their relocation from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

IWGIA and LIT - 2013 June

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This book offers a detailed insight into the situation of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation in South America. It looks into the threats and challenges that indigenous peoples face and offers a rich source of demographic and ethnographic information regarding indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact.

2013 June

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This report on the Southeast Asia Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous women is intended as a material to be used by indigenous women, advocates, policy-makers and the public for the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of indigenous women facing violations of their rights due to state and corporate projects coming into their territories.

AIPP - 2013 May

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Stefan Disko and Helen Tugendhat
This report presents the practices and challenges related to implementing a human rights policy framework for the world heritage convention based on 15 cases from around the world where world heritage sites coincides with traditional indigenous territories.

2013 April

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This collection of photos is part of a project that aims at raising awareness about and creating understanding for the situation of indigenous youth living in cities by offering young indigenous city dwellers a virtual and visual forum for intercontinental and intergenerational exchange.

The participants of the project received training in digital photography. The idea was to give them a tool to document their lives and express their views, fears, joys and hopes through a visual media that could be shared across borders and generations.

2013 March

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This publication gives an overview of the presentations made at the regional sensitization seminar organized by the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in the republic of Congo on 22 to 25 August 2011. One of the objectives of the seminar was to inform key stakeholders from East and Central Africa on the African Commission’s approach to promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and IWGIA - 2012 December

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The surviving lands of indigenous peoples include many of the most vulnerable and threatened ecosystems on our planet. Indigenous peoples have always made clear that they are culturally, spi...

Tebtebba, IWGIA and Piplinks - 2012 December

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This report describes pilot research conducted by the Samburu Women Trust (SWT), formerly known as SWEEDO), a community based organization located in Nanyuki, Kenya. The research focused on a practice known as “beading,” which can be briefly described as a community-sanctioned, non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the “warrior” age group, and young Samburu girls who are not yet eligible to be married

Samburu Womens Trust and IWGIA - 2012 November

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This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.
As a guidebook for communities, the content is simplified and accompanied by illustrations and photos for visualization. Translated versions of this Guidebook in several languages have been andwill also be published in REDD+ countries in Asia and elsewhere.

AIPP, IWGIA & Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) - 2012 September

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Culture Identity and Resources Use Management (CIRUM)

This study takes a closer look at the role of customary law in forest management and conservation in Vietnam. It documents customary law applied in forest resource use and management among Thai and Dzao communities and concludes with a set of recommendations which can contribute to an improvement of forest related laws and policies. The findings and recommendations of this report are particularly relevant in light of the fact that Vietnam is currently busy preparing for REDD – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, one of the global initiatives to mitigate climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

IWGIA, AIPP and CIRUM - 2012 April

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The African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Based on a research visit to Kenya the report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities describes the human rights situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Kenya, and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2012 March

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The African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Based on a mission to Brazzaville and the Sibiti region, the report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities describes the human rights situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Congo, and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2011 November

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Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Describes the situation of the indigenous populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and makes recommendations to the government, civil society organizations, and the international community.

IWGIA and ACHPR - 2011 October

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Shapan Adnan & Ranajit Dastidar
This book deals with the forcible takeover of the lands of the indigenous peoples of the CHittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Based on fieldwork research among both Pahari and Bengali groups, the book documents the bewildering variety of mechanisms used to grab Pahari lands in the CHT, inclusive of illegal violence and intimidation. It also puts forward a wide range of policy measures to reduce land grabbing and ethnic tension. These policies are addressed to Pahari organizations as well as progressive sections of the government, mainstream Bengali society, donor agencies, the media, public interest organizations, the NGO sector, advocacy groups and others at home and abroad.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission & IWGIA - 2011 May

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This book reveals that the majority of South East Asian countries already have plural legal systems and to some extent custom is recognized as a source of rights in the constitutions and laws of a number of them. National and international courts have affirmed indigenous peoples' customary rights in land. And all these countries have endorsed and ratified key international laws and treaties. Thus the basis for securing indigenous peoples' rights through a revalidation of customary law exists.

AIPP, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) - 2011

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