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Fremskridt for oprindelige folks rettigheder hjælper naturen

Oprindelige folk kan blive en af de helt afgørende faktorer i bevarelsen af nogle af verdens mest truede naturområder. Lige nu tilkæmper oprindelige folk sig, skridt for skridt, anerkendelse af deres rettigheder internationalt, mens oprindelige folk i Peru allerede har skabt et autonomt


When economic development destroys indigenous peoples' livelihood

The Indigenous World 2018 finds that one of the biggest global threats against indigenous peoples is land-grabbing. Indigenous peoples in Nepal are experiencing this first hand as their livelihood is threatened when they are evicted from their ancestors’ land due to large-scale investments and


Pressemeddelelse: Oprindelige folk oplever et stigende antal konflikter og trusler

Oprindelige folk i hele verden oplever et stigende pres på deres jordrettigheder såvel som deres rettigheder til at ytre sig. Det dokumenterer dette års udgave af ”The Indigenous World”, der beskriver udviklingen for oprindelige folk i 2017. I alt dækker bogen udviklingen i 56 lande og 13


The Indigenous World 2018

The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. The


Five alarming land grabbing cases

Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year's The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples.

10 achievements worth celebrating in The Indigenous World

Some encouraging developments in The Indigenous World 2018 show that the indigenous movement has placed itself at the core of a paradigm shift, pushing for a more inclusive and sustainable development. Indigenous peoples, in partnership with civil society and other human rights defenders, have


Press release: The Indigenous World 2018

Indigenous peoples' rights to land at the core of a paradigm shift - This and many other trends can be understood by browsing through The Indigenous World 2018. The only book available that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience around the


Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Myay Latt Village

Customary land tenure of the indigenous peoples in Myanmar is not recognized in policies and laws. Lack of legal protection leaves indigenous territories insecure, threatened by investments and other forms of land concession. On the other hand, there is little evidence showing how the community




Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Extractive Industries, Land Rights and Indigenous Populations'/Communities' Rights. East, Central and Southern Africa

In 2003, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) established the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa (WGIP) with the responsibility to advise the Commission on matters relating to the rights of indigenous populations/communities on the continent. In


“Maps are more than housing and cultivation areas”

RESEARCH: Four reports illustrate how the method “participatory action research” can benefit indigenous peoples by acknowledging traditional knowledge and documenting land use and ownership for future generations.

Land grabbing, investments & indigenous peoples’ rights to land and natural resources: Legal analysis and case studies from Tanzania, Kenya, India, Myanmar, Colombia, Chile and Russia

In the global quest for land and natural resources, indigenous peoples are particularly negatively impacted. While most local communities, peasants, farmers and other local land users are affected by this global land rush, embedded discrimination, a lack of recognition of land tenure and


New green powers in the global land grab violate indigenous peoples’ rights

Photo: Pablo Toranzo/ ANDHES

LAND RIGHTS: Industries and investors lead the global land grab for new agribusiness and green projects at the cost of local communities and indigenous peoples. A new report guides you through the complexities and the legal frameworks related to human rights and today’s scramble for land.

Land rights

Loss of land and natural resources undermine economic security, sociocultural cohesion and human dignity of indigenous peoples around the world. Territorial self-governance, mobilisation, rights-awareness and legal strategies are helping to protect indigenous peoples and their



We focus on defending indigenous peoples’ land rights, promoting inclusion in climate action and participation in local and international decision-making processes. Read more about our focus areas below.


We focus on defending indigenous peoples’ land rights, promoting inclusion in climate action and participation in local and international decision-making processes. Read more about our focus areas below.

Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Sar Pauk Village

The study was conducted by POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together) in Sar Pauk village, and especially emphasized on the customary land tenure of the village. The objective of the study is to identify and document customary land tenure of the village, including livelihoods, land


The Indigenous World 2017

This yearbook gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights situation across the world, and offers an overview of the most significant developments in international and regional processes relating to indigenous peoples during


IWGIA visit to Standing Rock: Alarming use of “non-lethal weapons”

“There’s a kind of warfare going on there,” said Johannes Rohr after his visit to Standing Rock.
Johannes Rohr participated in a four-day workshop and consultation for water protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. With him was Mr. Pavel Sulyandziga – indigenous rights activist from


India: Violation of Adivasis’ land rights in Jharkhand

47 houses owned by the Adivasis have been razed in another attempt from the Jharkhand Forest Department, local police and the so-called forest mafia to evict the Adivasis from their land. Over 200 Adivasi villagers have been directly affected by the violent attempts to overtake the land and


IACHR: Demands on indigenous consultation to ratify free trade agreements

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) emphasised the duty of states to consult indigenous peoples on free trade agreements when they affect their territories and natural resources. The thematic hearing particularly discussed the case of the

Israel: Indigenous Arab Bedouins face imminent eviction

Last week, the Israel Land Authority (ILA) announced its plans of demolition of the Arab Bedouin village of Atir-Umm al-Hiran. ILA explained that the demolition will take place in order to build a Jewish town and at the same time expand the Yatir Forest. This

IWGIA condemns use of force in North Dakota

The conflict reached a peak last Sunday (20th November 2016) when police used water cannon against protesters in freezing temperatures, leaving hundreds injured.

Russia: Administration orders mass reindeer killing and fast-tracks gas extraction

On Yamal Peninsula, the administration has announced that it wants to slaughter 250,000 of the currently 700,000 reindeer living on the peninsula. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources is speeding up the development of new gas fields in the Arctic. Between June and


Indigenous Peoples, Communities of African Descent, Extractive Industries

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses in this report State obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation, and development activities concerning natural resources. Through the implementation of its monitoring mechanisms, the Commission has consistently received


The Indigenous World 2016

This yearbook gives a global update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights and provides an overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015. In 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international


Special Rapporteurs discuss impact of free trade agreements in Peru

Successive UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples have expressed serious concerns in relation to the growing negative impacts of foreign investment on rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

These investments often involve extraction of natural resources and large


Mining and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

This desk study documents the adverse impacts on indigenous communities from coal mining in the regions of la Guajira and Cesar, home to 90 percent of Colombia's coal production as well as several indigenous peoples such as the Wayuu, Yukpa and Kogui. SUMMARY Colombia is home


Myanmar fails to pass New National Land Use Policy before elections

When Myanmar goes for general elections on 8 November, 31 percent of the seats of parliament will be elected from States largely dominated by ethnic nationalities (the term use in Myanmar for those peoples, many of which self-identify as indigenous peoples). One of the issues of greatest


Russia: Evenks of Amur Region vow to stop UK based gold mining company

Indigenous residents of Ivanovskoye village in Selemdzhinski District in  Amur Region in Russia's Far East are outraged by the plans of a UK based gold mining company to start an open cast gold mine less than two kilometres from their village without their consent. I village gathering


Mission Saranda. A War for Natural Resources in India

Dedicated to the martyrs of Saranda Forest, who have sacrificed their lives to protect their ancestral land, territory and resources.

This book and the Saranda issue it highlights are of greatest national significance. Gladson Dungdung has performed a profound service by writing


Russia: Evenks prevent diamond mining on sacred river in Yakutia

An indigenous Evenk community in the republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia’s far east has stopped the mining company “Almazy Anbara” from starting a diamond mine on their sacred river. As reported by the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Yakutia, Yakutia’s Minister of nature protection of


Russia: Chukchi community defends territorial rights against coal mining company

An indigenous obshchina (kinship-based community and cooperative) of indigenous Chukchi on Chukotka peninsula in the Russian Far East has successfully appealed a 2013 administrative decision  depriving it of its territory and overturned a court ruling ordering the obshchina to


Russia: Khanty reindeer herders standing their ground: "We have nowhere left to go"

In West Siberia's Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, 17 reindeer herder families are holding out against the oil company Gazprom-NNG, a subsidiary of Russia's gas giant Gazprom. The authorities have issues a concession without informing the traditional land owners. On 3 June, they will be


Tanzania: CSOs protest renewed harassment of pastoralists in Ngorongoro

On May 12, 20 civil society organizations issued a joint declaration requesting the government of Tanzania to take action and make sure that the rights of the pastoralists in Loliondo are respected.

The concern of Tanzanian civil society has been raised after the report of a range of


Komi leader Nikolai Rochev: My dream of prosperity without oil

My name is Nikolay. I am of the Komi peoples and come from the region of the same name in the north of Russia. I will soon be visiting Canada and the city of Iqaluit in the lands of the Nunavummiut for the first time.

Russia: Khanty clans say "no" to oil companies

In West-Siberia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, a region of the size of France, where much of Russia’s crude oil is extracted, a new conflict between indigenous Khanty reindeer herders and the powerful oil producers is unfolding. The Khanty are an indigenous nation of 30,000. Their language


The Indigenous World 2015

Seven years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Indigenous World 2015 looks at the most significant developments and setbacks for indigenous peoples’ rights at the national and international level during the previous year and at indigenous peoples’


Briefing Note: Ethnic Violence in Morogoro Region in Tanzania

In early 2015, Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to reports from local media, the assaults were instigated by public figures interested in acquiring land, and state authorities have not intervened to protect


Russia: "Blow us up together with our sacred mountain!"

The below article by Shor activist Vladislav Tannagashev was originally published in Russian in late October 2014. In the meantime, the situation he describes has further deteriorated. The Shor village of Kazas has been entirely demolished, which just one roof left standing. Villagers have


Malaysia: The High Court nullifies a case of land alienation in Sandakan

Sandakan, Malaysia - On January 8, 2015 The High Court nullified a case of land eviction of 500 acres at Kg Ansuan, Telupid, by the Lands and Surveys Department by declaring that the natives had not received a sufficient notice to claim customary

Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organisations around the world strongly encourage governments to keep the profile of land and


Paraguay: UN Special Rapporteur makes official country visit

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will carry out an official visit to Paraguay from 21 to 28 November 2014 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country .

"I will explore, among others, the issues of land


World Heritage Sites and Indigenous Peoples' Rights

This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world and relevant background articles. The case studies explore and document, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage


New hydropower projects in Russia's Far East threaten indigenous peoples' livelihood

The Russian state-owned hydropower corporation RusHydro" and the Chinese "Three Gorges" corporation have signed a deal over the joint realisation of a large project in the Far East of the Russian Federation. The cost of the project may amount up to 230 billion rubles (4 billion EUR or 5


Thailand: Karens sentenced for encroachment on their traditional lands

On 19 October, 39 Karens charged with land encroachment and illegal logging in a national park that has been their home for generations, were convicted for their alleged crimes. They are the latest victims of a new hard liner policy against forest encroachers, which is resulting in the


Land grabbing

Land grabbing is the large-scale acquisition of land for commercial or industrial purposes, such as agricultural and biofuel production, mining and logging concessions or tourism

Land grabbing involves land being purchased by investors, often foreign investors, rather than producers.


Constitutional Politics and Indigenous Peoples in Nepal

This report is the result of a monitoring visit to assess IWGIA’s support to promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights in the new constitution and beyond. Indigenous peoples in Nepal, known as adivasi janajati, have for centuries experienced systematic discrimination and


Russia: Bikin Udege community vows to rally to defend land rights

14 June 2014, the residents of Krasny Yar village in Pozharsky district, Primorsky Krai will be holding a rally to express their opposition against the establishment of a national park on the Bikin River. They fear that this measure will deprive them of access to their ancestral


Russia: Komi in Usinsk district declare "The end of our patience has come"

On 5 June, a demonstration was held in Ust-Usa village in Usinsk district, Komi Republic, Russia, protesting the environmental destruction caused by LUKoil Komi and other oil companies. The protests, which started two months ago in Izhma district have now spread to Usinsk


Supreme Court to hear Negev Bedouin land claim case

Monday June 2, 2014, at 9 am, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem will hear the appeal of the heirs of Sheikh Suleiman Al-Ukbi regarding the right of ownership of land at Al Araqib and Zazhilika, northwest of Be'er Sheba. The panel including Justices Elyahim Rubinstein , Esther Hayut and Salim


Russia: Sakhalin authorities and Exxon playing Divide and Conquer

The 4000 indigenous peoples living in the North of Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East are confronted with an attempt to roll back all progress achieved during their 2005 protests. Now, the regional government refuses to recognize their representatives and scraps the most important


Russia: Izvatas call for rally against LUKoil

Today indigenous activists have notified the administration of Izhma district, that they will be holding a protest rally in Shchelyayur on May 30 near the oil wells operated by "LUKOIL-Komi". the Izvatas are a group of the Komi people, living along the Izhma river in the North of Komi republic


The Indigenous World 2014

The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

The book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes, reflecting ongoing worldwide


Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa - Revised and updated 2014

Professor of Law, Gudmundur Alfredsson writes about the first edition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa: "It is not only a first-class academic presentation but also a practical one, including a series of conclusions and recommendations that are highly relevant to any


Uruguay: Government announces ratification of ILO 169 Convention

Uruguay will be the 16th country in Latin America to ratify the strongest international instrument on indigenous peoples’ rights, the ILO Convention 169, according to a recent announcement by the Uruguayan Ministry of Social Development.

Paraguay: Senate approves expropriation bill in favour of Sawhoyamaxa community

On April 24 the Paraguayan Senate finally approved the expropriation of 14,400 hectares of land to be returned to the Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community. With nearly five years delay, this approval will lead the way for the implementation of a ruling by the Inter-American Court


Russia: Oil companies inching closer to Khanty sacred sites

The regional parliamant of Yugra, the Khanty-Mansi autonmous area in Western Siberia, Russia’s main oil producing region, adopted during the first reading an amendment to the regional legislation on land use. Indigenous peoples fear the amendment may pave the way into




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