IWGIA Senior Advisor Marianne Wiben Jensen reflects on 20+ years of work with the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in Africa

After 20 years of being a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa[1]of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), IWGIA senior advisor Marianne Wiben Jensen, reflects on how it all began, what has happened over more than two decades of work and her hopes for the group’s future.

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Bolsonaro's strategy to make Indigenous Peoples disappear in Brazil


The National Indian Foundation is an active agent of a political strategy to expose peoples in voluntary isolation to contact with outsiders. The Piripkura people, the Pirititi Indigenous Land and the Ituna Itatá Indigenous Land demonstrate the connivance of the indigenist body with the economic and political power that seeks to profit from their natural resources: agribusiness, logging and illegal mining.

Illegal mining in Yanomami Indigenous Land. Photo: Bruno Kelly / HAY

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Myanmar: The drug epidemic in Rakhine State


In recent decades, the country has become a major producer of yaba, a synthetic drug distributed in pills easily available throughout the country. Rakhine State has now been transformed into one of the major hubs for drug transit in the country and is living through a drug addiction crisis. Meanwhile drug lords pay corrupt authorities to facilitate their business and use money made from drug trafficking to buy property in all major cities of the state.

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Urgent Alert: New serious threats towards the Maasai people of Loliondo in Tanzania

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2022
Release month / day: June
Download URL: https://www.iwgia.org/doclink/iwgia-urgent-alert-june-2022-loliondo-eng-1/eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJpd2dpYS11cmdlbnQtYWxlcnQtanVuZS0yMDIyLWxvbGlvbmRvLWVuZy0xIiwiaWF0IjoxNjU1MTkwMDIzLCJleHAiOjE2NTUyNzY0MjN9.MQEvFYXacKeBPu7iW5jInWIqFJ9SqgD3ukbhgMJRpEM

According to reliable information received by IWGIA, the Tanzanian state is currently moving ahead to grab 1,500 km2 of ancestral and legally registered village land belonging to the Maasai Indigenous people in the Loliondo division of Ngorongoro District in northern Tanzania. This land grab will forcefully evict the Maasai from their land. This is happening despite the fact that the East African Court of Justice is expected to issue a ruling on this matter on 22 June 2022.

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The industrialisation of lithium and citizen participation in Bolivia


Over the past 10 years, society has had little to no control over the exploitation of the deposits located in the Uyuni Salt Flat. Despite being a right established in the new Political Constitution, no prior consultation process was ever implemented. The two public consultations that did take place were merely a formality that had to be met to obtain the environmental licences. The Indigenous communities of Potosí are demanding that they be informed of the impact of the evaporation ponds, industrial plants and water supply plants. Quite apart from the errors that are occurring in its implementation, the industrialisation process is failing because the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) government is not promoting a space for dialogue in which all actors can participate in decision-making.

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