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Advancing in the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ right to autonomy and self-government

On Wednesday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Copenhagen, the virtual event: Advancing in the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ right to autonomy and self-government.

The virtual event is organized by IWGIA with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English by DOCIP. The event will be livestreamed to IWGIA's facebook.

This event is an opportunity to continue the vital dialogue around why it is crucial to advance in the recognition and exercise of the right of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination, under the protection of international human rights instruments. 

The seminar will promote the implementation of recommendations given by the United Nations (UN) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on how to advance in operationalizing the right to autonomy of Indigenous Peoples.

The event will include speakers Anne Nuorgam, president of the UN Permanent Forum for indigenous issues, and Francisco Cali, UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Likewise, there will be participation by  Erika Yamada, member of the UN expert mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and  Antonia Urrejola, vice president of the IACHR.

Also present will be  Jens Dahl, former member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, and  Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples' Rights.

The person in charge of moderating the webinar will be  Elsa Stamatopoulou, vice president of the IWGIA board.

To participate in the event via Zoom you must complete a pre-registration, which can be found at the following link: 

Watch the launch event here:



Building autonomies

This book forms an essential contribution to the process of legitimising the recognition and exercise of the world’s Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination in domestic and international law. It further offers a space for analysis, dialogue and debate aimed at coordinating visions and sharing experiences of the difficult path to building and practising autonomy and self-government.

As this book describes, the implementation and recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination is a challenge for both States and Indigenous Peoples themselves, the main issue being to get such exercise fully recognised within the legal framework of each State.

In most countries, the traditional political and economic sectors have been legally and politically founded on conditions of exclusion, racism, racial discrimination, and a lack of consultation with and distancing from Indigenous Peoples. The blinkered nature of legislation, and of the traditional political and economic sectors’ outlook, has resulted in different forms of imposition, and the Indigenous Peoples’ struggles to defend their lands, territories and natural assets have often been criminalised. National legislative frameworks have enshrined a unitary vision that ignores the pluricultural, multilingual or plurinational nature of the countries.

This book offers an overview of the events and processes being implemented and built by Indigenous Peoples around the world. It also shares the progress made by States as regards constitutional or legislative aspects related to individual and collective indigenous rights. It recounts situations and experiences from America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, demonstrating the wealth of potential within the indigenous movement to obtain the legitimisation of their right to self-determination.

Access the publication through the following link:



IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. Read The Indigenous World.

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