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Knowledge generation is an important foundation for increasing understanding and for pushing for change. In this database, you can find all of our resources, which include books, manuals, briefings, human rights reports and urgent alerts. 

Tags: Human rights, IWGIA

Indigenous Peoples in a changing world of work: Exploring Indigenous Peoples' economic and social rights through the Indigenous Navigator

Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-15-9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise in 11 countries relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report explores indigenous peoples’ experiences in a world of work undergoing transformation.
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The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples – Progress achieved, the implementation gap and challenges for the next Decade

Author: José Aylwin – Johannes Rohr
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-30-2
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: Christensen Fund, DANIDA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples Rights International are happy to announce the publication of “The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Progress Achieved, the Implementation Gap and Challenges for the Next Decade”  
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IWGIA Annual Report 2020

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June 01
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has impacted on all corners of the world and on all spheres of our lives and livelihoods. Indigenous Peoples have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic. This Annual Report will therefore give a broad overview of how the pandemic has affected the world’s Indigenous Peoples. IWGIA’s yearbook, The Indigenous World 2021, provides further extensive documenta...
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Global Civil Society Statement Urging Arms Embargo on Myanmar

We, the undersigned organizations, call on the United Nations Security Council to urgently impose a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar to help prevent further violations of human rights against peaceful protesters and others opposing military rule. In recent weeks, Myanmar security forces have killed hundreds of people, including dozens of children, merely for exercising their rights to ...
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Assessing the Impacts of Advocacy Initiatives On Indigenous Peoples' Development Agenda in Nepal

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Financially supported by: IWGIA / European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: May-03
Focusing on the Fifteenth Five-Year Plan 2019/20- 2023/24 The indigenous peoples of Nepal have been constantly advocating for inclusive and justifiable development in the nation. It is plausible to maintain inclusive democracy, equality and prosperity. Nepal has witnessed discrimination and oppression against historically marginalized communities based on ethnicity, race, sex, region, religion....
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Strong Roots: Understanding the Importance of Myanmar’s Indigenous Women as Leaders in Developing Climate Change Solutions

Author: Catriona Knapman
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-01-2
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: August
This book contains a series of essays predominantly written by Indigenous women from Myanmar. The essays show Indigenous women to be at the crux of climate change in Myanmar.
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Respect for the Self-determination and Protection of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation

Author: Beatriz Huertas Castillo
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Feb
This report addresses the resurgence of positions within anthropology that favour States taking the initiative in the establishment of direct and permanent relationships with those Indigenous Peoples, or parts of them, that live in voluntary isolation.
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Dialogue and Self-Determination through the Indigenous Navigator

Author: Romina Quezada Morales
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Feb-02
This report presents the real-life experiences of Indigenous Peoples as they make their own decisions through the Indigenous Navigator’s tools and resources.
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Training Manual on Business and Human Rights

Author: Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-22-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: December
Since the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were promulgated, there have been growing concerns over human rights in business. Indigenous Peoples form the highest proportion of victims of such business activities.
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Indigenous women’s realities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator

Author: IWGIA & ILO
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-09-8
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Denmark
Region publication is about: Asia, Africa, Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: November
The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report identifies and discusses the experiences, needs, concerns and aspirations of indigenous women in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report sheds light on inequalities and intersecting forms of discrimination affecting indigenous women, which pla...
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The impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator

Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-12-8
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: October
On the basis of a collaborative, community-led data-gathering effort and testimonies from indigenous communities, this report provides first-hand information on the situation of indigenous peoples in 11 countries where communities have participated in the Indigenous Navigator initiative. It highlights the differentiated impact that COVID-19 is having on indigenous peoples, which also varies from c...
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent Protocol by Communities Affected by the EIB-Funded 220 KV Marsyangdi Corridor in Nepal

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: October
On 8 October 2018, communities filed a complaint to the EIB’s Complaints Mechanism documenting that project authorities have left communities in the dark about the transmission line, its various impacts and the route of the line.
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Implementing the Indigenous Navigator

Author: David Nathaniel Berger & Ena Alvarado Madsen
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-06-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: September
This report is the result of a process of review and feedback conducted between June and August 2020. The feedback was gathered through consultation, surveys and interviews with Indigenous Navigator Consortium members and coordinators at the national partner organisations who have been involved with implementation of the Indigenous Navigator project. Some partners have been implementing the Indige...
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Bearing the Brunt: The Impact of Government Responses to COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in India

Author: National Campaign Against Torture, ILAI and IWGIA: Editors Chris Erni & Signe Leth
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-05-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Denmark
Region publication is about: India
Financially supported by: DANIDA
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: Sep-11
This report documents how government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only failed to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on India’s Indigenous Peoples, but made their often already desperate situation even worse. To make matters worse, the government used the temporary paralysis of the country as an attempt to undermine existing environmental safeguards and laws protecting the rights of ...
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Building Autonomies

Author: Jens Dahl, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Shapion Noningo Sesen, Shankar Limbu and Sara Olsvig
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-03-6
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: August
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.
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IWGIA Annual Report 2019

Publication language: English
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: July
Indigenous Peoples are at the heart of the struggle for equality, rights, participation and self-determination for a more sustainable and just world. At IWGIA we are proud to stand by and behind Indigenous Peoples. We thank all those who support us to do so. This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2019 for Indigenous Peoples' rights. 
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Territorial management in indigenous matrifocal societies

ISBN number: 978-92-5-132043-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: China, Colombia, India, Peru
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: July
Over the centuries, Indigenous Peoples have developed ingenious and dynamic ways of managing their constantly evolving territories while avoiding the depletion of natural resources. Some Indigenous lifestyles have faced various challenges and have led to a less sustainable management of their resources.
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An Account of Indigenous Peoples' Movement in Nepal: Compilation of articles published in The Indigenous World (2006-2020)

Author: Krishna B. Bhattachan, Om Gurung, Shankar Limbu, Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Mukta S. Tamang
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
This book is a compilation of the articles on Nepal that have been published in IWGIA's The Indigenous World from 2006 to 2020.  You can also download the Nepali version here.
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Water Management in the Trans-Himalaya Rain Shadow of Lo-menthang: The Kghyamba System Steers Irrigation Practice for Lhoba People

Author: Tunga B. Rai
ISBN number: 978-9937-0-7372-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2020
This case study unravels the example of how a customary institution is embedded in the social and physical uniqueness of a community of indigenous peoples. It demonstrates the value of recognizing and safeguarding the customary institutions and knowledge of indigenous peoples. This case study presents the facts—how the knowledge system and customary institutions of indigenous peoples are value-d...
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Violation of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in Chitwan National Park of Nepal

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: February
This fact-finding mission report looks into human rights violations as well as abuses in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal. following recent reports by BuzzFeed, The Kathmandu Post and other media, as well as other organisational reports, claiming the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) is responsible for gross human rights violations, including torture, sexual abuse and kill...
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Poverty measurement, social programmes and Amazonian peoples: A Peruvian case study with the Wampis people

Author: Yaizha Campanario Baqué
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru, Perú
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Financially supported by: This case study has been produced with support from the European Union, under the project “Making the SDGs work for Indigenous Peoples - Promoting indigenous peoples’ human development and social inclusion in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (GLO / 16/23 / EUR), which forms part of the Indigenous Navigator Initiative supported by the European Union.
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: Jan
Since 2016, the Wampis women have been demanding that the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) make changes to its social programmes to ensure they are geographically and culturally appropriate1 and to enable the women themselves to conduct quality assessments of the State’s education and health services in the communities. The following text has been written thanks to their part...
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Indigenous Women and Climate Change

Author: (Rocío Silva Santisteban)
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-00-5
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: January, 15
Related partner: 29, 30, 185, 186
Related publication(s): 3254
Against all the odds, and despite the challenges that climate change represents for Latin America, women are demonstrating day in, day out that they have the ideas and the unique and essential skills to propose a radical change in the matrix of civilisation at this crucial point in humankind’s history.
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Silenced Genocides

Author: Ricardo Verdum, Daniela Lima, Fabrício Amorim, Leila Burger, Patrícia Rodrigues, Victor Alcantara e Silva
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-97-5
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: December
How can indigenous peoples survive the dismantling of public policies and rights acquired by decades of work in Brazil? This process, resulting from setbacks to democracy, as described by the authors, shows that this is an emergency situation. There is a need to seek alternatives and for pressure from indigenous and civic organizations to help indigenous peoples exercise their rights. This report ...
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Peru: Deforestation in Times of Climate Change

Author: Edited by Alberto Chirif
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-95-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: December
This book comprises a total of 14 articles addressing the issue of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and its impacts, not only on the Amazonian environment and wildlife but particularly on the communities inhabiting the area. These impacts are being facilitated by informal dynamics for which the state is largely responsible and has failed to act promptly enough to put a stop to these dynamics a...
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The impact of renewable energy projects on Indigenous communities in Kenya

Author: Ilse Renkens
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-96-8
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Kenya
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: December
Related publication(s): 3204
IWGIA’s latest human rights report examines the sociocultural impacts two particular projects – the Lake Turkana Wind Power project and Olkaria Geothermal Power plants – are having in several Indigenous communities in Kenya.
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Adivasis and Their Forest

Author: Gladson Dungdung
ISBN number: 978-81-940838-9-4
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: November
If we calculate all the risks, 90 million Adivasis are struggling for their survival, losing access to forests and suffering the gravest threat of being alienated from their forest lands and traditional habitations. This book is an attempt to understand the relationship between Adivasis and the forest, unfolding the ground realities of the Forest Rights Act. It exposes the dual role of the State ...
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IWGIA Briefing Paper: The global land tenure situation of Indigenous Peoples and trends of land grabbing

Author: Louise Rose
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: October
The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide data on: (1) the land tenure situation of Indigenous Peoples on a global level; (2) the trends of land grabbing; and (3) the drivers behind this phenomenon.
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The limits of self-regulation and soft law in Business and Human Rights from a victims perspective: Reflecting on the human rights impacts by corporations from Chile, China and Spain in Peru

Author: Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos Perú Equidad
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Peru
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: October
Related publication(s): 3539
In the current global economic consensus of neoliberalism, maximizing profit is prioritized on behalf of respecting international human rights regulations. Ensuring multinational enterprises implement adequate corporate responsibility in Peru has been troublesome. This report describes issues of union member harassment, questionable tax practices and denial of local Indigenous communities their ri...
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Fires in Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas in Bolivia

Author: CEJIS & CPTA
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Bolivia
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: September
Related partner: 24
Since early August 2019, the most widespread and enduring fires in Bolivia’s history have been recorded in the country’s lowlands (Tierras Bajas). Widespread due to the large area burned and enduring because climatic conditions, along with the negligence of the authorities and even of those involved in the conflict themselves (who have risked setting fires in order to prepare the land for cult...
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Draft National Forest Policy 2018: A Conspiracy to Deny the Rights of the Scheduled Tribes

ISBN number: 978-81-88987-87-0
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month / day: September 24
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India published the Draft National Forest Policy of 2018 on 14 March 2018 and is expected to finalise the policy soon.  This draft policy provides for the adoption of а completely new legal framework that is discriminatory towards indigenous peoples and seeks to take away the rights of the indigenous peoples already re...
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