Briefings

Outcome Document: Defending the Defenders

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: September
Human rights defenders are dying, attacked and criminalized all over the world. This is happening at an increasingly alarming rate. In 2017, over 400 people were killed while protecting their community’s land or natural resources. Approximately half of these were indigenous peoples. The conference aimed to understand why in particular and increasingly indigenous peoples from developing countries...
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Case Study: Protecting forests in India

Author: International Land Colation & IWGIA
Number of pages: 12
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: April-01
Indigenous peoples play a crucial role in defending and protecting their forest land rights. The passing of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers(Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 is a positive step towards the recognition of indigenous forest dwellers’ land rights and their role in forest protection. In line with the new legislation, IWGIA has developed a community-...
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State of indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh: Issues at a glance

Author: Kapaeeng Foundation
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bangladesh
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
Indigenous women and girls are the most vulnerable group in Bangladesh. They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, language, religion, class and geographic location.
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The Unspoken Vice in Samburu Community

Author: Samburu Women Trust
Number of pages: 41
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Kenya, Kenia
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
The Samburu are a Nilotic community who reside in Northern Kenya. One cultural practice among the Samburu community is Girl-Child Beading. This practice sanctions a non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the ‘warrior’ age group and young Samburu girls (usually between the ages of 9-15 years) who are not yet eligible for marriage. The practice has been in the community for centu...
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Briefing Note: Arrests and harassments of human rights defenders in Tanzania

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 3
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2016
Release month/day: jan-01
This briefing note call attention to the ongoing situation of harassments and arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders in Loliondo in northern Tanzania.It offers an account of the recent events taking place in the area and background information. IWGIA believes that these developments are a cause of great concern. The detentions, harassment and trumped up charges undermine civil society and oth...
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Forceful Evictions of Pastoralists in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: feb-01
IWGIA has recently been informed by local partners in Tanzania that a government operation aimed at forcefully removing pastoralists from the Kilosa district in the Morogoro Region in southern Tanzania started on the 29.1.2009. The Tanzanian government wants to remove all pastoralists from Kilosa district and, according to some sources, the whole of Morogoro Region, and force them to other areas o...
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IWGIA Urgent Alert concerning Gross Human Rights abuses towards Pastoralists in Loliondo, Ngorongo district in Tanzania

Number of pages: 4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2009
Release month/day: jan-01
This urgent alert is based on the forceful evictions of Maasai pastoralists from their homes and grazing lands in Loliondo Division, Ngorongoro District in Northern Tanzania and the gross human rights violations that are being committed. The eviction operation started on the 4th July 2009 and was conducted by the notorious riot police, the Field Force Unit, with assistance of private guards from t...
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Mining and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

Author: Ana Cecilia Betancur and William Villa
Number of pages: 12
Country publication is about: Colombia
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2016
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 to more than 90 indigenous peoples, comprising some 1,374,000 inhabitants or 3.2% of the national population. Recog...
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Climate Change Mitigation strategies and evictions of indigenous peoples from their ancestral land. The Case of Tanzania.

Number of pages: 4
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2015
Eviction of Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral lands is one of the most destructive and degrading mitigation strategy performed by modern governments in developing countries to address climate change. Armed police and soldiers are used to forcefully evict indigenous peoples to pave the way for investors and conservation in the name of climate change mitigation. The advent of climate change...
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Indigenous Peoples Major Group Position Paper on Proposed SDG Indicators

Number of pages: 8
Release year: 2015
The global goals and targets for sustainable development have been adopted but indicators are still being formulated. Indicators define what will be measured, and thus how the goals and targets will be implemented. In this position paper Indigenous peoples point at some of their most central concerns on indicators, implementation and monitoring of the 2013 development agenda. This Paper is ela...
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Land Rights Indicators in the Post-2015 SDGs: Recommendations for Inter-Agency Expert Group & Other Policymakers

Country publication is about: International
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2015
The success of the Post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will depend on the adoption of indicators that allow measuring progress towards targets and provide helpful information to policymakers. In preparation for the March 3-6, 2015 discussions at the UN in New York, the UN Statistical Commission compiled recommendations from the UN system. We applaud the inclusion of land rights indic...
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Briefing Note: Ethnic Violence in Morogoro Region in Tanzania

Number of pages: 5
Country publication is about: Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2015
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 Maasai citizens. Police protection has instead been given to others who are illegally cultivating official...
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Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Number of pages: 8
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2015
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 natural resources high in the document on sustainable development goals to be endorsed in September 2015. ...
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Non-Carbon Benefits in REDD+

Region publication is about:
Release year: 2014
Indigenous peoples perspectives and recommendations to the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice (SBSTA). AIPP Submission on Methodological Issues Related to Non-Carbon Benefits Resulting from the Implementation of REDD+ Activities. March 26, 2014
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Indigenous Women in REDD+ - Making their Voice Heard

Number of pages: 12
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
Women – both indigenous and non-indigenous – have actively engaged in international and national REDD+ processes to raise their concerns regarding the potential negative impact of REDD+ on women, and to assert their right to equally participate in negotiations, planning and implementation of REDD+. Indigenous women share many of the basic concerns and needs with their non-indigenous sister...
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Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Number of pages: 11
Country publication is about: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Tailandia, Laos, Cambodia, Camboya, Nepal , Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
This briefing note presents the findings of seven case studies conducted from May to June 2014. The studies were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Thailand and looked into the livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia. The briefing note provides a summary of the main findings of the case studies...
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Post 2015 Development Process: Water

Number of pages: 5
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2014
Indigenous peoples constitute 5 % of the world’s population but 15 % of the world’s poor. They make up around 1/3 of the world’s extremely poor rural population. Many lack access to, control over and suffer pollution of their water resources, severely damaging their health, livelihood and cultural survival. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a unique opportunity to address th...
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Fact Sheet: Indigenous peoples in the post-2015 development framework

Number of pages: 3
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2014
The universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda are crucial for indigenous peoples as they will determine the direction of global sustainability and development efforts over the coming decade. Indigenous peoples make up more than 370 million people worldwide and 15% of the world’s poorest individuals. They represent more than 5,000 distinct ethnic grou...
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Post 2015 Development Process: Environmental Sustainability

Number of pages: 5
Region publication is about: International, Internacional
Release year: 2014
Many of the areas of highest biological diversity on the planet are inhabited by indigenous peo¬ples. The current and accelerating climatic and environmental changes threaten indigenous peo¬ples’ basis for existence around the world. The post-2015 development agenda offers a unique opportunity to address indigenous peoples’ key concerns and possible solutions for environmental sustainabi...
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Constitutional Politics and Indigenous Peoples in Nepal

Number of pages: 12
Country publication is about: Nepal , Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
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 marginalisation both socially, culturally, politically and economically. The chance to right the historical wron...
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Case study: Titling of indigenous territories protects and increases tropical forest cover in the Peruvian Amazon.

Number of pages: 3
Country publication is about: Peru, Perú
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2014
This case study from Peru illustrates the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) to REDD+, and particularly the effects of land demarcation and titling of indigenous communities, its impact on governance and democracy, on social structures and livelihoods, and on environment and forest cover. The case shows that NCBs are both land tenure rights as well as subsistence and coffee production, illus...
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The crucial role of indigenous peoples in nurturing forest and maintaining forest cover - An important Non-Carbon Benefit of REDD+

Number of pages: 6
Release year: 2014
There is increasing and widespread recognition that, in order to make greenhouse gas emissions reductions/removals possible and enduring in the forest sector, REDD+ must broaden its scope from a highly carbon-focused to a more holistic approach. Hence, initiatives to achieve Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs), in association with a robust safeguards regime, are as important as carbon-related measures and ...
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Tribes States and Colonialism: The Evolution of the Concept of Indigenous Peoples and its Application in Asia

Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
This discussion paper traces the evolution of the concept of indigenous peoples in the UN system and aims at giving a better understanding of why the concept of indigenous peoples is relevant in an Asian context. Due to the lack of a definition of ‘indigenous peoples’ and the fact that the concept is often interpreted into a context of Western settler colonialism the concept remains contes...
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