Publications on indigenous and tribal peoples

  1. Overview report of the Research Project by the ILO and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the constitutional and legislative protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.

    02 October 2009

    The project examined the extent to which the legal framework of 24 selected African countries impacts on and protects the rights of indigenous peoples. The project aimed to contribute to the development of a suitable policy and legal framework for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and build the capacity and raise the awareness of relevant actors amongst indigenous peoples and government institutions.

  2. Electronic Newsletter PRO169 - October 2009

    02 October 2009

    This is the second edition of PRO 169's electronic newsletter. Since the first edition in June 2009, there have been a number of developments within the programme including the initiation of activities in Central America and Bangladesh; organisation of various seminars and training programmes at Headquarters; new publications and further expansion of existing websites. PRO 169 has also undergone an external evaluation by three indigenous experts. In collaboration with the OHCHR, PRO 169 organised the celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.

  3. The ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Populations, 1957 (No.107) and the laws of Bangladesh: A comparative Review

    02 October 2009

    The initial idea of undertaking this study came about in 2005 as a result of increasing requests by indigenous peoples’ organizations in Bangladesh for the ILO to re-open dialogue with the Government of Bangladesh on implementation of ILO’s Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention, 1957 (No. 107). Although Convention No. 107 was ratified by Bangladesh in 1972, it had not been used systematically by the ILO and the Government of Bangladesh as an instrument for dialogue on development needs and strategies for indigenous and tribal populations in the country, despite its potential in this regard.

  4. United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Mission report from Paraguay

    31 August 2009

    This report, undertaken under the mandate of the United Nations Permanent Forum and at the request of the Government of Paraguay, concludes that a system of forced labour exists in the Chaco region, along with grave violations of international instruments supported or ratified by Paraguay.

  5. United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Mission report from Bolivia

    31 August 2009

    This report, undertaken under the mandate of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and at the request of the Government of Bolivia, concludes that forced labour exists in the Chaco region, along with grave violations of international treaties ratified by Bolivia. The Mission appreciates the decision announced by Bolivian Government officials to adopt measures aimed at eradicating conditions and situations preventing the full exercise of human rights.

  6. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- Key Principles in Implementing ILO Convention No. 169, Case Study #7

    31 July 2009

    This is an analysis of a number of case studies documenting best practices in implementing Convention No. 169. It covers selected principles of the Convention: (i) the concept of “Indigenous Peoples”; (ii) the right to be consulted; (iii) the right to decide own development priorities; (iv) the right to education; (v) cross-boundary contacts and co-operation; (vi) indigenous peoples’ institutions; (vii) customs and customary law; and (viii) Indigenous peoples’ participation in/contribution to ILO’s supervisory mechanisms.

  7. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- Oqaatsip Kimia: The Power of the Word: Case Study #11

    31 July 2009

    The study analyse some of the challenges Greenlanders have faced and face today, in a globalized world threatened by climate changes and at a time where they are not only about to take over the full responsibility for the education sector but where their country is negotiating with Denmark for greater autonomy.

  8. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- The Finnmark Act (Norway), Case Study #3

    31 July 2009

    This case study is an introduction to the Finnmark Act, and an analysis of the Act in relation to the ILO Convention. The study focuses on the process leading to the adoption of the Act and the substantive content of the Act, as well as the interdependency between the process and the substantive legal content of the Act. Besides focusing on State’s obligation to consult the indigenous peoples concerned through appropriate procedures whenever consideration is being given to legislative or other measures which may affect them directly, the case study also demonstrates that consultations can have enormous substantive influence.

  9. Electronic Newsletter PRO169 - June 2009

    10 June 2009

    Welcome to the PRO 169 electronic newsletter. This is the first issue of PRO 169's electronic newsletter, which replaces the earlier printed newsletter. The aspiration is to reach a larger number of readers faster!

  10. Indigenous & Tribal People's Rights in Practice - A Guide to ILO Convention No. 169

    10 May 2009

    This publication is a result of collaborative efforts of a wide group of ILO staff, indigenous organizations, experts and researchers on the main aspects of indigenous and tribal peoples’ rights. It hopes to provide governments, indigenous and tribal peoples and workers’ and employers’ organizations with a practical tool for the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, based on the experiences, good practices and lessons learned that have been generated so far.