International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs


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About International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is an international human rights organization defending indigenous peoples’ rights. For almost 50 years, the IWGIA gas documented the fight for indigenous peoples’ rights. The organization works through a global network of indigenous peoples’ organizations and international mechanisms. The IWGIA promotes the recognition, respect and implementation of indigenous people’s rights to land, cultural integrity and development on their own terms. The organization works to empower indigenous peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on a local, regional and international level. To achieve its mission it provides documentation, supports advocacy and empowers indigenous peoples’ organizations and institutions via global partnerships. Today indigenous peoples from all over the world are involved in IWGIA’s global network.

Work area

Research, Advocacy


We work for a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and their rights are implemented.

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Founded: 1968
Location (HQ): Denmark
Scope: Global
Focus area: Minorities

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About the author

Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.