UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples in Namibia

2 October 2012

Indigenous communities in Namibia are demanding greater inclusion in decision-making at all levels, according to the United Nations independent expert on the rights of indigenous people.

James Anaya says indigenous people also want increased educational opportunities and full recognition of traditional authorities representing minority communities.

Professor Anaya says there are government initiatives for the development of the San people and other minorities.

However, he adds, there is no coherent government policy to promote the survival of the distinct cultures of indigenous peoples.

UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha spoke with Professor Anaya on the line at the University of Arizona in the United States where he teaches.

Duration: 4'41"

 

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