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UN rights expert: indigenous people ‘are not the enemy’

UN rights expert: indigenous people ‘are not the enemy’


Philippines indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is not afraid of a fight.

As a young woman in the 1970s, she joined the movement to protect her mountain homeland from major dam and logging projects.

Her home was raided during martial law a decade later, but she insists it was all “fine.”

But now Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, finds herself on the frontline of a new battle.

Earlier this year, the Philippine authorities included her name on a list of people declared as “communist terrorists”.

In this latest episode of our podcast UN Gender Focus, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz sat down with Dianne Penn to discuss her activism and why she has no plans to slow down now, even as she faces her most serious fight.

  • “Find Our Way Home” by Message To Bears – Departures. Licensed by ArtList
  • “Taking Flight” by Chuck Lovejoy. Licensed by OMNI
Audio Credit
Dianne Penn, UN News
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UN News/Dianne Penn