Indigenous Peoples

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

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,  is not afraid of a fight.  As a young woman she joined the movement to protect her mountain homeland in the Philippines from major dam and logging projects.   

But now Ms. Tauli-Corpuz finds herself on the frontline of a new battle, as she told Dianne Penn in this latest episode of the UN Gender Focus podcast.

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‘Free, informed consent’ of Indigenous Peoples over land-use, is key: forum chair

The “free, informed consent” of Indigenous Peoples over how their historic territory is used, is a key demand arising from the latest UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which ended on Friday.

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Rights of indigenous peoples ‘not in a very good state,’ UN expert says

The rights of indigenous peoples are being abused by authorities and corporations that want access to their land and the resources – such as petrol – that l beneath it, the United Nations expert on the issue today said on the sidelines of the 2017 session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, currently under way in New York.

Indigenous peoples have “come a long way” in past decade: Cree chief

Indigenous peoples have “come a long way” since signing the UN Declaration on their rights a decade ago and need to celebrate their achievements, a chief of the

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Indigenous often "overlooked" in conservation effort: FAO

Indigenous peoples have a “key role” in wildlife conservation because of their “deep understanding” of the native ecology.

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Countries should not be afraid to implement the rights of indigenous peoples

Countries should not be afraid to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples as guaranteed by a UN Declaration adopted a decade ago, a

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Indigenous people's "contributions" to mitigate climate change

Indigenous people across the world have made “contributions” to help mitigate climate change by conserving forests and high biodiversity areas.

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Human rights should be “priority” in conservation efforts

Everyone involved in efforts to conserve the environment must make the human rights of indigenous people a “priority.”

That’s the message that a UN independent expert is taking to the World Conservation Congress which opens in Hawaii on Thursday.

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“Do things together” for education’s sake: Indigenous leader

When it comes to true educational equality for the world’s indigenous peoples, nation states need to “work together” with local leaders and embrace their common heritage.

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Brazilian government needs “more pressure” to protect indigenous rights

More pressure needs to be put on Brazil’s government to protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

That’s according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

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