Indigenous

News in Brief 10 December 2019

  • Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five  
  • Protecting indigenous people ‘our responsibility’ says activist 
  • World economy ‘in grip of global slowdown after 2018 surge’ 
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Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts

Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects.

Language is key to a brighter future for region that ‘inspired’ Tolkien, says ethnic speaker at UN talks

Karelia in the Russian Federation is a land of lakes, rivers and forests whose culture inspired Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien – the community proudly says - but it is at risk from climate change, big industry and a language that is in danger of dying out.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson, Alexey Tsykarev, from the Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples in Karelia, maintains that indigenous languages and centuries-old practices need far greater protection.

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News in Brief 17 July 2019

  • It’s time to find and arrest remaining war crimes fugitives – UN prosecutor
  • Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, rights expert warns
  • Ethnic Russians reach out to other indigenous groups at UN forum
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Social justice, human rights feature prominently at this year's Oscars in Hollywood

Gender equality, the marginalization of indigenous languages, migration, the refugee crisis, the lives of domestic workers, poverty… All these issues which are at the heart of the United Nations’ work, are also front and centre in some of the films celebrated this year at the Academy Awards.