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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”.