Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

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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 UN Special Rapporteur has urged.

The Declaration, adopted in 2007, is a compilation of “tears and complaints” brought by the indigenous peoples to the attention of world leaders, Victoria Tauli Corpuz said.

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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.

Communities around the world are increasingly losing access to lands they have inhabited for centuries.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.