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EMRIP16: Item 7 – International Decade of Indigenous Languages By Rachana Sam At

16th session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) 17th to 21st July 2023, Geneva, Switzerland Joint Statement on Agenda Item 7: International Decade of Indigenous Languages By Rachana Sam At, Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA) On behalf of Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Dear Madam/ Mr. Chair, The Indigenous Peoples’ in Asia appreciates the joint efforts of the EMRIP, UNESCO, OHCHR, IFAD and other relevant UN agencies in drawing global attention to the critical situation of…

Our languages have been stifled, our perspectives and voices have been dismissed by the states and the United Nations

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixteenth session 17-21 July 2023 Monday 17 July Item 7: International Decade of Indigenous Languages Madam Chair, distinguished members of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, esteemed delegates, and fellow Indigenous Peoples, Our histories and cultures, our wisdom and aspirations, have all played an integral role in shaping the world we inhabit and our identity itself. And language is the enabler, and it is at the heart of all these…

Joint Communiqué of the Indigenous Peoples Community on the Inputs Collected for the Draft Amendment of the Laws on Protected Areas and the…

On 15-16 August 2022, indigenous peoples held a consultative workshop to collect inputs for the draft amendments to the Law on Protected Areas 2008 and the Forestry Law at the Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Resort, Siem Reap City. This consultation is composed of a total of 181 participants. This includes 151 representatives from indigenous communities (30 female), 23 representatives of indigenous organizations and associations,  two Indigenous advisors, 1 non-indigenous advisor, 5 indigenous lawyers,  12 representatives…

Law Amendment Creates Concerns among Indigenous Communities

Input consultation for the process of amending the Law on Forestry and the Law on Protected Areas is a very important part of the process, particularly for indigenous communities, as the actors will benefit greatly from these two laws if they are made in accordance with their decisions, adequate consultation, and with as many stakeholders as possible included. But if the consultation process does not allow for enough participation from all stakeholders, it will have a significant impact on how these laws are implemented.…

Statement: Solidarity with Heng Phen, Indigenous Land Rights Defender In Cambodia

International Land Coalition Asia (ILC Asia) stands in solidarity with Heng Phen, an indigenous woman and land rights defender from the Kuy community in Cambodia. Local authorities arrested Phen on 14 June 2022 and sent her to pretrial detention at the Kampong Thom Provincial Court in central Cambodia. Phen was charged with “committing violence against a real estate occupant” - a charge she denied - after a complaint came from Chheng Phan, a representative of Sambath Platinum company. The company used a section under…

End Inequalities, Recognize Abuses, UN Chief Says On International Day Of Indigenous Peoples

In his message marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the UN chief called for ending the “grievous inequalities” affecting these communities. ‘Profound disparities’ “Indigenous peoples around the world continue to face overwhelming marginalization, discrimination and exclusion,” he said. “Rooted in colonialism and patriarchy, these profound disparities are sustained by a deeply held resistance to recognizing and respecting the rights, dignity, and freedoms of indigenous peoples.” There…

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri disappointed with the French court’s rejection of their lawsuits

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri Province express frustration with the French court's dismissal of their previous lawsuit against Bolloré and ordered them to pay a fine of over 20,000 euros to the parent company. The disappointment comes after a court in Paris, France, on July 2 dismissed a lawsuit filed by an indigenous group in Mondulkiri Province and ordered more than 20,000 euro payments to the French Bolloré. In 2019, nine indigenous representatives sued in a French court after filing a lawsuit in 2015 against…

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