Posts Tagged 'Convention 169'

Canada: talks with EU MPs on Indigenous rights violations

Further news from North America about indigenous peoples’  rights (ILO Convention 169) and fights against the impact of tars sands on health, livelihoods and human rights.  

On November 5 the Indigenous Environmental Network hosted an informal meeting between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and elected leadership from First Nations in Alberta and BC to discuss Indigenous rights violations in their communities as a result of the world’s largest and most destructive development known as Canada’s Tar Sands. High on the agenda for the First Nations is the impacts of the current proposed EU Fuel Quality Directive that proposes to list Tar Sands as a dirty fuel. Continue reading ‘Canada: talks with EU MPs on Indigenous rights violations’


France urged to ratify ILO convention on indigenous people

A UN report has criticised France’s policy towards indigenous people, urging Paris to ratify Convention 169 of the International Labour Organisation.  A Geneva meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the French state recognise the collective rights of indigenous peoples. Continue reading ‘France urged to ratify ILO convention on indigenous people’

Chile: No dialogue in Mapuche conflict

By Daniela Estrada

The Chilean government is pushing through legal reforms in an attempt to bring to an end a nearly two month hunger strike by 34 Mapuche indigenous prisoners. But it is failing to address two critical aspects of the conflict: the lack of effective dialogue and a failure to recognize it as a political problem (although Chile ratified the ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in 2008). Continue reading ‘Chile: No dialogue in Mapuche conflict’

UN expert demands governments enforce indigenous rights

The UN expert on Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, has challenged governments to respect international standards for tribal rights. Speaking on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Professor Anaya said, ‘Indigenous peoples continue to see their traditional lands invaded by powerful actors seeking wealth at their expense, thereby depriving them of life-sustaining resources.’ Continue reading ‘UN expert demands governments enforce indigenous rights’

Indigenous people in Nepal: A case of Cabinet lethargy

National Action Plan (NAP), prepared to implement the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, is pending in the Cabinet’s approval for a year. The delay in its implementation was one of the key reasons behind Sunday’s nationwide transport strike called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN). Continue reading ‘Indigenous people in Nepal: A case of Cabinet lethargy’

Rights of Indigenous: beyond Bengali people

By Rupayan Dewan

The colonial term “tribal” or “upajati” is still strongly enforced in all our official documents. In some rare cases adivasi/indigenous words are also used, but not legally recognised. “Pahari,” the Bengali translation of ‘Hillman’ is also a commonly accepted term. The leftists sometimes use the terms “ethnic minority” and “microscopic nationality.” The term tribal is considered degrading and needs to be eliminated. Continue reading ‘Rights of Indigenous: beyond Bengali people’

Indigenous peoples’ rights: African country leads the way

Recently, the Central African Republic became the first African nation to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169 – the only legally binding international law that recognises indigenous peoples’ land rights. It also protects their right to control their own development and maintain their identities, cultures, languages and religions. Continue reading ‘Indigenous peoples’ rights: African country leads the way’

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