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Cambodia: Chinese Firms Foresee Industrial Hub in Preah Vihear

ROVIENG DISTRICT, Preah Vihear province  – The residents of this sleepy district, on the edge of the Boeng Per Wildlife Sanctuary, grow rice, cassava and cashew nuts. But in a few short years, Chinese investors envisage that Rovieng will be rapidly transformed into an industrial town. The key to this proposed burst of development lies beneath the locals’ feet, and is hinted at by clues from an ancient past. “Before, we just saw the heavy rocks, heavy and dark,” said Kheang Sochea, a representative of the local Kuy ethnic minority that has sporadically made money from artisanal mining for gold ...

Cordillera women set agenda

BAGUIO CITY — Members of different women’s groups and organization as well as individuals under the banner of Innabuyog – Gabriela in the Cordillera region formulated a women’s agenda which will be criteria in choosing and supporting candidates and political parties come May 13 national and local elections. The Cordillera Women’s Agenda contains the key points in advancing the women’s struggles for land, food and rights in their vision of good governance and politics of change. During the women’s summit where at least 200 attended, the agenda was composed from the resolutions of the different workshop groups on the issues ...

Odisha Adivasi Manch calls for workshop on Mother Tongue based Multilingual Early Childhood Education in tribal areas

Report by Ananta Prasad; Bhubaneswar:  “A language relevant education is a right of tribal children” says Odisha Adivasi Manch’s state Convener Ido Mandal. Odisha Adivasi Manch (OAM) today called for a state level workshop on Mother Tongue based Multilingual Early Childhood Education in tribal areas of Odisha. Representatives from 22 tribal dominated districts participated in it. Shri Muralidhara Chandrakant Bhandare, Governor, His Excellency inaugurated the workshop here at IDCOL auditorium. Governor has said in his speech that, “A tribal child has equal rights for his/her education in Mother Tongue. Our constitution has also given priority for barrier free education for ...

Nepal: Indigenous Tharus in eastern Nepal mark their win over Regional Waste Management Project

Biratnagar, 11 March 2013: After Finland’s Government formally withdrew its support to Regional Waste Management Project for eastern Nepal citing dissent from ‘locals’ last month, indigenous Tharus of Dangraha village in Morang district on Monday marked their victory over their lands acquired for construction of landfill site in the village under the project. Under joint financing of Governments of Finland and Nepal, the project was initiated for waste management of different municipalities and villages of Sunsari and Morang districts. It had planned to build landfill site in Dangraha village predominantly populated by indigenous Tharus since centuries.

DECLARATION OF THE INDIGENOUS WOMEN OF CSW57

FIFTY SEVENTH MEETING OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMENFrom 4 to 15 March 2013, United Nations, New York Reaffirming the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Beijing, the Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women, the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly and declarations adopted by the Commission during the tenth and fifteenth anniversaries of the Fourth World Women, Recalling the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 22 paragraph 2, which states that States shall take measures, in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples, to ensure that Indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees ...

India: National workshop on tribal languages begins

Imphal, March 07 2013: A national workshop on Tribal and Endangered Languages of North Eastern States of India was held at Manipur Press Club today in Imphal jointly organized by RCTEL Guwahati, CIIL Mysore and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Dr.Ganish, member of Assam State Board of Secondary Education, Professor Ch Yashawanta, Professor Department of Linguistics, Manipur University, Saratchan Thiyam, writer and Alam Azad, former Counselor of Manipur University attended as a chief guest, president and guests of honour of the workshop.

Taiwan: Indigenous man cleared of weapons charges

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A court in southeastern Taitung County has ruled that an aboriginal resident violated no rules after he was charged with alleged illegal possession of a rifle. The aboriginal man surnamed Chang is a member of the aboriginal Paiwan tribe. He was brought to the Taitung District Court by the Forest Bureau for owning and using a home-made rifle, which he claimed has been for hunting and bringing food to his family. Aboriginal people, the native residents of Taiwan driven up to mountainous regions with less arable land by Han Chinese immigrated to the island from mainland China, ...

Philippines: On its 18th year, Philippine Mining Act still reviled as a killing behemoth

“Corruption, violence, human rights violations, chilling disasters one after another –these are what Filipinos have suffered as a result of implementing the Mining Act of 1995.” – Bayan Muna Party Rep. Neri Colmenares MANILA – Indigenous groups marked the 18th year of the Philippine Mining Act by marching to Mendiola Bridge Monday March 4 to demand the revocation of the law. With Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares, the groups declared that after 18 years, the country has had more than enough bases to call for the termination of the disastrous and killer mining law.

Myanmar: Land grab in Tontay Township

Despite ceasefire arrangements villagers in Karen State are worried that unscrupulous local officials will force them off their farmland and business interests wanting the land for development projects. Recent cases of confiscated land in the Tontay Township region have seen local politicians take up the case on behalf of the villagers. Last week the Karen People’s Party said that it would report to the official departments in an effort to reclaim the seized lands of Tontay Township residents. The Karenni National Progressive Party’s (KNPP), Southern District chairman, Mahn Ohn Myint Thein, told Karen News that the Burma Army and the ...

Trafficking of tribal girls: Sick gardens trigger exodus

Several Delhi-based placement agencies, that claim to provide work to these trafficked girls, are being run illegally and without any registration. These agencies work in nexus with the ‘agents’ who are local tea garden workers and known to the victims. The ignorant poor parents, who cannot feed their children, are ready to lap up the opportunity of sending the children to Delhi for work. in order to get rid of the their responsibility and also in the hope of getting a regular monthly income. Once the victims reach Delhi, they stay in touch with the families for a few days. ...