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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.


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. ...

World’s Indigenous Leaders Firm Up Partnership with IFAD

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, 6 March (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Indigenous peoples’ leaders and representatives from various parts worldwide have sought to strengthen and improve their partnership with a UN financial institution, which specializes in supporting agricultural programs that seek to help address hunger and poverty. They thus called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD, governments and fellow indigenous peoples to “firmly link the Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum with follow-up mechanisms at regional, national and project levels, for effective tripartite dialogue on the inclusion of indigenous peoples’ needs and priorities in country strategies and ...

Myanmar: Land grabs rise in Myanmar’s ethnic Karen areas – report

BANGKOK (AlertNet/TrustLaw) – Areas inhabited by Myanmar’s ethnic minority Karen people in the country’s southeast are seeing sharp rises in land confiscation and forced displacement due to mining, infrastructure and development projects that are going ahead with little or no public consultation, said a report by Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG). Communities have not been notified of the projects, they are rarely or inadequately compensated and they lack opportunities to seek redress, leaving them without livelihoods and living in a degraded environment, said the report “Losing ground: Land conflicts and collective action in eastern Myanmar”.

Philippines: NCIP lauds Kaamulan 2013 street dancing entries

Source: MindaNews

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 March)- Contingents from six towns and two cities competed in the Kaamulan 2013 street dancing competition Saturday morning featuring performances that a provincial official of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) described as “close to authentic.” “If the dances were performed by the Lumads themselves, then it becomes “authentic,” said Carl Binayao, NCIP-Bukidnon community affairs officer. He noted that each contingent was given Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by the tribal councils in their respective areas after going through a validation process held last month. Binayao said the tribal councils checked the storyline, colors, costumes, ...