Report of South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights, 6-8 September, 2010

Report of

South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights

6-8 September, 2010

Jharkhand, India

The South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights held on 6 – 8 September 2010, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, and gathered 70 participants from national, regional and international organizations from South Asian countries. They represented key indigenous peoples (IP) organizations, UN organizations and donors. The workshop organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples pact (AIPP) with the financial support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), and hosted by Jharkhandi Organisation for Human Rights (JOHAR), Jharkhand, India.

The objectives of the workshop:

  1.  To share the research findings and validation of the same; 
  2. To understand the provisions and relevance of UNDRIP and ILO Convention No. 169 in the South Asian context, and its applications;  
  3. To critically examine the India research findings and recommendations to identify the critical issues that need to be taken forward by the national movements and addressed by the policy makers;  
  4. To develop mechanisms for joint action, strategies and plan for future policy advocacy and follow up for strengthening the capacities of indigenous organizations in South Asia.

The workshop conducted a combination of participatory methods; studies presentation, group workshops, plenary sessions, interaction, dialogue, open forum and discussion, and the thematic group discussion. The workshop is also shared experiences and lessons learned in Bangladesh, Nepal and India to strengthen the promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and to promote networking in south Asia. The workshops highlighted the issues and challenges, implementation of legal and policy of indigenous peoples and schedule tribes in India.

The workshop focused on the study of constitutional, legislative and administrative provisions concerning indigenous and tribal peoples in India and their relation to international law on indigenous peoples, the case studies on Nagaland and Jharkhand, respective ILO Conventions and its implementation in Nepal and Bangladesh, and the overview of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In total six panel presentations and discussions, seven working group discussions were held during the workshop.

The workshop helped to bring together indigenous and tribal peoples in India to discuss about the issues, challenges and strategies in strengthening the movement of indigenous peoples. Further this workshop helped to identify the strengths and weakness of the indigenous peoples movement, discussed about the capacity building activities, campaign and advocacy work through localization of the legal study, UNDRIP and printing for dissemination at the local level.

The seminar also enabled participants to increase their understanding on the national implementation of laws and policies, which they can use to strengthen their network, lobby and advocacy work to promote recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in their respective states. It also brought out the need to increase the level of general understanding the framework of national laws, policies and international laws and instruments including ILO Conventions 169, 107 and UNDRIP.

Finally, a strategy formulated which the participants and their organizations/communities can take up to ensure the right of indigenous peoples in India. ###

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