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NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Report of the Regional Conference on the Role of the National Institutions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

National Institutions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples such as the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes of India and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples of Philippines are mandated to play a critical role for ensuring the rights of indigenous peoples. Yet, these institutions are not uniform nor do they have any basic guidelines. There are academic institutions like the National Foundation for the Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN) or Ministries like the Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh and governmental departments like the Committee for Ethnic Minorities and Mountainous Areas of Vietnam. 

In the last two years, AITPN has conducted comprehensive studies both on the National Institutions and the governmental departments/committees dealing with indigenous peoples in Asia. It is clear that the governmental departments/committees are highly inadequate and they continue to follow the assimilationist apporach towards indigenous peoples.

The findings of these studies were released at the Regional Conference on the Role of National Institutions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held in New Delhi on 18-19 October 2008. The Regional Conference also adopted the New Delhi Guidelines on the establishment of National Institutions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Regional Conference was among others addressed by the following dignitaries:

Prof. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people (Video link at YouTube - Part-I, Part-II & Part-III)
Mr. Hans Schoof, Head of Operations and First Counsellor, Delegation of the European Commission to India
Ms. Dipa Dixit, Member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights of India
Mr. Miloon Kothari, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing
Mr. Eugenio A. Insigne, Chairperson of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples of Philippines and member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Mr. Arjun Limbu, Member, National Foundation for Development of Indigenous Nationalities of Nepal

Studies on the National Institutions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

NFDIN of Nepal: Obsolete and Outdated

ISBN: 81-902318-7-1

Published: October 2007

 

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples of Philippines: The Contest for Control

ISBN: 978-81902318-5-5

Published: October 2008

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes: A Forum for Political Rehabilitation?

ISBN: 978-81902318-9-3

Published: October 2008

 


Studies on the governmental departments on indigenous peoples

The Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affiairs of Bangladesh: An Agency for Discrimination against indigenous Jumma peoples, October 2008

ISBN: 978-81902318-8-6

Published: October 2008

 

The Department of Orang Asli Affairs, Malaysia: An Agency for Assimilation

ISBN: 978-81902318-7-9

Published: October 2008

 

The Government Committee is Not Enough: The Case of the Committee for Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam

ISBN: 978-81902318-6-2

Published: October 2008

 


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