Indigenous Nations

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Indigenous Peoples are the descendants of the original habitants of a region prior to colonization. These groups have maintained some or all of their linguistic, cultural and organizational characteristics and consider themselves distinct from the societies currently governing those territories. Throughout the world, Indigenous Peoples have struggled to co-exist with immigrant peoples who have established settlements in their territories. History reflects that in many instances, non-Indigenous Peoples (settler populations and their governments) have not adequately respected or supported the sovereignty or cultural values of Indigenous Peoples, which has threatened the survival of these groups.

All indigenous nations and peoples have the right to self-determination, by virtue of which they have the right to whatever degree of autonomy or self-government they choose. This includes the right to freely determine their political status, freely pursue their own economic, social, religious and cultural development, and determine their own membership and/or citizenship, without external interference.

Asia with its myriad of mainstream and indigenous languages poses a great challenge in the field of communication. Although communication costs have been considerably cut with internet access for most indigenous peoples organizations, there are still many who cannot afford the technology or do not have access to good facilities. The main problem remains: language of communication. Indigenous peoples organizations have found over this decade the need to respond to many issues relating to civil and political rights, economic and social rights, sustainable development, environment and gender. In particular, women leaders have been overloaded with work if they have to respond to regional and international commitments apart from their own local struggles.

Each Indigenous Nation possesses the collective right to exist in peace and security as a distinct people and to be protected against any type of genocide. In addition, the individuals of each Nation have rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person.

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