Opportunities and challenges in implementing indigenous peoples’ human rights in Asia

Authored by: Raja Devasish Roy

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138855700
eBook ISBN: 9781315720180
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This chapter focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced by indigenous peoples in Asia in pursuing their collective and individual human rights. Despite the denial of their indigenous status by most governments, the region’s indigenous peoples have nevertheless asserted their identity and rights. Autonomous self-government systems and extreme marginality and exclusion are both present in Asia. In the face of structural discrimination, militarisation and violence, this chapter argues that strong alliances and strategic engagement in national and international human rights processes can nevertheless facilitate their survival, as peoples, with their own identity, integrity and worldviews.

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