The Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The situation of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world continues to be critical: indigenous peoples face systemic discrimination and exclusion from political and economic power; they continue to be over-represented among the poorest, the illiterate, the destitute; they are displaced by wars and environmental disasters; the weapon of rape and sexual humiliation is also turned against indigenous women for the ethnic cleansing and demoralization of indigenous communities; indigenous peoples are dispossessed of their ancestral lands and deprived of their resources for survival, both physical and cultural; they are even robbed of their very right to life. In more modern versions of market exploitation, indigenous peoples see their traditional knowledge and cultural expressions marketed and patented without their consent or participation.
Read a brief description on the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Read: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Read: The Six Mandated Themes of the Declaration
Read: Indigenous Peoples Cannot be Left Behind in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Read: Protecting the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples