Category: Indigenous Rights

Australia’s First Nations incarceration epidemic: origins of overrepresentation and a path forward

In 2020, a wave of Black Lives Matter movements unfolded across the globe. These movements re-focused a spotlight on Australia’s fraught relationship with its First Peoples. In particular, the movements increased community awareness of the disturbing reality that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (which I will refer to as First Nations peoples) are the […]

Two indigenous languages are dying every month: UN Assembly President

World Bank/Curt Carnemark A group of women in traditional clothing, Kenya. Despite UN efforts throughout this International Year of Indigenous Languages to highlight the daily disappearance of mother tongues across the world, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) warned on Tuesday that “challenges persist nonetheless”. “Every fortnight, at least one indigenous language vanishes from the face […]

Youth, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees boost hope for human rights: Guterres

  People’s rights are under fire “in many parts of the globe,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Human Rights Council on Monday, before insisting that he was not “losing hope”, thanks to the progress made by powerful grassroots movements for social justice. Addressing the Geneva-based forum on the opening day of its 40th session, Mr. Guterres underlined the Council’s […]

Bonn: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and wisdom valuable to climate adaptation, Peruvian activists say

Peruvian indigenous activists at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, made a strong call Tuesday for indigenous peoples to be part of the solution to tackling climate change, emphasizing their traditional wisdom and practical knowledge about adaptation methods. “We don’t want to speak only about climate change but about climate catastrophe […] […]