On the eve of International Day of World’s Indigenous People, a number of tribal organisations came together to hold a meeting at Satya Bharti auditorium in Ranchi to discuss the United Nation’s declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.
“We organised this meeting to remind the audience of the provisions of the declaration that aims at improving the status of indigenous peoples and to make them aware of their rights,” said Elina Horo of Adivasi Women’s Network, one of the organisers.
She particularly reminded the forum of “free, prior and informed consent — a right of the indigenous peoples to approve or reject a proposed action or project involving their land, territory or resources.”
A short animation film on this issue was also screened at the event.
“The declaration may not have a legal binding, but there is surely a moral binding on the part of the UN member states to respect its provisions,” said Bineet Mundu of Indigenous Centre for Land Resources and Governance, another organising outfit.
He also detailed how the declaration addressed the issues of both individual and community rights of indigenous people covering overall development — from education, health to culture and tradition.
To mark the day, social development outfit Photografica launched an training programme at Chene. Young tribal men and women will be trained to make candles, incense sticks and pickles. “Gradually, it will be extended to other wards of Ranchi Municipal Corporation,” said state co-ordinator Anuj Kumar.