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‘No indigenous respect’ in climate deal, says Timor tribal chief

Indigenous peoples’ advocate Abdon Nababan … the rights of indigenous people are only mentioned in the preamble instead of the operational text. Image: Ryan Dagur

Indigenous peoples’ advocate Abdon Nababan … the rights of indigenous people are only mentioned in the preamble instead of the operational text. Image: Ryan Dagur

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Ryan Dagur

A leader of a Jakarta-based indigenous people’s organisation has expressed disappointment at the agreement recently adopted at the Paris climate conference COP21, saying the pact failed to show recognition of tribal peoples.

Abdon Nababan, secretary-general of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago, said tribal peoples’ position as keepers of forest and peatland ecosystems ¬ which are vital for climate change mitigation ¬ should be strongly recognised.

“What I hoped for isn’t included in the Paris agreement. The rights of indigenous people are only mentioned in the preamble instead of the operational text,” said Nababan, who particpated in the Paris summit. Read more »

PCC appeals to Chilean authorities after troops fire on Rapa Nui protesters

Rapa Nui victim

An unnamed woman with a head wound from a rubber bullet during the Chilean crackdown on indigenous Rapa Nui land rights activists. Photo: PCC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – PMC newsdesk

The Pacific Conference of Churches has appealed to Chilean authorities to restrain from using force in the crackdown on indigenous Rapa Nui protesters campaigning to retain their ancestral land.

A church statement from Suva called for a ” peaceful outcome”.

The appeal came today after reports that armed Chilean soldiers opened fire early on Friday morning on unarmed Rapa Nui civilians with rubber bullets, buckshot and tear gas. Read more »

Mandela expected at peace day in Ambon

Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh have been invited to attend the 29th World Peace Day commemoration ceremony in the scenic eastern Indonesian city of Ambon this month. …
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Sydney protest supports Indonesian asylum seekers

Press Release – The Refugee Action Collective

A protest at the Sydney office of the Immigration Department, on Monday will demand that the two boats of Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia be brought to Australia. “Kevin Rudd says government policy is ‘tough but humane’ on asylum seekers. The …
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‘Get real’ message on Filipino state response to disaster risk

A Filipino carries his child to school during typhoon Onday flooding. Photo: Creyesinfo

A Filipino carries his child to school during typhoon Ondoy flooding. Photo: Creyesinfo

Pacific.Scoop
By Joel Saracho in Manila

From the mud and debris brought by storm Ondoy/Ketsana, the Filipino is expected to rise – like the proverbial phoenix – prompted by the resilience of the racial spirit and anchoring on the community’s display of solidarity.
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