Problem

Denial of right of indigenous peoples to participate in political processes

Incidence:
The indigenous forest dwelling peoples of Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon and other nations continue to be denied their basic right to political self-determination. Political self-determination is also denied the Negrito peoples of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Andaman Islands of India. The reservation policy of Brazil, as applied to native Brazilian forest-dwellers, allows for no genuine self-determination.
Claim:
Typically indigenous peoples, and notably forest dwellers, are excluded from participation in national political processes. Their interests are neither adequately represented nor seriously considered in political decision-making. Many of their non-indigenous neighbours, and the governmental authorities which purport to represent them, harbour attitudes which relegate these peoples to a subhuman status, the result of which is a denial of their basic individual and communal rights.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
11.05.2000 – 00:00 CEST