Peru’s Indigenous People and Empowering their Voices

With indigenous people representing 370 million of the world’s population in nearly 90 countries, they surely deserve a solid acknowledgement of their existence across the world. To highlight the importance of indigenous media in combating stereotypes, projection of their identity, communication with the world and their ability to influence the political and social agenda, the United Nations marks August 9 as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Indigenous Media: Empowering Indigenous Voices” As part of the celebrations for the day, the United Nations even arranged for video projections at their New York facility which may be viewed on Internet.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, expressed his greetings to the indigenous population by acknowledging the fact that indigenous people have a unique experience to sustainably reconcile cultural and biological diversity. Besides this, awareness about indigenous tribes is extremely important to celebrate their stories and show the problems faced by the indigenous people to preserve, promote and strengthen indigenous cultures, artistic production, knowledge and intellectual property. In my opinion, the efforts required in this direction take an imperative role under the circumstances where human rights of such communities are constantly violated.

From what I have read, Peruvian government must pay heed to the UN regulation urging the government to eliminate racial discrimination and ensure prior consultation with the people in the area before any exploitation of natural resources. However, it is sad that Peru’s government is still not doing enough to protect the habitats and cultural heritage of its indigenous people.

The Camisea gas project expansion at the expense of destruction of Camisea biosphere reserve is a clear example of neglect by the government. The expansion is bound to create differences between the communities of Camisea and Manu basin and have far-reaching effects for the tribal communities in the region.

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Via: Peru This Week

Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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