Draft amendments to the Protected Areas and Forest Laws should give indigenous communities traditional rights to livelihoods and beliefs, as well as the protection and management of natural resources, the non-governmental organization said at a press conference yesterday.
According to the Indigenous Communities Organization, as many as 80 indigenous people are being detained by local authorities in connection with the law on protected areas.
The event included a discussion of information gathered for draft amendments to the Protected Areas Act and the Forestry Act.
NGO director Yon Dane said indigenous peoples were discriminated against and deprived of their rights to land and natural resources, as stated in the draft amendments to the Forest Law and Protected Areas Law.
Victims of historic injustice, indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of local authorities as authorities accused them of living on private economic land concessions, with 80 indigenous peoples so far imprisoned. Dane added that it was done.
“As we know, our indigenous peoples are very different in their origins, languages, ancestry, customs, traditions, cultures, systems and social structures,” Dane said.
She also expressed a multi-religious unity in which all members are closely related to ethnicity, traditional rules, language, knowledge, beliefs, religious practices, and forests, land, natural resources, and permanence. I said that there is.
Meoun Vuthy, Member of Indigenous Rights Activists (IRAM), also said yesterday that indigenous communities are under threat as local governments give them an excuse to develop and trick them into selling them to private companies. .
“Indigenous peoples are severely affected by forest development projects without fair consultation,” he said.
He argued that indigenous peoples should respect the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples to access information, adequate time in advance, fair and collective consultation without intimidation, intimidation, or restrictions on their rights to slash-and-burn cultivation. He added that they had agreed to hold four consultations. or other rights to control of land, forests, and natural resources.
Phleuk Phearum, coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Network, also said many seem to have lost their sustainability, culture, traditions and religious beliefs as local authorities allowed private companies to develop development projects in their areas. said to have indigenous peoples.
She added that Mondulkiri and Stung Treng provinces are the most affected, with indigenous peoples living there.
“I would like the relevant ministries to include provisions regarding indigenous peoples in draft amendments to both laws, such as the Civil Code and Land Law, which are consistent with other laws in force in the Kingdom of Cambodia,” she said. said.
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