Indigenous rights in SAARC Nations
September 2, 2019
The world consists of people coming from different backgrounds, cultures and societies. One group that recently caught the attention of the international human rights’ activists is that of indigenous people. Indigenous people are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment; and it is this very feature that makes it all the more necessary for the international community to come together to provide special legislations for safeguarding the in depth traditional and cultural knowledge held these communities. Another aspect that makes them eligible for a stronger web of protection is their distinctiveness in terms of the knowledge, culture, society and political characteristics in comparison to the more dominant groups of society. In addition, being one of the non- dominant groups in society has over the centuries, always made their rights vulnerable to violation.
The relation of indigenous groups within large multiethnic states, especially the South Asian countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh deserves special focus and consideration in legal discourses. It also requires more academic enquiries and comparative analysis of the regional legal systems. In the Second Prof N.R. Madhava Menon SAARCLAW Mooting Competition, held at Lloyd Law College, ba llb colleges in delhi, law students from SAARC region presented various national and international perspectives on the status of indigenous population of the region. The Conference provided an understanding common and international nature of the issues faced by indigenous people: the disappearance of diversity and traditional ways of life, ecological degradation, and the loss of vital knowledge about how to live in harmony with the environment. The effort was an eye-opener on aspects relating the economic development of indigenous people, lands of indigenous people and the protection of such lands, description of various rights’ issues of indigenous people in Nepal and Sri Lanka and finally also issues relating to self- identification of the indigenous people.
Lloyd Law College