In Asia, the ancestral lands of many Indigenous Peoples have been cut across national borders. Since anti-terror laws and counter insurgency laws were introduced, Indigenous Peoples have been suspected of being insurgents or terrorists, and have been barred from traveling across borders to visit relatives. There should be no borders for Indigenous Peoples as they have existed in those territories long before these nation States came into being. More importantly, ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples to maintain sociocultural relations across State borders. In this program Cultural Survival's Dev Kumar Sunwar interviews Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling and Raja Devashis Roy.
Interviewees: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Joan Carling, Convenor of Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development
Raja Devashis Roy, Former Member of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues (UNPFII)
Producer: Dev Sunwar
Image: Road across a river
Music: Anania2 by the Baba Project, used with permission
Indigenous Rights Radio Intro track features "Burn your Village to the Ground" by @a-tribe-called-red. Used with permission.