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Nepal came before the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on November 20,2014 to present its third periodic report on how it has implemented the Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Nepal is no stranger to minority and Indigenous rights issues, having a history of conflict with the Dalit community amongst others. Nepal has striven to uphold the rights of Indigenous communities as stated by the covenant, by not only implementation of the ICESCR, but also having the National Planning Commission acknowledge the Indigenous rights issues and the necessity of change.

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Local residents dress as zomies to protest the death of their culture and the Iberá wetlands they depend on.In October, a protest broke out in the village of Chavarria, in Corrientes, Argentina, bordering the Iberá wetlands, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and currently under threat by vast mono-cropped pine plantations  in which Harvard University invests. While investing millions into plantations in the Iberá wetlands of Argentina, Harvard University continues to ignore concerns voiced by community members about their right to access their traditional and sa

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The UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: A high-level meeting with a low level outcome?

The so-called UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held this year on September 22–23, is really a High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly. No one should be fooled by the title. It will have color and pageantry supplied by the Indigenous Peoples who attend, and the General Assembly hall and rooms will be filled with Indigenous representatives dressed in their traditional regalia. But this was not the original intent.

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This Is Our Home: Human Rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

On August 7, 2014, the government of Bangladesh issued a decree to all officials and Peoples, Sultana Kamal, co-chairperson of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission, said, “We despise it. We reject it, and for that if we have to face any penalty, we are ready to accept.

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