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European Union to continue support to indigenous peoples 

On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, August 9, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell says the EU this year joins the United Nations in the call for a new social contract that protects the rights of indigenous peoples.

“On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the resilience and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples around the world,” Borrell stated in his press statement released today.

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected indigenous peoples globally. It has put a strain on their rights, in particular their equitable access to health-care, education, land and natural resources. It has further exacerbated the existing economic marginalisation and discrimination of indigenous peoples. In areas of tropical forests, economic interests often have prevailed when amending social and environmental laws, policies and safeguards.

“We are witnessing alarming developments: increase in exclusion of indigenous peoples from decision-making; expansion of industrial activity; increased land grabbing and illegal logging; and the rise in the criminalisation and violence against indigenous human rights defenders. Indigenous human rights defenders made up nearly a third of the more than 330 human rights defenders killed worldwide in 2020. Many of them were women.


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