CSOs observes International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Hyderabad: Hyderabad based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) HRCP, IRADO, SEARCH and Sindh Hari Porhiyat Council (SHPC) observed the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Sunday at IRADO office in Hyderabad.

The day is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.

Speaking on the occasion, Jeay Sindh Mahaz leader Hashim Khoso said that  Sindh’s resources have been grabbed by outsiders who have turned indigenous people under developed. “Sindh is historically rich in its culture and traditions and those are protected by indigenous people but unfortunately; today our people don’t have access to social, economical and political rights. The day reminds us to raise voice collectively for the rights of the indigenous people of Sindh. Promotion and protection of human rights are needed,” he emphasized.

HRCP Coordinator Dr Ashothama briefly presented the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Referring United Nations, he told that the day was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995–2004).

In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005–2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity”. People from different nations are encouraged to participate in observing the day to spread the UN’s message on indigenous peoples. Activities may include educational forums and classroom activities to gain an appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous peoples.

IRADO chief Abbas Khoso said;  “The day has provided us an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “ He further told that the rich culture, peace, harmony and natural perseveration in Tharparkar are the examples of existence of the indigenous people.

SEARCH’s Executive Director Waheed Jamali said that the day remind us of  the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. He informed that the indigenous people are rich in the traditional and ecological knowledge; world needs to preserve for the global development.

The dialogue concluded with remarks that “The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.”

On the occasion, IRDO chief Shaukat Memon, IFF Chief Asghar Laghari, social activists Punhal Jamali, Ahmed Raza, Pitambar Sharma took part in the discussion.

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